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I Belong


Review: Freeks by Amanda Hocking

freeksTitle: Freeks

AuthorAmanda Hocking

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250084776 (Griffin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1250084774 (Griffin Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Intriguing read that is full of mystery, romance and magic. It’s more for upper YA/NA audiences but it is a fun read.

Opening Sentence: Behind me, the branches and trees crunched and snapped as the creature tore through them.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow is an extraordinary circus that you don’t want to miss! The performers all have rather special talents that shouldn’t be humanly possible and it’s because they aren’t completely human! The only person without some kind of special ability is Mara. She has spent her entire life with the circus because her mother is one of the main acts! But Mara has always dreamed of having a normal life!

The show goes where the money is, so when they are asked to visit Caudry, Louisiana they go without question! On the first night there Mara meets, Gabe, a local boy who gives her a taste of the normal life she so desperately wants. But soon performers start to disappear and it is up to Mara to solve the mystery behind the disappearances!

At first I struggled with Mara, but the more I read the more I liked her. She has a very free spirit and at times it made her seem cold. Making connections with people is hard when you move all the time, so I get why she doesn’t want to get attached, but it made it hard for me to build a connection with her. As the story progressed, I got to see how amazingly loyal, brave and smart she is, so by the end I thought she was a great heroine!!!

Gabe had me at hello and I seriously loved him throughout the entire book. He was funny, sweet, sexy, and charming! His relationship with Mara developed quicker then I would have liked but I still loved them together! Gabe is one of those mysterious bad boys you can’t help but fall for!

Freeks was a unique story with fun characters, cute romance and great suspense! It definitely reads more like a new adult book because the characters are mostly in their upper teens which I really enjoyed! It was a very quick read for me and I thought the pacing was spot on. The plot was a little predictable and I struggled a little with some of the characters, but overall, I thought this was an entertaining read and I would recommend it if you are looking for a steamy, paranormal read!

Notable Scene:

I fell forward and tried to climb to higher ground, but the ground had swallowed my legs up. There wasn’t enough time for me to get free.

It was close enough that I could smell the sulfur on its breath. I could hear the beast behind me–it made a strange high-pitched guttural sound, like a demonic squeal of delight.

Grabbing a broken branch, I turned around to face the creature as it tore through the trees toward me. I brandished the branch like a weapon. If I was going down, I was going down swinging.

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FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Freeks. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Review: Freeks by Amanda Hocking

  1. Elisabeth WheatleyNo Gravatar
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    You certainly know how to choose intense excerpts, haha. A distant protagonist can be hard to relate to, so it’s great to hear that it got better. I’ve been meaning to pick up one of Ms. Hocking’s books at some point. Add it to the to-obtain TBR!

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