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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  162 reviews
It was supposed to be epic.

During a late-night poker game, tennis teammates Colin, Ceo, Grahame, and Rhody make a pact to go on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park. And poker vows can’t be broken.

So the first sign that they should ditch the plan is when Rhody backs out. The next is when Ceo replaces him with Ellie, a girl Grahame and Colin have never even heard of. An
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 19th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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Stephen Wallenfels It was originally scheduled for publication in February 2018 but was moved ahead to December 2017 due to enthusiastic responses by booksellers wanting…moreIt was originally scheduled for publication in February 2018 but was moved ahead to December 2017 due to enthusiastic responses by booksellers wanting it to be available for the holidays.(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
*I would like to thank BookishFirst and Hachette Book Group for a print copy of this book*

When I first read the sampler to the book I thought it sounded awesome and the summary didn't sound too bad either. But unfortunately, this was a "Bad Call" for me.

The story is about a group of people: Collin, Ceo, Grahame and Ellie going out on a camping trip together. Now another friend was supposed to go with them but he backed out. He was the lucky one.

There ends up being fights, fires, snow storms, m
Nov 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
i read the excerpt over on bookishfirst and i'm supposed to copy my reaction over here, for POINTS! i love points.

this is me after reading the first 20 pages or so:

i'm a sucker for survival stories, particularly YA survival stories, so this one grabbed my attention right away.

and this excerpt bodes well - it's a strong opening that definitely makes me want to read more. it's got good pacing, the characters have promise (and rhode island is mentioned as a place people are actually from, not as a
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars!
Bad Call by Stephen Wallenfels was quite the read. One filled with jealousy, deceit, anger, and misconceptions but it was also one about friendship and making wrongs right and yes, even a tiny bit of romance, or at least something that could be romance..eventually... maybe.

But mostly, it was one heck of a thrill ride. One where you weren't always sure which direction it was going to take and exactly what the heck was going on, but in a good way, not a bad way and one that was almost a
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book isn't quite what I thought it was going to be. I thought this was going to be creepier, more suspenseful, and definitely more thrilling. It's not really any of those things. It's a YA novel and it most certainly reads like one and maybe if I were still a teenager I might of liked this more. I found all of the characters pretty annoying. I found the reasons for why they did certain things to be beyond stupid. There was just constant bickering and it was all just very melodramatic. It is ...more
Autumn Is Azathoth
Review: BAD CALL

I started this book with a sense of foreboding. Beginning with the first page (what a reader's hook!), my intuition just "knew" something was going to go very badly wrong. Some one or more of the characters would suffer, and so would I, vicariously. Some of them I distrusted from the beginning; plus I knew that the deception from the very beginning would prove disastrous, bringing on trouble, and more lies, and quite possibly betrayal. As the story continues, the suspense ratchet
Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
"Bad Call"
Written by Stephen Wallenfels
Review written by Diana Iozzia

I was really excited to read this, but I think the anticipation had to do with the length of time I waited for my complementary copy to come. Not to be disparaging, but I think I built up a huge amount of excitement. When I do this, I do find myself becoming a little let down and disappointed. "Bad Call" let my twenty-two year old self down, but would have really impressed my 13 - 16 year old self. This is a book created by Dis
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review and others can be found at BW Book Reviews.

2/5 - DNF at 48%

When I won this book through BookishFirst, I was a little hesitant. The blurb for it didn't do it for me and I remember thinking that I was interested, but not entirely sure if I'd like it. That feeling basically stayed with me.

