Saturday, 14 January 2017

Freeks [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Hello there!

Title: Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Published Date: 3rd January 2017
Rating: 3 stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*


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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.

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Review: I am very, very reluctantly giving this book three stars. It is more like a 3.5 star rating… but I stopped awarding half stars over a year ago now. Even though I was tempted to go back on my decision just for the sake of this book, I’m not going to. Because while it was good, and had its moments, it was a bit of a stretch to say it was wonderful. I did enjoy reading it though. Allow me to elaborate…

The novel was set in a circus, where a lot of the members had powers. I really liked the idea of that – of the carnival truly being magical and having its own intrigue to it. I think the author handled the atmosphere really well too. I really felt like it was a circus, and the aspect of living in a small traveling home, which never stayed in the same place for too long. Also, there is an eerie undercurrent to the whole story which has to do with the plot. I really felt it, and liked that it was so present.


However, I had some issues with the main character. I did like Mara a lot, and I think she was a very brave and fun character to read about. She also really wants to stick up for her friends and family, and truly shows her loyalty to them. But… she could be quite hypocritical. There is a romance interest in this novel, and she worries about letting him know she is a member of the circus because he might treat her differently because of it. I understand that. And it must be difficult if that reaction has happened countless times before. But despite Gabe only being understanding of everything, she doesn’t let herself trust him… and that bothered me a little. Or she would expect something from him, but if the situation flipped she didn’t understand how/why he would expect the same of her. Which bothered me again.

But the romance in itself was pretty sweet. It was fairly clean, and not too intense. The best way I can put it is nice. It was a nice romance.


The pace of the novel was slow, but not in a bad way. Never was I bored, or wanted to put down the novel. More so, I felt at the same level of suspense all the time, and I just steadily kept reading my way through. I think the atmosphere was what really kept me turning the pages, and wanting to know how things would be resolved.

Although… the ending feel mediocre? It was over all too quickly. There were consequences, but I feel like it was rushed. We never got to feel the full effect of those consequences and what they meant for the characters, because the story finished pretty soon afterwards. The darkness and creepiness all came to a peak, but it crumbled down far too quickly for me.


I really liked the descriptions and how it added to the imagery I felt in my mind. On the other hand, I did notice one word being used quite a lot… ‘flesh.’ I don’t know about you, but that word is not the nicest description of things? But the author used it as if it was. He touched the soft flesh of her stomach… or her mother patted the flesh of her arm… or his flesh was torn from being attacked… flesh this, flesh that. I’ve just seen that word a little too much :D

A slow and steady story, but enjoyable in its own right.


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Giveaway: Enter to win a hardcover copy of FREEKS! US only!


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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: If you were an act in a circus, what act would you be?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. The reader or the computer geek!

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    1. All carnivals would need a computer geek to make sure any special effects went well, especially with these modern times ;)

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  2. I always end up giving higher ratings because of those half stars, my 3.5 stars always end up being 4 on Goodreads. It really bothers me that you can't have half stars there :(

    The blurb of this book sounds amazing and I really like the cover. I also usually enjoy circus themed stuff :)

    The "flesh" thing you mentioned had me laughing a lot for some reason xD it does sound a bit weird.

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. I find it so hard to decide what to do when I want to give a half rating, even though that doesn't happen often to me. In some cases I round up, but in others down... :'( Goodreads was the main reason I switched to only whole stars in my reviews...

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  3. Looks like a fun book! Thank you for the contest!

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  4. I like circus stories too. Too bad the main character didn't do it for you.
    I was hoping to flesh this out but I'm done! LOL

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    1. Dinh, you make me laugh so sometimes :P

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  5. Gosh, I like to play it safe and boring so I think I would choose to be the water girl.

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    1. I think I would be too. Can't do anything too dangerous or crazy xD

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  6. Looking forward to reading this!

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  7. It looks like such a fun book! I love circus stories though it's sad that it was a little disappointing. The MC sounds like a headache. I still might end up reading this one though. Great review!

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    1. It was disappointing in some ways, but I loved it in others. I hope you'll like it ^.^

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  8. I read Switched by Amanda Hocking last year... I enjoyed it, but I have no idea why! XD

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  9. Not sure I could give up my half-stars. It is hard to truly connect when the pacing is slow and you have no love for the main character. Great review.

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    1. They are so handy and hard to let go of!

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  10. Would love to read this - love trying new authors!!

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  11. sounds like a fun one

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  12. This book has been one highly anticipated read for me this year!

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