Freak of Nature [NOOK Book]

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Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll ...
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Overview

Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.
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examiner.com - Allison Potter
"Freak of Nature is a refreshing read, because it doesn't truly fit the mold of a particular genre. It has romance, action, science, and suspense. Julia Crane's writing has matured so much and it is truly shown in her new book." ~examiner.com
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016079455
  • Publisher: Valknut Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 107,466
  • File size: 188 KB

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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     I got this book from the author for an exchange for an honest r

     I got this book from the author for an exchange for an honest review. I am gonna try my best not to spill my guts about the WHOLE book!!

    Wow! Who knew donating your body to science could come out with such an amazing outcome in the end! Freaks of Nature was a great refreshing and original read! I was really captured by the cover at first and couldn't wait to get my mittens on the book! I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy read that flowed wonderfully and sucked you in right away making you fall in love with it. Throughout the book you follow two of the main characters POV's, Kaitlyn and Lucas of which I loved! Julia did an amazing job creating both sides of their emotions throughout the book!

    Kaitlyn died tragically when she was 17 andd had checked the box to donate her body to science, little did she know that she would turn into a cyborg in the future! You follow Kaitlyn through her turmoil of not remembering anything from her past and her dealing with her emotions, not only does she not understand them but she has to hide them in fear that they will be erased by the team at IFICS. Come to find out shes not the only one covering up their feelings! Now lets talk about Lucas, I believe he will be my new book b/f for the week!! Not only does he sound super hot but he has an amazing heart! He not only is willing to give up his life for Kaitlyn but actually puts it all on the line helping her. You also get to meet another great character, Quess, Kaitlyn's only friend. She was really funny and I enjoyed the humor she brought into the story, I really hope to see more of her in the next book! There will be another book right Julia LOL! I NEED to know what happens! Can we say Cliffhanger!!!! I fully recommend this book to any and all readers looking for a great book! 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    This was my first time reading one of Julia Crane's books and I

    This was my first time reading one of Julia Crane's books and I must say Freak of Nature was really good.So we have Kaitlyn who donated her body to science and i bet she didn't think she would wake up being half human and half robot. Then you have Lucas who is the one that helps program her and he has the hots for Kaitlyn. Good thing is she feels the same way about him and he makes her feel alive. All Kaitlyn wants is to make her own choices and she wants to do good things with what she has. How will it turn out for Kaitlyn and with Lucas in the mix. Get your copy now and find out for yourself. It was a different read but very good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Good quick read

    cute story. Quick love story read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Not all that special.

    Girl gets into accident. Ends up in a lab after and made to be a cyborg. Girl falls in love with her programmer. Programmer busts her out. I dont know how in hell this is a "beautiful, action packed story". There wasn't even enough description in the "action parts". When she was supposed to be having a paintball fight, the descriptions were like "in two minues she found her target and took them down" a perfect example of mediocre and vague writing. In the beautiful" parts, there were phrases like "this was a dream come true". She's a freaking cyborg. Come on! Use some less cliche phrases! The whole time I was reading this novel my emotions ranged from annoyed to bored. This was a quick, generic read. Nothing special.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Robot girl?

    This is your average girl gives her body to science, boy saves girl and she falls in love with him story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Great book!

    This was an amazing read! I fell in love with the characters almost automatically. Hopefully a second book in the series comes out soon. Kaitlyn is amazing and I hope to see her in some real action soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    So Glad I Got My "Freak" On!

    Author Julia Crane’s new book “Freak of Nature” is original, action-packed, suspenseful, and just beautiful. “Freak of Nature” follows a half-machine half-robot, Kaitlyn, who is being made into a sort of “super solider” to be sold off to the government. The people that made her (the IFICS) are unaware however, that she has kept human emotions even after all of the “upgrades” that were done to her.
    Kaitlyn got into a tragic accident (which the details of are kept in the dark for most of the book) and had her life taken from her on the brink of death. Kaitlyn checked the “donate your body to science” option before she passed away, but she had no idea how far these scientists would go. Among the scientists there is a young boy genius named Lucas who Kaitlyn cannot stop having feelings for (even though they told her she can no longer feel). Lucas became Kaitlin’s hope, her alibi, and eventually he becomes so much more than that.
    “Freak of Nature” is a refreshing read, because it doesn’t truly fit the mold of a particular genre. It has romance, action, science, and suspense. Julia Crane’s writing has matured so much and it is a truly shown in her new book. Kaitlyn is so relatable even though she is half-robot, the love story aspect isn’t over the top or pushy, and Kaitlin’s strength is touching. I could go on forever about everything I loved about this book, but I think the readers just have to see for themselves. I am proud to say that I have jumped on Julia Crane’s ‘freak’ train, and I don’t think I ever want to get off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

