Genre: YA Paranormal, Romance
Age Group: 14 +
Blurb: Juniper Rayne is considered a freak, not because of the way she acts, not because of her interests and not because of her attitude. No Juniper is seen as a 'Freak' because she is human. In a world ruled and dominated by vampires she is one of the few who still live and breath and have blood flowing through their veins. She and her family are treated like cattle and there is nothing she can do about it.
When the Vampires decide that a reality show featuring humans is a good Idea Juniper's parents jump at the chance to be included. This is Junipers worst nightmare, now she is at the centre of vampire ridicule and she's not sure if she can take it. The bullying at school escalates and so does the intrusion of the cameras. After an incident at lunch, Juniper is empowered to regain control or die trying.
My Views: First of all I would like to say thanks to E.K. Henry for giving me the opportunity to review her book. Okay so I like the book, it isn't the best book ever but it is one I am very impressed with. The concept is one that draws you in as well as the setting. Some may find the main character a tad whiny in the beginning, however as the story progresses she becomes a lot stronger.The book stirs the emotion, at one point I was angry at Juniper her parents and her friends all at the same time.
I always love a little romance with my paranormal and E.K does not disappoint in this at all. I think it would be too much of a spoiler to tell you about Juniper's love interest so you will just have to read and find out! The villain was the director of the reality show (more the vampire government in general) but that fact tickled me a bit.
My Recommendation: If you are looking for a read, where the characters will surprise you and the story take you in this is a story for you. If you are not a patient reader, This book is not for you, unless you really really try your best to stick with it.
Rosa's Rating: 4/5 Good!
Now Ladies and Lads here is an interview with the author!
Bajan Rosa: First I must say the Cover is fantastic who designed it?
E.K: Thank you so much for the cover love. I actually designed it myself. The original cover photo was taken by a wonderful photographer named Felicia Simion and then created it into what is now the cover of Freak. The original photo was black and white. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it for my cover. You can see the original photo at http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=all+roads+lead+home#/d4b01th and you can see an interview that I did with Felicia at http://www.ekhenry.com/2012/05/interview-with-photographer-felicia.html
Bajan Rosa: What inspired Juniper's character?
E.K. :Juniper is a recreation of how I would want to be if I was the one in the actual story. She is shy, misunderstood, and feels alone, but grows into a complex individual. She learns to take up for herself, and in essence tries to change the world.
Her name actually came to me one night when I was driving down the road. I was listening to my favorite radio station when a girl named Juniper called in to participate in a contest. I instantly fell in love with the name and knew my next MC was going to be named it.
Was it fun to create the world the story is set in?
It was a lot of fun to create this world. I've always been fascinated with communistic governments and vampires, so it was neat to see them come together.
Bajan Rosa: Are you fond of any of the characters?
E.K:Aside from Juniper, I have to say that Rouge is my next favorite character. She is a badass heroine who takes charge and isn't afraid to shed some vampire blood.
What inspires you most in life?E.K: I have to say my three year old does. He has an imagination that astounds me. He is going to be quite the writer one day. We have spent countless hours telling each other stories that we create
Can we expect a sequel any time soon?E.K: I am currently working on a sequel to Freak. I am hoping to have it ready to go by summer 2013.
I hope you guys enjoyed that, now for the info!
Author BioE.K. is the The new and upcoming author of the book Freak. You can find her on her website, Or on twitter here, Barnes & Noble here, and for Amazon you can either go to the top bar of this page and check out June's featured books, or, you can go here.
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