RELEASE DATE: October 1st 2019
AUTHOR: Nancy Richardson Fischer
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Survival, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Inkyard Press
Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more-more athletic, charismatic, attractive-life would be perfect.
When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.
This book was surprisingly good and totally unputdownable. I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It was a perfect entertainer with survival themes. I loved the Amazon rain forest setting. If you’re expecting it to be another sweet romance between a girl and her celebrity crush who’re stranded in a forest then you’re totally wrong. This book was more than that. It deals with family relationships, survival, bullying, disability, and a journey to finding yourself. It’s a coming of age story with a dash of romance.
Danger Danny aka Dannielle Warren lost one eye when she was only seven years old. She learnt to deal with her disability and survived the bullying in her school. She always wanted to become as brave and charismatic as her father aka Cougar who’s a TV star. She feels that she might be the reason why her parents were separated. She lives with her mom, but she also yearns for her father’s love who never visited her except for sending gifts. She watched all of his survivalist episodes. Danny’s mom hates her dad, and she doesn’t like to talk about him. When Danny’s father offers her to join him in his next episode of his survivalist show, she jumps at the chance to spend more time with him and prove to him that she wasn’t a disappointment. And she’s also excited that she get to meet the teen Idol Gus. Everything turns upside down, when their plane crashes in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. While surviving in the jungle, Danny discovers some terrible truths about her father whom she worshiped. And now all Danny needs is to find her inner strength and find her way back to home.
Danny was a pretty likeable character. She’s smart and a brave girl. Despite her vulnerabitly, she always stood strong. She never hesitated to take action while others were scared. She also has this weird belief that if she sniffs dead things, she’ll gain their essence and it will make her whole again. It might seem a bit disturbing to some people, but it didn’t bother me. Her character development was well done. Gus seemed a bit arrogant and smug at the beginning. It took some time for me to warm up to him. However, I enjoyed the slow building romance between Danny and Gus, but I didn’t like how it escalated fast in the end. It’s the only issue I had with this book. As for the secondary characters, I liked Danny’s friend Trix. I enjoyed the friendship between them. I also liked the sound guy named Jupiter who’s part of the crew. I hated Danny’s Dad! He’s a crazy adventure maniac and a total D-bag. I wasn’t much fan of Danny’s mother at the beginning, but I ended up loving her.
The plot was engaging throughout filled with survival, adventure, and action. It was a super addictive read filled with surprising twists and turns. I really wanted to finish it in one sitting. Be warned that there’s death and Gore in this book which is pretty common in survival fiction. So read with caution. The author’s writing was captivating. The book was written in Danny’s first person POV. The Amazon forest setting was fantastic. It’s the best aspect of this book. I enjoyed the vivid imagery the author had created with her writing. It felt like I was really in the Amazon. While surviving in the Jungle, our characters had to deal with dangerous predators, terrifying bugs, insects, poisonous spiders, leeches, poisonous dart frogs, snakes etc.
Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this book! Despite few issues at the end, I think it was a fantastic read and I wish more people give this a chance.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fast paced stand-alone YA read with survival and adventure themes.
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