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    Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite Freak of Natu

    Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

    Freak of Nature by Julia Crane is a young-adult sci-fi novel liberally steeped in romance. It also has the makings of a super hero origin story. Kaitlyn has no memory of her past; all she knows is the sterile white halls of the cleverly named IFICS compound, being poked and prodded by scientists, having the robotic side of her cyborg body undergo numerous upgrades, and... Lucas. But she can't reveal her feelings to Lucas; she can't reveal her feelings to anybody, not unless she wants them taken away from her by people hoping to make her into a super lethal government weapon. It isn't until she accidentally lets slip a hint of her emotions that Lucas reveals that he is attracted to her as well and together they make plans for her to escape the IFICS and decide her own fate.

    Freak of Nature is a super fast read. Once you've fallen for the gorgeous cover, Freak of Nature sucks you in and refuses to let go until the last page. As I was reading Freak of Nature, it made me think of Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza, though the main character of Driza's novel was completely robotic while Kaitlyn was originally human. Still, I think fans of either author will enjoy both books. Freak of Nature also reminded me of a super hero origin tale because, after Kaitlyn discovers that she died saving a woman from an attacker, she decides to use her superhuman talents to help other women who may be trapped in less than ideal situations. A great read for anyone looking for a light sci-fi novel with tons of romantic elements.

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

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    I am a big fan of Julia Crane's writing.  There is a lovely flow

    I am a big fan of Julia Crane's writing.  There is a lovely flow to it and the characters are wonderful.  I read her Keeghan's Chronicles series last summer and was mesmerized by her style of writing.   The world of the IFICS series is very different from that of Keeghan's Chronicles, but no less engaging.  Where the other series brought the mystical magic and mythology of Ireland into the contemporary world, this series is full of futuristic technology hidden from the rest of the world.  I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.  Not only is it very different from much of Julia's other work, I had also read very little "cyborg" fiction.  There has just never been much appeal to me with this subject.  Honestly, it was the striking cover that brought me to it, along with the fact that I have enjoyed her writing immensely.

    Half human, half robot... that is who, and what, Kaitlyn is now.  When she donated her body to science, she could never have anticipated what that would mean for her.  Part of the reason "cyborg" fiction has never appealed to me was the fact that I couldn't see how a story could sustain itself without the emotion that is a part of humanity.  But Kaitlyn has more of her humanity intact that her handlers at the lab know about.  This makes for a fascinating character, as she struggles to find her place... human or machine.  She has been created to be a black ops weapon, something that terrifies her.  Lucas is one of the scientists that helped to create her and is the man who brings her to her humanity.  Although they are older than typical "first love" romantic heroes, there is something innocent about their love, mostly due to Kaitlyn's lack of memories.  But there is no small amount of steamy attraction, too.  Quess, the granddaughter of one of the scientists, is Kaitlyn's best friend.  Many times, although younger, she seems to act as Kaitlyn's teacher and guardian.

    Even aside from the romance, it is the intrigue and the intensity of the implications of the science that make this book so fascinating.  Even though Kaitlyn feels emotions, her understanding of what those feelings mean is gone.  She has to relearn all of those things that most of us take for granted.  The idea that the advancement of technology can, and sometimes does, take a place of higher value than does humanity.  This is a scary thought and one that is all too easy to imagine.  There is a darkness to this book that makes you think about some things, to question them.  I love that!  

    Things to love about Freak of Nature...

       --Kaitlyn.  She was so interesting, somehow both innocent and completely badass.  
       --Quess.  She was absolutely hilarious at times and brave to fly in the face of the lab and the scientists.
       --Lucas.  He was able to look past the robotic appearance and personality of Kaitlyn and see the beauty within.

    Some quotastic goodness...

