Tuesday, October 25, 2016


pic and description taken from Goodreads


Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…


I have really enjoyed reading Natalie Richards books.  When I saw this one I automatically added it to my "wish" list.  Thankfully my niece bought it before me and let me read it first :).

I never went on a senior trip when I was in school, but if I did I would not want it to be camping!  That is for sure.  Not only because I don't like camping, but the woods scare me.  I love them during the day, but when night time hits it's time for a hotel :).

Anyhow - that is what Sera's senior trip is.  Backpacking in the woods.  I knew right away it was going to be creepy.  Nothing good ever happens in the woods in books.  hehe.  That is what drew me in.  

One day during their trip it rained and rained, and when they tried to cross the river, lake (whatever it was) they knew right away everyone wasn't going to make it because the water was rising too fast.  So, the group separates and they decide to wait until morning to do anything.  Everyone sets up camp, but Sera and her group wake up all groggy with their teacher out like a light and words written on all of their arms.  Everyone has a "damaging" word except Sera.  Sera has "Darling" written on her arm.  The boys and her friend have Deceptive, Damaged, and Dangerous written on them.

Immediately everyone thinks that Sera might have something to do with what happened.  When they group is unable to arouse their teacher, they try and go see if the other group is still alive and waiting on them.  What they find is horrifying.

The story only gets creepier and creepier.  I loved it.  I was 100% sure I had "the bad guy" down, and then a curve ball was sent in.  It was fantastic.

If you like creepy, backpack toting, relationship weirdness, scary woods, and bad juju...you will enjoy this book.  I really enjoy Richard's writing style.  I love how to life she brings her books and her characters.  Especially in this book.  She always surprises me with her endings which I love, love, love.  

October is the month for creepy books, so do yourself a favor and read this one :).

Source:  I borrowed this book from my niece.  I was not compensated in any way for my review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  Some language, and creepy happenings, but not unbearable.





Natalie Richards
pic and bio taken from Amazon

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and their three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.