October 21, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Dragonfly Nightmare by Erin Richards
Book one in Once Upon A Secret series
Publisher: Midnight Muse Publishing
Publication Date: September 12th, 2016
Source: eArc from Xpresso
Rating: 4 hearts
To be a normal teenage girl.
To forget about the past.
To fall in love for the first time.
Is that too much to ask?
Sixteen-year-old Allie Bailey just wants a break—a break from her overly-protected life. And Dragonfly Meadows summer camp is the answer. A summer away from her parents in the California Sierras with her best friend is exactly what she needs.
But once at camp, Allie notices that things are a little off. Paid excursions are cancelled and staff is replaced with shady new people. When the camp’s founder goes “missing,” Allie starts to worry. Unable to let it rest due to her past, she starts to investigate, enlisting the help of Logan Montgomery, her best friend’s older and adorably geeky brother.
When hauntingly familiar flowers appear in Allie’s cabin, she’s not sure what to think—has her past caught up to her? Yet, after Allie stumbles upon a murder conspiracy and chases down the truth, she becomes a target. Pushing through her paranoia and fear to find strength, it’s up to Allie to save herself and the campers from a deranged killer before it’s too late.
The story is about Allie, a young girl who is over-protected by her parents, they finally let her go in a summer camp with her best friends, Laurel and Logan for babysitter. The camp this year is weird and Allie will have to discover some ugly secrets.
Allie, Laurel and Logan were the Three Muskets Rats when they were young, but after the incident, Logan goes away and it was just Laurel and Allie.
It’s a suspense story with romance, I can’t say that I was surprise by the plot but it’s a nice story with strong characters.
Allie is brave, sometimes too brave for someone who lived what she had; she doesn’t hesitate to investigate the murder and to prove she’s right. I like her because she is stronger than what people thinks but not so strong that she can’t accept help when she needs.
Logan is sweet, kind and protective; he is here now for Allie even if he had his own motives to leave her the first time. He’s charming and he believes in Allie no matter what. I like him and I like Allie and Logan together, they are perfect for each other.
Laurel is nice but she’s kind of insignificant in the book, she could have had a better place in the story and not just the one of the best friends who always thinks about boy.
The pace is quick and I read this book very fast, I was drown in the mystery and was happy with my reading at the end.
About the author
After lamenting the lack of young adult books to read, award-winning and best-selling author Erin Richards wrote her first novel at the age of eighteen hoping to shift the tide. But the only tide she shifted was moving from high school to college. Then everyday life took its toll on her writerly dreams until 2003 when she couldn’t ignore the writing bug any longer. By then, she had immersed herself in reading adult fantasy and romance novels. Writing paranormal and fantasy romance was a no brainer and she went on to publish two adult romance novels. But her muse wanted to give that YA writing gig another chance, and Erin finally realized her lifelong dream of publishing a YA novel with the debut of Vigilante Nights.
Erin lives in California. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and re-landscaping her backyard, even though she hates digging holes…unless she’s burying fictional bodies! She also confesses to a fascination with American muscle cars.
Erin is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America.