Friday, April 3, 2015

Tracers by J.J. Howard Book Review

An action-packed romance—now a major motion picture starring Taylor Lautner.

Cam is a New York City bike messenger with no family and some dangerous debts. While on his route one day, he runs into a beautiful stranger named Nikki—but she quickly disappears. 

When he sees her again around town, he realizes that she lives within the intense world of parkour: an underground group of teens who have turned New York City into their own personal playground—running, jumping, seemingly flying through the city like an urban obstacle course.

Cam becomes fascinated with Nikki and falls in with the group, who offer him the chance to make some extra money. But Nikki is dating their brazen leader, and when the stakes become life-or-death, 

Cam is torn between following his heart and sacrificing everything to pay off his debts.

In the vein of great box-office blockbusters, the high-stakes romance here sizzles within this page-turning thriller that will leave readers feeling like they are flying through the streets of New York. 
Tracers read like an action movie--fast paced, tons of action, and a thrilling romance. 

Cam is a bike messenger, the fastest in his group, with a mountain of debts and a ton of baggage. He's a loner, who meets a beautiful stranger, well is wiped out by one. She knocks him off his feet and on his behind. 

What I really liked about Tracers was how easy it read. It was go from page one and pretty much never let up. Although you don't really get to know all the characters, the ones you're given depth about, grab you. 

Cam seems like an ordinary kid, with extraordinary troubles but for whatever reason I felt for him. I was able to connect with his character. Nikki, the silent yet somehow sassy love interest, was a solid character. She didn't have many moments in the book but you felt her presence, just as strong as Cam did.

Cam's immediate obsession with Nikki threw me a little but the author was able to make it all come together, in a way that was both enjoyable and realistic.

I can totally see how this book was made into the movie because it certainly reads like one --complete with Chinese gangs,  gritty streets, fast moves, and a romance that you find yourself rooting for.

You won't be knocked off your feet but you'll be thoroughly entertained. There's enough of everything for any kind of reader. I'd recommend it!


  1. It's a movie now? xD That sounds exciting now! I hope it's just as good as the book, fantastic review! <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  2. Hmmm…hadn't even heard of this one, but it does sound fast-paced and entertaining. Glad to hear the insta-love didn't bother you, that usually annoys me. Great review! ~Pam