Advance Copy Review.
On The Island is one of my most favorite books. Ever. The beautiful writing, the depth of the emotional connection and the refreshing uniqueness of the story line made it easily stand out as a truly exceptional book. So, when I heard that the author was going to be releasing a spin-off novella, I knew we were going to be in for a treat!
**Note: this review is spoiler-free but Uncharted absolutely must be read after On The Island.
The story opens strong. Literally, not two pages in, I got full head to toe chills. The reveal that it starts off with immediately grabbed my complete and undivided attention. I mean – woah! Remember Owen Sparks? ‘Cuz boy does he have a story to tell!
It was so wonderful to reconnect with Anna and TJ again and seeing them literally living out their happily ever after, especially after everything they’d been through, just warmed every corner of my heart.
I really don’t want to spoil anything about this story for you but just know that it goes back and fills in the blanks regarding the one unanswered question from OTI. It wasn’t a question that had left you hanging or anything but at the same time, you just had to wonder what had happened.
A lot of Uncharted is Owen telling Anna and TJ his story and revealing the connections between his story and theirs. Just as with On The Island, I was totally drawn in — unable to look away, unable to stop reading and desperately eager to find out more. The imagery is so vivid that you really feel yourself transported away.
Tracey Garvis-Graves’ writing is the perfect example of ‘showing, not telling’. She sets each scene beautifully allowing you to step right in and immerse yourself in the story.
It’s a quick read of about 150 pages, but they were 150 pages that I adored.
Uncharted answered a lot of questions and kept me totally captivated! A must-read for any fan of On The Island. I loved it!
“Why are you crying?” he asks.
“Don’t worry, she says. “They’re happy tears. There’s nothing I love more than a good happy ending.”
Release date: July 2, 2013.
At the end, there is also a special sneak peak of Tracey’s next novel, Covet, which will be released in September, 2013.
Book #1: ON THE ISLAND
Companion novella: UNCHARTED