Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus #Review

Title: Enchantment Lake
Author: Margi Preus

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2015

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Standalone: Standalone

A disturbing call from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette sends seventeen-year-old Francie far from her new home in New York into a tangle of mysteries. Ditching an audition in a Manhattan theater, Francie travels to a remote lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents?

On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisioned hot dish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment- or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.

To a somewhat reluctant northwoods Nancy Drew, the intrigue proves irresistible, especially when it draws her closer to the mysteries at the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie- in the bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble (evil realtors and other invasive species), Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’s readers have come to expect.

Review

I’m in love with the cover of this book. Unfortunately, that’s about all I was in love with. I felt like this book couldn’t decide if it was middle grade or young adult. Most of the writing was good for it to be children’s fiction but there were a few subjects (smoking, drinking, etc) that were not appropriate for it to be a children’s book. The writing just wasn’t on the level with young adult though. 
Overall, I thought the story itself was decent. The character development wasn’t that great but the mystery itself was good. Francie is the only character that I was really able to picture. The rest of the characters were not described well enough for me to see them in my head. Astrid and Jeanette were supposed to be crazy old ladies but that’s not really the feeling I got from them. 
The ending felt rushed and didn’t answer a lot of questions. I’m still curious about several things that happened in the book. Also, parts of the ending didn’t make sense with the rest of the story. 
Rating: 2.5 stars