The Speed of Falling Objects
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.

The Speed of Falling Objects Details

TitleThe Speed of Falling Objects
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherInkyard Press
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Adventure, Survival

The Speed of Falling Objects Review

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
    January 1, 1970
    I took a step out of my normal here with reading The Speed of Falling Objects, and I am so glad I did. What a great surprise this one was. I loved the self-discovery adventure here I took with our main character Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren.The Speed of Falling Objects has all the elements here to make this a thrilling edge of your seat emotional YA adventure for me. It's an action-packed story of survival, a coming of age story with a touch of romance. Nancy Richardson Fischer doe I took a step out of my normal here with reading The Speed of Falling Objects, and I am so glad I did. What a great surprise this one was. I loved the self-discovery adventure here I took with our main character Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren.The Speed of Falling Objects has all the elements here to make this a thrilling edge of your seat emotional YA adventure for me. It's an action-packed story of survival, a coming of age story with a touch of romance. Nancy Richardson Fischer does such a great job here creating exciting characters. I am not a big fan of young voices at times, and it took me a bit to get into the head of Danny. Once I was, I was hooked and loved the personal and emotional conflicts Danny experiences and the adventure she took me on. I enjoyed seeing her grow and develop with each page. Now her Dad Cougar is a very unlikable character here, making his character a hard one to enjoy but he creates some interesting dynamics here to the story of survival for both the jungle and Danny. The rainforest is brought alive and I was fascinated and terrified at the same time with the dangerous bugs and reptiles in the story. There is a lot of danger here and there is no shying away from details. It did feel at times a bit much with one thing after another; however I enjoy the thrilling fight of survival. I highly recommend it. Thank you to Nancy Richardson Fischer for thinking of us and giving us the opportunity to read something different than we usually do.
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister * On hiatus due to health
    January 1, 1970
    Strength, endurance, & love!*One Word - Truth*THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS by NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER is an entertaining, action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, and edge-of-your-seat YA survivalist story that immediately hooked and captivated me. The backdrop of the Amazon rainforest and the premise of this novel totally intrigued and enthralled me, I was totally taken with this adventurous tale and loved Danny’s story. The action was so fierce that I literally could not put Strength, endurance, & love!*One Word - Truth*THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS by NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER is an entertaining, action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, and edge-of-your-seat YA survivalist story that immediately hooked and captivated me. The backdrop of the Amazon rainforest and the premise of this novel totally intrigued and enthralled me, I was totally taken with this adventurous tale and loved Danny’s story. The action was so fierce that I literally could not put this book down. NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER delivers an atmospheric, vividly descriptive, fascinating, adventurous, engaging, and well-written coming-of-age story here that is packed full of adventure, explores a complex father-daughter relationship, and a touch of romance to lighten the mood. Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren and her TV celebrity survivalist dad were interesting characters to say the least. Even though the father wasn’t the greatest dad out there he definitely had his purpose in this story and I loved how Danny ended up coming to terms with so many different aspects to her character. She definitely grew as a character and the underlying message and love emanating from the words written were extremely palpable and packed quite the punch. Danny was definitely the shining star in this novel!Norma’s Stats:Cover: A beautiful, eye-catching, appealing, intriguing and fitting representation to storyline. I love the fall colours to the cover design. Title: Intriguing, interesting, metaphorical and a meaningful and significant representation to storyline. Writing/Prose: Beautifully written, expressive, passionate, vividly descriptive, engaging, and compulsively readable. I immediately connected with the author’s prose. Plot: Detailed, atmospheric, suspenseful, interesting, authentic, action-packed, fast-paced, and entertaining.Ending: A deeply touching, satisfying and great ending that made me ugly cry. Overall: I absolutely loved the adventurous and emotional journey this book took me on! Would highly recommend!Thank you so much to Nancy Richardson Fischer for gifting me a copy of this book! It was an absolute pleasure reading this book and I thoroughly enjoyed Danny’s story.
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  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Gather 'round, my friends, for this seemingly innocuous young adult book actually ended up filling me with a lot of mixed feelings, many of them Not Good. Who'da thunk that a rain forest survival story would end up making me so conflicted? Not me!THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is about a girl named Danger. Yes, literally-- although she goes by her middle name, Danielle. Due to a childhood accident, she is half-blind. Her mother is a nurse and her father is a d-bag reality TV star name Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Gather 'round, my friends, for this seemingly innocuous young adult book actually ended up filling me with a lot of mixed feelings, many of them Not Good. Who'da thunk that a rain forest survival story would end up making me so conflicted? Not me!THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is about a girl named Danger. Yes, literally-- although she goes by her middle name, Danielle. Due to a childhood accident, she is half-blind. Her mother is a nurse and her father is a d-bag reality TV star named Cougar who's cast in the vein of Man vs Wild meets Steve Irwin. Danny's accident made her timid and afraid, and she doesn't want to take risks. That's why her mother is shocked when Danny demands to go on her father's show when he invites her. The latest destination? The rain forest. She's determined to repair her relationship with her father and have him finally get to know her, and prove to herself and others that she's not afraid or lesser----But the plane crashes before they arrive on site and she, the cast, and the crew are all marooned in the rain forest, which is filled with things that want to poison them, eat them, or kill them (or all of the above). Between her father trying to constantly literally and figuratively steal the show with his mad skills, and the judgement of teen heartthrob Gus, who's there to be eye candy and wrangle young female fans, there isn't a lot of room for Danny or her fears-- especially when she learns her dad had ulterior motives inviting her.So I have a lot of thoughts.📌 Disability rep: Not very well done. Danny has lost an eye-- and she mentions it. Constantly. Which is fine, because I understand that disability-- especially disability that is sustained later in life and not experienced from birth-- can be traumatic and difficult to deal with. But you definitely get the impression that it's written from an ablelist frame of mind, a la ME BEFORE YOU, in that Danny defines herself by her disability, says that she's not "whole," and a whole litany of other stuff that was very uncomfortable to read about. Then there's the vicious bullying she gets from classmates: they call her "pigeon" because she cocks her head to peer out of her blind spot. The whole book felt very anti-disability and it wasn't really cool that the conflict experienced was for Danny to "get over it."Yuck.📌 Terrible father: I freaking hated Cougar. I saw another review saying that he was "trying his best" and that they felt bad for him. Um, no. He was (partially/mostly, depending on how generous you're being) responsible for the accident that blinded Danny. He was constantly thinking of himself. He invited Danny on his show basically to make her the butt of all the jokes, which is a pretty disgusting thing to do to any kid, let alone a kid feeling insecure about their disability. And then, the piece de resistance: he was constantly making fun of Danny and putting her down for her medical knowledge, mansplaining to and demeaning her by turns, and when she actually saves someone's life by killing a snake, he "um actuallies" her and takes credit for it, even though she did the work!Wow. Worst. Father. Ever.