Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review: Freak by E.K Henry

Reading Level: Young Adult
Self published
Source: Author
First in a possible series
*This was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Being a lower-class human born into a world where vampires rule sucks. No matter how hard Juniper Rayne tries to fit in, she's labeled a freak. When her dad signs the family up to take part in a reality television show, Juniper hopes that it'll give her the edge she needs to shed her freak label.

Unfortunately for Juniper, vampires aren't that accepting.

She decides to take control of her life and become a vampire hunter, instead of continuing to live in her own personal hell any longer.

She will regain control or die trying.

If you know me or follow the blog you probably know that I love vampires. Good, bad or both. Sparkly or burnable. Vegetarian or not. I love them all. This vampire book was different than other ones I've read. Vampires are rich, famous and can get away with a lot. It's illegal for them to drink human blood unless it is from a blood bank but they can go out in the sun with special lotion. Humans are the minority and looked down upon.

When Juniper finds out that her family is going to be on a tv show about life as a human she knows her life is going to change. And not for the better. She already gets enough bad attention at school for being human and being famous for it won't make it any better. No one seems to understand that and her parents are even excited about it. During the first couple episodes she loses friends, gets beaten up multiple times and fights with her parents. She knows she has to do something. So set on getting her life back she joins a group called Daystar and starts learning how to kill vampires.

I didn't always like Juniper. At first she was a little whiny and overly dramatic but as the story progressed I started liking her more and by the end I liked her. I liked how strong she was and that she stood up for herself and did what she had to. Juniper's parents annoyed me. They didn't ask her what she wanted and never listened to her. In the beginning I liked Juniper's best friends Kirsten and Abigale. I continued to like Kirsten but by the end I really didn't like Abigale. She let Juniper and then her fame go to her head. A lot of stuff happened to her during the story and one thing I guessed early on but the other was a complete surprised. I really liked the love interest Brandon. Even though he came up later in the book he made an impression. He was always there for Juniper and I loved how protective he was of her. Their relationship was a little insta-love but they were so cute it didn't bother me to much.

This book was action packed and I never wanted to stop reading. I kept trying to guess the ending but it still blew me away. I never saw it coming. Overall I really loved this book. Vampires, romance and action what more could you want? The ending was a cliff-hanger and left me with a million questions. I hope there's another one and that I get to read it very soon.
4/5 stars.


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