8/7/14

Camp Carnage - Elliot Arthur Cross & Joshua Winning

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
In the summer of 1986, Billy Collins is sent to his own personal Hell - summer camp. The remote Camp Genesis offers desperate parents a place to "straighten" out their gay teenagers with the help of the puritanical Katherine Creevey.

Besides the typical horsing around, campfire tales and summer games, the Genesis program forces gay and questioning teens into humiliating gender-based lessons. While Billy wants nothing more than to escape Camp Genesis, he can't help worrying that something even more sinister is hiding just out of sight.

Unknown to Billy, two campers were murdered three years ago. Just days after Billy and the new campers arrive, people start to go missing, and it's up to Billy and his new friend Jem to find out what's really going on. Is a maniac on the loose? Is history repeating itself? One thing's for sure - at Camp Genesis, you have to fight to survive...

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Elliot Arthur Cross is a New England based author of gay-themed horror, mystery, young adult, and erotic books. "Who says you have to stick to one genre?"
He's always had a passion for writing and love all things horror and paranormal. "Growing up, I looked for gay characters in fiction and found far too few, so I'm helping to alleviate that problem for future readers."
Joshua Winning was born in Cambridge, but don't hold that against him. He's attempted to escape reality for most of his life by writing. As a child, that involved poring diligently over anything by C.S. Lewis or Robin Jarvis.​
When he's not writing about Sentinels, Joshua can usually be found watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Wire and Daria. He also works as a freelance journalist, writing about movies for Total Film, Little White Lies and movieScope.​
Joshua currently lives in North London with his cat Mia. Unfortunately, she's not a great conversationalist, but he's working on it.

MY REVIEW -
AWE-SOME!!!!! What a fun thriller this was.There was never a dull moment and was definitely a page turner. I loved this book! Seriously loved it! I didn't want it to end. I read the last 2/3 in one sitting.

It doesn't take long for this thriller to get under way. A camp to reform homosexuals? Could such a barbaric thing even exist? I'm sure it does, wouldn't surprise me. This is a camp where you trust no one! The kids and the staff are not who they appear to be. Everyone seems to hiding secrets, but one of the secrets is much more murderous than all the others.

This story really transported me back to my teen years, and I'm not so sure that's a good thing LOL. I was a very rebellious teen and would have fit right in with these misfit campers.
I loved the whole camp scene. It took me back to all my favorite summer camp movies - "Meatballs" with Bill Murray, "Little Darlings" with Tatum O'Neal & Kristy McNichol (Kristy was my idol all through my teen years!). And finally - "Friday The 13th" - I have seen this movie so many times I can't count them on both hands.

What makes this story so great is the characters. The character development was excellent.
I LOVED all the characters! I especially loved Jem, she was my favorite. She kind of reminded me of me in high school, sassy little tough girl. But I loved everyone, all their personalities were done so well. It felt so real.

The descriptions in this book are great as well. Even during the murder sprees I had no trouble picturing everything. Hmm guess I've seen way too many horror movies!

If you are not afraid of a little blood and guts - mua ha ha ha! I dare you to read this! It was a surprise for me right up to the end, I did not have it figured out.
Great job Elliot and Josh! Two thumbs up!

Thank you Joshua Winning for sending me this e-book for my honest review! Loved it and I can't wait for the next one.

Get you copy from Amazon - HERE - for only .99, There's no excuse not to get it!

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