December 31, 2016

It’s A Twisty Carnival Ride Tour | Freeks by Amanda Hockings ARC Review

It’s A Twisty Carnival Ride Tour | Freeks by Amanda Hockings ARC Review

Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 3rd 2017
Pages: 400

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 bodes 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.

One of the first things that comes to mind after reading Freeks is how unique and intriguing novel. The aspects of the book that drew me to it and why I was completely intrigued and agreed to participate in the blog tour. However with that being said, I felt that this book was okay. There were aspects that I loved but there were many things that I felt myself shaking my head about.

I don’t normally like mysteries but the one that the author weaved into the plot was one of the things that kept me reading the book. It was addictive but again, I don’t normally read mysteries. For those who do, I feel that there would be parts that seemed predictable at times. I feel like at some points there were aspects of the writing that overshadowed the characters for aspects of nostalgia towards the 80’s, but overall this did not overwhelm the characters just for those of you who have read Ready Player One it can get a bit like “I get it, we’re in the 80’s”.

Character wise I believe that the author did an awesome job describing the characteristics that made the people in the story unique. Mara was a solid character for the most part. The one thing that I didn’t like was her relationship with Gabe. Both of these characters were likable but together, despite the fact that they worked well together, were pretty insta-love. Pretty much instantly after meeting they were making out. I completely understand that this is a realistic aspect of being a teenager but it always has made me feel a little off when it comes to weither or not I think a relationship will last.  Sue me – I love a slow burning romance.

All in all, I think that Freeks is a unique and pretty quick read. Anyone that loves the 80’s, carnivals, and mysteries.

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