📌 "Essence": Danny has this weird belief that if she sniffs dead things, she'll gain their essence and it will make her "whole" again. Now a teenager, she knows this won't really happen, but she still sniffs dead things-- dead animals, dead people. If it's dead, Danny will sniff it. I think it's supposed to be meaningful, but it's actually kind of scary in a hilarious and awful way. It happens multiple times, so don't worry if you manage to miss it the first time. There's dead body-sniffing for everyone. Enjoy.📌 Everyone's a jerk: There was honestly no one to root for, and the ones I did like had bad things happen to them pretty early on. It actually reminded me a lot of GAME OF THRONES in that way. That's tough when it's a survival story, because if you're already wishing murder on the characters, you're not going to be very sorry if they get eaten by a jaguar (hypothetical, not a spoiler).I guess the takeaway message in this book is that the rain forest is a dangerous place, but I already learned that from the nonfiction book-turned-movie, THE LOST CITY OF Z, and South Park's Rainforest, Shmainforest episode. I'm not sure if there is such a thing as an anti-tourism bureau, but if there is, the author should be on it, because this has made me certain that I never want to set foot in the Brazilian rain forest. She does a good job showing how dangerous it is, and how, despite the greenery and the animals, it's actually quite easy to starve to death in there because of how many things are poisonous or inedible. (There was a name for it in THE LOST CITY but I can't remember what the exact phrase was; I think the author compared the rain forest to a green desert.)If you like survival stories and don't mind reading about a bunch of characters that all suck, you'll probably enjoy this book. But if you picked this up hoping for good disability rep or because you thought you'd end up with a realistic HUNGER GAMES novel about likable and inspiring characters fighting the odds, you'd best give this a miss.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!2.5 stars
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars. An entertaining and highly atmospheric step outside of my usual reading genre. A journey into the vast, lush and beautiful jungle where danger lurks at every step. A loveable, brave, quirky and unique teenage main character who had me rooting for her. A little too high on the drama, but it kept this YA story fast-paced and entertaining.Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a physical copy to read and review!
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  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    I felt every emotion while reading this and loved every minute.This was so good, I have already added it to my favorites list! It was a story about plane crash, survival, it had bullies, a romance, a broken family, a journey, It was about fame and what people will do for fame, about overcoming fears and insecurities, and learning to live with your disabilities and how someone can internalize feelings from childhood and let that affe I felt every emotion while reading this and loved every minute.This was so good, I have already added it to my favorites list! It was a story about plane crash, survival, it had bullies, a romance, a broken family, a journey, It was about fame and what people will do for fame, about overcoming fears and insecurities, and learning to live with your disabilities and how someone can internalize feelings from childhood and let that affect their entire life. Especially it is a story about communication and how the ability to communicate or a lack of communication can affect people. The main character in the book is a girl named Danielle “Danny” who is about to turn seventeen. She lost one of her eyes in accident when she was younger and it seems that the kids at her school bully her because of it. They don’t tease her as much as they used to, due to the fact that her father is famous for hosting a survival show where he takes Hollywood celebrities out into the wild for different treks and adventures. Though the students at her school don’t realize that she hardly knows her father since her parents divorced when she was younger. Her father calls out of the blue and invites her on his next adventure along with one of the biggest movie stars in the world. They travel with some of his crew into the Amazon when the plane crashes after veering off course in a storm. Her father is a huge jerk and makes a good villain. Most reviews I’ve read so far are similar in that everyone is hating on the father. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but the journey they go through as they trek through the Amazon is full of danger, surprises and quite a few twists and turns in the plot.There are so many unexpected moments and feelings that come up. Not only for Danny, but for her Mom Sam, her Dad John “Cougar” Warren, his assistant Cass, camera man Sean, sound guy Jupiter, Movie Star Gus Price “GP”, and pilot Mack. They all bring up so many emotions as you get to know them and they get to know each other. In a weird way it reminds me of the breakfast club in how they all get to know each other. But so much more emotional because Danny is dealing with so many things. She is trying to get to know her father again and trying not to disappoint him. She used to be very close with him, but now she never sees him, so she wants this to be a new beginning for them. The ending was so great also. I am finding it hard to put into words how much I liked it.Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with the cover of this book and had to get my hands on it! The Speed of Falling Objects was a pretty quick read for me. The novel explores romance, coming of age, relationships, survival, overcoming fears, and family. The book is well written and leaves readers on the edge with all the action in the jungle! I loved the setting and I felt like I was really in the Amazon.I do have to say that I wasn't a fan of the main character's father Cougar. Cougar is an ass and all I fell in love with the cover of this book and had to get my hands on it! The Speed of Falling Objects was a pretty quick read for me. The novel explores romance, coming of age, relationships, survival, overcoming fears, and family. The book is well written and leaves readers on the edge with all the action in the jungle! I loved the setting and I felt like I was really in the Amazon.I do have to say that I wasn't a fan of the main character's father Cougar. Cougar is an ass and all he cares about is his tv lifestyle. He was the absolute worst father to Danny and basically demeaning his own daughter. This bugged THE heck out of me. I had a hard time getting past this character.The majority of the characters weren't my cup of tea and I had a hard time rooting for anyone to be honest and this is about a story of survival. Overall, was a decent read and would be interested in seeing more from this author.3.25 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 10/1/19Published to GR: 9/12/19
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    A quick hate-readSurprisingly, I think I blew through this book so quickly because of how much I hated the main character's father, Cougar. I kept reading in hopes that the asshat would be eaten by wild hyenas, kind of like that scene in the animated Lion King or something.(I know hyenas don't live in the rainforest, where this book takes place, but that would be the only appropriate end for Cougar!) Going in, I thought Dad would have more redeeming qualities, b A quick hate-readSurprisingly, I think I blew through this book so quickly because of how much I hated the main character's father, Cougar. I kept reading in hopes that the asshat would be eaten by wild hyenas, kind of like that scene in the animated Lion King or something.(I know hyenas don't live in the rainforest, where this book takes place, but that would be the only appropriate end for Cougar!) Going in, I thought Dad would have more redeeming qualities, but really, there's only a glimmer of any of that in his character. Mostly, I wanted him to get his just desserts.I didn't quite expect Danny, the main character, to be such a brat, either. In the initial chapters, I was a little taken aback in the parts when she treats her mom and best friend like absolute garbage. Luckily, *she* shows some growth.Until the last 15% or so, I would have rated this a 3.5 out of 5, and I probably would've rounded up. It's a quick, entertaining read. However, the ending annoyed me enough to knock it down to a 3. An encounter between two characters was just far too saccharine.On top of that, the ways some things were wrapped up didn't seem consistent with the rest of the book.Note--Chapter 1 begins at the plane crash, but chapter 2 flashes back to detail Danny's fetal pig dissection in science class. If that sort of thing bugs you, skip that chapter! :)Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for giving me a DRC of this novel, which will be available for purchase on October 1st.
