Freeks

Freeks

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...

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Title:Freeks
Author:Amanda Hocking
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ISBN:1250084776
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages

Freeks Reviews

  • Maya
    Dec 23, 2016

    I have to say that I'm very impressed with how this story turned out. I wasn't expecting it to be so interesting. The plot is a mixture of mystery, romance, fun and violence. And somehow that combination is what I like to see in my books. Yeah, I know. I'm weird... I've never read a book by this author and after reading this story, I think I'm going to enjoy reading her other books. Despite being YA (although some scenes were almost NA) this story wo

    I have to say that I'm very impressed with how this story turned out. I wasn't expecting it to be so interesting. The plot is a mixture of mystery, romance, fun and violence. And somehow that combination is what I like to see in my books. Yeah, I know. I'm weird... I've never read a book by this author and after reading this story, I think I'm going to enjoy reading her other books. Despite being YA (although some scenes were almost NA) this story would appeal also to more mature readers.

    With this sentence the blurb sums up perfectly what you can expect from this story. Also the name of the story, Freeks, is quite accurate. But not only you get a story about people with special abilities, you also get a creature that will make your nightmares look like a joke. And what would a good story be without a murderous plot where the heroes have to fight for their lives, right? This story has it all. It's such a fantastic tempo and also great plot twists that make you want to read the story in one sitting. At least that's what happened to me.

    Mara and Gabe are at first sight you typical teenagers looking for a good time. But underneath, both hide some big secrets and both fear that that will come in between their new growing friendship. Add to that the mysterius attacks at the Traveling Sideshow and things get complicated real fast.

    Mara and Gabe's characters are obviously in the front of the story but I felt like all the characters got a good piece that told their story. You could fall in love with each character because you knew them so well. The same can be said about characters that make you dislike them. And there were a few of those. Just saying...

    I'm really happy I gave this story a chance. It's fun and entertainig till the end. Simply a great read!

  • Beth
    Aug 08, 2016

    Mara is a family member in a struggling traveling side show; her mother is the fortune teller. She’s become accustom to being dismissed and looked down upon because others consider the sideshow people "Freeks". They all have some special ability the marks them different from your average Joe. Mara is different but her mother has had her suppress her powers in fear.

    Deciding to check out their newest stop, Mara finds herself invited to a regular college type part where she meets Gabe.

    Mara and Gabe

    Mara is a family member in a struggling traveling side show; her mother is the fortune teller. She’s become accustom to being dismissed and looked down upon because others consider the sideshow people "Freeks". They all have some special ability the marks them different from your average Joe. Mara is different but her mother has had her suppress her powers in fear.

    Deciding to check out their newest stop, Mara finds herself invited to a regular college type part where she meets Gabe.

    Mara and Gabe have an instant connection but she doesn’t tell Gabe that she is part of the traveling side show.

    The very next day, people start to go missing from the sideshow. They are all desperate to discover their missing friends, the sideshow “freeks” race against the clock to earn enough money to leave and keep from falling prey to the mysterious shadow that is attacking their kind…the supernatural.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 3, 2017.

    My Rating: 3 Stars

    Written by: Amanda Hocking

    Age Range: 12 - 18 years

    Grade Level: 7 and up

    Hardcover: 400 pages

    Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

    Publication Date: January 3, 2017

    ISBN-10: 1250084776

    ISBN-13: 978-1250084774

    Genre: Teen Read | Urban Fantasy

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  • Candace (Literary Dust)
    Aug 23, 2016

    I actually did like this one, but I love anything that involves oddities, and it was also set in the 80's which is my favorite decade! I also thought Mara was a great character even with having to grow up most of her life on the road. Now I really did like the love interest Gabe, but I felt like the romance was super rushed and overwhelming sometimes, and every time they were together they were always kissing. I just wanted more dialogue between them to feel that romance build up. The mystery an

    I actually did like this one, but I love anything that involves oddities, and it was also set in the 80's which is my favorite decade! I also thought Mara was a great character even with having to grow up most of her life on the road. Now I really did like the love interest Gabe, but I felt like the romance was super rushed and overwhelming sometimes, and every time they were together they were always kissing. I just wanted more dialogue between them to feel that romance build up. The mystery and atmosphere were also really good, but some of the super natural elements felt a little out there. As always I really liked Amanda's writing and while not as good as Trylle/Kanin series I still really liked the read. Full review on my blog

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Oct 01, 2016

    Beware spoilers ahead!

