Book Review: Freeks


Title: Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodies are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.

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Amanda Hocking doesn’t disappoint! Freeks is a great novel full of mystery and the supernatural. From the individuals in the sideshow to the townspeople of the small town that’s causing all the ‘freeks’ to become extra sensitive. Everyone has a secret and someone’s secret is downright deadly.

You are first introduced to the main character Mara who travels with the sideshow because she and her mother are necromancers that can communicate with the dead. Low on money they travel to a small town named Caudry from being told it will give them a big payout. But a big payout or not, something isn’t right about the town and people within the sideshow begin to develop affects from being there. Roxie can’t make a flame, Seth isn’t so strong, Luka has a hard time healing, and Tim can’t levitate anymore. And after years of Mara’s mother trying to keep her from touching the spirit world due to the effects of their gift, Mara doesn’t have a choice anymore.

Something is after them. One of them is missing. And several of them get injured by this…thing. I will say that some of the victims attack was gruesome, but yet they still survived…when in actuality based on the description of entrails sprawled all over the place, they would have died. But It didn’t deter from the tension within the story.

A romance blossoms between Mara and a townie named Gabe. And even though Mara didn’t want Gabe to know she was a carnie at first he had an even bigger secret than that. Not for spoilers, so I’ll leave that secret kept…as well as a few others.

Each character is written realistically and each have their own personality. The plot is thick, full of mystery that leave you on the edge of your seat and romance to die for. Twists and turns and more details are revealed making the overall plot even more interesting!

Great read. Absolutely recommend for readers that love romance with a little bit supernatural twist.

4 stars

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