11.17.2023 | Friday

Freaky Rites

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Freaky Ritestitle: Freaky Rites
author: Amanda M. Lee
series: Mystic Caravan #6
published: 5 August 2018
publisher: WinchesterShaw Publications
genre(s): cozy mystery, paranormal
pages: 272
source: Kindle Unlimited
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

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

the blurb

Northern California beckons the Mystic Caravan crew and they’re looking forward to some down time after their previous stop. Emotions are running high and the workers are desperate to return to their normal lives.

Poet Parker and Kade Denton, for instance, have a new camper to move into and they’re both excited at the prospect of an adventure that has nothing to do with monsters. All that changes on their first night in a new camp when wendigo howls fill the air and trouble comes knocking at their metaphorical door.

One wendigo is nothing to worry about but when ghosts start calling every night, only maintaining a distance because of the dreamcatcher, things take a turn for the worse. That’s when the ghosts start invading Poet’s dreams, leaving her on the precipice of death without outside intervention.

All roads lead to a place called Falk, a forgotten logging town that died during the Great Depression. It seems the town is long gone but a bevy of ghosts remain, as does a secret so terrible that the entire foundation of the Mystic Caravan world is about to be rocked.

A fight is coming, and both sides are readying for battle. For Poet, things aren’t as easy as they seem, though.

What happens when the monster you think you’re fighting isn’t a monster at all and the so-called victims are the ones who need to be taken down?


  • my review
  • a few notes

I love the story in this one, focused on wendigos. The story is very Poet-focused, as she is the one that must solve the mystery of what’s happening in the area. I love how strong and dedicated she is. But Kade… that’s a different story. He really is a whiner, which seems at odds with the rest of his character’s personality. He’s also incredibly overbearing, to the point of cringey. His absolute NEED to protect Poet from anything and everything is rather over the top. It often comes across as chauvinist, that he can’t even entertain the thought that she might be capable of life without his hovering… and smothering. Either that or he just wants to control him. I feel like the overall story of the series has gotten to the point that he should be able to trust Poet and know her well enough to understant what she is and isn’t capable of. Nonetheless, I enjoy this series!

content warning: ❗some graphic violence❗

POV: 1st person
keywords/phrases: circus, magic, witches, wendigo
cover notes: eye-catching


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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