Thursday, January 5, 2017
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
I don't think I've read any of Amanda Hocking's other books, but the cover for Freeks was beautiful and the blurb intrigued me enough that I decided to join this blog tour.
Freeks starts when Mara, her mother and the rest of the circus that they belong to arrive in the tiny town of Caudry. There, Mara experiences an instant attraction to Gabe, one of the local boys there, an attraction that he returns. But the budding romance is interrupted by the fact that someone is stalking and killing (or at least severely injuring) the circus workers with otherworldly abilities.
I believe that anyone who has read a few of my reviews will know my feelings toward instalove. This is something that Mara and Gabe have in droves, so I won't really comment on that. I'll just say that it wasn't "stop the book" annoying, but I really could have done with a more natural romance.
The mystery part of the book was fairly interesting. It was pretty obvious that whatever was hunting them wasn't human, but I had no clue what it was. I did appreciate that the solution seemed somewhat obvious in retrospect, and the plot twist wasn't unbelievable at all.
Oh, and I didn't notice this, but I saw that the author mis-used a Hindi term or something like that. But it seemed to be more of a googling error than outright malice, and I did receive an ARC, so hopefully that has been fixed before publication.
Overall, I quite enjoyed the book (even with the instaromance), and I think that if I had the time, I might pick up one of her earlier books.
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.