Posts     Comments    

Are You Following Me?

Grab My Button

My TBR Pile

Darkfaerietales's to-read book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

Word Cloud

ARC Tour Blog Tour Book Expo of America Chloe Neill Contemporary Contemporary Romance Contest Winner Convention Deadly Destinations Dystopian Erotic Romance Fantastic Fables Fantasy Gini Koch Giveaway Guest Post High Fantasy Historical Historical Fiction Horror Interview Jennifer Estep Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series Mystery New Adult New Releases Paranormal Paranormal Romance Patricia Briggs Review Richelle Mead Romance RT Convention Science Fiction Seanan McGuire Spooky Legends Steampunk Supernatural Smack Down Taking Cover Thriller Urban Fantasy Vampires Waiting on Wednesday Winner Young Adult 12 Days of Christmas (31)
Across the Worlds (13)
ARC Tour (326)
Artist Alley (9)
Author Spotlight (11)
Author Update (7)
Awards (14)
Blog Tour (211)
Book Haul (8)
Book Talk (15)
Book Trailer (7)
Contest Winner (645)
Conventions (94)
Cover Judge (7)
Cover Reveal (11)
Dark Faerie Tales Launch (11)
Dark Faerie Tales Team (20)
Dating Games (17)
Deadly Destinations (139)
Discussion (36)
Event (42)
Fall Carnival (55)
Fantastic Fables (117)
Feature Friday (20)
Fifty Shades of Book Boys (40)
Fifty Shades of Sensuality (16)
Fifty Shades YA Boys (15)
Friday Reveal (1)
Giveaway (266)
Graphic Novels (5)
Guest Blogger (7)
Guest Post (143)
Help Wanted (10)
Interview (91)
Mating Games (19)
Movies (31)
New Releases (80)
Pick of Six (8)
Poll (1)
Publishing News (16)
Read-a-long (6)
Reading Challenge (25)
Remaking Covers (3)
Remnant Chronicles Read Along (3)
Review (2,318)
Spooky Legends (35)
Supernatural Smack Down (71)
Taking Cover (288)
Teaser Tuesday (7)
Television (5)
Throne & Court Week (6)
Top Ten of 2016 (7)
Trailer Thursday (22)
Video Games (5)
Waiting on Wednesday (36)
Who Needs A Hero (30)
Year in the Life of a Romance Review (3)

WP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck and Luke Morton requires Flash Player 9 or better.

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


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.


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.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 1.0/10 (1 vote cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Review: Freeks by Amanda Hocking, 1.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
Related Posts with Thumbnails

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to “Review: Freeks by Amanda Hocking

  1. Elisabeth WheatleyNo Gravatar

    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!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)