Book Review of “The Secret of Camp Whispering Pines (Samantha Wolf Mysteries Book 2) by Tara Ellis (Goodreads Author), Melchelle Designs (Illustrator)


Blurb:

What could be better than hiking, swimming, and horseback riding? Having a mystery to solve, of course!
When Sam and Ally embark on their next quest together, they have no idea what secrets hide in the shadows at Camp Whispering Pines. Set in the beautiful, rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the clues are slowly revealed, and it’s up to the two girls to figure it out.
New friendships are formed, while at the same time enemies lurk nearby. The closer they get to uncovering the truth behind the camp, the further they are pushed into danger and deceit. Can Sam and Alley put all of the pieces together before it’s too late? Follow them on another thrilling tale filled with excitement and adventure, along misty, high mountain trails and deep ravines, where the answers wait to be found!

Genre: Mystery / YA / Suspense / Cozy Mystery

My Review:

After an action packed 1st book, Tara Ellis is back with Samantha Wolf on an other adventure. This time they are off to a Summer Camp. Sam and Ally end up together in a Summer Camp and find themselves suddenly in the middle of a strange adventure.

Unlike the first book, this one is cozy and slow-paced. The story focuses more on how the girls have fun and make new friends. The mystery is a bit on the back end part.

What I could not accept here is the reason why they were dragged into the adventure in the first place. The whole thing started when Sam was targeted by the Director of the Camp for minor issues. That forces them to look into the matter, which resulted in the start of an adventure. If the Director would not have done that, then the adventure would not have happened at all. Although I am glad the adventure happened, it would have been more interesting and believable if they had stumbled up on a mystery by accident and not targeted and forced to unravel the whole matter.

Other than that, the entire story is peaceful and quiet. The pace is more like an Enid Blyton story. More of friendship and bonding is focused and the target audience, therefore, is very clearly categorized. Overall a good read.

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