A “FREEK”ishly Good Book: Freeks Book Review & Blog Tour

Title: Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural

“Despite all that, I couldn’t shake the chill inside my chest, like my heart had been incased in ice”
– Freeks ARC, Amanda Hocking

I haven’t read an Amanda Hocking novel in ages and this book definitely did not disappoint. Before I read this book, I judged a book by its cover and frankly, I was unsure about the novel. The cover doesn’t do it justice and nor those the little blurb on the back of the book. However, diving into the world of Mara and Gideon was definitely thrilling and is one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

The storyline was the perfect recipe of romance and adventure. It had the perfect balance of both. Since the beginning, I was already shipping both Gabe and Mara. Their relationship wasn’t too rushed, I loved the development and chemistry between the two. Their romance tugged at my heart and Gabe was definitely the cutest. The main characters both Mara and Gabe were also developed really well. Both had their issues and struggles which they somewhat managed to overcome. I loved following Mara’s story. Finding out about her history and the spiritual ancestry was something I do not read about often. I really enjoyed reading about who she was and I definitely found myself relating to this teenage girl. In addition, Gabe was your cliche mysteriously boy from town but did I mention, I love a good cliche. Gabe was definitely lovable, he had the perfect vibe and was the perfect boyfriend. What wasn’t there to love? I knew he was somehow linked to do with the murders in the carnival but I did not see the whole werewolf thing coming.

I was constantly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I wanted to know where Blossom went. I wanted to know who was behind the murders on the campsite and I wanted to know Gabe’s secret. I love books that just leave you on the edge with every chapter and Freeks definitely does that. When a chapter ends, it ends on a cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading.

However, Freeks isn’t some AMAZING novel. Don’t get me wrong it’s a really good read but the story isn’t one that stands out of the crowd. There is nothing major to fangirl about and at times I did find myself confused with the many characters in the book. I think that because there were so many characters, I found it hard to recognize who was who. That’s why I didn’t give it a high 8 or a 9 but it is still a really enjoyable read that you should definitely read when given the chance.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed myself whilst reading the book and I read it within three days, which highlights the fact that I loved it. I love Gabe and following the thrilling plotline definitely left me page turning for more!

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Best Books of 2015

Hey guys!

I am so sorry for not posting in such a long time, I have been away and so busy but I have finally found some time to sit down and write this blog post. It feels so good to finally write a new post. Since its the end of year, I decided it would be a great idea to write the top 5 books I have read this year!

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    This is by far one of the most fun books I have read this year. It was quirky, relatable, funny and has lots of drama, which is the perfect recipe for a contemporary! I can’t believe I didn’t get to this earlier because I honestly missed out on so much. If you haven’t gotten around to this novel yet, I suggest you drop everything and head out to the bookstore today! 🙂
  2. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    A touching novel that made me shed a river a tears, All The Bright Places was definitely a highlight. I love novels that make me cry because it is just amazing to see how one book can make such a big impact! All The Bright Places was thought provoking and just made me stop a realise the backstories and hidden emotions of the people we pass by everyday.
  3. Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
    This was a given because Dimitri and Rose…who can’t forget one of the best couples in YA fiction! 🙂 Nevertheless, I have always loved the series and it was sad to see it finally come to a close but the ending sure was satisfying and I am so glad that it didn’t disappoint.
  4. Every Last Breathe by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    This was a major novel of my 2015 reading adventure because Jennifer L. Armentrout has always been one of my favorite authors! So to find out one of my favourite series by hers was ending was exciting yet heartbreaking. #teamroth for the win! I loved the finale and upon finishing the book a wave of happiness came!
  5. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
    Surprisingly, this novel blew me away! I was craving for an original fantasy with a good romance and storyline and finally I stumbled across this series. I fell in love with the characters and the world. The final book, which came out this year was one of my favorites!

That’s all for my favorite books this year. I will definitely be posting as the holidays start to slowly approach :)! Who else is excited for Christmas? Presents! Presents! Presents! And that also means hot chocolates, peppermints and books! I will definitely be posting up a TBR list soon for Christmas! What was your favorite book that you read this year?

