Amanda Hocking has quite a few books, but this is the only one of hers I have read.
Mara is part of a travelling circus. Which is in part a “freak” show if you will. Travelling from town to town, wherever they are able to find paid work. Mara doesn’t have any “special” talents, but her mother and some of her friends certainly do. Some of these special talents include being able to communicate with the dead, super strength and the ability to make fire.
Mara has grown up in the circus, and they are her unofficial family. Mara and a few others may not have supernatural talents, but they contribute to the smooth sailing of the circus in other ways.
Things start looking financially bad for the circus, when they get an invitation from a previous member to come to his town. The invitation promises a 10 day job with a good payout at the end. How could they turn this job down? They cant, and don’t!
The cute little country town however quickly becomes unwelcoming, and Gideon, the circus owner, and the rest of the troupe, find themselves in quite the bind of a situation. People of the town throwing around subtle, and some not so subtle, hostility toward them, is nothing new to them. They have grown used to people calling them “freaks”.
The usual taunts are nothing out of the ordinary for the troupe, but things become more perilous and confusing for the whole troupe the longer they spend in Caudry. But their penniless state virtually keeps them as prisoners.
Amongst this Mara finds herself building a tentative relationship with a “townie”. Gabe seems like the perfect guy. Funny, smart, caring. But Gabe has his own secrets from the world. Not everything in this town is as it appears to be.
I really enjoyed Freeks. It had the right blend of plot-line and story, without being over the top. It was equally involved as it was simple. Very easy to read, and had suspenseful moments leaving you wondering what was going to happen next.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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