    I received this E-ARC via St. Martin's Griffin and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am also participating in the blog tour. I had heard about this book through Netgalley. I was scrolling one day and came across this book. It sounded good and some of my friends were reading it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book!

    The book is written in first person all in Mara's point of view. Before every chapter there is a picture o

    Beware spoilers ahead!

    I received this E-ARC via St. Martin's Griffin and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am also participating in the blog tour. I had heard about this book through Netgalley. I was scrolling one day and came across this book. It sounded good and some of my friends were reading it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book!

    The book is written in first person all in Mara's point of view. Before every chapter there is a picture of a tarot card with the date and the year. This book does take place in the eighties.

    The book begins with Mara and the circus traveling to their newest location. Mara's mother and her boyfriend Gideon have a bad feeling about this location but they need the money. One of their former members lives in said town and promised them a good deal.

    Mara would love the idea of living a normal life. While she likes her family on the circus, she would like to stay in one place and maybe start a family of her own. Whenever Mara reaches a new town she explores it the night before any of their performances.

    While exploring the town and taking in all the houses Mara runs into this girl dragging her drunk boyfriend. Mara offers to help said girl. Later the girl invites Mara into the party where Mara meets the girl's brother Gabe. She is instantly attracted to Gabe and spends the night with him.

    The next day Mara's mother is asking her whether she has seen one of their members and her roommate Blossom (I think that's her name). Mara has not. This is actually quiet normal for Blossom to disappear and come back again. Which is why Mara doesn't worry about her. On the other hand Mara's mother has weird vibes about the town and sends Mara and Gideon to inform the police. Informing the police doesn't really go anywhere but at least Mara's mother is appeased.

    As the book continues weird things start to happen to the circus crew. A majority of their powers aren't working properly. More people have gone missing. Something seems to be only targeting and killing the circus crew, specifically those who are the most powerful. Mara actually starts having these nightmares about a woman screaming something at her in another language. And the town is just giving off weird vibes. The town thus far has do nothing to help. It's up to Mara, the circus crew, and Gabe to figure out what's going on.

    To be honest I wasn't sure what to except about this book. I had heard about Amanda Hocking before but have never actually read any of her other books. I was kind of surprised that I enjoyed this!

    I really liked basically all of the characters! Mara's voice felt real to me and I understood her longing to live a normal life. I have actually forgotten all but three characters names, so I don't remember Mara's friend's names. Which sucks but is also not surprising seeing as I read this back in October 2016 and didn't take any notes. I apologize in advance for any confusions.

    I liked the relationship Mara had with her mother. It wasn't complicated but instead the pair were quiet close. Mara and Gideon had a good relationship as well. Now you would think that they'd have an awkward relationship seeing as he is dating her mom, but surprisingly they were close as well. Gideon genuinely cared for Mara and all of the other performers.

    The powers were really cool to read about! I actually didn't hear about some of the powers so that was nice. Mara's mother could predict the future using tarot cards and allowing the spirits to speak to her. This did have a negative affect on her physically and mentally. This was the same with all of their powers. I found this to be very original as I have never read about paranormal powers having negative effects on the people themselves.

    Mara's friends were nice and they all had a good relationship with one-another. Mara also becomes friends with Gabe's sister whom I loved. As for Mara and Gabe's romance it was very quick. It wasn't insta-love so much as insta-attraction. Normally I don't like reading about rushed romances, but I didn't mind it in this book. I really liked Gabe so maybe that's why I let it slide. There is an LGBTQIA romance as well. Both the characters are already dating before the book takes place so you didn't get to see their romance develop.

    The setting was fantastic! This was my first eighties book and it certainly won't be my last. I also felt I was walking right next to Mara as she took in the town and described the circus and some of the places she went to.

