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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,947 ratings  ·  735 reviews
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 nigh
Paperback, 387 pages
Published February 9th 2017 by Pan (first published January 10th 2017)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I liked the book and the characters. I love books about carnivals and the 80's but I'm not too sure about this one yet.

I really enjoyed how the characters are all one big family but there is something and I can't put my finger on it yet. The ending was meh and a little cool at the same time. I was hoping they would say they met up with the others that left to go wait in a safer place. I did like when someone else joined the show at the end =)

I will think more on my thoughts and come back, the
Irena BookDustMagic
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Hocking won my heart with her Trylle Trilogy.
I never binge read series (in fact, I only binge read two series in my whole life: Trylle by A. Hocking and MacKinnon Curse by J.A. Templeton), but that was my first time when I read like a maniac, devouring the world and it’s characters within.

Since then, I knew Hocking will be the one author I will have my eye on, eagerly waiting for new books to feed my appetite.

Amanda Hocking did it again. She wrote yet another unputdownable book.
It caught
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Man I was really looking forward to this. I mean, just look at that cover!!!!! I’ve also read plenty of Amanda Hocking in what I now refer to as “the time I was brainwashed and inducted as a member in the Twilight cult,” so I wasn’t even scurrrrrrred that I’d hate it. And I didn’t hate it – I just didn’t like it very much either. (In the immortal words of one Roger Murtaugh - I think I’m getting too old for this shit.)

But let’s get on
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Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via St. Martin's Griffin and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am also participating in the blog tour. I had heard about this book through Netgalley. I was scrolling one day and came across this book. It sounded good and some of my friends were reading it. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book!

The book is written in first person all in Mara's point of view. Before every chapter there is a picture o
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that I'm very impressed with how this story turned out. I wasn't expecting it to be so interesting. The plot is a mixture of mystery, romance, fun and violence. And somehow that combination is what I like to see in my books. Yeah, I know. I'm weird... I've never read a book by this author and after reading this story, I think I'm going to enjoy reading her other books. Despite being YA (although some scenes were almost NA) this story wo
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
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story! Lots of action, especially by the ending. Several surprising plot twists. I would definitely read a sequel and other books by Hocking. Recommend for all YA readers and anyone looking for an entertaining paranormal read. 😊

Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review
A big thanks to St. Martin's Press for the chance to join the book tour.

Actual rating: 3.5

I'm split with this read because I loved most of it, with the romance portion of the story as an exception. I'm a sucker for romance, the romance keeps me reading.
It's well-written, the characters are awesome, every aspect of it is done well except the romance, which felt like a big part of the story. It felt rushed, like it
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I was hungry for a fantasy standalone and I haven’t read anything from Amanda Hocking so Freeks seemed 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
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
So this wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't exactly a hit for me. It felt very YA (which I get it... it's written for YA) but it kinda felt like something that would have been on Nic at Night in the 90's. It's a decade book which is kinda cool- I love the 80's and honestly I would have liked even more references to it. But the general plot was kinda meh in my opinion.

The writing wasn't bad - I actually liked the way Hocking described things. It was an easy read in that perspective and I felt like
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mara and her mother who is a necromancer have been traveling with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow for years and a life on the road is the only one Mara knows. Those in the sideshow are family to Mara with most having some sort of powers just like her mother's but Mara herself hasn't experienced any such thing yet herself. With the show really hurting for money when an offer that almost seems too good to be true comes along in a strange little town called Caudry, Louisiana they have to take t ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
For whatever reason, books and even movies, about circus life, have always fascinated me, which is why, I first picked up Freeks. Having already read and really liked some of Hocking's other past work, I knew that more than likely, if nothing else, I would get something completely different and fun.

I did get those things and all with a slight paranormal other type twist.

This was a fun read, if not a bit cliché and even a bit un-other. It wasn't anything too fantastical or unheard of and truly,
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Continuing with my ongoing love affair with books about carnivals or circuses, I decided to check out Freeks by Amanda Hocking which features a group of traveling sideshow performers in the 80s as they travel across the country looking for work.

The story stars Mara, a teenager who has practically spent her whole life growing up on the road with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival. While their show boasts many of the usual
2.5/5 stars

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When I was asked to be apart of the blog tour for this book I was excited since this sounded like something I would enjoy! After reading it I found I liked the book...but didn't love it. I had some definite pros but had some cons I couldn't overlook. I can picture people liking this book but since the cons were so distinct I couldn't give it anything more or less than a 2.5/5 stars.

**Was sent an egalley in exchange for an honest review**
Freeks was a unique and intriguing novel. I thought the carnival sideshow aspect of this book was brilliant. I loved being in that world and surrounded the cast and crew of the sideshow. I wish there could have been more of the carnival in the book! The sideshow had a lot of interesting characters that I really enjoyed getting to know.

I thought the author did a great job at describing the physical appearance of characters and the scenery. I could clearly see all the characters in my head an
I am very, very reluctantly giving this book three stars. It is more like a 3.5 star rating… but I stopped awarding half stars over a year ago now. Even though I was tempted to go back on my decision just for the sake of this book, I’m not going to. Because while it was good, and had its moments, it was a bit of a stretch to say it was wonderful. I did enjoy reading it though. Allow me to elaborate…

The novel was set in a circus, where a lot of the members had powers. I really liked the idea of t
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before I read this, before I even bought this, I was really skeptical of the book. It has poor reviews, a not great overall rating, and people seemed to be really underwhelmed. But I LOVE books involving the Circus (this caused me to buy THREE more) so I bought it and went in with no expectations.

