Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Review: Uncharted by Adriana Anders

 

Uncharted (Survival Instincts #2) by Adriana Anders
Publication Date: August 24th 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
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Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Daredevil pilot, Leontyne “Leo” stays home from an assignment, grounded by a stomach bug, but rest isn’t in her future. She’s sent off to fetch a man in the wilds of Alaska before the evil Chronos group can get their hands on him, and the deadly virus he might possess. However, they’re outnumbered and outgunned and from the minute Leo and Elias connect they’re running for their lives. Not only do they have the enemy to contend with, they have the rugged Alaskan wilderness and its fickle weather to survive.

Uncharted was so much fun! From page one it’s an action-packed thrill ride!  The romance between Elias and Lee was a big part of the story as well, and oh-so-hot! Even though things happened fast when you analyze the time they spent together, it didn’t feel fast since Leo and Elias were glued together, relying on each other through all sorts of life-or-death situations: injury, weather, near escapes from the enemy. It bonded these two like nothing else! Attraction was immediate, but trust and respect took a little more time, and it felt like they got to know each other before anything physical happened. Sometimes characterization suffers with an action-packed story, but Ms. Anders deftly worked layers into Leo and Elias without slowing the plot down. I cared about them and was on the edge of my seat hoping they’d come out on-top and happy together!

There were a few interesting secondary characters as well: Amka, the woman who sent Leo off to fetch Elias in the first place, was one bad-ass old lady, and I just loved her! She had her own little side story, and I was in awe! One more that I won’t mention because of spoilers, and I can’t forget Borealis “Bo”, Elias’ sweet dog. The Alaskan wild was almost another character vividly described. Untouched beauty, awe inspiring and deadly.

I read and loved the previous story, WhiteoutUncharted lived up to my expectations and then some! While this is part of a series, I don’t think it’s necessary to read the previous stories. Uncharted stands well on its own, however, you’d be missing out on two amazing stories: Deep Blue (Survival Instincts #0.5) part of Turn the Tide, a novella still free on Amazon, and Whiteout (Survival Instincts #1). I’m eagerly anticipating the next one to come!

5 Stars


Book Description:

Hotshot pilot Leo Eddowes is afraid of nothing and no one. So when she's asked to evacuate a man from the wilds of Alaska, she doesn't hesitate. But with enemies in close pursuit and the weather turning sour, what should have been a simple mission quickly shifts to disaster.

And there's only one way out.

When Elias Thorne disappeared, he was America's most wanted. Now he's spent more than a decade in one of the most remote places on earth, guarding a dangerous secret. Leo's arrival, quickly followed by a team of expert hunters, leaves him no choice but to join forces with her—and run. Neither is prepared for their reluctant partnership to flare into something as wild and untamed as the frozen world around them...but as desperately cold days melt into scorchingly hot nights, Leo and Elias must learn to dig deep, trust in each other, and forge a bond as strong as the forces of nature.

Stranded together in a frozen wilderness,
There's nowhere left to run...


22 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'm so excited you loved this, Rachel. I adored the first book though it stressed me out. This one sounds equally exciting. I can't wait!

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    1. I loved it even more than Whiteout! Hope you love it, Nick!

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  2. Whiteout really caught my attention when it came out (and it's still on my radar) and this one sounds so good, too! I love it when characters are thrown together due to extreme circumstances.

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    1. It's so good, Tanya! I hope you decide to give the series a go. You could try the novella out to see if her writing is a match for you.

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    2. I actually ordered Whiteout yesterday after reading this review and it should be delivered today! :)

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    3. I hope you love it, Tanya! Can't wait to hear what you think!

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  3. Okay, wow. I'll have to add this to my list. I think this is the first I see this book. But it sounds so good! Definitely interested in knowing more about Leo and Elias' romance.

    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  4. Yep, yep! It was fabulous. Amka was my hero, too. :)

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  5. Oh boy, this sounds so exciting. Great review!

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  6. I am one of the few people who doesn't mind relationships moving fast. Don't you think emotions would run high in the situation they were in too? Makes sense to me. Glad this was such a hit for you

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    1. I don't mind it either. I have an impulsive streak so I get it, and yeah, the life and death situations have a way of bonding you to someone else in a profound way. Thanks!

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  7. I really want to read this one!!!

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    1. Hope you love it, too, Lark! I think you will. Can't wait to see your thoughts!

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  8. That sounds really good. I like stories with viruses n them.

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    1. You're not sick of viruses, lol? I actually think they make for exciting/fun stories, too!

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  9. Fantastic review! I loved this one too, as you know. Anders has been on my list for quite awhile. I was thrilled to meet her in 2017 at RT in Atlanta. Her writing is excellent.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. Awesome that you got to meet her! I think she lives in France now. I agree, her writing is excellent. I can't wait for the next one!

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  10. Ohh great stuff, you have me wondering :)

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