Monday, September 24, 2018

Burn Baby Burn! - Campfire Review

TITLE: Campfire
AUTHOR: Shawn Sarles
PUBLISHER: Jimmy Patterson
PUBLISHING DATE: July 17, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims' foreheads.

The next day, the story comes true. 

Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods--with no way out--being stalked by their worst nightmares. Because there were other, more horrifying stories told that night--and Maddie's about to find out just how they end...

MY THOUGHTS: Five years ago Maddie lost her mother to a horrific accident.  Ever since then, extended family and friends have made it a point to take vacations together each year and this year, they are going on a two week camping excursion.  What starts out as fun takes a deadly turn when the campfire tales they starts sharing slowly come to life.  Everyone is suspect and it's a race for survival to see who will come out alive.

I really had pretty low expectations when I picked up "Campfire" from my local library. I didn't even expect to read it as soon as I did but I picked it up on a whim and pretty much devoured it in a 24-hour time period.  I wanted a fun slasher-type read and although I had a few issues with the novel, in the end, it hit the spot.  I will caution anyone who is thinking about picking this up that the book is pretty slow in the beginning.  Basically it takes about 180 pages for the real action to start.  Up until then, it's pretty much some back story and people camping.  The main thing that save those first 180 pages though are the campfire tales.  Each night, when an individual takes a turn, that tale becomes it's own chapter with a story title.  It's a nice addition and keeps the reader engaged.

Finally, when the action does start taking place, the pace quickens and the fun begins.  The author really had me guessing about who/what was going on and threw a few twists and turns in I totally didn't expect.  There is some normal teenage angst, which is to be expected since it's a YA novel, but it wasn't too annoying.  There is no insta-love, but there is an insta-crush, which I didn't mind because Maddie totally realized what it was and didn't try to make it into some love at first sight connection.  

If you are looking for a fun read, then consider "Campfire."  It's a solid debut in my opinion and even though the beginning of the book was struggling to be even a 3/5 read, the ending really made my overall opinion jump.

RATING: 4 PAWS

16 comments:

  1. Slasher reads can be so much fun. If I weren't so booked up . . .

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    1. Yea, it was a quick read and like I said, I didn't plan on picking it up exactly when I did - it was a complete mood read. Which is nice once in a while.

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  2. I have seen some mixed reviews for this one, but none from any bloggers I know or follow. Now I have a better idea of what to expect and I might check it out! So I guess I should prepare for a meh beginning and a stellar ending, thanks!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yep, that's kind of what you get. But like I said, it was a fun read.

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  3. 'Tis the season for a book like this, and luckily, my library actually has a copy. Good review! :)

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    1. Yea, hope you get a chance to grab it soon.

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  4. This sounds so perfect for the season! The incorporation of all those campfire stories is really cool.

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  5. It's so much fun and satisfying when a book unexpectedly hits the spot, doesn't it!?

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  6. I think I'll give it a miss. 180 pages is too long a wait for me to get to the action. My usual creature feature books are finishing by page 180!

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    1. Yep, I do think you would find this slow and I would probably have to recommend you just skip it.

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  7. This sounds like a perfect Halloween read - I think I would enjoy it so will add it to my list. Thanks
    Lynn :D

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  8. They should have titled the book Foreheads with the same cover art. That would have been primo. Ha ha. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 👍✨

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    1. I love it - Foreheads. I'm rolling! Yes, it definitely would have been a great title.

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