Freaks by Amanda Hocking

imageWelcome 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 bodes 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.


I have to admit, I have discovered a love of circus books recently. That coupled with this amazing cover drew me to this book.  I want to say that I loved it as much as I love the cover, but I can’t.

I found the characters a bit flat and lackluster.  The plot was reasonable but you figured out who was behind it not far along into the storyline but really don’t get confirmation until almost at  the very end.  I didn’t find it all that engrossing and to be honest it was too long as well.  I found it dragged on and on and on.  Boredom set in and I was glad to see the end of it. I was also sad to see that the majority of the interesting action that did get me hooked was in the last few pages.  It wasn’t enough to save the whole book for me though.

I find it a hit or miss when it comes to Amanda’s books and I have to say that for me, this one was a miss.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

2/5 stars


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