This made me realize that a lot of books marketed as YA mystery/creepy books (this, and the Asylum series by Madeleine Roux are the 2 I can think of) make people expect so much and they are usually let
Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(A huge thanks to Pan Macmillan India for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.)


I must say that while the protagonist is Mara, my favourite character from the book is Roxie. She's spunky and sweet and her pyrokinetic powers are wicked cool! I found her the most well written of all the characters and thoroughly enjoyed her friendship with Mara.

Mara is an interesting character. She’s been with the travelling circus since she was a toddler and longs for a more per
Shannon (kitchandpages)
There were a few joy moments but overall, this was very lackluster to me. It was like certain moments of Twilight mixed with Beautiful Creatures at a carnival. I was doubtful I was going to enjoy it but I wanted to but it was a no go for me, I'm sad to say. ...more
Like a bad '80's horror flick without the actual awesomeness of the 80's, despite the story taking place in it. Huge disappointment. ...more
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
5/5 Stars!

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows Mara who is apart of a traveling carnival in 1987. They arrive in a small Louisiana town in time for the Vernal Equinox, trying to draw business to this small town. Mara meets a mysterious rich guy in town who is hiding secrets from the carnival.

I'm sad that its over. I loved this so much and never wanted it to end.

The writing was incredible and so fast paced. I never wanted
Title: Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal

**I received a copy of the book free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

First of all, love this cover. Totally gets the vibe of the book. Then again, all Hocking's books have amazing covers. I'm a big fan of hers. When I was asked to be part of the blog tour, I jumped at the c
Stay Fetters
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed."
I am so glad that I talked my husband into letting my buy this. Who doesn't love a supernatural story at a carnival!? With all the whimsical games, human freaks and enough eighties references to make your life enriched. And a Corey Hart reference! A girl truly after my dark heart. *swoon*
Mara and her mom are apart of a traveling circus. Going from town to town, she doesn't have time for the usual everyday teen drama.
The carnival is bro
Aneta Bak
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, first-reads
Freeks is a well written novel, filled with so much action and great characters that you can't put the book down.

Mara knows not to get attached to any of the town folk, after all, she is leaving in a week. Yet when Mara meets a cute boy at a party she stumbles upon, she can't help but catch feelings. The only problem is that no one ever falls for the girl working at the carnival. But dark forces are found in the new town, and they're attacking the carnival and everyone Mara loves.

Mara isn't the
Kirsty ❤️
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like YA books, they're usually quick to read. I'd find them the perfect beach read if I ever sat on a beach. I spend a lot of time on trains and this was one book that helped me pass being stuck between Leicester and London after a high speed train broke down for 45 minutes. It's fun, feisty and for once has a teenage girl that doesn't behave like a wet dishrag.
Mara work for a travelling sideshow in the 80's believing she is one of the only people there with no special skills (you can guess wh
Kayla Ritenour (In Between The pages)
So for me at least, this book took me a while to read.

I know I know 5 days isn't that long you say. but your talking to someone who can finish a book in 1 or 2 tips most of the time.

this week just got away from me starting classes, work, and helping my mom as she recovers. and so my reading time just wasn't there. and that's why sadly I didn't have updates as I read like I normally do.

but this book ah-mah-gawd!!!!!

it was so so good.
I really wasn't sure Amanda could write a book that bested her T
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, favorites, paranormal

The fun stuff: We got a fun glimpse into life for the traveling sideshow. Right away in this story we are on the road. This story is set in the 80s. Mara is 19 years old. Although she was more new adult age, she is more young adult in her maturity. Mara is a genuinely likeable person. She is everything I would imagine a 19 year old in her situation would be. Mara is a good friend to her “family” in the sideshow.

Her love interest Gabe was also a great character. They meet and have a genuine “like
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
The whole circus/sideshow aspect was really fun. The romance was your typical YA romance, and I didn't expect much more than that going in. It was creepy, fun, and interesting. I always enjoy Hocking's stories. You just have to go into them knowing that the writing style is typical to YA. But the storylines are always usually pretty unique, as was this one. I really like the idea of this being a standalone, but I definitely wouldn't mind to travel more with the circus and these characters if it ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I have seen all kinds of things that defy the laws of nature. But I've never seen a monster. Only those that are misunderstood and mistreated."

Such a pretty cover and I do love stories that involve the circus. But I'm not sure of the paranormal element in the story. At first, as we meet the crew who work the stage and entertainment, I liked seeing what each of their powers were. But as the plot developed, I was a little disappointed at how it all played out.

I think there is a great story for m
3.5 stars.

This review also appears on my blog, Reading with Jenna.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing a review copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m not the biggest reader of the paranormal fantasy genre but I really enjoyed reading Freeks by Amanda Hocking. It was a fast-paced and slightly eerie standalone novel and I especially loved the carnival setting

The novel begins with Mara and the carnival travelling to a small town in Louisiana. They are desperately
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AMANDA HOCKING is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list. Her zombie series

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