Review: Stranded by Melinda Braun


Plagued with guilt after surviving the car accident that took her sister’s life, Emma ventures into the rugged and mysterious wilderness of the Boundary Waters in search of some much needed peace. But when a freak windstorm kills her guide, Emma and a handful of other campers are forced to fend for themselves. Lost, hungry, and exhausted, the small group must rely on their survival instincts as they travel through the forest towards Lake Superior.

But the Boundary Waters is vast and unpredictable, and as the days drag on, it becomes clear that the group is no match for what Mother Nature has in store—and time is running out.

As they continue to battle the elements, Emma realizes that nature isn’t her only threat: there’s one camper who will do whatever it takes to make it out of the Boundary Waters alive. Even if he’s the only one…

Stranded was a clear DNF. I made the decision about 30% into the book when I realised that no matter how much I pushed it through it just wasn't getting any better.

For that reason, this is going to be a pretty short review.

I felt like this book was just event-event-event and there was absolutely no time for me to actually care about what was going on. I found the whole thing implausible and it was meant to be this really atmospheric, heart-pounding read and instead it felt stagnant, emotionless and unbearably boring. I can't even think of any of the character's names, even after reading a third of it and even the writing and narration was stodgy...

Overall Rating: DNF

Book released August 25th by Simon Pulse
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review


  1. I totally disagree with your review. I loved this book, it grabbed me from Page 1 and I had a hard time putting it down. The character development was excellent and the experiences by the four teens was very believable. You do realize this was a YA book??

  2. Yes, my blog is a YA book blog so I am aware that this is a YA book.

    I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Stranded - I personally didn't, but as stated on my disclaimer page I don't claim that my opinion is the *right* opinion.


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