       --Half-human, half-machine. She didn’t quite fit into either world. I’m an abomination, she thought, her shoulders slumping (Loc. 18).
       --“How could you possibly think I’m beautiful? I’m repulsive—a freak of nature (Loc. 847).”
       --"Facebook. It’s like a peek into someone’s private world (Loc 914).”
       --"I don’t want to be just a weapon,” Kaitlyn said firmly. “I want to be a solution (Loc. 2218).”

    My recommendation:  A fantastic read with a lot of depth and intensity!

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    Slow at first, but picked up near the halfway mark. My Rating:

    Slow at first, but picked up near the halfway mark.

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Good Reads Rating: 3.64

    Content Rating: 16+ (Disturbing images, sexual situations)

    Series: IFICS #1

    Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance

    Pages: 284

    Publisher: Valknut Press

    Check it out: Good Reads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Good Reads Summary:

    Donate Body to Science. Check.

    When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

    Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

    I had really high expectations for this book, probably because the cover is so awesome. As I’ve said before, covers are a huge deal to me, and if the cover is lame, its likely that I won’t give the book a second glance (I know, I’m so judgmental). So I was excited about Freak of Nature. I liked a lot of things about this book. I thought it was an interesting premise; unique (or at least, I’ve never read a book like it before), and the romance, once it got into it, was very sweet. The second half of this book was where I really enjoyed it. I actually put it down and walked away half way through the first half… cause I was kind of bored. I picked I up again later because it’s a Netgalley book and I had to finish it. I was very glad I did.



    I’ll explain first why I got bored. I think it had to do with the fact that the protagonist, Kaitlyn, is pretty boring. She’s this half human, half robot wandering around trying to decide if she has feelings and doing science test things. That bit wasn’t very motivating for me. And the love story was very weird at the beginning, because Lucas was in love with (what he was convinced was) a robot. So that was kind of hard for me to believe. Once they got to know each other better and he realizes she’s still very human, I warmed up to their relationship. But before that, I was a little weirded out.



    Quess, the granddaughter of one of the scientists, was ok I guess. A bunch of other reviews went on and on about how great she was. I thought she fine, but she didn’t really leave much of an impression on me. It was nice to see robot-Kaitlyn getting to interact with a regular person who wasn’t weirdly in love with her robot-self.

    And then things started happening, and I got a whole lot more interested.

    So, Kaitlyn was supposed to be sold to the highest bidder (most likely someone in the armed forces), and then Lucas decides to help her escape. Running ensues, and then things get hot and heavy and then resolution happens. So all that was much more interesting than the first half of “Gee…I’m a robot. I don’t know how I feel about that. Do I feel anything about that? Do I feel?” yada yada. I may be coming across as heartless here. I apologize. I’m sure it was absolutely terrifying to wake up and suddenly be part robot. I can only imagine the horror. But I was just looking for a teensy bit more action after the waking up bit. Anyway. It was the time when you got to know the individual characters and such, but there wasn’t even any back story then because Kaitlyn is completely shrouded in mystery. All of that goodness came in the second half. And it was good; her backstory is sad, but gives her good motivation for the future. I don’t know. I know other people have really enjoyed this book, and like I’ve already said, the second half is good, but only if you can wade through the beginning. Aside from that, the writing is good, it flows pretty well, and the characters are interesting (and as I said previously, it’s a unique premise). So, worth reading, but I do give a warning for the beginning being slow. I am interested in reading the second however, now that things are moving along.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

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    The first thing I have to mention about Freak of Nature is the c

    The first thing I have to mention about Freak of Nature is the cover. It is eye catching and gorgeous. I'm not ashamed to admit I am drawn to books by their covers. If the cover is crappy, I'm less likely to pick up the book and read it. Additionally, I love a good sci-fi, and once the book caught my eye, the premise of a cyborg was enough to entice me to read this book.

    Admittedly, this had a bit of a Cinder feel to it. Not in that it copied Cinder or even really shadowed the storyline in any way other than the cyborg aspect, but for whatever reason Kaitlyn reminded me of Cinder. I would have loved, thought, to get a little bit more from each of the characters in terms of thoughts and feelings. It was drummed into our heads over and over that Kaitlyn was supposed to be an unfeeling robot, yet she was not, but I felt that we did not get to see as much emotion from her as we should have. Lucas, too, felt flat. Even though we got his point of view in addition to Kaitlyn's, we did not really learn anything new from his additions to the story. They could have been left out completely and the story would have been the same. I would have loved to have his character more rounded out and real.

