My rating: 3 of 5 stars
2.5 instead of 3. Five friends have stumbled upon a mystery while away at Lumberjanes camp–a group of magical foxes accidentally lead the friends to a tower full of puzzles protecting a magical bow & arrow. The woods are full of mythic creatures & not everyone (including the boys at the rival camp) are what they seem.
The good: energetic story-telling, sketchy, kinetic art & 5 female protagonists who take everything (jokes, friendship, exploring, puzzles) very seriously, but in a good way that reminds readers of how intense everything is when you’re young.
The not-so-good: very little characterization or backstory to the heroines (one actually says, “What am I doing here?” before suddenly knowing the answer to the next puzzle), elements like the puzzles just seem to move the plot along with very little setup, the over-earnestness of the flavor text of the Lumberjanes manual, no real depth to the relationships depicted and the story-telling moves so quickly at times that the readers’ attention isn’t held. Think Camp Candy crossed with the intense sincerity of Leslie Knope but with every character adding even more to the idealistic atmosphere.