Romance, mystery, violence, carnies and supernatural beings. Freeks by Amanda Hocking has all of these elements. Set in 1987, 18-year-old Mara and her mother have traveled for years with the Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, a sideshow where everyone has a supernatural ability. Her mother is a necromancer who tells fortunes and Mara is starting to show signs of the same.
The traveling sideshow is invited to the small town of Caudry, Louisiana to perform for a week beside a carnival. The first night in town, Mara goes for a walk and meets 19-year-old Gabe at a party where they immediately hit it off. In fact Mara spends the night with Gabe in his bedroom. That same night Mara’s best friend Daisy disappears but no one is really worried because she always wanders off for days.
Everyone associated with the sideshow have special abilities that mark them different from everyone else, causing people to call them freaks. Mara hides from Gabe the fact that she is part of the traveling sideshow. She knows that people look down at them and she wants Gabe to treat her like a normal person.
Meanwhile, back at the sideshow camp, when the sun goes down the performers are being stalked by some sort of animal. When people continue to get injured, Mara needs to find the strength to fight whatever is attacking her friends.
This book has a slow build as Amanda introduces the reader to all the characters. As the unknown creature attacks, it gets stronger, allowing it to attack more frequently. This makes the story start to move a little faster and causes more to be revealed.
I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting it down. I look forward to reading more of Amanda’s young adult books. Plus the cover is way cool!
Welcome 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.
Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat