Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.
Blurb From Goodreads:
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 bodies 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.
Ok, so that was a blast!! I’m not sure what to focus on first, the traveling carnival, the awesome characters, or the paranormal part. Add all that with a bit of mystery and suspense and you have this book! It wasn’t that the story was that unique, but there’s a freshness to it that pulled you in. Usually there’s more knowledge about the monster that terrorizes a town/county/city/whatever and the reason that a carnival would go to that place is because they are some secret organization that takes care of stuff like this. This story did not have any of that and it was so sneaky. It wasn’t until writing this that I realized that I’ve heard similar stories but this one blindsided me with it’s uniqueness. I highly recommend you read this!
I live in Minnesota with my two dogs Isley and Sawyer, my three cats Sophie, Nikki, and Squeak, my hamster Mulberry, my husband Mike and my stepson Gavin. I do many things, most of them lame and boring, but the thing I get paid to do is write young adult books.
I enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, dinosaurs, sharks, Lego sets, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand.
I have published five different series, with a total of 20 different published works. Two of my series and one standalone novel are self-published, and three of my series are with a traditional publisher, St. Martin’s. My zombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite.
My next book is the final book in the My Blood Approves series, Swear, and that will be out November 9, 2016. For more info on that, please go: here. After that, I have a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow called Freeks. I pitched it as Pretty in Pink meets The Lost Boys (minus the vampires) meets Carnivale. It will be out January 3, 2017, and you can find out more about Freeks: here.
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/amandahocking
Publisher Website: www.worldofamandahocking.com