Freeks [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Freeks [Book Review & Giveaway!]
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Title: Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Published Date: 3rd January 2017
Rating: 3 stars
*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*
Synopsis: In a
world of magical visions and pyrokinesis, Mara just wants to have a normal
life. But is that possible?

Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with
Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no
one has the ability to levitate or predict the future.

She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in the small town
of Caudry and she meets a gorgeous local guy named Gabe. But before long, Mara
realizes there’s a dark presence lurking in the town that’s threatening the
lives of her friends. She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t
know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future


Review: I am
very, very reluctantly giving this book three stars. It is more like a 3.5 star
rating… but I stopped awarding half stars over a year ago now. Even though I
was tempted to go back on my decision just for the sake of this book, I’m not
going to. Because while it was good, and had its moments, it was a bit of a
stretch to say it was wonderful. I did enjoy reading it though. Allow me to
The novel was set in a circus, where a lot of the members
had powers. I really liked the idea of that – of the carnival truly being
magical and having its own intrigue to it. I think the author handled the
atmosphere really well too. I really felt like it was a circus, and the aspect
of living in a small traveling home, which never stayed in the same place for
too long. Also, there is an eerie undercurrent to the whole story which has to
do with the plot. I really felt it, and liked that it was so present.
However, I had some issues with the main character. I did
like Mara a lot, and I think she was a very brave and fun character to read
about. She also really wants to stick up for her friends and family, and truly
shows her loyalty to them. But… she could be quite hypocritical. There is a
romance interest in this novel, and she worries about letting him know she is a
member of the circus because he might treat her differently because of it. I
understand that. And it must be difficult if that reaction has happened
countless times before. But despite Gabe only being understanding of
everything, she doesn’t let herself trust him… and that bothered me a little.
Or she would expect something from him, but if the situation flipped she didn’t
understand how/why he would expect the same of her. Which bothered me again.
But the romance in itself was pretty sweet. It was fairly
clean, and not too intense. The best way I can put it is nice. It was a nice
The pace of the novel was slow, but not in a bad way.
Never was I bored, or wanted to put down the novel. More so, I felt at the same
level of suspense all the time, and I just steadily kept reading my way
through. I think the atmosphere was what really kept me turning the pages, and
wanting to know how things would be resolved.
Although… the ending feel mediocre? It was over all too
quickly. There were consequences, but I feel like it was rushed. We never got
to feel the full effect of those consequences and what they meant for the
characters, because the story finished pretty soon afterwards. The darkness and
creepiness all came to a peak, but it crumbled down far too quickly for me.
I really liked the descriptions and how it added to the
imagery I felt in my mind. On the other hand, I did notice one word being used
quite a lot… ‘flesh.’ I don’t know about you, but that word is not the nicest
description of things? But the author used it as if it was. He touched the soft
flesh of her stomach… or her mother patted the flesh of her arm… or his flesh
was torn from being attacked… flesh this, flesh that. I’ve just seen that word
a little too much 😀
A slow and steady story, but enjoyable in its own right.
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