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 forever.
MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE
When I picked up Freeks, I hoped it would meet my expectations of a thrilling and mysterious read — and I’m pleased to say that it exceeded them. I recently read another book with the same sort of carnival and creepy themes and unfortunately while I did enjoy it, I found it to be exceptionally over-hyped. However, because I went into Freeks not really knowing much about it except that it revolved around similar themes, I enjoyed it a whole lot more. I loved how we weren’t given whole explanations and that left us guessing the entire way through, making Freeks a book you can’t help but devour. I also really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters, most of whom have powers, and that facet was very intriguing, as was not knowing whether I could fully trust each person. Freeks was a book that took me on one heck of a rollercoaster ride, and it’s a must-read for everyone who loves a bit of the freaky in their lives.
Undeniably, the thing I loved most about Freeks was how creepy it was. It’s been a while since I read a book that truly freaked me out and made me scared to tiptoe down the hall to the bathroom in the night, so that earns this novel some serious brownie points. I’ve always loved watching horror movies and reading scary novels, so it was exciting (but not any less terrifying) to be reading Freeks. All the twists and turns meant I never knew where this story was headed and couldn’t brace myself for the horrors that would be around the next corner, and I loved feeling at the mercy of the plot. Freeks grabbed me from the very beginning and refused to let me go, leaving me breathless by the end… And maybe just a little nervous to turn out my light when it’s pitch black outside and nothing can be heard except the scraping of branches against my window. Was it just branches? Or was it someone running their nails down the glass from outside…
A FAST-PACED MAGICAL THRILLER
As I touched on before, part of what made Freeks so uniquely spectacular was the fact that the people who ran this carnival weren’t just ordinary people — most of them had powers that enabled them to do things many would say are impossible. It was so interesting to get to know about each of their powers and how it affected their lives, and more about the backstory of their relatives and how they came to be in this situation. There was only one thing that annoyed me a little — I didn’t like how our protagonist was hinted to be the Chosen One. As this is a trope I detest, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes in some parts and I found the explanation behind this to be a little unbelievable and somewhat of an info-dump, but apart from that aspect, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the journey it took me on. If you’re looking for a new and exciting YA novel to devour and you don’t mind it being a little freaky in parts, I highly recommend picking up Freeks by Amanda Hocking!
Want to know more about Freeks and Amanda Hocking? Here are three questions the author was kind enough to answer, just for this exciting Blog Tour!
Will Freeks remain a standalone novel or do you plan on continuing to explore the characters in future novels?
I think Freeks will remain a stand-alone. I know the way the world is, it would be possible to follow them to different towns and adventures, but I really wanted to write a contained story, and I feel like Mara’s journey comes to a satisfying end.
Which one of your series would you love to see turned into a movie or TV show?
Any of them, really. Freeks would be a lot of fun, but I actually envisioned the Watersong series as a TV show for some reason. I think that would be the most fun for me because it felt like a really visual series when I was writing it.
Following on from the above question, who would be your ideal cast?
The only one I really know for sure is that I would want Cassie Steele (of Degrassi fame) to play Mara in Freeks. Everyone else is kind of up in there for me. But there is probably room for Liam Hemsworth somewhere.
Have you read Freeks yet, or any other books by Amanda Hocking? Have you read many other books with similar themes? What’s the creepiest book you’ve ever read? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!