Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves (Mini Book Review)

August 28, 2013 Adult Fiction, Book Review 4

Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves (Mini Book Review)Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves
Series: On the Island #1.5
Also in this series: On the Island
Published by Penguin on July 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Survival
Pages: 160
Format: ARC
Source: From the publisher through Netgalley
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When twenty-three-year-old dot-com millionaire Owen Sparks walked away from his charmed life, he had one goal in mind: get as far away as possible from the people who resented his success, or had their hand out for a piece of it. A remote uncharted island halfway around the world seemed like a perfectly logical place to get away from it all.

Calia Reed wasn't part of Owen's plans. The beautiful British girl - on holiday in the Maldives with her brother, James - made Owen wonder if getting away from it all might be a lot more enjoyable with a carefree girl who didn't know anything about the life he left behind.

But Owen had no idea how much his carefully detailed plans would go awry. Nor did he realize that a decision he made would have such a catastrophic effect on two passengers who boarded a plane in Chicago.

And when Owen shows up at Anna and T.J.'s door with an incredible story to tell, everyone involved will learn just how much their lives are intertwined.

I loved being reunited with T.J. and Anna! It was a lot of fun to hear about what they’ve been up to since On the Island, even though they were not the focus of this novella. We are introduced to Owen, who chose to maroon himself on an uncharted island to get away from his crazy life. I really, really liked Owen. Even though he was wealthy, he wasn’t happy because his life was full of money and not relationships and simple pleasures. I love that he recognized this, because so many people these days believe that money buys happiness. His time on the island proved to be therapeutic, and he ended up learning a lot about himself in the process.

From time to time, Owen would head to the mainland for supplies and a shower before going back. One time he met Calia, a cute British girl, and her brother, James. The three went back to the island together, and I really liked reading about the bond they formed. James really cared for his sister in a, “you mess with her, you die.” kind of way, and I’ve always loved it when siblings have that kind of relationship. Romance also blossomed, and I really loved seeing what it did to Owen. It totally changed him–the sign of a great relationship. I also really liked Calia, although you don’t get to learn a ton about her. Adventure happens, as is Tracey’s mantra. It’s amazing the things that happen on this little island.

Most of this story is a flashback and Owen tells Anna and T.J. about his experience being stuck on an island. It was easier for him in that he had a pilot flying in to check on him and a satellite phone, but it was also very hard. And, of course, we get to discover how his story relates to theirs. It was all very exciting.

This book is quite a page-turner! With all the adventure and mystery, I tore through it. Tracey’s writing is still amazing. She is so good at describing the island, that I’m sure she’s been there. I can’t wait for more books from her!

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4 Responses to “Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves (Mini Book Review)”

  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    On The Island was such a pleasant surprise for me. I never expected to enjoy it half as much as I did, and I’m looking forward to reading Uncharted because despite the issues I had with Graves’ writing technically, there’s little doubt she knows how to come up with a good story. Plus, sometimes novellas are a really nice change of pace in that you can read through them in a matter of an hour or two.

    It might sound a little silly, but I would love to read a novella in this series about the bones that Anna and T.J. discovered! Who did they belong to? How did that person become stranded and eventually die on the island? The items that person did leave behind (The constructed shelter, the guitar, etc) really made me curious to learn more about them :) Fingers crossed that Graves decides to delve into this story at some point as I for one would love to read it!
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    • Jana

      Funny you should mention this, Jen! This novella is about everything you just mentioned, and more! Oh, I hope you love it!

  2. Lindsey V.

    Thank you so much for the review! I LOVED On the Island, and Uncharted has been on my TBR list for some time now. I enjoyed reading more about what the book is like from your review, so thanks! :-)

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