    The writing itself was quite simplistic. It would have been great if this had been a children's or middle-grade book. However, as it was the writing style and subject matter didn't match. More specifically, the way the writing style portrayed things to be and Kaitlyn's thoughts, especially about Lucas, clashed. Additionally, there were just a lot little things that I questioned throughout the story that made it fall apart for me. Nothing will be specifically mentioned here because of potential spoilers, but they had to do with the relationships in the story, timeline, etc.

    Overall, I liked the story, but wasn't great. I think with some tweaks and upgrades (pun intended) it could be a lot better. The story was interesting and entertaining in the aspect that it made me curious as to how things were going to end. Potential is the word that comes to mind. I think this book has the potential to be really good, and I wish the author the best of luck with it.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

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    The heroine of the story is Kaitlyn. She is a human, or was a hu

    The heroine of the story is Kaitlyn. She is a human, or was a human, until she faces a perilous accident after which the scientists use her body as an experiment and turn her into a cyborg. As a cyborg, she is not supposed to feel any humanly emotions, except that she develops a special feeling for the young scientist named Lucas.

    The story this far is pretty good. Though I'm not convinced by the love part, but I get that it's almost a must-have part of a story so I could cope up with it. But I would have been more convinced if it was a little more well developed. Though Kaitlyn appears a total robot in all kinds of way possible and still she has feelings for Lucas, what is more weird and irrational is Lucas's weakness for Kaitlyn. It's not like he hadn't known Kaitlyn was a cyborg and developed feelings for her. He knew, that appears to me a little unconvincing. What I liked though, was how their feelings grew over the period of time, and not instantly after seeing each other. Of course, that's not supposed to happen as Lucas had seen Kaitlyn every day under the experiment. Though both of the characters had potentials, it was not shown up to the mark. Not only these two main characters, but other supporting chracters were not developed properly as well. They seem to come and go as a bundle, without any individuality.

    The narration was boring at times. I don't know why, because I like this type of alternating narratives. But I guess the writing seemed more like stream of consciousness, a literary technique I still can't develop the slightest liking for. But narrative alone could have made the story a little more interesting, had it not been this monotonous.

    As for other elements, I missed the spark. You know moments, specially in sci-fi fantsy, where you are at the edge of your seat, (in my case) biting nails wondering what might happen the next moment? Well, I did not come across a moment like that while reading this, and I would have loved to see a few moments of anticipation and anxiety, really.

    Overall, I would say this book could have been a lot better. The plot was good, even the unconvincing parts could have been written better to make me want to believe. I feel the author has a lot of potentials, but somehow everything didn't click together in one place. I hope the next book in the series covers for this loss.

    **Received from the author in exchange for an honest review**

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

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    I really liked the book I was amazed by Kaitlyns strength throug

    I really liked the book I was amazed by Kaitlyns strength throughout the book. The book starts off with a girl that is now part robot and she is afraid to express her feeling because if she died the will remove them , she develops feelings for a man named Lucas. When she is about to be sold to the government she decides to make a run for freedom only to find that the life she had has moved on without her.

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

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    When everything else about you has been changed can you still b


    When everything else about you has been changed can you still be you?


    This is a story about a girl who after a tragic accident becomes the newest science experiment and her path to find herself again. Kaitlyn doesn't remember anything about her past, but despite the scientists best attempts she still has her human mind and emotions. I really enjoyed the two different points of views both from Kaitlyn and Lucas. Their was a lot of secrecy involved and figuring out what was going on and what they had planned for Kaitlyn was a fun experience.


    Kaitlyn is a brave and strong willed girl. I really felt for her and admired her courage in such a dangerous situation. She doesn't want to lose her human thoughts and emotions and does what she needs to do to protect them. I also liked to see her develop relationships with other people like Lucas and Quess. Her and Quess are best friends, but have to interact with each other secretly so their way of communicating is really interesting. Quess understands Kaitlyn even when she must act like a machine and she does her best to help Kaitlyn in any way she can.


