It seemed unkind to title this post “Poor Little Rich Boy“, which was my first instinct upon reading Uncharted. Tracey Garvis Graves’ sophomore offering Uncharted: An On the Island Novella answers some of the remaining questions about who exactly lived On the Island before Anna and T.J. were marooned there. Owen Sparks is a 23 year old disenchanted dot com millionaire who abruptly decides to leave his budding empire and reside on an uninhabited island in the Maldives, Uncharted details the events of his time there.
When I read On the Island I finished it in less than 15 hours and during that day I had ostensibly worked a full day and commuted back and forth. I was completely committed to finding out what happened to the marooned teacher and her erstwhile pupil. The unlikely romance and story of survival in On the Island captivated me whereas my sympathies just were not engaged with Owen’s plight.
*If you have not read On the Island be advised there are spoilers ahead the identity of the skeleton in the cave and the relationship of Owen to them simply are not compelling enough to make any sort of lasting impression on the reader. Other than the overly descriptive entries regarding the spiders native to the island with the scheduled provisions drop the malevolent danger of the island seems diluted and as a whole the story feels forced as if trying to make lightning strike twice. I would only recommend this story to die hard Anna and T.J. fans but be advised that while there is some mention of them their part in this story is minimal and their HEA was more than satisfactorily depicted in On the Island. This being said Uncharted was an enjoyable if forgettable read. However the preview chapter from Covet included was tantalizing enough to have me looking forward to its September release.
TITLE: Uncharted: An On the Island Novella
AUTHOR: Tracey Garvis Graves
RATING: 3 Stars
- On the Island – Tracey Garvis Graves (pennydreadfulbooks.wordpress.com)
- Uncharted by Tracey Garvis-Graves ~NEW REVIEW~ (flirtyanddirtybookblog.com)