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3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,535 ratings  ·  357 reviews
While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims' foreheads.

The next day, the story comes true.

Now Maddie and he
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Jimmy Patterson
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Caleb escaped from the tree he was tied to and jumped on tommy......Caleb started pounding his head to the ground.
this is a quote from the book…more
Caleb escaped from the tree he was tied to and jumped on tommy......Caleb started pounding his head to the ground.
this is a quote from the book chapter 35 page 274
"Caleb grabbed tommy's head between his hands and smashed it against the ground.
Once. Twice. Three times. Maddie counted all the way up to six.
she winced with each crunch of impact.
"Stop it!"
The surprise of Calebs escape wore off as Charlie pushed him off of tommy.
but it was too late. The boy wasn't getting up. Caleb had shattered his skull, splattered blood and brains all over the grass."(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: from-publisher
I’m sorry, but this is the worst book I’ve read this year. I hate writing one-star reviews, and when this one showed up in the mail I was stoked, but it just didn’t hold any of the potential promises to me in the blurb. I’m a girl named Chelsea (name of one of the characters in the book) born in the 90’s, so on paper this should have been right up my alley. Sadly, I found myself bored due to the lack of horror here. Maybe I’m too desensitized by the wide array of disturbing novels available toda ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
**3.5-stars rounded up because I feel this book deserves a higher overall rating**

((How's that for honesty?))

When Maddie Davenport heads out on a camping trip with family and friends, she has no idea that it is a trip that will change her life forever.

But we all know what can happen when teens go camping.

Y'all, this book is a teen slasher flick come to the page!!

If you enjoy campy, bloody, sometimes ridiculous movies like Cabin Fever, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Friday the 13th, House of W
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Campfire reminded me exactly of the type of horror that I loved as a kid. It had hints of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Really enjoyed this one!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
my official blurb will be forthcoming! do yourself a favor and add this captivating story to your TBRs! xoxo
Krystin Rachel
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Opening Hook: Never invite mountain men to a family gathering
Main Character: Hormones and BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
Plot Twisty-ness: Let the bodies hit the floor...because you won’t care.

Okay, okay. I know what you’re going to say. But WAIT. I know this book is a James Patterson publication. And I know the forward is written by him. With that information in mind, you may be tempted to say that I’ve already broken my New Years’ resolution to not read any Patterson, but I disagre
Peter Monn
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much better than I thought it would be. Kind of cheesy but still a good scare with a surprising ending. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Overall Rating : D+


Boooooo! (and not the fun scary kind)

Welp, total disappointment for me. Another example of an interesting summary hiding a bland, all-over-the-place story.

Stupid, uninteresting characters that seemed too under-develop their characteristics with each chapter and then with 180 degree changes coming out of nowhere! Give me a little buildup or something to make it believable.
Derek Milman
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine...and now Mr. Shawn Sarles.

CAMPFIRE is a scaldingly scary (and nostalgic) trip through 90's horror, happily bringing forth all your worst nightmares of being trapped in asylums, and lost in the woods, while thunderstorms threaten, and bloodthirsty creatures (who like to slit throats, and carve antlers into foreheads) roam loose in the shadows.

Sarles, with his vivid, frothy writing, demonstrates the passion, humor, and care of a true horror aficionado. Fans of ARE YOU
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Spoilers ahead.

Yikes. And not in a good way.

This book was simply atrocious. It was, by far, one of the worst books I've ever read. I got through it quickly for a few reasons - first, because I wanted to push through so I could move on to something better, and second, because the simple sentence structures reminded me of a children's book, so it didn't take much interpretative power to read and understand.

I'm going to limit myself to three major crit
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I seriously HATED this book. Wow wow. The characters were 1 dimensional and ANNOYING! It was clear from the beginning that the author was a man. The way he wrote these teenage girls gave me a headache. I’ve never met a teenage girl who talks like these characters...ughhh. Each and every character was a cookie cutter of every basic characteristic you could think of. They were nothing unique. They all read like toddlers. Dialogue was so CRINGE..And the story was borinnnnggg. I want to be scared, e ...more
Ann Piquette
Jul 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
fun game: take a shot of bleach every time the term "best friend" is used in this book.
Also, I don't think the author understands how drugs and alcohol work...
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

****Thank you to Jimmy Patterson Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!****

****Trigger Warnings: Parent Death, Grief, Physical Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Consumption, Animal Death (Brief Scene), Violence, and Gore****

I have to say I’m always looking for a good YA horror book to read and “Campfire” seemed to fit the bill. While it wasn’t all I was hoping for it was still an enjoyable summer read! I like to think I’m a pretty se
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
This was awesome fun. It had a high body count, lots of violence and blood and some good campfire tales thrown in for good measure. If you are a fan of 80s/90s slasher films then this will probably be a good time.

I didn't personally find this book scary and I doubt most horror fans will but people not used to the genre might find this book quite creepy.

This has a lot of horror violence/death in it so if that is something that bothers you - I would skip this one.

