July 17, 2018

Campfire by Shawn Sarles

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
Give me a good scary story and I am all in! This book delivered just that. Campfire by Shawn Sarles follows main character Maddie as she goes on a camping trip with her extended family. Immediately, Maddie is attracted to their hot guide Caleb, and conspires with her best friend Chelsea (who has also accompanied them on the trip) to make a move. 

The first few days of the trip go fairly well, with everyone gathering to tell scary stories around the campfire at night. But then a bear scare puts people on edge and everything goes downhill from there. Suddenly the scary stories they have been telling begin to come true, and the fun family trip becomes a fight for survival.

I really enjoyed this book! The scary stories told were actually very creepy, and even though this is YA, I was actually freaked out a little even as a 28-year-old! And horror is my jam, so that's saying something. There were a lot of unexpected twists in this as well that I didn't see coming, and since I can usually predict things pretty well, that was definitely impressive.

I thought the main characters were fine. I didn't love them but I didn't hate them, and nothing really jumped out at me to sway me one way or another. But this was a much more plot-driven than character-driven story, so this was fine with me. I really appreciated how this book didn't paint the picture of the perfect family, but rather showed the tumultuous intricacies that make up real life. This really is the perfect story to sit on your deck with on a summer evening, or even take with you on a camping trip...if you dare.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

A huge thanks to JIMMY Patterson Books for sending me an advanced copy of this spooky summer read! Campfire by Shawn Sarles is out TODAY, July 17th, so be sure to pick up a copy!

10 comments:

Jo Linsdell said...

I'm not a fan of horror so probably not one for me. Great review though.

Jordanne said...

I'm such a wuss when it comes to scary books/movies - it's not the during that bothers me, it's when they revisit my brain two seconds before I want to go to sleep! Great review though!

Amanda McGill said...

Great review!

DJ Sakata said...

Jordanne and I seem to suffer from the same malady ;)

Bookworms Corner said...

As I have grown older I tend to shy away from horror (Dean Koontz being the exception)

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

I can only handle so much horror, this scaredy cat has hit her max! Glad you enjoyed it.

Kiss Like a Girl said...

This sounds like a book that would leave me sleeping with the lights on.

Whispering Stories said...

Not my usual genre, but I do like the sound of this book. That cover looks super scary too. Great review.

Cia Black said...

Well Happy Book Birthday to the author and what a great review. While the book doesn't suit my taste I know the perfect person to suggest it too.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, after reading your review I check to see if my library carries this book but sadly it doesn't well I guess I have to try and buy it then. Because it sure does looks and sounds absolutely amazing and I so do love horror books as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.