11.3.2023 | Friday

Freaky Places

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Freaky Placestitle: Freaky Places
author: Amanda M. Lee
series: Mystic Caravan #5
published: 5 February 2018
publisher: WinchesterShaw Publications
genre(s): cozy mystery, paranormal
pages: 270
source: Kindle Unlimited
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

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

the blurb

Mystic Caravan Circus is heading to the West Coast, and while everyone is happy for the change of scenery there's a pall settling over the group.

Poet and Kade are in a good place and planning for a change, but it's something Poet can't focus on because she feels as if someone is watching … and whoever it is has evil in his or her heart.

The festival location is different, and instead of space, the circus denizens have festival workers and artisans on every side. They're open and exposed, and hiding their secret has never been more important.

When one of their own goes missing, Poet is determined to figure out exactly what's going on. The answers won't be easy, though, and there are all different types of evil.

A fight is coming, and the enemy is different from anything they've ever faced. They're outnumbered and might find themselves outmaneuvered.

Who will survive? More importantly, who will be lost to something even worse than death? Sometimes death really is better.


  • my review
  • a few notes

Freaky Places is my favorite of the series so far! It was so intense, dark, and deep. And the sense of anticipation was so strong. The addition of creepy dolls really added to the story, adding an element of fear and horror to it all.

I love the snark and humor of Poet and the others. It’s a light-hearted element needed in the midst of the fear and the suspense.

One thing I could do without… Kade’s constant questioning and hovering over Poet. I get caring and worrying, but it comes off as if she is incapable of managing her own life and responsibilities. As if she hadn’t been doing just that for years before meeting her.

But all in all, a fun read!

content warning: ❗some graphic violence❗

POV: 1st person
keywords/phrases: circus, magic, monsters, dolls
cover notes: love it!


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
plot
four-stars
characters
four-stars
writing
four-stars
pacing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

reading challenges:

  • 2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge
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