Enchantment Lake (Northwoods #1)
On the shores of Enchant ...more
I enjoyed it more than I expected, though I'll admit, I don't think this is a story for older YA readers. In all honesty, Enchantment Lake reads more like a middle grade novel than your typical YA, and I think marketing it as a YA murder mystery will only hurt it in the end. I don't find it serious or mature enough for the regular YA crowd, I think i ...more
Copy provided to me by the publisher for review.
Enchantment Lake is the story of a young girl, Francie, in pursuit of the acting career in New York when during an audition she receives a call from one of her Great-Aunts. The mysterious call hints on something relating to a murder, she is terrified and gets off to her hometown. That being a small settlement near a lake. The settlement is so remote that they don't even have a road yet.
There is a talk about making a road going around ...more
The premise of this book really attracted me: strange things happening at a remote lake? Two crazy aunts? Sounded fun. In actuality it was a bit slow. There were a lot of excuses at the beginning in order to get the ...more
I don't know. This one just felt amateur from the beginning. I wanted this to be a really great mystery and instead it feels like I'm stuck inside a bad 90's sitcom with bad actors and an annoying plot line.
When Francie can’t get the authorities or even her grandfather ...more
I see a lot of reviews calling it Middle Grade, but I think it leans towards YA with the maturity. I think even any adult would enjoy this if they are looking for ...more
First thing I thought when I saw this book; "Ooh, pretty cover!" Second thing; "Ooh, mystery!" And that was that. I went into this book knowing not much else; not about the author, or any previous reviews, or even about the specific plot. (I'd forgotten that by the time I finally picked the story up.) Thus, I was really surprised--not in a bad way, but definitely surprised--at the story that Enchantment Lake ended up being.
It's definitely NOT the serious mystery tale that I was expectin ...more
Francie lives in New York on her grandfather's dime -- her parents are both dead and her ...more
The writing was very easy to read. I actually finished the book pretty quickly out on the boat the same afternoon I bought it. I like nice, easy reads because I often g ...more
The thing that drew me to this book was its cover, duh. Look at that cover. It’s gorgeous. I didn’t really even know much about what the book was about and by the time I read it, I couldn’t remember at all. So this book was pretty much read solely for its cover. Oops.
I was confused while reading this book – not because I didn’t underst ...more
I was really rather intrigued by this book. For starters, the cover is gorgeous and looks really good when read in the digital format. Second, the premise of the story pulled me in right away. I've always been a huge fan of murder mysteries and the description of this book made me want to read it right away.
The problems I had with the book started instantly and really didn't seem to let up unti ...more
17 year old Francie is NOT a detective. She only played one on TV. Although her aunts Astrid and Jeannette have started a rumor, and now everyone on the lake where they live thinks Francie is some big shot NY detective. After getting a strange call from her aunts saying their in danger, Francie ditches an audition, hops on a plane and heads to Enchantment Lake to see if her aunts are okay. When her aunts tell her about all t ...more
ENCHANTMENT LAKE is a very entertaining “whodunit”. We follow Francie on her little quest to find out who is killing her grea ...more
Well, I quite enjoyed this, but I'm not sure it's really YA. It felt more 10 - 13 year old to me than higher up the spectrum
I liked the set up and the characters were interesting, even if I didn't think all of Francie's family relationships were properly explained and some of them could have used more development. The mystery plot was interesting and the solution was quite unexpected.
Not a bad way of spending 90 minutes or so, but not a ...more
This was not as atmospheric as I'd hoped, and many questions are left unanswered. I suspect this is supposed to b ...more
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My biggest takeaway from Enchantment Lake was that I've found a next-generation Nancy Drew for my daughters (and myself!). Francie is sharp on her feet, fearless and inquisitive, much like the teenaged sleuth I grew up reading (The Secret of the Old Clock...who's with me?!)
Seventeen-year-old Francie bolts from an audition and hops on a plane from New York City to Minnesota after receiving a troubling call from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette. She hasn’t visited her aunts’ home in northern Minnesota since her father’s death seven years prior, but she has fond childhood memories of Enchantment Lake. However, she cannot shake the uneasiness triggered by her aunts’ call and their subsequent clarification. It seems that the mortality rate of long-time residents i...more
This is suc ...more
I think late elementary, early middle school is the right level for this book. The plot moves quickly and she keeps finding clues that draw her deeper into the community. There is humor thrown in to keep it light. The characters are fun ...more