Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Genres/Themes: YA/ New Adult, Carnivals, Fantasy, Romance
*I received this book through Netgalley, but all opinions and thoughts are my own*
Isn’t this cover absolutely stunning? I really love it.
Was the cover the reason I requested it? Mostly, but also because I had just read The Night Circus and I wanted to read something else about a circus.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This book has a totally different feel from The Night Circus. There is nothing magical about the carnival, it is treated like they are in our modern world, even if this does take place in the late 80s. It was very much set apart and I enjoyed the setting.
I also enjoyed the mystery, trying to figure out who the bad people are –even if it is a bit obvious. What isn’t obvious or much explained is…. well, so much more. I’m one of those people who can finish a book and wants most of it to be settled. I like knowing,so there were a few things that have left me pointing at sections going “???”
Also there are so many characters that I did not truly feel connected to any one of them. An of course, the romance *sigh* another one of those where the only thing that connects them seems to be lust.
I enjoyed my time reading it, but was never hooked or attached. I feel like I kept waiting for something to drag me in… but I really liked the story? My confused feelings have me doubting my rating; I keep going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, so 3.5 it is.
I also think other people may really enjoy this. If you like stories with downplayed magic, carnivals, lots of 80s references, and paranormal mysteries, then perhaps you should give this book a try.