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  • Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars - I REALLY enjoyed this one! Great story, setting and characters. I love a book that allows the reader to follow along with a character or characters emotional journey to grow and change and find out more of who they are or want to me. And this one more than fits that. Danny wants the love of her parents. She wants to fit in and she wants to be strong. With her father mostly absent in her life, she jumps at the chance to get the one thing she’s been missing since an accident happened whe 4 Stars - I REALLY enjoyed this one! Great story, setting and characters. I love a book that allows the reader to follow along with a character or characters emotional journey to grow and change and find out more of who they are or want to me. And this one more than fits that. Danny wants the love of her parents. She wants to fit in and she wants to be strong. With her father mostly absent in her life, she jumps at the chance to get the one thing she’s been missing since an accident happened when she was younger - the love and attention of her father and to make him proud. Her story is a journey from the first page right through until the last. Her voice starts out meek and as she’s forced to face some extremely harsh and real challenges she’s also forced to find out who she is. I loved all the characters in this story. Even her father who I w Ted to scream at more often than not. He needed to be better for Danny yet if he was any different she’d never learn who she was. It’s a story about finding ones self, becoming stronger because of it. It’s about..... well, you just need to read it. The book is very well written and reads super easy and fast. With excitement that’ll keep all readers on the edge of their seats. I for one will be on the look out for future titles from this author. I highly recommend this title.
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  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI totally wanted to read this because its set in the Amazon. Since my own world is a jungle world I love reading books set in the jungle. That is the only reason I wanted to read it... But it also includes disability (loss of an eye) and survival (another genre I love)!!The title is very fascinating and really kind of symbolically encapsulates what The Speed of Falling Objects is really about... which is not survival or disability though those are part of the stoWriter...The Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzI totally wanted to read this because its set in the Amazon. Since my own world is a jungle world I love reading books set in the jungle. That is the only reason I wanted to read it... But it also includes disability (loss of an eye) and survival (another genre I love)!!The title is very fascinating and really kind of symbolically encapsulates what The Speed of Falling Objects is really about... which is not survival or disability though those are part of the story. It's hard to settle on a title like this but with the right story it fits perfectly!! I don't hate the cover but kind of wish it had the tail end of a plane or a golden frog on the cover instead.The PremiseDanny lost her eye in an accident when she was little... and then her dad left her and her mom. It's not a big leap for a kid to equate that to her accident being the cause of the divorce. Even when you become a teenager you aren't necessarily going to separate the two. Because kids are cruel and when you lose an eye there are physical signs that you're different. So it kind of supports the idea that not having an eye means people may not want to be around you. To me Danny's low self esteem made sense.What I didn't like was her louse of a father. It made reading the beginning of The Speed of Falling Objects really, really hard. Because Danny is really, really delusional that her father is a great guy. And we could totally see where the story was going... from her low self esteem, to her parent's divorce, to her father's love, and even the plane crash! But once we hit the Amazon I was really pleasantly surprised (though her dad never does get better all the way to the bitter end!)I loved how the author used the sounds and animals of the Amazon to really make the setting come alive. And despite her fears Danny really pushed herself to have a positive experience. Sure she's delusional but it motivated her to approach the experience with the right mindset. I thought Cass, Jupiter (especially my boy here!) and Gus really helped here too being a buffer that kept the reader from having to focus on just Danny and Cougar (her dad.)I thought it was really smart how the author used this extreme situation to help Danny come into herself. Some of her loves that she didn't realize she had come to the surface as she has to face the past, face the truth about her parents and accept who she is because of it all. I could really appreciate how neither parent was painted with a hateful brush (no matter how much I disliked Cougar!) and was left realistic, even if that was painful to Danny.While I loved the character arc in The Speed of Falling Objects I did find the end a tad disturbing with teen sex at a pivotal moment when dying people were waiting for them. However Danny's journey to acceptance of her parents and herself was really inspiring. I was so happy she figured out how she wanted to proceed with life.My ExperienceDuring the entire beginning of The Speed of Falling Objects I was preoccupied with how Danny saw her dad. While I think it’s realistic how she’s panting after her daddy’s love I also think it’s unhealthy the way she obsessed over it and pursued it at her mom's expense. It verged on problematic to me. I kept thinking that its telling girls to listen to a man's words and not his actions. This kind of thinking will lead readers to unhealthy relationships. I did however like how the author showed Cougar did do somethings that showed his love. And Danny was able to recognize those things. But I wished it were addressed a little clearer that Cougar's actions were really selfish. And I really was dismayed at how Cougar decided to handle his own health issues. That is not right!! Suicide is not the answer. However, it did fit Cougar and who he was shown to us as being... a really prideful jerk who put being a celebrity above being a father.I really applauded how the author wasn't afraid to kill off her characters. That was really brave for a YA book and really quite true to a small plane crash. And I felt many of survival situations and knowledge were quite spot on (I've researched these myself!)Here are my three favorite things about The Speed of Falling Objects...-Channeling her mom to deal with her dad!“Show me.”“Kid, leave it alone.”I summon Commander Samantha’s bluntness. “Now.”-Her conclusion about Cougar is so realistic!!"Everything Cougar does goes to feed his ego. That’s a sad way to live. But I still want to know my father and have the time to forgive him."-From the author's note... she totally hit this perfectly!!!"Many of us, especially as teens, face a moment like Danny does, when we see our parents for who they truly are for the first time and must decide whether to pardon them for not being the superhero we imagined."The Speed of Falling Objects is a crazy survival adventure through the Amazon jungle. It has celebrities, dad troubles, medical emergencies and many, many bugs and snakes! Meet Danny and see that losing her eye when she was young is the least of her troubles...⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World BuildingA- Cover & Title gradeThanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews...Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up intending to read just one chapter and found that was completely impossible (the book STARTS with a plane disaster). Teenaged Danny's plane crashes in THE Amazon rain forest and she’s stranded there with her wilderness-survival celebrity dad, his filming crew and teen movie star Gus in a fight for survival (a brilliant set-up if every there was one). And yes, there are a plethora of terrifying bugs, reptiles and other lethal dangers, but what this story is about, at its hea I picked this book up intending to read just one chapter and found that was completely impossible (the book STARTS with a plane disaster). Teenaged Danny's plane crashes in THE Amazon rain forest and she’s stranded there with her wilderness-survival celebrity dad, his filming crew and teen movie star Gus in a fight for survival (a brilliant set-up if every there was one). And yes, there are a plethora of terrifying bugs, reptiles and other lethal dangers, but what this story is about, at its heart (to me at least) is how real people get with each other when thrown into a life-and-death situation (with people they barely know - including Danny's arrogant, survivalist, absentee dad) and how our protagonist discovers courage and strength that she never knew she had. And did I mention the terrifying bugs? (I'm scared of bugs and got a vicarious thrill reading about Danny coming to grips with the constant presence of rainforest insects - which, apparently, are like Vermont insects on steroids). I highly recommend this completely addictive (and emotionally moving) thrill ride which had me googling one too many types of spiders. Seriously - don't miss this one.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Would you travel through the Amazon as part of a survivalist TV show in order to reconnect with your Dad and learn his truth? Well that’s what Danger Danielle (Danny) Warren does in The Speed of Falling Objects. This YA book is a fun and fast read that’s an adventure with a romance subplot. It’s a coming-of-age story filled with courage, the will to survive, love, family, friendship, bullying, and living with a disability.The first sentence pulled me right in and the second sentence Would you travel through the Amazon as part of a survivalist TV show in order to reconnect with your Dad and learn his truth? Well that’s what Danger Danielle (Danny) Warren does in The Speed of Falling Objects. This YA book is a fun and fast read that’s an adventure with a romance subplot. It’s a coming-of-age story filled with courage, the will to survive, love, family, friendship, bullying, and living with a disability.The first sentence pulled me right in and the second sentence kept me there.I don’t remember impact. There’s silence, followed by by individual sounds, like someone conducting a nature symphony - first birds with different songs, then the deep vibration of frogs, the buzz of myriad insects and an undercurrent of slithering that might be my imagination.I could not put this book down. The suspense and the survivalist angle kept me turning the pages, as did the romantic angle. Fischer uses vivid imagery to paint a picture of the rainforest and all of its “inhabitants.” A lot of research went into this book and it shows.At its essence, the story is about Danny coming into her own. Danny has lived with a disability since she was 7, when she lost an eye in an accident. Not surprisingly, this disability had a major impact on her life - her father disappeared shortly thereafter, she was subjected to bullying in school and she suffered from numerous psychological issues...came up with their own dance. It was called “The Pigeon.” They stood in a circle flapping their arms like wings and poked their heads left and right, imitating me. I’d never realized that was how I looked. I was just trying to see better because having only one working eye makes judging depth and the speed of moving objects, like people dancing with abandon, a bitch. Until then, though, I’d thought I was doing a pretty good job. Funny how a single moment changed my self-perception forever.Danny admits to being scared of “everything” now because of her disability, the exact opposite of who she was before. While the trip is a scary proposition because of all these fears, it is more important to Danny to get to know her Father and prove to him that she is worthy of his attention and love....this is my chance to prove to my dad that I can be the kid he used to love. Tomorrow will be the first step to getting back to the Danny before the accident. Someone my dad will be proud to call his daughter.As a way to have some sort of connection to her Dad a.k.a. Cougar, Danny has watched all the episodes of his TV show, some even multiple times. Granted it was a one-sided relationship but It was her only way to know him.I’ve seen every one of my dad’s shows, watched when my mom isn’t home. Cougar eats snakes, bugs, raw eggs and maggots to survive. He suffers in extreme heat, cold and torrential rainstorms that make his skin blister, pucker, crack, bleed. In one episode. My dad almost died from a killer bee attack. In another, he was charged by a grizzly bear.We really get to know Danny well and witness her personal development while she gets to know her Father and has to face some of her fears. It becomes an even greater challenge because Cougar is a dislikable person. The reader will easily root for Danny every time. In this way, it is a story of surviving the rainforest as well as surviving her father’s dysfunction.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceSurvivalist stories are brutal. They excel at tearing away hope in favour of exposing the true grit of human nature. This story is no exception, and I felt that it offered a very interesting exploration into the human spirit when it seems as though there is nothing left to lose. Emotions run high, raw, and rampant here, and there’s no turning back once you’ve started. I found the characters compelling, and the sheer hatre Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceSurvivalist stories are brutal. They excel at tearing away hope in favour of exposing the true grit of human nature. This story is no exception, and I felt that it offered a very interesting exploration into the human spirit when it seems as though there is nothing left to lose. Emotions run high, raw, and rampant here, and there’s no turning back once you’ve started. I found the characters compelling, and the sheer hatred that I had for one character in particular showed just how close to reality some of the relationships in this book were treading. The imagery in this book was phenomenal, you can almost feel the stifling humidity of the amazon come to life as you’re reading. Naturally, since this book is about the survival of characters after a plane crash, if you’re easily triggered by death or gore, this might be a book to approach with caution.In this book we meet Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren, a young woman who lost her eye in a childhood accident, and is no stranger to falling. She’s had to relearn her perception of movement and space, so she prefers to keep her nose down to her studies instead. Danny feels at fault for her mother’s bitterness and separation from her father, if only she could be better, more athletic…just more. When her TV star father calls with an opportunity to participate on his next episode of his popular TV series, Danny jumps at the chance, eager to show her father, she isn’t the disappointment that he left behind. Not only that, but getting to hang out with the hottest actor around should be the cherry on top. However, when their plane crashes in the Amazon and some horrifying secrets are revealed, Danny finds out some terrible truths about her father. She’ll have to find her own inner strength and hope if she’s ever going to make it out of the Amazon alive.When I first started this story, I was so engrossed by Danny. She doesn’t let her vision impairment become a hindrance, and has learned to adapt. Although she harbours feelings of self-loathing because of the accident, Danny has also come so far when you first meet her. She’s fascinated by science and medicine, and I loved that this is a trait of hers that gets to be displayed throughout the book. Unfortunately because of her accident, Danny does suffer from low self-confidence, which is also prominently displayed throughout the book, to the point of pain in some parts. She’s bullied by her classmates and at times it feels that all Danny seems to embody is her disability. Moreover, it was hard to read about her relationship with her father because it reminded me of an experience of a close family member had.This story is definitely more of an emotional journey. Very similar to the five stages of grief, Danny goes on this emotional journey not only with her dad, but with herself. How effective communication means nothing when a person only cares about themselves. And a lot of these characters only seem to care about themselves in the long run. It’s hard to root for anyone at first because you find out just how horrid human nature can be. As you dig deeper, you find out what’s truly at the core of these characters and just how determined they are to survive.Of course, there’s a romance that kindles between Danny and Gus Price, a famous actor. Without being too spoilery, I enjoyed the relationship development, despite some of the setbacks in the book. Some of my favourite scenes in the book are with these two characters at the center. Of course, there’s also the relationship that we see between Danny and her best friend, which was sweet because of some of the issues they share, but I didn’t get enough of. I would have liked to see more of Danny and Trix’s relationship.If you’ve ever wanted a clearer definition of the dangers of being stranded to survive in a rainforest, this is definitely the book to read. The vivid imagery of some of the things happening in this book would definitely make some queasy. I mean, I knew I wasn’t going to be sitting down to read about gourmet meals in the book, but I definitely had no appetite by the end of it. The juxtaposition of having a lush rainforest and yet having almost nothing to eat or drink was definitely a frightening scene.My rating for this book would be an 8/10. It was a strong read, but I wish we’d had a little more development between some of the relationships that Danny has in the book. However, the emotional journey is certainly worthwhile, and will definitely make readers more introspective when they reach the end.