Book Review: Twisted Pines by by Lane Baker

The sky is falling

Happy days ๐Ÿ™‚

An author reached out to me via my Contact Me page and in exchange for an honest and fair review gifted me their book. Thank you very much Mr. Lane Baker!

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Something strange is happening at this summer camp. Campers are vanishing and reappearing and the same is happening to a new camp counselor. Abe is a film student from UCLA and has been having strange dreams lately. He’s encountered an alien looking creature roaming the grounds and has a feeling that this monster is behind the strange occurrences. It’s…just a little hunch.

Prophecies, time travel, and human sacrifice.

This was a fascinating book. It’s a mixture of horror and sci-fi and the sci-fi elements really shine through.

First of all, camps are a horror story of their own. They’re creepy and surrounded by woods and the soundtrack is KI KI KI MA MA MA on repeat. Sometimes they include a Dance Remix when it’s pizza night.

This is basically a book about the creepy occurrences happening at the ritzy Mendocino Pastures. Abe is the kind of male protagonist that makes me go awww you’re cute but you’re also slightly annoying. Okay, so we’re all annoying at this age. We have crushes that come and go and we just want to smooch them but did we also have to go after an evil alien space monster at the same time?

Probably, I don’t know your life.

This was an enjoyable read and had several creepy moments and although I am not a big sci-fi reader I did actually enjoy it in this setting. The writing was engaging and crisp and the atmosphere was spooky. My favorite part was when a pod was embedded into Abe’s skin. I legit shivered.

There are some pacing issues and I felt that some of the story telling was disjointed. This could be rectified if the book was longer and the characters were fleshed out some more. Especially the female counselors. I was particularly disappointed with the romance aspect because it felt as though one woman was swapped out for another and I didn’t really like that ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The beginning occurs at an amusement park and at first it is confusing but then the ending repeats the prologue and it’s heartbreak and fear.

It’s sacrifice and sometimes it’s a necessary evil.

Thank you again to Lane Baker for a copy of this novel.

The end is just the beginning

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œโœจ 3.5/5

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: Twisted Pines by by Lane Baker

  1. So I’m going to agree with Emer and say that the cover is terrifying, lol. I’ll make sure to stay out of the woods. Thanks! Great review as always, Amanda!

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