JK I'm Exploring
The "campfire stories" are better than the actual novel. The characters are very cookie cutter. ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Five years ago Maddie lost her mother to a horrific accident. Ever since then, extended family and friends have made it a point to take vacations together each year and this year, they are going on a two week camping excursion. What starts out as fun takes a deadly turn when the campfire tales they starts sharing slowly come to life. Everyone is suspect and it's a race for survival to see who will come out alive.

I really had pretty low expectations when I picked up "Campfire" from my local libra
Elizabeth A.G.
Campfire is a suspenseful tale about long-held grudges. twisted and dysfunctional relationships, vengeful hate-filled insanity and premeditated murders which turn an assumingly innocent family and friends' camping trip into horror. The isolation in the dark woods, the scary stories told around the campfire, and family secrets all come to a head as the real life gore, deaths and fear engulf the campers with everyone wondering if the stories are coming true and everyone becomes suspicious of every ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, horror
Campfire by Shawn Sarles has so much potential to be an awesomely terrifying YA horror novel in the vein of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, but unfortunately it never quite managed to live up to my expectations. It moves along quickly and there are a few decent thrills, but the characters are flatly forgettable - and the plot is too predictable for my tastes among other things. The horror genre is one of my favorites when it comes to books, movies, and tv and I'm pretty sure I've seen it all be ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun ya book reminiscent of RL Stine. Maddie and her family and friends go camping for a week in Colorado and the scary stories they tell around the fire start to come true. Pretty high body count and a few surprises along the way. 3.5 stars
Jul 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thin characters, super predictable plot, and campfire stories with less bite than a children's anthology of scary stories. ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every second of this book the twist at the end was unexpected but not unwelcome it just made the story so much better. I really liked the characters especially Maddie, Chelsea, and Caleb the friendship between Maddie and Chelsea was just so amazing it was made even better when what happened at the end happened. I loved the story even the whole horror movie element which was just like a slasher film it was still very engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. So overall I ...more
Cass 💋
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
this was okay, really liked the start just wish there were more scary stories throughout it but since this was mostly a cover buy im not complaining 🤷🏼‍♀️
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. It was suspenseful, creepy, and mysterious. A few campfire stories were also included and the ending caught me off guard. You need to read.
Tara Gilboy
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read that this book was perfect for fans of the television show ARE YOU AFRAID THE DARK? my inner geek came out in full force. I am a little obsessed with that show, and as a kid, I devoured R.L. Stone and Christopher Pike books. I have long been wishing that nineties-style horror would make a comeback, and so reading CAMPFIRE made me a bit giddy. (Even the title is great!) I love the "story within a story" format as the characters tell stories around the campfire, and I love the twist th ...more
Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh wow. This book took a turn. It was not what I expected. That twist toward the end of the book was great.

This book is about a group a kids and parents that take a weekend campfire trip. As a normal campfire, you have to tell scary stories around the fire.

One by one, stories were told and things begin to happen in the nights to follow. But when you think you know the story and what you think is going to happen, it took a turn that I did not see coming.

That twist at the end drew me in and I w
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this one, I really did. But it took almost 180 pages in for the actual mystery and horror to start. Sure, there were a few almost jump scares before then, but nothing all that interesting. It was much more about Chelsea and the drama with her brother and his girlfriend.

I also got lost with all the adults. This uncle, this family friend. Who was related to her mom? I'm done and I honestly don't even know.

The ending was, however, a complete surprise and the book gets an extra sta
Jessica Hawkins
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I hate to give such low starred reviews, however, this one was just really bad. I only made it 65 pages only to DNF it.

The writing was bad, and obviously written by a man. A man who knows nothing about teenage girls. It becomes obvious very quickly. If I heard one more female character complaining/gushing/flirting with a male character one more time, I was ready to tear my eyes out.

On page 65 you will be in the middle of the first “scary” story. It’s. So. Bad.

Extremely disappointed in the outc
Erin Anderson,Student
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
its so sooking and entertaining
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC in a fair trade with another blogger. My review is completely honest and voluntary, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Shawn Sarles’ debut Campfire just screamed perfect read for me! I looove a good thriller and this one was as twisted and chilling as I anticipated! Add in a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting and you have the makings of one GREAT read!

The story starts off simply, after a tragic accident that took Maddie’s mother’s life five years ago, she’s manage
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book, there is a very surprising ending to it and I highly recommend anyone who likes to read adventurous to consider this book. I think the theme of the story is too tell us that sometimes we have to face reality and do things that are out of our comfort zone. There are a couple of parts in this book that you'd be surprised that the characters did, and those were the parts that proves the theme. ...more
Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, own
It always pain even me to give a book only 1 star. But I just really did not like this book at all. I think I kept reading it in hopes that something cliche doesn't happen... but then like the entire book was a cliche. Nothing surprised me... the stories weren't scary. And even the book says it's like they're in some low budget film. Which was essentially the book. ...more
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Shawn Sarles was born and raised in a small town in western Kentucky. After graduating from Wake Forest University, he moved to New York City. He has lived there and worked in the publishing industry for almost a decade. Campfire is his debut novel.

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