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the author of When Elephants Fly comes an exceptional new novel about falling down, risking everything and embracing what makes us unique. Don’t miss this compulsively readable novel about the most unlikely of he When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the author of When Elephants Fly comes an exceptional new novel about falling down, risking everything and embracing what makes us unique. Don’t miss this compulsively readable novel about the most unlikely of heroes.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 fulfil everyone else’s needs. She's certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her faults. 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 is a great book that will enthral kids with its aeroplane crash, reality show genre and one plucky heroine. YA readers will inhale this book as it is well written, has great characters and a plot that proves people, even teens, have the guts to overcome serious adversity. I enjoyed it as a middle-age librarian but kept thinking of Janine on "The Handmaid's Tale" - hopefully only adults will get that and their parents will not be letting their kids watch that TV-series. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ 
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.My number one advice for this book? Don't read it while on an airplane. After all, it literally begins with a plane crash. I was hooked from the first chapter. I loved Danny and her narration. She lost one eye in an accident when she was younger and has been scared of the world - and losing her other good eye - since. She also has barely seen her father, a man who reinvented himself as Cougar - a An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.My number one advice for this book? Don't read it while on an airplane. After all, it literally begins with a plane crash. I was hooked from the first chapter. I loved Danny and her narration. She lost one eye in an accident when she was younger and has been scared of the world - and losing her other good eye - since. She also has barely seen her father, a man who reinvented himself as Cougar - a fearless adventurer with his own television show about surviving in the wild with clueless celebrities. When Cougar returns just before Danny's 17th birthday with the offer of going to the Amazon rain forest, Danny can't help but want to go and redeem herself - and win back her dad's approval and love.I've never been a fan of survival shows and I definitely don't like bugs or any sort of creepy crawlie, but something about this story was super compelling and I couldn't put it down. It's clear the author did her research into creatures living in the Amazon (in both appearance and behaviour), injuries sustained in airplane crashes, and how to realistically treat those injuries. Danny is super smart and resourceful, trying to help and save her travelling companions from being killed by basically everything. In the rain forest, everything is a threat.I loved her relationship with her parents. It was really hard to see her discover some less-than-flattering things about both her mom and dad. I really loved to hate Cougar (though he had his redeeming moments) and I adored Jupiter!Onto the negative (ish): I didn't love how Danny's relationship with Trix worked out; Trix is Danny's best friend, but Danny's own coldness to her was a bit off-putting. Also, the book was somehow sex positive, but it felt like it was only positive for Danny; other characters who sleep around a lot are judged for their decision, which felt rather hypocritical. Finally, I wasn't a fan of how the story's romance progressed. (view spoiler)[(Also sex in a rain forest filled with things that can easily kill you seems like a horrible decision, but that's just me.) (hide spoiler)]To be fair, these are small quibbles. Overall, I really enjoyed the story! Danny was whip-smart and honestly did her damn best in the circumstances she was stuck in, and I felt she grew a lot over the course of the novel. If you're looking for an adventure into a dangerous rain forest from the comfort of your own bed, this book is an excellent choice.Blog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Danny, sixteen about to be seventeen, lives with her mom. Her dad is famous but she has little to no relationship with him because he is too busy as a survivalist TV star; her relationship with him consists of watching all of his shows on TV. When her dad calls to invite her to be on his next survivalist show, she hastily accepts. But, the plane crashes, lives are lost, and they are faced with the true wilderness. Danny begins to see her dad for who he truly is, but can she forgive him? Sa 3.5 stars Danny, sixteen about to be seventeen, lives with her mom. Her dad is famous but she has little to no relationship with him because he is too busy as a survivalist TV star; her relationship with him consists of watching all of his shows on TV. When her dad calls to invite her to be on his next survivalist show, she hastily accepts. But, the plane crashes, lives are lost, and they are faced with the true wilderness. Danny begins to see her dad for who he truly is, but can she forgive him? Sacrifices are made in order to survive, but does that mean sacrificing human decency? While the group struggles to survive in the Amazon wild, they also struggle to cope with each other. Family resentment and forgiveness is celebrated through Danny's tale of survival. She battles the ghosts of her parents decisions: Did her mom keep her from having a relationship with her dad? Why didn't her dad try harder to see her and form a meaningful relationship with her? The beginning is mostly about the background relationship between Danny, her mom, and her dad until 24%. Because of this, the beginning was slow. Danny's dad had little to no redeeming qualities throughout the entire story. Danny wants to be part of his life so bad, and wants to be accepted by him for who she is. Manipulative and egotistical, I did not like him and he is a major character. Without him though, Danny could not experience the growth she had in the end. I did enjoy the constant reminder of how manipulated the world we live in is; the insurmountable negation of our natural world even to the state of death itself is echoed in this novel. This is a small spoiler, but important to read because it concerns sex education. (view spoiler)[Towards the end, Danny decides to give her virginity to Gus, the famous hot movie star on the trip with them. Gus has told her before that he has had sex with more than 15 women. The morning after Danny and Gus have sex, Danny makes it clear that they were "safe" and she explains that they were safe meaning that no unwanted babies were conceived. This either means A. Gus had a condom on him after being stranded in the wild, trudging the swamps, etc. -or- B. he pulled out. I am going to assume B since all Danny makes sure that readers know is that no babies will be birthed. I thought this inclusion was poorly executed because there was absolutely no mention of protection against STD's. (This was not factored into my "star" rating, but I did want to mention it in my review.) (hide spoiler)]Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy. Opinions are my own.