    I did not see any of the plot points coming! I found it very original and entertaining to read about. Note this book is more focused on the characters and the setting. It's a decent pace but not a whole lot happens right away.

    I only had one problem with this. In the beginning I found that not much happened in the book (which I mentioned above). It took awhile for some of the characters to go missing and for the circus to realize that there was something up with the town. After some time I got used to it. I started to get sucked in because I really enjoyed reading about the characters.

    Overall this was a good standalone! I recommend this to anyone looking for a character driven standalone. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this author.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Nov 08, 2016

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    Man I was

    looking forward to this. I mean, just look at that cover!!!!! I’ve also read plenty of Amanda Hocking in what I now refer to as “the time I was brainwashed and inducted as a member in the

    cult,” so I wasn’t even scurrrrrrred that I’d hate it. And I didn’t

    – I just didn’t like it very much either. (In the immortal words of one Roger Murtaugh - I think I’m getting too old for this shit.)

    But let’s get on

    Find all of my reviews at:

    Man I was

    looking forward to this. I mean, just look at that cover!!!!! I’ve also read plenty of Amanda Hocking in what I now refer to as “the time I was brainwashed and inducted as a member in the

    cult,” so I wasn’t even scurrrrrrred that I’d hate it. And I didn’t

    – I just didn’t like it very much either. (In the immortal words of one Roger Murtaugh - I think I’m getting too old for this shit.)

    But let’s get on with the show, shall we????

    HURRY HURRY HURRY STEP RIGHT UP AND BUY YOURSELF A TICKET . . . .

    (Except this one takes place in the 1980s and

    about it with not-so-subtle insertions of things like “I’m assuming you’re Corey Hart” (‘cause dudebrah wears his sunglasses at night) or popping out to the local video store to snatch up a copy of Top Gun and Weird Science or making sure to crank the volume on the ol’ Tears for Fears.)

    Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Show has come to town for one reason and one reason only. It’s broke. An offer of a week-long gig with a hefty paycheck has the caravan rolling and ready to give the locals something they won't soon forget . . . .

    This is your typical freak show complete with strong man, bearded lady, dude who can swallow swords, etc. It’s also where Mara (who so far has not been blessed with a special ability) lives with her psychic mother. When presented an opportunity to pretend she’s just a normal girl and hang out with a local boy Mara jumps at the chance. But it doesn’t take long for the reader to start to think things might not be exactly what they seem . . . .

    And for members of the troupe to start disappearing.

    As I said, I’ve read plenty of Hocking’s books before and for the most part they were okay for me. This one just wasn’t great, however. The whole ‘80s thing was trying to hard, Gabe’s secret was a little too obvious, there were

    too many pages for such a small amount of plot, and worst of all I’m not exactly sure who the audience was supposed to be since it read

    young but there was uhhhhhhhh

    if ya know what I mean. But please remember who is talking. When I saw that cover and title my brain went one direction and one direction only . . . .

    And when someone pulls out a hidden weapon in order to lay the smackdown, pretty much

    is going to pale in comparison to what I’m thinking of . . . .

    Too soon???????? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    Jan 02, 2017

    So this wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't exactly a hit for me. It felt very YA (which I get it... it's written for YA) but it kinda felt like something that would have been on Nic at Night in the 90's. It's a decade book which is kinda cool- I love the 80's and honestly I would have liked even more references to it. But the general plot was kinda meh in my opinion.

    The writing wasn't bad - I actually liked the way Hocking described things. It was an easy read in that perspective and I felt like

    So this wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't exactly a hit for me. It felt very YA (which I get it... it's written for YA) but it kinda felt like something that would have been on Nic at Night in the 90's. It's a decade book which is kinda cool- I love the 80's and honestly I would have liked even more references to it. But the general plot was kinda meh in my opinion.

    The writing wasn't bad - I actually liked the way Hocking described things. It was an easy read in that perspective and I felt like I was in the story. The beginning was pretty strong too- I felt connected to the MC right off the bat. She was pretty relatable and I liked that she was a little older. I liked Gabe's introduction too- but wow was that instalovey. The romance wasn't entirely weak- it was kinda cutesy, but nothing jaw dropping or full of feels. The general setting was cool though with the carnival and all.. and I even liked the town backdrop.

