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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.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250084774
Branch Call Number: Y FIC HOCK
Characteristics: 387 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 03, 2020

The beginning of this book was confusing as it went straight into the plot, but it became better and easier to understand as it went on. There are lots of little twists throughout the story which makes it exciting to read, although the ending was disappointing compared to the rest of the book.

I would recommend this 'Freeks' to readers who enjoy horror, mystery, and romance.

Oct 19, 2017

I thought the story started out really well but it dragged on for much too long and the ending didn't live up to the hype. Also, I don't see there being a point of the story being set in 1987. It read like it could be something from the 21st century as there was nothing indicating that it's set in the past.

Jan 28, 2017

This is my third book by Amanda Hocking so I really enjoyed her writing and her world building. This book takes place in the late 1980's but it isn't one that is purely focused on things from that era. Instead it just briefly mentions music and record players and instead is mostly focused on supernatural and the powers that the carnies possess. I did like Mara and I thought she was a good character. The friendships she had with the other carnies were real and believable, you could tell that they all really did care for each other, and because of that when one of them did get hurt, it wasn't easy to read.
As for the romance in this book, I wasn't thrilled with it. Mainly because even though Mara could tell something was off with the guy she still went on multiple dates with him. Thankfully it turned out to be okay, but what if it hadn't. I mean come on most of the time when you have a gut feeling so strongly about someone, it's something that you should listen to.


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