May 20th, 2013 by Karen
So, as you’ve probably gathered by our photos from the last few weeks, Nancy and I visited London recently! Well, we’re still gossiping about the royals while wearing funny hats and eating fish and chips — in other words, it’s time for another London-based book review!
This time, I’m recommending Freaks by Kieran Larwood. The book takes place in Victorian London and follows the adventures of Sheba, a wolf-girl who performs with a freak show. Between her oddball roommates and the stinky but fascinating setting, you’d probably find her story interesting on its own — but things get really exciting when poor kids start disappearing into the muddy banks of the River Thames.
Sheba leads the investigation, along with Monkey Boy, a supernatural ninja girl, a strong man, a bunch of rats and their “mama,” and a cast of other freaks. What they discover is partly mechanical, absolutely evil, and definitely dangerous.
Read Freaks if you like The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch, The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby, or anything else steampunk. Don’t read Freaks if you’re not into action-packed mystery, stories with historical elements, very real danger, or strange human/creature hybrids.
Have you read Freaks? Leave a comment and let me know if you liked it as much as I did, or send in a full review of your own!