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Freaksville, Book One
     

Freaksville, Book One

3.4 10
by Kitty Keswick
 
Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen year old Kasey would gladly give up -- until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into deep waters, a lead in a play, and into the arms of Josh. But Josh, too, has a secret. Something that could put them all in danger. To solve

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Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen year old Kasey would gladly give up -- until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into deep waters, a lead in a play, and into the arms of Josh. But Josh, too, has a secret. Something that could put them all in danger. To solve the mystery of a supernatural haunting, they must uncover the secrets of a haunted theater while trapped together on the night of the full moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616030018
Publisher:
Leap Books, LLC
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Freaksville, Book One 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
Freaksville was an odd read for me. It's one of those rare MG/YA books where I actually felt it's age. Usually when I read a book I can enjoy it despite not being the direct target audience but in this case it actually felt really young. I say this not because it's a bad thing. It is, at it's roots, a book for a particular audience, one that I'm admittedly not a part of. I say it because it naturally influenced my perceptions. So I'll start by saying this wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't the book for me. There was far too much to keep track of - ghosts, werewolves, witches, and a variety of other mystical happenings and other-worldly creatures. Had there been more focus on one supernatural character and ability as compared to the multitudes I may have been more inclined to get into the story. I'll further add that the romantic entanglement between Kacey and Josh is probably the thing that rubbed me the wrong way the most. Not because I didn't want to see them together or because I thought they weren't a good match but as written it seemed like I was reading more of an adult romance novel. Up until the points where description of romantic elements occur much of the language and dialogue Kacey and her friends use are age appropriate; kind of a young girls diary-speak. The language surrounding romantic elements (kissing, touching, etc) took an an odd shift in tone towards the adult that had me a bit off kilter. The blog format didn't do much for me. I'm not sure how many girls Kasey's age would share such details of her life in such a public format. Especially since they are both under her own name and the details shared significantly differentiate her from her peers (ie: her magical gifts). This blog format also opened up an inconsistency - I got the impression one of the reasons Kacey had to wear gloves in school was to hide her ability yet she's confessed to it all for the world to see online? I don't think creating this story in that blog post format helped further the plot or explore the characters. It was just kinda there and odd and, for me, didn't enhance the experience. I'm kinda sad that this book didn't work for me because on paper it sounded like a really interesting concept. There were parts of the story, that if focussed on more closely would have brought more depth. I think I might have enjoyed it more if there were less gifted and mystical creatures involved and there was clarity on just one or two of them. I do believe that younger girls will enjoy this story - for them it's got the supernatural twists, the cute boyfriend, hip best friend vibe and cool twists and turns. However, once it's all said and done, Freaksville was just a bit too young for this older reader.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
FREAKSVILLE was unlike anything I expected. This new and fresh concept of writing through a blog-format was inventive and interesting. It took me a little bit to get used to it, but after a while it was just like reading any other book. I felt at times Kasey was a bit too revealing in her thoughts, but teens nowadays tell it like it is no matter who is listening. I literally laughed out loud with some of the comments on each blog-chapter because it added extra tidbits about the characters without saying exactly who they were, though by their screen-names it was quite obvious. I appreciated the honesty of her character and how she was expressing and reaching out for help when she came across this major life-changing event in her young life. The characters in this book were truly unique. I respected the fact that Kasey's parents were still happily married even through a tough time in their lives. There are not many current books that show non-divorced marriages that actually work. Gillie was the perfect partner in crime. Her energy level kept me entertained and wondering what crazy thing would happen next. Then there is Josh. I think any book that has a male character with a UK accent has me at 'ello! Josh was wiser than his age and went for anything and everything he wanted with an honesty that is admirable. The idea of wanting to fit in and be normal is a regular theme among YA books and this one was no different. But with a twist. Kasey only wanted to be normal but ended up being happier among other 'freaks'. And being so different from her peers only made her a better person who was more willing to accept others that were in her similar situation. I really loved the cover of this book. The title font looked a bit freaky with the beautiful scroll work on the bottom. It made me think of the story and how 'freaks' can be beautiful in their own way. I had a few gripes with this book. I did not like the illustrations. I like to visualize characters while reading and the pictures threw my normal process off a bit. Some of the 'human-speak' was not enjoyable to read (a little too much"so-o-o"). Also, some of the plot being painfully obvious (will not spoil!). I wanted to snap my fingers in front of Kasey's face and be like "Hello! Anyone home?" But these are just minor details which did not hinder my positive thoughts on the overall work. I really enjoyed Kitty's writing style and story. I thought this book was entertaining and engaging and I cannot wait for the sequel!
Casey88 More than 1 year ago
I was a bit skeptical and unsure of what to expect when I began reading Freaksville, and now that I've finished reading it I'm having a hard time finding the right words to describe the story itself and how I feel about it, so just bare with me. It was very slow moving at first and a bit difficult to get into, but as the story continued and the action finally picked up, Freaksville became more interesting. The story is written in blog style, complete with comments, screen names, and even little drawings here and there that helped me visualize the scene a little easier. Kasey has the power of seeing the future by touching an object or person. She doesn't like her "gift" and to avoid using it, she always wears gloves. I do think Kasey has it rather easy compared to other characters with a "gift" because her parents each have a "supernatural ability" and even her best friend knows about it, so there's always someone to talk to. Now, Kasey's love interest Josh, a foreign exchange student from England, didn't impress me at all, despite Kasey's always swooning over him. He had a bit of a mysterious side to him, but unfortunately he just didn't quite hold my attention. There were quite a few places where I became bored with the storyline and the dialogue got awkward where I was cringing inside from embarrassment for the characters. Aside from the few awkward and slow moving scenes, I thought Freaskville was an overall okay read. I must say that the ending was enough to make me interested in reading the sequel, Furry and Freaked, just to see what becomes of Kasey.