Now that the holidays are approaching, I know we will all be watching lots of youtube videos to get into that Christmas Spirit and holiday joy. I love this youtube channel run by my good friend, Ellie. It has books, fashion and everything you will ever love. I will link it here! So don’t forget to check it out!

Thanks guys!

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Frostfire and Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking: Double Review

Title: Frostfire and Ice Kissed
Series: Kanin Trilogy
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Drama

The Kanin Trilogy is a spin-off series of Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series. The first two books have been an absolute joyride to read. I loved being submerged into a fantasy drama that still has romance and typical young-adult relationship complications. I was surprised to find out that Amanda Hocking’s novels are actually better than I expected and she really deserves more credit for her stories. I haven’t read a series like this in a long time and there were definitely very nostalgic moments to the times I read series like Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments. I highly recommend it if you loved series with big adventure, romance, plot-twists and fantasy.

Frostfire and Ice-Kissed are in the perspective of Bryn Avern who lives as a guardian in her kingdom but she is considered an outcast in her society and all she wants is to dedicate her life to the king and queen so she can earn the respect she deserves. After being traumatised by the near killing of her father, all she wants is to be the best guardian and to hunt down Konstantine for revenge but along the way she is torn through love, family and friends. Throughout the journey she discovers that people can’t be trusted and games in life will be played.

*WARNING: SPOILERS FOR ICE-KISSED AND FROSTFIRE*

I can’t tell you how much I seriously enjoyed this book! There was a little bit of everything I love in a young-adult series and this book had the perfect recipe. It was a short series but it really packed a whole punch. We were immersed in such an intricate, yet easy to remember world. Throughout the novel, I noticed parallels to Vampire Academy and it really made me feel nostalgic to the whole series, which is one of the reasons why I loved the novel so much. However, it was still vastly different to the series and had its own unique distinctions.

The main character, Bryn definitely was a strong, three-dimensional character; one that I definitely look up to. She had a really interesting background that was unveiled as the story goes and I didn’t notice how much I learnt about her until I got to the end. Her personality was really strong and you could see how her decisions and actions were all based on her personality. After her encounters with Konstantine, you notice how much strong she is, when she fights she fights with passion and mentally you could also read how strong she was with the way she tried to act calm and the way she tried not to let past events haunt her. Whenever she had a fighting scene, I was silently cheering “You go! Glen Coco!” because she was a star during those scenes.

However, she still was flawed and I really like that because it makes her character much more relatable, she was definitely reckless and stubborn. At times I was smacking my head against the wall. The way she wanted to keep jumping into the situation, even though she was forbidden from doing the task and also how she kept talking back to the king and queen even though she ranks very low in the social hierarchy. That is why I really liked that scene with Kasper where he points out her flaws and then she really notices her personality. I do really respect her strong-willed nature and how dedicated she was to her job- that is something I really idolised and that is why I love her character so much.

Ridley’s character and personality was not explored in depth enough but I definitely love the forbidden love between him and Bryn. I feel like he didn’t get many parts in the second book, the only major scene he was in was the first third of the book and the scene at Tilda’s wedding. He is really perfect, “his tan skin looked so smooth,” which kind of put me off because I would have loved to read more about his flaws. He did have a few flaws from time to time like with his father and his over-dedication to his work and I still like his character and how he is the love interest of Bryn. I ship them so hard and I seriously hope that they get together at the end. He really reminds me of Dimitri.

It was a seriously nail-biting plot and I can’t wait to see how Bryn and Konstantine’s relationship will turn out. I loved how in the first book they jumped straight into a flashback of an important time in Bryn’s life, it was really ambiguous but still suspenseful. I am itching to find out more about Konstantine’s character and I really like how Amanda Hocking deliberately tries to make Konstantine’s character and backstory really open-ended. I knew that Kenett was evil, right from the beginning and I don’t know what to think of the Skojare queen now. I hope that there will be a major plot twist about their characters. I am excited to find out what will happen to Bryn now that she has to be on the run.

Overall, the Kanin trilogy is a beautiful written trilogy with likable and relatable characters that everyone will love. I can’t wait to read the next book, Crystal Kingdom,and I will definitely be reading the Trylle trilogy soon!

Have you read this book? Comment below your thoughts:

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