9.28.2023 | Thursday

Freaky Hearts

category: Book Reviews

Freaky Heartstitle: Freaky Hearts
author: Amanda M. Lee
series: Mystic Caravan #3
published: 1 January 2017
publisher: WinchesterShaw Publications
genre(s): cozy mystery, paranormal
pages: 262
source: Kindle Unlimited
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

Poet Parker his having a rough time of it... and then some. She owes her boss Max Anderson everything for saving her from a life on the streets, but Mystic Caravan's favorite psychic is struggling because that loyalty caused her to lose a shot at true love. When the circus hits Brigham City, the nature lovers in the troupe are looking forward to visiting the Great Salt Lake while Poet can't shake the feeling that someone... or rather some dark thing... is watching her. Her discomfort doesn't ease back at the circus, where Kade Denton is busy pretending she doesn't exist while he grapples with the truth about his parentage. When a local boy goes missing, the police show up at the circus and announce that everyone is a suspect. The suspicion only grows when the missing boy turns up alive in an adjacent field. Even after returning him to his parents, the police refuse to back down and Poet finds the walls closing in. Between a shady cabin in the woods, local legends about saltwater monsters and angry ghosts that may be waging war on outsiders, and Kade's inability to stay away even though his anger still festers, Poet has her hands full. As always, though, the show must go on. The circus runs like a well-oiled machine... until trouble comes calling. Poet finds it's difficult to straddle the line between magical demands and emotional reality and when the enemy becomes clear she finds she might be the ultimate target. Can Mystic Caravan's band of merry mischief makers hold it together long enough to take down another foe? Only time will tell whether Poet's happy ending is within her reach... or if death with find her first.

  • my review
  • a few notes

Each book in this series is full of mystery with characters that are funny, snarky, imperfect, and quirky. Because of that, they are relatable characters, despite the paranormal aspects of the story. I love the snarky humor; it gives them a feeling of family more than just coworkers. But there are a lot of emotional moments in the book, too. In part, this is because of the ongoing issues between Poet and Kade, Poet and Max, and Kade and Max, but it is also because of the magical demands placed upon the caravan.

The only downside for me was Kade’s attitude. While some of it might be justified, it still felt excessive, to the point where he came off as a bit of a dramatic jackass. It felt largely misdirected, almost cruel and selfish at times. Fortunately, things came back around by the end of the book, enough to allow me to still enjoy it.

content warning: ❗some graphic violence❗

POV: 1st person
keywords/phrases: circus, monsters, murder
cover notes: love!

About Amanda M. Lee

When I was a kid, I was torn between whether or not I was going to grow up and be the Incredible Hulk or Wonder Woman. I flirted with being a Jedi Knight for awhile, but I wasn’t up for the intense travel associated with the gig. In my teens, I settled on being a writer — although I had no idea the effort that would entail.
Not only am I a writer now, but I’m a writer in several different mediums. I’m a longtime newspaper reporter, an avid reader and a voracious science fiction fanatic.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

reading challenges:

  • 2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge
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