Published by St. Martin's Press on January 3rd, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
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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 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. It really gave the 80’s vibe too.
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 just 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.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read this book early.