    Lucas is one of the scientists working on Kaitlyn and he becomes attached to Kaitlyn. He is confused and afraid of his growing feelings at first, believing Kaitlyn is just a robot. He was an interesting character and although sometimes misguided he is kind and courageous. When he finds out the truth about Kaitlyn he doesn't hesitate in trying to find a way to stop what is being done to her. His relationship with Kaitlyn is really sweet and I loved seeing how they both brought out the best in each other.


    The only thing that I didn't like about this book was its length. I wish it was much longer, but it was still a fun and interesting read.


    I highly recommend this story to any science fiction fans looking for a cute and action filled romance.



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  • Posted December 4, 2013

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    4.5 stars

    I thought this was a cool book. I like the whole aspect of a girl more cyborg than human, but in a way not. I don't want to spoil it, so read it to see what I mean. ;) I thought the book flowed very nicely and it was a fast easy read.

    The characters were great. I liked every one of them. Even the "bad" scientist guys that did this to Kaitlyn were likable. I would have liked more of Quess because she was such a understanding fun character.

    Even though we read a lot of Kaitlyn's cyborg nature, I would have like to see more of her fighting skills. But I take it in the next book we'll see a lot more of it, in which I can not wait to read it.

    *I received this book from NetGalley*

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    A really good story that is a metaphor for a young person findin

    A really good story that is a metaphor for a young person finding herself and her place in this world. I highly recommend this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Excuse me while I run around my house and share awesome scenes o

    Excuse me while I run around my house and share awesome scenes of this book with my brother...

    This book was incredible.

    I nearly passed it up because it fell in the doomed category of New Adult, which if I'm being honest has become saturated with so much cliches and tropes that I have started to lose faith in it.

    Well, then Freak of Nature came along!

    This story was amazing.

    To the point where I believe I read this in total for about 12 hours (I had to sleep don't judge me)

    The story-line flowed effortlessly. The lead character was amazingly likable. The author did something that is very rarely done in this New Adult genre--she wrote in third person and she got into all the characters heads. She made you totally empathetic to Kate and what had been done to her (against her will), and how no matter how much they made Kate a Cyborg her own human mind overrode programming to maintain her emotions and her free mind.

    I don't think I have seen a Cyborg movie as good as this book was. I was totally drawn into this world that appears to be set in now--2014 I believe, but still, the really current future.

    I loved the subtle romance element that they tossed in. They didn't beat you over the head with it like a sledgehammer they eased you into the idea.

    Kate is a powerfully written female lead that I would LOVE for my daughter to read when she got old enough to read this book with the slight sexual content that is in it. It is very hard to put into words why I think people should read this book. Mainly, it was a great journey. The author is just a damned good writer and weaved a story that showed you the evolution of not just one character but all of them.

    I am very intrigued by Erik--her new partner.

    I keep thinking of Ray Stevenson when I think about him. I see Ksenia Solo as Kate, and I kinda see Kellen Lutz as Lucas because I think he could pull off 'pretty nerd'. I am so glad I decided to jump my netgalley list and read this. The only problem is, I am not waiting on book two, and I now have to read all Julia's other books!

    This book is so far the best book I have read in 2013. I promise I'm not gushing, it is just fact. It is everything a new adult book should be.

    *I received a copy of this book from Julia Crane/Indie Inked via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

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    The Plot. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and I liked

    The Plot. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and I liked the uniqueness of the story line. The author did a great job of pulling this book together and I loved the idea of a girl who donates her body to science and is then built into a robot. Not only was the story-line very unique but the book had a great flow that made for easy reading. I also thought that the author did a great job of keeping Kaitlyn in a robotic tone of voice throughout the book. The only part I didn’t like was when Kaitlyn met her boyfriend from when she was alive, I thought that the scene was very rushed and there wasn’t a clear idea of what was happening. Otherwise the book was really good.

    Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn was an interesting character because of how her internal thought sounded and read like a robot would probably think like. I felt that a lot of scenes of her life during the book were very blurry and there wasn’t a clear focus on what was going on. I did wish in some parts of the book that she was a little more human-like because I felt like her monotone was not needed in some areas. 

    Lucas. I really liked the parts of the book that were from Lucas’s view because it was nice to read about someone who seemed to have actual emotions. I didn’t understand how Lucas could fall in love with someone that was thought of as not having any emotions or own thought process. I thought that it was almost creepy that he was so infatuated with her. Then there was a scene in the book where he betrayed her in the name of science and I didn’t understand how Kaitlyn could forgive him.

