Review | Secrets of Camp Whatever Vol 1 by Chris Gine

Eleven year-old Willow doesn’t want to go to her dad’s weird old summer camp any more than she wants her family to move to the weird old town where that camp is located. But her family—and fate itself—seem to have plans of their own. Soon Willow finds herself neck-deep in a confounding mystery involving stolen snacks, suspected vampires, and missing campers, all shrouded in the sinister fog that hides a generation of secrets at Camp … Whatever it’s called. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As soon as I saw the premise of this one I knew I wanted to give it a read. Spooky creepy summer camp and characters, that’s right up my alley! Overall this was a super enjoyable read and I’ll definitely want to pick up the next installment if/when it comes out.

In this story we follow Willow, whose pretty disgruntled about everything at the beginning. She doesn’t want to go to summer camp, she doesn’t like that her and her family are moving, none of it. At first Willow is a bit annoying in her attitude and behavior, she doesn’t want to be there so she seems like she doesn’t care about anything or anyone but herself. That does change over the span of the story as she and her new friends start to learn more about the island and its inhabitants. I did love the mythology/mystical elements that were thrown in, but did find myself somewhat wishing for more. I hope that the next volume includes more of that and expands on some of the characters we’ve met.

All in all this was a great spooky summer camp story that included all sorts of mythical creatures and the adventures of a ragtag group of kids as they try to solve some mysteries.

Secrets to Camp Whatever doesn’t come out until March 2021, but make sure to pick up a copy when it does!

Happy reading!

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