Bear with me as this is my first honest to goodness review of a book besides "it was good", or "didn't like it".
Supernatural Freak is a story unlike any I had ever read before. With action that never stops I found it very hard to find a stopping point to put the book down!
Klein creates a mystical lore that incorporates our own beliefs and intertwines them with magic and wonder. Her Characters are instantly likable and she does a superb job of investing you into their well being.
When Robyn (the main character) first starts this book she isn't your typical 20 something girl. She is dealing with a lot of supernatural stuff that would make most people turn and run. Yet she is also very naive when it comes to the big picture. Throughout the story her world and understanding broadens and she grows. As a reader you can see the changes and it is a good thing.
I was told that if I liked "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" I would like this story. I agree with that statement wholeheartedly. I could definitely see the style of action, magic and humor between friends in this story being portrayed on screen in a television show and I would absolutely watch it.
With ghosts, wizards, werewolves, fairies, dark elves, and monsters galore lurking in this book the action never has much time to slow down. Learning of the wizards council and "the 12" mixed in with everyday life is a treat.
There were only 2 points in the book that made this story less than perfect but still remain quite enjoyable. The first point was only a problem for me as an american reader that I didn't understand some of the UK language like "cut a caper" or wearing "jumpers". These phrases were used in a context that was able to be figured out but it took me out of the story briefly to have to figure them out. Again UK readers will have no such qualms.
The second point of contention I had was that the book ended too soon for me. I know all people say that when they enjoy a book but it seemed truer this time around. We spend a long time building up to an epic battle against Sebastian, yet the battle happens "offstage". I would have preferred to see that encounter.
Now don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and even though the ending didn't go the way I would have liked it was still a very entertaining read. There was several nail biting moments when you didn't know what was going to happen next, and more than one narrow escape at death. The author kept the story light yet engaging and it works very well for it. It could easily have been turned into a much more serious and darker type of story, but I don't think it would have flowed as well.
The author contacted me and gave me a copy of this book to review and I am very glad she did. This book is a lot of fun and I look forward to more from this author. Louisa Klein, you are on my radar now. I will be watching!