Review: The Camp by Karice Bolton

the campThe Camp
Author: Karice Bolton
Publisher: Self-Published
Age Group: Teen
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 2 out of 5

Summary 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.


2 out of 5

2 out of 5

My Thoughts

I honestly wasn’t expecting great things from this book.  I mean, I HATE the cover.  That guy is creepy.  His Ross-from-Friends hairstyle, the weird necklace, his upturned nose.  I don’t know, it’s just not a look I like.  But I decided to try it out because I saw April’s review from Good Books and Good Wine.  April certainly wasn’t raving about this book, but I thought, “what the heck.  It’s a dollar.  I’ll give it a try.”

And yeah, the book wasn’t really all that impressive, but I wasn’t expecting it to be.  The character development needs a lot of work.  As April said in her review, I didn’t really get to know the main character, Emma.  But the same can be said for Liam, and really all the other characters.  We don’t really get to see why Emma and Liam make a good couple.  I mean, for all I know they like each other because they are both pretty.  But the kind of devotion they development for each other in such a short time needs to be based more on looks.

Okay, and the whole plot.  I think it was supposed to be suspenseful and maybe a bit creepy, but it really wasn’t.  It was easy to figure out who the baddie was.  Oh, and the ending was really abrupt.  All of a sudden the baddie was found and captured, and that was that.  The End.

The writing isn’t great, either.  Oh and everyone always says “brown bears” instead of just bear.  I mean, do people really do that?  Wouldn’t people just say bear?  Why are they so specific?  I mean one mention at the beginning explaining that it was brown bears specifically that populated the area would be enough.  After that just call them bears.  Who cares of it’s a brown bear.

So yeah, this book wasn’t great.  But, like I said, I wasn’t expecting it to be amazing.  I don’t regret reading it.  It was quick, and it only cost $1.  But would I really recommend this to anyone.  Nope.  Sorry.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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5 Responses to Review: The Camp by Karice Bolton

  1. April Books & Wine says:

    Bahahahaha I LOVE IT.

    I am sorry you bought a book you did not love because of me.
    Better luck next time I guess?

    • Quinn says:

      No, don’t be sorry. I knew going into it that I probably wouldn’t be in love with it. And it’s not like you were saying how amazing this book is. And I don’t regret reading it or buying it at all.

      I mentioned you because I totally wanted to give you credit. You’re review was awesome.

  2. hazelureta says:

    That cover is pretty cringeworthy. The summary seemed pretty interesting though.

  3. ROFL I was totally thinking that from the cover!

  4. The cover creeps me out too

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