Supernatural Freak by Louisa Klein
Published: August 9, 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: ecopy from author
When paranormal expert Robyn Wise is offered an outrageous sum of money to cure a boy who is turning into a dead tree, she’s very sceptical. A politician ready to pay that much to make his son stop growing branches instead of hair? Come on! She’s more likely to be abducted by aliens. This is a trap. Or much worse. And, of course, it’s much worse.
The child is turning into a dark portal, created by a powerful entity determined to absorb Fairyland’s power. This means that not only queen Titania and her court are in danger, but the very balance of the magic fluxes.
Robyn’d rather stick a pencil in her own eye but. to learn how to destroy the portal, she has to sneak into the Wizardry Council, a place full of wizards who are hiding something—though it’s certainly not their dislike of her.
There, she discovers a terrible secret that could help to overthrow Fairyland’s enemies for good, but puts her in the midst of an ancient and deadly war, and not as a bystander, but as the main target.
Robyn seemed like she was getting attacked left and right throughout the story. She is a tough cookie though, that’s for sure. She would not give up. I admired that about her. I also loved her sense of humor. It was perfect to break of up some of the more action packed scenes. Along with Robyn we meet her eclectic group of friends. I really liked them too, especially William.
My favorite thing about Supernatural Freak was the variety of paranormal/supernatural creatures. It kind of reminded me of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White in that regard. I love it when a book is not a pure vampire or witch book. If the world can incorporate a bunch of different creatures and have them make sense in the story, that is a lot better in my opinion. And Louisa Klein did a great job of not only including a bunch of different creatures, but also giving them all their own little role or place in the world. Those details really added to the story.
The writing style was a little off for me at times. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first person. It was kind of jarring for me and I found myself getting confused early on in the story. Once the mysterious “tree handed kid” came into the story, I found myself getting more interested and the first person didn’t throw me off as much. And now this is a small point but I caught myself thinking it a bunch of times while reading. There are a lot of really long paragraphs(some multiple pages long) that I would have liked to seen broken up a bit more. It was kind of hard on my eyes to read one huge block of works on the page.
I think Supernatural Freak would appeal to both guys and girl readers because the romance is not a big element in this story at all. There is a little bit of romance but this is a paranormal book, not a paranormal romance.
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