Review: Freeks by Amanda Hocking

2/5 stars

I was hungry for a fantasy standalone and I haven’t read anything from Amanda Hocking so Freeksseemed like the best option. Plus it’s supposedly about a carnival so I was definitely attracted but alas, the book is the exact opposite of the thrilling promise of the blurb. I have to admit I am a bit disappointed.

The writing is easy to read, I’ll give it that but everything else to me is underwhelming. The story didn’t tap the magic and excitement of a carnival. Instead, it only used it as a sort of explanation as to the supernatural abilities of the characters.

The story is anti-climactic. It’s as if I’m always made to anticipate something finally interesting happening only to be brought back to the almost linear plot that made me sigh definitely more than once. I have been waiting for that “power” Mara is supposed to control within seven days but again, I ended up feeling “meh”. I was like “that’s it?” Even the revelation of the demon-monster is unimpressive, I didn’t feel an inch of fear or even worry for the characters.

But perhaps if it were only after a romantic story, I wouldn’t be this disappointed because I guess Freeks is mainly a love story (and by love story, I mean the kind not for younger readers) and the fantastical elements are simply for the reader’s entertainment and if I looked at it that way, I guess it wasn’t so bad and the fact that I was able to finish all 387 pages of the book means it’s still entertaining enough and is still worth a read.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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