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  • Katie Gallagher
    January 1, 1970
    For other fun bookish stuff, check out my blog!Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. The Speed of Falling Objects debuted October 1st.If there ever was a book to convince me that I don’t want to visit the Amazon rain forest, this is it. The book progresses from a page one plane crash to poison dart frogs, killer snakes, leeches, and all the creepy crawlies you could ever want. MC Danny, short for Danielle, must For other fun bookish stuff, check out my blog!Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. The Speed of Falling Objects debuted October 1st.If there ever was a book to convince me that I don’t want to visit the Amazon rain forest, this is it. The book progresses from a page one plane crash to poison dart frogs, killer snakes, leeches, and all the creepy crawlies you could ever want. MC Danny, short for Danielle, must confront all these and more as she and her survival TV star father, along with a reality television crew and a teen heartthrob movie star, endeavor to make their way to safety.But this book isn’t just about the perils of the Amazon. Danny’s mission is to use the time in the jungle to get closer to her dad, who, to put it bluntly, is a total dick. She hardly knows him, but has spent most of her life obsessed with his wilderness survival television show. Much of the book revolves around her hopes and expectations about her father being summarily dashed; she has to learn who her father really is and whether she can accept that reality or not. The book was a bit introspective for my taste, but that’s a personal preference thing.The writing is strong, and Fischer holds no punches. The inclusion of the teen heartthrob character made me think at the outset that this would be a bit of a fluffier read, but it’s definitely not. People die in this book, permanently, and not just the ones you’re kind of hoping might. If you’re looking for a wilderness-themed page-turner, this is definitely a book to pick up!
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  • Colleen Houck
    January 1, 1970
    If this one doesn't make you want to crawl under your covers and grab a can of Raid, I'd be shocked. Gah! The snakes, the bugs, the sweat, the rain...what didn't happen to this poor kid? I was glued to every page. Loved that there was absolutely no pull back on what really happens when the unthinkable happens in the Amazon jungle. Scary!
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Find a cozy corner, or better yet a comfy bed, and crank up the a/c when your start this book because you will not want to put it down!In #TheSpeedofFallingObjects, the backdrop is an amazon rain forest complete with creepy crawly creatures and the vast unknown. Reality star and survivalist Cougar Warren has invited his teenage daughter Danny to join him on his latest show which will feature a young rising actor Gus Price. But plans go awry when their plane crashes, and getting out a Find a cozy corner, or better yet a comfy bed, and crank up the a/c when your start this book because you will not want to put it down!In #TheSpeedofFallingObjects, the backdrop is an amazon rain forest complete with creepy crawly creatures and the vast unknown. Reality star and survivalist Cougar Warren has invited his teenage daughter Danny to join him on his latest show which will feature a young rising actor Gus Price. But plans go awry when their plane crashes, and getting out alive takes on a new reality for the survivors.What I liked best, aside from the incredible rain forest descriptions and survival lessons, is the way Danny manages to astonish time and again. The shy, quiet girl has a physical limitation but she is smart, observant, and intuitive. When it comes to her dad, however, Danny is raw and vulnerable. She wonders how is it that the person she wants most to impress has the power to diminish her with a word. Don't we all. There is chemistry between Gus and Danny that adds a touch of romance to the story without ever losing the focus on the complicated father-daughter relationship. Even if there is a lot of tension as the survivors encounter one danger after another, characters like Jupiter, yes that's his name, add some lighthearted moments and insightful observations. But, the true heart of the book is Danny. As she reconciles her feelings about her parents and wields her courage like a lioness, she turns out to be the true heroine.Many thanks to #NetGalley for the ARC of #TheSpeedofFallingObjects!
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  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
    January 1, 1970
    How long would you survive lost in the Amazon?Huge fan of Bear Grylls and Naked & Afraid type survival shows - but I still don’t think that if my plane crashed in the South American jungle I’d survive 5 minutes. I’d get hungry & cranky and itchy & bitchy. The Amazon is pretty but I’ll stick to the one that sells books!When Danny’s estranged father - a famous TV survivalist - asks her to come along on a shoot, she instantly says yes. Forget that that she’s terrified of everythin How long would you survive lost in the Amazon?⁣⁣Huge fan of Bear Grylls and Naked & Afraid type survival shows - but I still don’t think that if my plane crashed in the South American jungle I’d survive 5 minutes. I’d get hungry & cranky and itchy & bitchy. The Amazon is pretty but I’ll stick to the one that sells books!⁣When Danny’s estranged father - a famous TV survivalist - asks her to come along on a shoot, she instantly says yes. Forget that that she’s terrified of everything, and not very athletic, and that the hottest teen movie idol of the moment is joining them. She's determined to prove once and for all to her dad that she’s no disappointment.⁣⁣But when the plane crashes in the Amazon - all bets are off. Surviving isn’t the only thing Danny and the others need to contend with. There’s emotions and secrets that sting just as bad as fire ants. Sharp tongued words that bite harder than poisonous snakes. And as deadly as the rainforest may be - it’s nothing compared to the strength Danny must find within to survive her inner struggles.⁣⁣Let me tell you…. I FELT like I was in the Amazon and found myself itching and scratching away invisible creepy crawlies. The suspense is thrilling and riveting from the very beginning to the very end. You FEEL like you are there. You feel the emotions, the sadness, the danger and the triumphs and you will be on the edge of your seat reading this. It’s written so fantastically well, you don’t ever want to put it down. You almost don’t WANT them to get out, because you won’t want the book the end!⁣It’s definitely a new favorite!
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  • Lillia
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, everyone, I Received this Advance reader copy from Harlequin TEEN (US and Canada) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I rated this 5 out of 5 starsI highly recommend this to those who are looking for a story where one discovers self and who needs that type of read where a character, after going through so much, uplifts herself and just realized they are worth it.This book is about a 17-year-old girl discovering her true self and family through Hello, everyone, I Received this Advance reader copy from Harlequin TEEN (US and Canada) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I rated this 5 out of 5 starsI highly recommend this to those who are looking for a story where one discovers self and who needs that type of read where a character, after going through so much, uplifts herself and just realized they are worth it.This book is about a 17-year-old girl discovering her true self and family through the hardships she went through as a child and what her parents went through as well.The character really finds her worth and I am really proud of her for that. What she went through, taught me a few lessons. I think more people should read books like this one to break out of that shell of insecurity. For which, I’m so grateful to have devoured this book. It was an incredible read. I can not believe I got my hands on this ARC. Everyone and their pets need to read this book. I haven’t read a book as good as this in a while and I mean A WHILE. The character development was awesome. The author did an excellent job of creating the characters and the setting. I sat here and thought about how can she even think about making an adventure filled and suspenseful book such as this. Therefore, I went through all the feels while reading this. I was sad, happy, laughing, and angry. A magnificent page turner.
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  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Full review to come.
