Run Away to the Carnival (Freeks – A Book Review)

Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: 2017

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Living the carnie life is all Mara Beznik knows even though she can’t do anything cool like talk to the dead, rapidly heal or create fire in the palm of her hand, like her fellow carnies. The caravan she and her mom travel with comes to the sleepy town of Caudry, and though they’re falling on desperate times and the air about this place is strange, they set up camp.

The first night in town is promising for young Mara. She meets the mysterious Gabe Alvarado at a party and is drawn to him instantly. Then suddenly one of the people back in camp is attacked by something dark and mysterious that comes from the swamp. Blame is thrown around in light of everybody’s fears. Mara, however, is determined to find out whom or what is doing this while trying not to fall for Gabe. Something about him draws her in. Could it be connected to the attacks?

 

First of all, can I say thank you to Amanda Hocking for not adding clowns into this book? Because…THANK YOU!

 

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*Shudders*

 

I loved being in the 80’s in this book. It was so much fun and the attention to detail for the time period was great from clothing to music and more. The artwork of tarot cards that moved the reader from day to day was beautiful and a fantastic way to move forward in the book. However, the details felt listed from time to time and made me hiccup on the flow. Still, the book was fun and I got lost in it easily.

I think the only thing that irked me with this novel was how quickly the main character fell in love since the book spans a week. But then again, it only takes a matter of seconds to fall in love, so I guess it’s more of personal irk than an all-around irk with the book because the amount of time it takes to fall in love with someone depends on the person.

This book made me want to run off and join a carnival. It would have to be one like this though. I want to be surrounded by magic and lights and wonder.

 

Quotables:

“Maybe he’d try to kiss me, and if he was nice enough I might even let him. Or not, but the option of a real kiss was almost always better than a night in bed with a book.” (Mara, p. 25)

 

“It’s not the amount of time that makes something real. It’s what happens in that time.” (Gabe to Mara, p. 278)

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Song of the Day? Funhouse by P!NK.

 

Also, I apologize for the long delay. Been a little busy of late. Sorry fellow bookworms. I love you.

The Classic Hybrid

Classic Literature is a staple in every bookworm’s life. While they tell a beautiful story of either love, tragedy, loss of sanity or death (or all of the above), they also show underlying themes that relate to the real world—the wish to turn back time, the destruction through paranoia, and the obliteration of families. And, let’s not forget, self-discovery. That’s a big one.

And now, there are versions of classics that have been morphed into something brand new (well not totally new, but you understand what I’m getting at) by including the infamous supernatural genre, creating a hybrid of sorts. I believe that the addition of zombies or vampires in a classic piece doesn’t entirely destroy the book, but instead tries introducing and involving new generations that are infatuated with the supernatural genre to them.

This new hybrid isn’t just for introducing future bookworms to classic literature though. Nope. Having read both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, I can say that there’s also a joy in having more fun to a classic novel, which is the primary reason I’m writing this entry (I enjoy werewolves, ghosts, witches and vampires, remember?). These types of books are fantastic for hooking a classic reader or a supernatural reader.

Down below are a list of ten classic books that while still spin the beautiful yet tragic stories of beloved classics they also give a dose of something wicked:

 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Author: Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

Based off of the Jane Austen novel, the Bennet sisters have more to be concerned about than just experiencing the pressure of marriage, love, and going to balls. Zombies are afoot and these women take to the battlefield of the undead. A film came out based on the novel in 2016.

 

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim

Author: Mark Twain, W. Bill Czolgosz

A strange, mutant type of tuberculosis comes to nineteenth century America and it’s bringing its victims back to life. Huck Finn and his best, undead friend, Jim, go on the run when his abusive father comes home. Then, the virus mutates again…

 

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Android Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters

Taking place in a dystopian society, this tale of true love and jealousy, is surrounded by AI in a steampunk world. Anna Karenina, Alexei Vronsky, Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya try to find love as their high tech, high society lifestyle is threatened. Can they salvage it?

 

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Author: Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters

You’re not going to find mermaids in here. If that’s what you’re seeking in this twisted classic novel then turn back. There are however octopi, giant lobsters and even two headed serpents among this retelling of the Dashwood sisters’ journey to find true love.

 

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The Meowmorphasis,

Author: Franz Kafka, Coleridge Cook

Why morph into a startling, crunchy beetle when you can morph into a cute, fluffy kitten? That’s exactly what happened to Gregor Samsa one day when he wakes up late for work.

 

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Author: Ian Doescher

It’s Star Wars. That automatically makes it a classic, not to mention it’s Shakespeare rendition. Doesn’t that make it a double classic?

 

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Jane Slayre

Author: Charlotte Bronte, Sherri Browning Erwin

Enter Jane Slayre, a demon-slaying orphan. Enter Mr. Rochester, the master of the estate that she suddenly inherits. Both have a few secrets, including being raised by vampyre and a werewolf in the attic, but their love isn’t one of them. Will they get their happy ending?

 

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Grave Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens, Sherri Erwin

Blooming, wolfy, Pip fights alongside zombies in this classic twist, until suddenly he is mysteriously shipped off to a school for the best werewolves and away from his beloved Estella which may be a good thing because she has a couple secrets of her own.

 

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The Vampire Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Dumas, Mathew Baugh

This story twists and turns as Edmond Dantes is falsely imprisoned and taken away from his fiancée, the lovely Mercedes. While imprisoned, Edmond makes a dark pact with dark magic be set free? The pact? He died and came back a vampire.

 

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Little Vampire Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott, Lynn Massina

The March sisters are dealing with a lot more than just sisterly squabbling in this book. They’re also avoiding hunters that threaten their immortal existence.

These can be found at Amazon.com, Quirk Book and Barnes and Noble

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. One day, I hope that one comes out about Moby Dick, the demonically possessed whale.