Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Publication Date: January 3rd 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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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 forever.

My Rating
4/5 stars

My Review
Freeks is a well written novel, filled with so much action and great characters that you can't put the book down.

Mara knows not to get attached to any of the town folk, after all, she is leaving in a week. Yet when Mara meets a cute boy at a party she stumbles upon, she can't help but catch feelings. The only problem is that no one ever falls for the girl working at the carnival. But dark forces are found in the new town, and they're attacking the carnival and everyone Mara loves. 

Mara isn't the usual type of main character I fall in love with, but she has something about her that you can relate to and understand, she almost feels like a little sister. Mara has been travelling with the carnival for a long time, so long that the workers feel like family to her. Mara's love for her carnival family comes out when they are being threatened and I absolutely love it. I love how her bonds are so strong with everyone, and how she's so protective of her people. She's just a very likeable character, not only by other characters but by the reader as well. She is only 19 but she's so responsible and hard working she almost feels older, she just makes for a wonderful role model. 

I really loved Gabe, and the romance in this book. The scenes between Mara and Gabe are really cute and romantic. They are perfect together and every scene with the two of them was a pleasure to read.

The storyline was so close to being perfect. I loved the beginning and middle of the book. The book had a good pace going, the action was building up, everything was going perfectly... then the climax happened.

~ Mild spoilers ahead ~

When we hit the climax of the story, and Mara kills the beast, it almost seemed too easy. This demon was described in a way that it was so hard to kill and the townsfolk couldn't kill it for decades, and then all of a sudden Mara shoots it with a magic crossbow and its dead.

~ End of spoiler ~ 

I would have given this book 5 stars if it wasn't for the climax being so... easy. But everything that happened after the climax went back to the wonderful style of writing I liked in the beginning.

Overall, I would still really recommend this book. It's slightly different than anything I've read before in the paranormal world of books. The characters are great and it's so close to being a perfect book. Definitely give it a try if you can.

Happy Reading,


  1. It kind of bothers me how easy the climax sounds. I hate reading a book and getting that "well THAT was convenient" feeling.. but I am glad you loved everything else about the book :D Fabulous review!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  2. Great review! I'm really looking forward to reading Freeks next month so, reading positive reviews is the best motivation! I had my doubts about whether I should pick this one up or not because I wasn't a big fan of Amanda Hocking's other novels but, I'm so intrigued. Can't wait to start reading it! Thanks for sharing!

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews


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