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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 about—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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 24, 2016 – A traveling supernatural sideshow has just arrived in a sleepy Louisiana town, and Mara Beznik, daughter of the troupe's fortune-teller, quickly becomes smitten with Gabe Alvarado, a wealthy local boy. But her family of misfits is falling prey, one by one, to a beast that is stalking the campsite, and a series of shadowy encounters and twists builds to a battle-driven reckoning. Mara and Gabe's whirlwind, class-crossing romance plays an important role without drowning out other central relationships. Hocking (the Kanin Chronicles) takes time to examine Mara's complex emotions regarding Gabe, her ramshackle life on the road, and her mother. Although Mara doesn't seem to have the same gifts as her fellow travelers, she is strong, independent, and pragmatic no damsel in distress. The story is set in 1987, allowing for playful nods to the pop culture and fashion of the day. Important questions about poverty and privilege are at the core of this standalone novel, and they'll keep readers hooked just as much as the paranormal peril. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

unique, romantic, and mysteriou

Freeks had me hooked from the first sentence and I could not put this book down until I had captured every last word. I enjoyed reading about the supernatural carnies and the danger they face while visiting Caudry, LA. Hocking setting the story in 1987 only made me love this book even more. This book is unique, romantic, and mysterious. All aspects I crave in a good story.

traveling side show - teen read

Mara is a family member in a struggling traveling side show; her mother is the fortune teller. She’s become accustom to being dismissed and looked down upon because others consider the sideshow people "Freeks". They all have some special ability the marks them different from your average Joe. Mara is different but her mother has had her suppress her powers in fear.

Deciding to check out their newest stop, Mara finds herself invited to a regular college type part where she meets Gabe.

Mara and Gabe have an instant connection but she doesn’t tell Gabe that she is part of the traveling side show.

The very next day, people start to go missing from the sideshow. They are all desperate to discover their missing friends, the sideshow “freeks” race against the clock to earn enough money to leave and keep from falling prey to the mysterious shadow that is attacking their kind…the supernatural.

I am a big Hocking fan, especially loving her ability to pull you into the characters plight. I didn't feel this in FREEKS. The overall story was extremely interesting but I didn't connect with the characters and felt it was an unjustified insta-love situation. I liked FREEKS, I just wished their was more character development.

I received this ARC copy of Freeks from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.

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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 7-13
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Horror, Monsters & Ghosts
  • Published: Jan 03, 2017
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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