  • Brenna Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this ARC! I read the synopsis and was automatically excited to read it, but I had no idea the heart that lay beneath the brush of the Amazon. This tale was expertly wound, and our little heroine felt like an extension of my soul. Watching Danny make her journey from Pigeon to Danielle to Danny to Danger was the the most cathartic thing, and it's amazing that it happened all within these 336 pages. She grew so much, and it really inspired me. Beneath the actual Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this ARC! I read the synopsis and was automatically excited to read it, but I had no idea the heart that lay beneath the brush of the Amazon. This tale was expertly wound, and our little heroine felt like an extension of my soul. Watching Danny make her journey from Pigeon to Danielle to Danny to Danger was the the most cathartic thing, and it's amazing that it happened all within these 336 pages. She grew so much, and it really inspired me. Beneath the actual surviving happening as these characters are stranded in an unfamiliar and hostile environment, you also get to see the inner turmoil that they have been living through.Danny is sixteen going on seventeen, and she lives with her mom. Her dad is off recording his survival show, 'Cougar', and hasn't been in her life since the accident where she lost her eye. So, when he invites her to go on a trip with him to Peru, despite all of her inner fears of wildlife and disease, she accepts just to spend time with him. I connected with her so deeply here, seeing a younger version of myself, wanting to be the rough and tumble kid who everyone wanted to be around and love. I also saw myself as I am now, scared of rejection and of not being good enough, and Danny's inner voice might be the true villain of this story. To prove that nagging sound wrong, she goes, but things fall apart much quicker than expected.This novel had me on the edge of my seat from the plane crash on. There was no holds barred as gore, creatures, and the landscape of this beauty country are all explored. I've never been to that side of the world, but after reading this, I feel like I had also gone down and was stranded amongst the flora and fauna. As traumatizing as the events were, I had such a reverence for it, just thinking about seeing, tasting, and experiencing all these things. From poison dart frogs to grilled snake to capturing first love, it was sensory magic. I appreciated the cast of characters we are presented with, and how their varied injuries and backstories make them unforgettable. I don't think I could ever make it in this situation, and watching Danny wrestle with the illusion of her dad shattering, getting to know the movie star who is her age, and discovering her inner power is simply beautiful.I think my favorite thing about the whole novel is that we start out with Cougar being the hero. It's all WWCD? (what would cougar do) and putting him on a pedestal, while he berates Danny for her inexperience. Of course, he's her father, so it feels like he should be right and the leader and a superhero 100% of the time. As the course of the book goes on, Danny does a lot of growing up. She recognizes her dad's flaws at the same time as she's finding out that she can be her own hero. Her inner monologue slowly changes from self-doubt to an admirable self-confidence, and the first time I ever saw WWDD? (what would danny do) I cheered. She lost a lot in that rainforest; friends, her childhood, and nearly her life, multiple times. The fact that she was able to rise above it all and find peace within is the best lesson I think this novel could teach. Truth.
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  • Danielle Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    Equally thrilling and heartfelt, THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is a fantastic novel about facing your fears and pushing beyond what you think your limits are to figure out who you really are as a person. The main character is the daughter of a man who’s a bit of a combination of two famous Steves: Steve-O and Steve Irwin. He’s knowledgeable but pompous, capable but a bit cold-hearted at times, not to mention very selfish. “Danielle” (a name I’m very partial to), or Danny for short, doesn’t think Equally thrilling and heartfelt, THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is a fantastic novel about facing your fears and pushing beyond what you think your limits are to figure out who you really are as a person. The main character is the daughter of a man who’s a bit of a combination of two famous Steves: Steve-O and Steve Irwin. He’s knowledgeable but pompous, capable but a bit cold-hearted at times, not to mention very selfish. “Danielle” (a name I’m very partial to), or Danny for short, doesn’t think she’s any of that. So when she’s invited on a survival excursion through the rainforest with her dad and a current Hollywood heartthrob, she sees it as her chance to reconnect with her dad and prove to him (and herself) that she’s neither a failure nor a letdown of a daughter, friend, or human being. The problem is that she’s afraid of a lot of things, many that happen to pose a threat to her in the Amazon. When nothing goes according to plan and the adventurers (as well as the crew) find themselves in mortal danger, Danny has to search within for her true potential and survive while helping others do the same.I really, really enjoyed this novel. For a YA novel, it was far less forgiving than I’d assumed it’d be. The dangers of the rainforest are very real and have very real, very fatal consequences. While reading this book, you’ll find yourself grimacing while excitedly turning the page. Descriptions are incredibly vivid, both of rainforest flora and fauna as well as of injuries, death, and human anatomy. This book doesn’t pull any punches. The survival situation here is very much life or death, with death being the more likely.But that’s what makes it great. It’s a beautiful novel that follows one young woman’s journey toward discovering her true self that she hid away long ago. While outside forces such as other people (like her deadbeat dad) and the rainforest help her along a bit, ultimately she finds her strength from within.Her relationship with her father is incredibly frustrating, but in the best way possible. He’s a textbook narcissist but he’s hard not to have a soft spot for. It’s easy to understand how Danny takes so much shit from him but keeps yearning for his approval. Their relationship is beautifully nuanced and, while frustrating, ultimately satisfying.THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is a book you won’t soon forget due to its beautiful imagery, vivid descriptions of death and danger, and carefully drawn characters. I definitely recommend it.
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  • Tish
    January 1, 1970
    From the minute I opened this book I had trouble putting it down. The characters and their relationships held me sway. The story seemed to move faster and faster. I didn't want it to end. There are themes of redemption and self awareness, which I always love. I also love when I learn things in fiction that I would not have pursued on my own. The only thing I know about the Amazon rain-forests are that they are the lungs of the planet and that they are on fire. I have no interest in bugs or snake From the minute I opened this book I had trouble putting it down. The characters and their relationships held me sway. The story seemed to move faster and faster. I didn't want it to end. There are themes of redemption and self awareness, which I always love. I also love when I learn things in fiction that I would not have pursued on my own. The only thing I know about the Amazon rain-forests are that they are the lungs of the planet and that they are on fire. I have no interest in bugs or snakes or jungle plant life. But spending time in this world was interesting. I imagine it took a lot of research to describe it so vividly. And more research about medical procedures gave practical depth to the main character's personality and a way to affirm her development. I finished a few days ago and I'm still thinking the story.