    I don't know, it isn't that there was a ton of things wrong with the book- I was just unimpressed with the whole town mystery and how all that played out. It just feels like something I've seen on TV a million times. Maybe judge it for yourself!

  • Hristina Petrov
    Dec 21, 2016

    It ends tomorrow!!

    Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

    A big thanks to St. Martin's Press for the chance to join the book tour.

    Actual rating: 3.5

    I'm split with this read because I loved most of it, with the romance portion of the story as an exception. I'm a sucker for romance, the romance keeps me reading.

    It's well-written, the characters are awesome, every aspect of it is done well except the romance, which f

    It ends tomorrow!!

    Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

    A big thanks to St. Martin's Press for the chance to join the book tour.

    Actual rating: 3.5

    I'm split with this read because I loved most of it, with the romance portion of the story as an exception. I'm a sucker for romance, the romance keeps me reading.

    It's well-written, the characters are awesome, every aspect of it is done well except the romance, which felt like a big part of the story. It felt rushed, like it was too much too soon.

    It's still a great read, especially for lovers of the fantasy genre.

  • Regan
    Jan 01, 2017

    2.75

  • Irena
    Feb 04, 2017

    Amanda Hocking won my heart with her Trylle Trilogy.

    I never binge read series (in fact, I only binge read two series in my whole life: Trylle by A. Hocking and MacKinnon Curse by J.A. Templeton), but that was my first time when I read like a maniac, devouring the world and it’s characters within.

    Since then, I knew Hocking will be the one author I will have my eye on, eagerly waiting for new books to feed my appetite.

    It caught

    Amanda Hocking won my heart with her Trylle Trilogy.

    I never binge read series (in fact, I only binge read two series in my whole life: Trylle by A. Hocking and MacKinnon Curse by J.A. Templeton), but that was my first time when I read like a maniac, devouring the world and it’s characters within.

    Since then, I knew Hocking will be the one author I will have my eye on, eagerly waiting for new books to feed my appetite.

    It caught my attention, kept me on the edge of my sit, my eyes were flying through the pages and, before I even realized, I finished a book.

    My usual reading speed is 30 pages per hour, but with this book, it doubled (and it is not large print!).

    This book was

    The story follows

    , who works and travels with carnival. Her coworkers and family are paranormal, unusual or in contact with higher powers.

    When they come to state Louisiana, small town Caudry, one of their members dissapears.

    Not long after that, they discover that something/someone is after them, as well as their abilities start to weak.

    I love how smart Hocking was when outlining this story.

    She did her math well!

    She also wrote a good story line.

    There was an

    , be aware, but I liked it.

    I also liked how main character, Mara, was 18 and her guy, Gabe, 19 (that’s why I didn’t mind things between them developing fast).

    I loved the setting.

    Also, I welcome the fact that the story was set in 1987. It made a lot sense to put it in that time, because technology was not developed back then (so there weren’t mobile phones, and land lines weren’t on every step).

    I can imagine that carnivals had more meaning back then, and

    One thing that also needs to be stressed out:

    The only thing that confused me a bit (and I bet most people don’t even pay attention to this kind of things) is the lack of Acknowledgments.

    Let me tell you, this book is hard to put down!

    (but with almost 350 pages long book, that is hardly possible).

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Feb 05, 2017

    I liked the book and the characters. I love books about carnivals and the 80's but I'm not too sure about this one yet.

    I really enjoyed how the characters are all one big family but there is something and I can't put my finger on it yet. The ending was meh and a little cool at the same time. I was hoping they would say they met up with the others that left to go wait in a safer place. I did like when someone else joined the show at the end =)

    I will think more on my thoughts and come back, the

    I liked the book and the characters. I love books about carnivals and the 80's but I'm not too sure about this one yet.

    I really enjoyed how the characters are all one big family but there is something and I can't put my finger on it yet. The ending was meh and a little cool at the same time. I was hoping they would say they met up with the others that left to go wait in a safer place. I did like when someone else joined the show at the end =)

    I will think more on my thoughts and come back, the stars may change as well!