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I am a young adult author, mom, & lover of life.
on July 12, 2012 :
Freak by E.K. Henry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Background: Juniper is a human in a world run by vampires, and like all other humans lives on rations and in poverty while the bloodsuckers have everything. To stay human in her world condemns you as a Freak. Juniper suddenly finds out that her parents have signed up the family to particiapte on a television show chronicling the daily lives of humans for the vampires.Mom and Dad think this is a GREAT idea, dad gets out of having to be a blood donor, the job for all non-vampires, and their home and meals get re-vamped (lol no pun intended) by the vampire producer.
Review: This seems like this would be a great book, the plot looks so good and it is very entertaining. My biggest problem was the character development, it wsa a little lacking. Juniper the main character is a teenage girl who bitches and moans and that seems to be about it, but we don't really get a sense of why she is acting like that, other than the fact that she doesn't want her life televised. She is a cool character but only has two settings, complain and yell/ freak out....not much more. The other characters were the same, a lot left to the imagination, and not in a good way.
The plot made up for the lack of character develpment when Juniper starts to break out of her home to try to be a vampire hunter, and the action picks up so you can overlook the characters a little.
I think that if you are into vampire books you should give this one a try, maybe it is just me...the premise is good and the violence is fun.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 11, 2012 :
Juniper's life is about to get a lot more complicated. Not only does she not have fangs, like most of her classmates, but her parents have agreed to star in a reality TV show. Now everyone will see inside the lives of humans. The problem? Juniper is humiliated and angry. The solution? Become an awesome vampire hunter.
Unfortunantely, Juniper isn't very good, but she will be soon enough. One night on the hunt she gets caught in an tough situation, and she gets saved by a sweet and hot vampire. Things quickly take off in the right direction, but the story is only beginning and won't be perfect for long.
I thought the concept for this book was amazing, but the final product fell a little short. The potential for this series is endless, but the author has some work to do. The biggest problems were the horrific grammatical errors. I tried not to let it bother me, but it was such a problem that I couldn't focus on the story. I think this could be such a great series but there is a way to go.
I do want to say thanks to the author for giving me the chance to read this novel. I was lucky enough to win "Freak" in a giveaway, and I am glad that I was able to read and review it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 05, 2012 :
Blurb: Juniper Rayne is considered a freak, not because of the way she acts, not because of her interests and not because of her attitude. No Juniper is seen as a 'Freak' because she is human. In a world ruled and dominated by vampires she is one of the few who still live and breath and have blood flowing through their veins. She and her family are treated like cattle and there is nothing she can do about it.
When the Vampires decide that a reality show featuring humans is a good Idea Juniper's parents jump at the chance to be included. This is Junipers worst nightmare, now she is at the centre of vampire ridicule and she's not sure if she can take it. The bullying at school escalates and so does the intrusion of the cameras. After an incident at lunch, Juniper is empowered to regain control or die trying.
My Views: First of all I would like to say thanks to E.K. Henry for giving me the opportunity to review her book. Okay so I like the book, it isn't the best book ever but it is one I am very impressed with. The concept is one that draws you in as well as the setting. Some may find the main character a tad whiny in the beginning, however as the story progresses she becomes a lot stronger.The book stirs the emotion, at one point I was angry at Juniper her parents and her friends all at the same time.
I always love a little romance with my paranormal and E.K does not disappoint in this at all. I think it would be too much of a spoiler to tell you about Juniper's love interest so you will just have to read and find out! The villain was the director of the reality show (more the vampire government in general) but that fact tickled me a bit.
My Recommendation: If you are looking for a read, where the characters will surprise you and the story take you in this is a story for you. If you are not a patient reader, This book is not for you, unless you really really try your best to stick with it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)