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Synopsis: Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night. When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Me: I like YA books, they’re usually quick to read. I’d find them the perfect beach read if I ever sat on a beach. I spend a lot of time on trains and this was one book that helped me pass being stuck between Leicester and London after a high speed train broke down for 45 minutes. It’s fun, feisty and for once has a teenage girl that doesn’t behave like a wet dishrag.

Mara work for a travelling sideshow in the 80’s believing she is one of the only people there with no special skills (you can guess what will happen there with no spoilers). One by one the travellers are picked off and brutally murdered by some kind of shadowy wolf that no one seems able to catch or even see that well. Lots of questions popped up around this all eventually answered thankfully. I hate cliffhangers.

Just why did Gabe’s mother invite the carnival when it seems she really doesn’t like anybody or want them there??? That was answered at 95% on my kindle which while I;m glad it was answered did make the end a little bit rushed. I would have liked a bit more information on what this mysterious swamp monster actually was.

Why there was a deputy sheriff that hated them was never resolved or even why he was deputy when the actual sheriff never made an appearance. That I found odd. Just make him a full sheriff or ordinary policeman.

The characters were for the most part well rounded (grumblings about the non-sheriff notwithstanding) and as mentioned the females actually had a bit of fire in them one (one literally that was her superpower). I liked this a lot and would read more

I received a free ARC from netgalley in return for an honest review