Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Lisa’s Review: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book is set in the 80’s where a struggling traveling carnival arrives in a town named Caudry. The carnival has a sideshow act of people with various abilities. When they arrive in Caudry everything feels different and is off. Then the carnival begins getting attacked by an unknown presence. The main character, Mara, comes to find out she also has an ability like her mother. The carnival can’t leave, due to their contract, so they fight.
I love that this book was set in the 80’s. Some of the 80’s references brought me back in time and made me smile.
The main character, Mara, is a strong character and is easy to relate to. She is loyal to those around her and seems to roll with the punches. There is a very quick romance between Mara and Gabe. Gabe is a townie and has his own secrets. Although I can understand why Mara would hook up and make out with someone in a matter of a couple of hours, it seemed a bit rushed after that. They were saying , I love you, in less than a week which felt a bit out of character for Mara.
Outside of the quick romance this book was really good. All of the characters were interesting and the plot was unique and unraveled at a steady pace which kept my interest.
Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list, including the Trylle trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her zombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite. She has published over fifteen novels, including the Watersong quartet and My Blood Approves series. Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom – all three books in her latest trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles – are out now.
Her next book will be Swear, the final book in the My Blood Approves series, and it will be out November 9, 2016. After that, her next book is Freeks – a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow. It will be out sometime in early 2017, with the St. Martin’s Griffin.
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