Monday, February 1, 2010

Review: Freaksville by Kitty Keswick

Freaksville Freaksville by Kitty Keswick

My rating: 9.0/10.0

Publisher: Leap Books
Publish Date: January 8, 2010

My Review:
Freaksville is a highly entertaining young adult paranormal. I enjoyed Kasey and Gillie and their friendship, I think this is one of my favorite things about the book. These girls are the best of friends and no matter what they find out they seem to stay together, no matter how weird Kasey's life can get. I also enjoyed Kasey's relationship with her parents. I think it shows a normal relationship - she loves them but she looks down on them because she's a teenager and they are her parents. I wasn't a wild child as a teenager and even I did it. She doesn't go too far as to be too disrespectful - I think she is just a typical teenager and Kitty Keswick catches this in writing very well.

The storyline of Freaksville is strong. I got the hints of things that would happen as I read along, but nothing too big was revealed. The suspense of how things would actually turn out was kept up until the end. I loved getting to know little (and big) things about Kasey's life as the story went along and she learned them herself. The additional characters of Josh and Gunther also added to the story. Josh sounds absolutely hot and Gunther sweet. I look forward to getting to know all of them better in the next installment in this series.

If you like slightly different young adult paranormal involving werewolves, humans with the gift of sight and other creatures and you like your books to have a humorous streak then this is the book for you. Ms. Keswick will draw you in and keep you reading until the end of the book and then you will be ready to read the next one (which I can't wait until it is published).

Rating Breakdown:
Characterization:   1.5/2.0
Plot:                     1.5/2.0
Writing:                 2.0/2.0
Attention-holding:   1.0/1.0
Ending:                  1.0/1.0
Believable:             1.0/1.0
Genre:                  1.0/1.0    
Rating:                9.0/10.0

**I received this book through Around The World Tours for review**

About the book: 

High school is hard enough when you’re normal. There’s peer pressure, book reports, the in crowd and the enormous zit that has a life of its own. Having a family whose skeletons in the closet lean toward the paranormal is not a topper on anyone’s list. Sophomore Kasey Maxwell is busy juggling the typical teen angst. Add visions, ghosts and hairy four-legged monsters into the mix and you get FREAKSVILLE. It’s a wonder Kasey has survived.

Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a normal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick Gillie Godshall consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new waters, a lead in a play, a haunted theater…and into the arms of the Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?


Elie said...

Great review. I liked this one too, I thought I was cute. Liked the blog layout.

Dyan said...

What was your favorite part? I loved when they got trapped in the theater. That was pretty scary.

I think Kitty Keswick is a great writer. She knows how to make you laugh. And her characters seem so real, like they could jump off the pages and be your friends. I wish I could meet Gillie. And Ruby.

I can't wait for the next book to come out. Anyone know when that will be?

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