Author: S.R. Johannes
Published: June 3rd 2014 by Coleman & Stott
Source: Author for Tour
Description: After everything that has happened, Grace moves to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee, and hang out with old man Rex, Birdee's "friend with benefits". Grace quickly befriends Dylan, Rex's nephew, and Dylan's girlfriend, Sadie, who is a die-hard teen activist. Sadie spends her time leading protests against the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for animals or the flimsy law. One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace and her friends rescue an abused—and endangered—Florida panther. She and Birdee spend time rehabilitating the animal. But when the panther runs off, Grace follows it to Uncle Bob's, a large roadside zoo they all have been protesting. One that is illegally filled with a variety of endangered and exotic animals. Before she can rescue the panther, she and her friends are kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge. Only this time, Grace is the prey. During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace and her friends are offered one chance at survival, but only if they reach civilization before being caught. With a small head start and very little supplies, only time and skill stand between the hunter and the hunted. But out in the Everglades, there may be more dangers than Grace realizes. Against all odds, Grace must make it out alive and win, or everything she holds dear could be lost.
I Give This ...
As with the previous two books in the series, this one was non stop action until the very end. Grace has a habit of finding herself in impossible places to protect the animals she loves.
I would have hoped that Grace could manage to stay on the down low while living with her grandmother in the Everglades. But no, instead she attends a protest lead by the mayor's daughter. Did not not occur to a single one of them that it might be a bad idea? A prime example of not realizing the power of the media for sure. For once though, I wondered if Grace finally tangled with the wrong person. Evil couldn't possible when out this time.
Despite the evil intent of the hunting challenge, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reminded me of a story I read in English class is junior high (I can not remember the name of it now). I was impressed with Grace's skills even though she has demonstrated them time and time again. Her father taught her well and it's showcased in this book quite prominently. She's at home in the wild as much as anywhere else.
I was intrigued by the pop up zoos that seem to dot the Florida landscape. These types of displays are horrible. We had something similar near were I live when I was a child. I distinctly remember their Ligers and the events that followed when these animals attacked their owners and escaped into the woods. I have no respect for my fellow man that doesn't respect that animals of the world.
This has been an enlightening series for me to read. I've enjoyed being a part of this from the very beginning!