Book Review: The Camp by Karice Bolton

I’m delighted to be a stop on the Karice Bolton blog tour! I’ve read many of her books and adored them. (Lonely Souls is currently free on Amazon). Today I’ll be posting a review of her new novel, The Camp, which is a contemporary suspense set in the Alaskan wilderness!

Title: The Camp
Author: Karice Bolton
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 250
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
‘Emma has always tried to be perfect in her almost eighteen years of existence, but it has never been good enough. As she finds herself counting the days until she’s officially free from her parents’ reins, her stepfather hands her a plane ticket explaining that she must attend the Re-Boot Camp in the wilds of Alaska.

Once she lands in the middle of nowhere, she realizes the camp is nothing like she imagined, and she wants out immediately. That is until she meets Liam.

The camp is full of teens with dark pasts, but she finds herself drawn to Liam’s ability to see who she really is and who she wants to become. While Emma and Liam begin adjusting to a place neither wants to be, frightening events begin to unfold. When people begin disappearing, it becomes apparent they can only trust one another as they fight for survival.

My Review:

Emma never dreamed that the wilderness camp she agreed to attend is actually a place for juvenile delinquents to spend time in order to escape community service – or worse, prison. But as the tiny plane lands in the Alaskan wilderness, Emma realizes that there can’t be much worse than being exiled to the middle of nowhere with only perverts and wild bears for company. Oh – and Liam, the very handsome camp handyman with exceptional forearms.

For me this book was Dear Cassie meets Harper’s Island – teen criminal boot camp with a fatal twist. There’s suspense and drama and the added bonus of waiting to see if Emma would get eaten by a bear! Conceptually – I loved it. Books set in Alaska are a guilty pleasure of mine and I love reading about its landscape and natural wonders. Having a girl who doesn’t belong amongst the wayward teens – brilliant. And with each Karice Bolton novel I read, I like her style more and more.

But for some reason The Camp just didn’t gel together for me. I thought Emma was a little too trusted and trusting (after saying “hey guys, I don’t really belong here,” the others agree and treat her like an honorary team leader), Liam is just a little too perfect (although his back-story is still a little mysterious and open for a potential sequel), and I didn’t quiet understand how the camp worked in terms of rehabilitating the rebel teens. I think the ideas to make this a great story however it just fell a little short for me.

I had fun reading The Camp and recommend it for fans of Karice’s other novels and anyone looking for a suspenseful story set in a beautiful location!

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