In short, three college-aged guys decide to get some weed from somewhere and find a way to fake everyone out about it so they don't get in trouble. After all, they're tennis players. Big deal athletes.
Jeff Bailey
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wallenfels has done it again. Excellent book. The story starts deceptively slow and the then lands hard. BAD CALL is the perfect title. I found the backstories fascinating and the dialog polished. Jeff Bailey, author of THE DEFECT.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really loved the characters a lot. They were relatable and had flaws like humans. They had bad and good feelings that made me love them. The setting was beautiful and chilling, pun intended. I liked how Ellie's point of view differed from Collin's because he's closer to the others than Ellie the outsider. Ellie saw the emotions in Graham's eyes which caused me chills. Graham was a jerk but he did redeemed himself. Ceo was a jerk but he had admirable qualities about him that made me like him. I ...more
Katherine Moore
I finished this last night, after the last third of the book really sped up and kept me awake until I was done!
I finally think I've come across a YA book that guys will actually like. It's set with mountain-climbing as the main activity and Yosemite as the backdrop; the author, Stephen Wallenfels, is big into the outdoors and mountain-climbing, and through the dialog and writing, it shows. The book is described as a thriller, although it's low on 'thrill' content, plus there's a complicated 're
If only plans went as planned...

This wilderness/psychological suspense is quick read about how the reaction of one person to one moment in time sets off a chain of events that forever alters the lives of four teenagers, CEO (Cee-o), Colin, Grahame and Ellie.

Four fourth-year boys from a Prep school decide to take an unapproved long-weekend trip exploring and hiking some nearby mountains. When confronted by a school official about leaving school, they lie about going to a tennis tournament which h
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first read of the year and it was an awesome YA thriller! But what's not to love: a camping trip in Yosemite in inclement weather, four high school students (three boys and a girl) who each have secrets and jealousy abounds! Between past and present, the story unfolds as we get to know them through each "bad call" they make as of course they aren't experienced campers. What starts out as a late night poker game challenge between friends, ends with heart-racing chills breakneck speed as they a ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first thing I noticed about this book is the cover. Normally I just barely skim the picture on the cover and don't pay attention to it. This one was quite different. If you pay attention to the tree's shadow, it promises a more sinister story. It set the tone for a book that promises to be a gripping thriller.

This story is interesting and it did stay with me for a few days after. I did like the plot and I enjoyed how the character's interacted with each other. However, I was confused on the
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. This isn't the best ya survival novel I have ever read, but it's a solid one. I recommend it for those looking for a quick, suspenseful read and who don't mind if the plot is lacking in depth. It's an especially good choice for after a heavier read.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest feedback.
Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
Apr 15, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Just not into it
Alice Kuhn
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
To be truthful I did not like this book at first. I am a mature librarian. I asked myself why would a young girl go camping with three boys. I kept reading this story and could not stop. The storyline was intriguing. Again, being an older reader I thought that I could not recommend this book to a middle school student, but I was wrong. The language was a little crude, but not offensive. Great adventure and realistic mix. I will recommend this this book to people looking for a adventure and thoug ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
I was hooked from the mysterious prologue. ! was happy to see the chapters were written in multiple points of view (Ellie and Colin) and were short and to the point. Throughout the book I felt like I was missing some important key information to help me unravel this whole thing. The story was also extremely descriptive in terms on setting, I felt like looking around I would be in the woods with this group.

I would definitely say this book was highly character driven and less focused on the action
Nicole M.
Rating: 4 Stars

**Many thanks to the publisher. I received a hard copy of this book free through BookishFirst. This in no way effects my review.**

So excited to read this soon!

3/3/18 UPDATE

A group camping trip that goes horribly wrong, such a great read. This book started off super slow and I kind of struggled to get through the first 3/4 but once I hit the last 1/4 mark the pace went super fast. The ending was so intense. I loved it, I just wanted to keep reading! All in all, a good solid read!
Review will be on my blog in January/Feb 2018

I was a little unsure of this book at first. Three teenage guys and one girl going on a mountain hiking trip alone. I knew it wasn't going to end well, but I was not expecting it to go as bad as it did.

Three friends Ceo, Graham, and Collin from an elite school that are all in the tennis program one night while playing poker decide to go hike a mountain. With another friend backing out the day of Ceo decided to invite someone else along with them, and
updated review:

Friends, Ceo, Grahame, Rhody and Collin all attend a yuppity boarding school. Ceo, who is the king manipulator (primarily to get anything he wants from women of all ages) sets in place a plan for the 4 of them to go camping in Yosemite for the weekend. He creates an elaborate plan manipulating many entities to get them off campus unauthorized. At the last minute, Rhody backs out of the deal. Little to the other’s knowledge, he has also invited along a girl, Ellie, to join them.

Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Description
It was supposed to be epic.
During a late-night poker game, tennis teammates Colin, Ceo, Grahame, and Rhody make a pact to go on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park. And poker vows can't be broken.
The first sign that they should ditch the plan is when Rhody backs out. The next is when Ceo replaces him with Ellie, a girl Grahame and Colin have never even heard of. And then there's the forest fire at their intended campsite. But instead of bailing, they decide to take the treac
Stephanie Ward
'Bad Call' is a young adult survival/adventure story that fans of the genre will surely enjoy. I was under the impression that it was going to be more mystery/thriller as well, but that part fell flat, which left the book lacking for me. Don't get me wrong - the story is well done with complex characters, an interesting plot with lots of action and deadly survival scenarios. I just personally wish there would have been more thriller included. It would've made a big difference in my experience. O ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, thriller
I had a fantastic time reading this survival thriller! It was more survival story than thriller, and the first half of the book is dedicated to setting the scene and developing the characters. I had hoped for more sinister thrills than we got, but I love survival stories and adventure stories and this had both, so I was happy.

I loved the slow build-up of tension in the story. As you learn more about each character, you realize that each of them has their own reasons for coming on this ill-fated
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookish-first
Thanks to Bookish First for the book in exchange for an honest review. Bad Call by Stephen Wallenfels is a wild, dramatic ride about four teenagers who choose to go to Yosemite to camp for the weekend and end up being caught in a storm and trying to survive. The story follows Colin, Ceo, Grahame and Ellie as they try to figure out how to survive the unexpected weather and each other. Colin, Ceo and Grahame all go to the same school and are tennis players. After a poker night, they decide they ar ...more
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not entirely sure how I want to review this book.....
Do you ever read a book and sit back and ask yourself "Did I really like this? Did I not?" "What's your issue????"

The writing was great. The author really pulled me into the story with the way they weaved everything together...
I kept wondering who is it out of the 4 that does not make it out of the woods????????
That part drove me to continue this story I think. It could also be the writing. It could be I dont even know.
All I know is I th
Melanie Johnson
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Four high school seniors decide to go hiking in Yosemite without telling anyone where they are going (YOU see where this is going, though) . Three guys and an girl (no drama, right?) head up for a weekend in the woods to camp and see the sights. There are lots of underlying motives, which of course leads to "bad things". I think this is going to be marketed as YA, but I am a 50 year-old mom and really enjoyed the story, so don't let the YA tag get in the way of buying this book. A great quick re ...more
Kylie Herondale
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. It was definitely not what I had expected. While there was some suspense and it had an amazing plot, I just don’t feel it was my kind of book. I expected a real, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, thriller novel. What I was greeted with was a great plot, and not too much of the thriller. However, like almost any book I read, I still enjoyed it. The plot made it interesting. As well as the couple parts that were on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
3.75 I enjoyed this one! It was my first book buy in long time where I didn't know a single thing about it. In fact the day I bought it was the first time I have ever seen it lol. I was pleasantly surprised
Julie Jerles
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5* I feel really bad giving this a not so stellar review, but geeeezzzz. Nothing happened until about 60% of this book other than annoying drama. The characters were annoying and the missing person didn’t go missing until about 75% of the way through the book. Overall, I do not recommend.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was quite predictable. It had survival skills, romance, death, drug use, and bad language. If all teens can not express themselves without words beginning with the letter F, I would gladly purchase them a thesaurus.
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I wrote freelance in the health and fitness industry for twelve years before re-committing myself to my first love - writing fiction. After publishing several short stores for kids, I wrote and published my first novel, POD ( | Penguin/Ace), a YA scifi survival story set in Prosser, Washington and Los Angeles, California.
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