Mara Beznick and her mother have been with Gideon Davorin's
Traveling Carnival for most of Mara's life. They are your
typical Freak show complete with the strong man, the fortune
teller, and bearded lady and the closest thing she has to a
family. However, most of them have a unique supernatural
ability. The traveling carnival is offered a week-long gig
with a hefty paycheck in the small town of Caudry. Carnival
owner, Gideon gets a bad feeling about the town even before
their caravan of trailers and RVs makes it across the town's
line. When the carnival arrives, most of them on fumes and
not a dime to their name, a few of the members can already
feel the shift in the air.
Like every town she had visited before, Mara slips away from
the carnival to explore Caundry. All Mara dreams about is
having a normal life. Settling down and having a family and
a home of her own, not living out of a travel trailer. Mara
meets a local girl dragging her drunk boyfriend into her
house and offers to help. From there she meets her brother,
Gabe. Their attraction to each one another is strong. While
Mara keeps her secret that she is with the traveling
carnival, Gabe has some secrets of his own.
The next day Blossom, the first carnival member disappears.
Hearing about a music festival the next town over, Mara
believes that Blossom headed there and will return in a day
or two, which is something Blossom does often. After a few
days, it begins to become obvious that Blossom isn't coming
back. The town makes the rest of the carnival is becoming on
edge. Some of their powers aren't working, and become
unpredictable and worse; something is stalking them. Soon
Mara herself begins to feel the effects of the town. Her
deceased grandmother has been visiting her dreams, screaming
in a language Mara can't understand. She had also inherited
the necromancy gift that both her mother and grandmother
have. The local sheriff has done nothing to help, so it up
to Mara and the remaining carnival crew to figure out what's
going on before there is no one left.
Having read Amanda Hocking's Trylle
Trilogy, I was excited to see a new one come out.
The book is written in the 1980s from Mara's point of view.
Before each chapter is a tarot card and the date, which adds
a little something extra to the story. When I read Amanda
Hocking's Trylle series, I fell in love with her writing
style. It seemed to flow effortlessly across the pages.
FREEKS was no exception. The character development was
flawless and her story line held my interest throughout the
entire book. This was a fun and enjoyable read.
Step into a wondrously strange new world with this
dazzling new standalone novel by Amanda Hocking, New York
Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles!
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 aboutâ€”and change the future forever.
In the pages of Freeks, Amanda Hocking once again
proves her ability to create amazing characters and
enchanting worlds that will capture your imagination and
never let go.