    Overall. All in all Freak of Nature was a pretty good book and I would like to see a second book. I’ll also be looking into more books by this author in hopes that the other books are this good.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    First, can I just say how much I LOVE the cover? I do, it¿s so p

    First, can I just say how much I LOVE the cover? I do, it’s so pretty, and clean, and I’m a huge fan of teal! Okay, fan girl moment over, down to business.

    The first chapter is really what made me continue reading the book, it’s incredibly enthralling and capturing. After I’ve read half the book it was still just a three stars book, then a strong three, and ended with a four stars rating. I’ll see where the total ends up at the end of the review. If I’ve decided by then.

    Crane pictures an absolutely terrifying future, that might actually happen, and to some degree has. Kaitlyn has had half her brain replaced with mechanics, she has no human heart and she has multiple computer chips that overrides most of her human senses. Today’s evolving progress with prosthetics and artificial intelligence might give us super-humans just as Kaitlyn someday. Horrible thought, not because she’s a bad guy in any way, but because she can be used as one.

    Anyhow, the story Crane tells is a bit slow paced at times and most of the book seems to be a build up for the very end and the second book. The amazingly written twist remedies a whole lot of that and I really want to read the second book whenever it get published.

    As to the characters, it takes a while to get to know Kaitlyn, which is well justified with the setting, but what we do get to know is very likable. When she do free herself and spring in to action, oh boy, I loved the girl. To bad it’s at the very end of the book.

    Lucas feels as a god and genuine guy, though a little bit shallow as a character. Good thing Quess is completely adorable and adds a little bit of humanity and humor to the slow bits!

    If some of the bits and chapters in the middle part had been edited out I would have loved this book and it would have been an easy four or five star read, but as it is, I’m still not completely sure. I think I love it more for the fact that is creates for an awesome second book, not because it was one. So let’s say this: Freak of Nature get’s a three star rating but I am really looking forward to the second book and I have extremely high expectations on it. Sound fair enough?

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

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    I am a huge fan of Julia Crane's work, with writing that always

    I am a huge fan of Julia Crane's work, with writing that always flows really nicely and characters that I always get attached to, it would be hard for me to not love something she comes out with. When she warned me that Freak of Nature was different than her norm, I was a little nervous going into it. I was worried I wouldn't like it as much as her past novels, I am happy to report though, that Freak of Nature was amazing. It may even be my new favorite novel of hers.

    After reading Freak of Nature I can easily say I will be looking into reading some more cyborg novels. The whole idea of being half human, and half robot, is well, awesome. Kaitlyn is a weapon, and she is not to be messed with, but what the lab that created her doesn't know about their weapon is that she still has feelings, and thoughts. Everything about this novel made me so happy, the cyborg aspect, Kaitlyn as person, the romance between Kaitlyn and Lucas, how it ended, the alternating pov, everything.

    Characters are one of the most important things to me when I'm reading a book, so of course I have to talk about them for a bit. Kaitlyn was an awesome character, I found myself really liking her, and worrying that she was going to be found out and shut down. I also felt really sad for her, she was having these feelings and emotions, but couldn't let anyone but Quess know about them. Moving onto Quess, she was a great best friend, she kept Kaitlyn's secrets and tried to help Kaitlyn find out who she was in her past. She was also hilarious, which is always a plus! Then there was Lucas *swoon* he was such an amazing love interest Before he even finds out that Kaitlyn still has feelings and thoughts, he feels drawn to her and feels horrible for turning her into the robot she has become. The romance between Lucas and Kaitlyn was romantic and steamy and I cannot wait to see where it goes in the next installment! (There was also a new character added in to the mix at the very end of Freak of Nature who of which I am VERY curious about!)

    Freak of Nature was a great quick read, I would say my only complaint about it was that I wish it would've gone more in depth on some things, and I wish it would've been a longer story. Thankfully though this is just the first book in the series, so I believe the future books will be even better!

    Overall I would recommend Freak of Nature to anybody looking for an awesome quick read, something unique, and something that has a good romance. I enjoyed Freak of Nature immensely and am really looking forward to the next installment, I believe since this is just the introduction book, that the next one will be even more suspenseful and exciting, and hopefully steamy!

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