Thirteen-year-old Rio Kaiser’s good intentions turn into life-threatening consequences when they land her and her friends in a savage, new world hidden beneath a mountain in rural Maine. When forced to confront her fears, Rio discovers she has a special gift which might save more lives than only her own. While caught in the middle of a war between two clans of a carnivorous creatures battling for supremacy, she must learn to harness her new ability, avoid capture by the creatures hunting her, and find a way home.
About the Author
Burnt Mountain The Monster Within is Cheryl Campbell’s debut novel. The sequel, Burnt Mountain One in the Chamber will be released in late 2013. Cheryl was born in Louisiana and lived there and in Mississippi prior to moving to Maine in 2001. She has a varied background including art, herpetology, emergency department and critical care nursing, and computer systems. She lives in the Bangor area with her two dogs, gecko, and horse. To follow her blog, visit www.burntmountainbooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Burnt Mountain 1: The Monster Within What could be worse than reliving a horrible nightmare from your past? Knowing your child (or, in this case, your niece that you adopted after the death of your sister/her mother) and her two friends are lost in this hell and you have to save them. That is what has happened to Emma. She isn't alone, though - the twins' father is with her. Can they find Rio, Sebastian and Colby before the creatures do? This is a scary and exciting adventure - creatures they know nothing about, a realm they've never knew existed, your worst fears coming to life (can you name yours? how would you react if you were suddenly physically confronted by them?) - and so much more. There were some moments when, in all honesty, I was scared that the characters wouldn't make it. Well done, Cheryl, well done. There are two things I want to point out, though. First, there are some editing issues with this book. I did not count this toward my star rating, but the author should take a look at this. Also, it gets somewhat confusing when they go back and forth between calling Emma Rio's mom and Rio's aunt. The first two chapters, I had to reread several paragraphs to make sure I was reading about the right person. Could be just me, though. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.