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  • Lydia Rose
    January 1, 1970
    No spoliers in this review!!!I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really hard to put down because at the end of every chapter, I kept on finding myself wanting to continue reading!! The imagery and the effort the author put into this book is AMAZING!! It felt as if I was actually there in the Amazon with all of the characters. The writing of the book was really easy to follow. The reason why I took away a star was that I wasn't completely on the same page with the characters. I No spoliers in this review!!!I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really hard to put down because at the end of every chapter, I kept on finding myself wanting to continue reading!! The imagery and the effort the author put into this book is AMAZING!! It felt as if I was actually there in the Amazon with all of the characters. The writing of the book was really easy to follow. The reason why I took away a star was that I wasn't completely on the same page with the characters. I wasn't able to connect with them and if I'm being quite honest, I didn't really like any of the characters... Except for Jupiter!! He's the only exception. Other than that, I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a quick read that will take you on an adventure in the Amazon!!
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  • Renae McBrian
    January 1, 1970
    Proper review to come soon, but this book was incredible!
  • Karen Ford
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Here goes. Just finished the book, which was a fun, quick read. The novel's main character is a bright, almost 17 year-old, who agrees to celebrate her birthday with her estranged father, and his film crew, in the Amazon rain forest. Danielle's Dad, Cougar Warren, is the star of a popular reality TV series that's all about his outdoor adventures and survivalist skills. Danielle's only wish for this trip is to recapture the father/daughter bond I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Here goes. Just finished the book, which was a fun, quick read. The novel's main character is a bright, almost 17 year-old, who agrees to celebrate her birthday with her estranged father, and his film crew, in the Amazon rain forest. Danielle's Dad, Cougar Warren, is the star of a popular reality TV series that's all about his outdoor adventures and survivalist skills. Danielle's only wish for this trip is to recapture the father/daughter bond she and Cougar shared when she was 7 years old, the time before a tragic accident occurred which marked the end of their relationship. This is a sweet coming of age story where we follow Danielle into the rain forest with all of her hopes and dreams.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled when I was picked for this book tour because the plot for this story line sounded so good. I actually received my copy late and was a little worried about finishing it on time, but that turned out to be no problem at all. I finished this book in just a little over a day and that is because without a doubt it is fantastic! The whole premise and adventure was spectacular and kept me on the edge of my seat. What I didn't expect was the deep character profiles and the relationships th I was thrilled when I was picked for this book tour because the plot for this story line sounded so good. I actually received my copy late and was a little worried about finishing it on time, but that turned out to be no problem at all. I finished this book in just a little over a day and that is because without a doubt it is fantastic! The whole premise and adventure was spectacular and kept me on the edge of my seat. What I didn't expect was the deep character profiles and the relationships that were tested. I was especially drawn to the relationships between daughter and mother and daughter and father. I could really relate to Danny and her childhood. I thought the author did an amazing job keeping these relationships challenging yet realistic. All of the characters were exceptional in all their weakness and flaws, and this extreme situation really showed who they were. Some people rise above and really dig in, and this was really inspiring. Showing Danny with real fears due to some extraordinary circumstances felt very real to me. To see her work thought things in her mind really had me thinking about what I would do.The plus was all the wildlife and survivalist fun. Even though the book has a disclosure about this book not be a how to survive, I still found it full of great information. The descriptions of the environment and creatures was absolutely dazzling and I felt like I was right there.Most of all I think this is a story about growing up and giving up your perceived notions of yourself and others. It also really talks about human kind and how to have the best attitudes towards each other, kindness is definitely a theme here and I think that it fits perfectly. All in all a beautiful story that will stay with me a while.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    Find my full review here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS begins with a bang- Danny has been in a plane crash and is lost in the Amazon rain forest. Danny (Danger Danielle Warren) is about to turn 17 years old, and she lives with her mother who is a nurse. Her father is a famous TV reality show survivalist (survives with a guest star famous actor or actress in each episode), but he has not been around much- that hasn't stopped Danny from wishing she could know him better. When he calls and Find my full review here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS begins with a bang- Danny has been in a plane crash and is lost in the Amazon rain forest. Danny (Danger Danielle Warren) is about to turn 17 years old, and she lives with her mother who is a nurse. Her father is a famous TV reality show survivalist (survives with a guest star famous actor or actress in each episode), but he has not been around much- that hasn't stopped Danny from wishing she could know him better. When he calls and asks her to come with him to film one of his show's episodes, Danny is really excited.Danny has wanted to go back to being fearless, but she lost an eye when she was younger in an accident (details not revealed until later in the book). Since then, she feels like her anxiety and her physical limitations have pushed her dad away, so she is excited to get to know him better and show how cool she is/can be- even if he thinks she is actually turning 16 and has not made much of an effort to know her before now.However, the small plane they are taking out to the rain forest to film on location crashes. Danny will have to survive with her father, some of the crew, and the famous (and young and attractive) actor who had been planned to be a part of the episode. The journey through the rain forest is perilous and Danny will have to come to terms with who she is- and who her father actually is.What I loved: The world and character-building are top-notch in this book! I was completely engrossed by Danny, her family, and the danger that surrounds the small group in the rain forest. I loved the build up through not only the survival but also to Danny's revelations about herself and her parents. The romance was a nice touch to add a little cherry on top of this delicious book sundae.This book was unputdownable with a tension-filled storyline for both relationships and peril. I really adored so many of these characters with their flaws- they felt so three-dimensional. I am just gushing about this book, and I really loved it, and Danny. I only wish there was more, so I could stay in her world a little longer. I would warn you that there is character death in the book and plenty of suspense that comes with survival situations.Final verdict: This engrossing YA story is a really beautiful story about embracing yourself, recognizing your own strength, and coming to terms with the past and your family. I highly recommend for anyone looking for an unputdownable YA contemporary with suspense and a touch of romance.
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  • Suzy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NETGALLEY for the ARCWOW! I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did. Danny was such a great character who blossomed into the person she wanted to be through her experience surviving in the Amazon. She was able to face her fears head on and those helped her become stronger. She learned more about herself and her father through the epic journey. She was able to look at life through a different lens and helped save her friends and herself. The relationship she de Thank you to NETGALLEY for the ARCWOW! I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did. Danny was such a great character who blossomed into the person she wanted to be through her experience surviving in the Amazon. She was able to face her fears head on and those helped her become stronger. She learned more about herself and her father through the epic journey. She was able to look at life through a different lens and helped save her friends and herself. The relationship she developed with Gus was such a slow burn, but it was so good! I really liked how it started out as just something that was fake and then it turned into something that was real. Danny is able to face her father and really get to know the guy he really is and gain the closure that she surely needed. She realizes that her mother made a lot of sacrifices for her too and she can't crucify her because there were some hard situations involved. I had the heebeegeebees through parts of this too. I am scared of snakes and just the descriptions made me feel like they were on me. Fischer put a lot into her research and it shows with her descriptions and how she brought the Amazon to life. This is an action-packed, fast read that will appeal to a lot of middle grade and teen readers.
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