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about Freaksville, I thought this book seemed really interesting, although I was a little concerned about the fact that it was written like a blog. I started reading the book and I just couldn't really get into it, and I thought the author was trying to hard with the dialog to be "teenager-y". After about page 40 I started skimming because I wasn't really interested and I actually didn't finish the book. I really didn't care for this book. The book had a good plot but the author didn't deliver. I wouldn't recommend reading Freaksville.
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting book. It was written as a blog style, complete with comments and screen names that are easy to guess whom it belongs to and little drawings. It was very cute. Kasey has this power of seeing the future by touching an object or a person. She always wear gloves, her best friend knows about it and her parents are some type of a supernatural too. So it is safe to say that she does not carry a lot of burden since she can talk to people about her "gift". Kasey loves Jensen Ackles and got this amazing relationship with her best friend Gillie, so I liked her almost instantly. Her love interest's name is Josh, a foreign exchange student from England who apparently lives in her street with the snooty popular girl Petra. He is mysterious, yet he did not quite hold my interest very much, despite Kasey's obvious swooning for this boy, the only thing I find sexy about him was his accent and that he is "supernatural". It all started when Kasey saw a vision that Josh was all sprawled out in the ground. She can't exactly warn him a that time so she did the best that she could do. Stalk him just to make sure that if anything happen someone will be there for him. (or I think that's how she played it out) So he was stalking him right? the next thing she know she was trying out for a play. Reading lines for Romeo & Juliet. The shocking part, she actually got the part with Josh being the Romeo. Then her first kiss interrupted by a ghost. But the ghost is just a part of the story. The events that happened next was even more interesting than that. Major points in the story are the Maxwell-Johnston feud, Kasey's family gift, the best friend relationship of Kasey & Gillie and the other paranormal creatures that lurks at night.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Stony Creek, California, Maxwell females can see the future, which is hard on sixteen years old Kasey. She wears gloves to avoid touching anything or anyone as that triggers her skill; worse her mom sees everything. Kasey has a vision starring mysterious English foreign exchange student Josh Johnstone. Her sight leads her to co-starring with Josh in Romeo and Juliet and a kiss. However, someone wants to harm either him or both of them starting with a stage light falling and there being locked in the basement. When they see a ghost, each knows who the malevolence is who is after them, but neither knows how to send the mean spirit to its final resting place even though she has the gift of sight via touch and he is a werewolf. This is an enjoyable teen romantic urban fantasy starring a Romeo and Juliet couple harassed by genetics and paranormal incidents. Although blogging provides an interesting modern feel to the plot, this is also a big detractor as Miss Manners wisely says: "Don't go public with your so-called private life." Still young adults will enjoy Freaksville as the cast is solid even the ghost and Kasey's BFF could support her own tale. Harriet Klausner
crystal_fulcher More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Kelsey and Gillie and their friendship, I think this is one of my favorite things about the book. These girls are the best of friends and no matter what they find out they seem to stay together, no matter how weird Kelsey's life can get. I also enjoyed Kelsey's relationship with her parents. I think it shows a normal relationship - she loves them but she looks down on them because she's a teenager and they are her parents. I wasn't a wild child as a teenager and even I did it. She doesn't go too far as to be too disrespectful - I think she is just a typical teenager and Kitty Keswick catches this in writing very well. The storyline of Freaksville is strong. I got the hints of things that would happen as I read along, but nothing too big was revealed. The suspense of how things would actually turn out was kept up until the end. I loved getting to know little (and big) things about Kelsey's life as the story went along and she learned them herself. The additional characters of Josh and Gunther also added to the story. Josh sounds absolutely hot and Gunther sweet. I look forward to getting to know all of them better in the next installment in this series. If you like slightly different young adult paranormal involving werewolves, humans with the gift of sight and other creatures and you like your books to have a humorous streak then this is the book for you. Ms. Keswick will draw you in and keep you reading until the end of the book and then you will be ready to read the next one (which I can't wait until it is published).
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...Freaksville is a very unique book. The majority of the story takes place in an old auditorium which hosted many play and theatrical events over many years. This was a brilliant setting for the story because it provided a perfect backdrop for romantic and very scary scenes. The characters find themselves in mortal danger in a number of situations. Beneath the main level of the stage is a prop storage area. The prop room is full of old costumes and stage props, definitely a great place to let your imagination run wild. The basement level also left much to the imagination. Dark, dusty, old corridors, just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. The plot of Freaksville was nicely developed. Interestingly, the story is told not in chapters, but in entries on the main characters blog. It even has comments left by readers. Initially I was not sure if I liked this, but as the story progressed, I found myself anticipating the comments. The books did not have the fairy tale ending that I expected. I will be curious where the next book, Furry and Freaked, takes the reader. The characters in Freaksville were very likable. Kasey, our heroine, finds herself dealing with a special gift, that keeps revealing itself in new ways. As her powers increase, she learns to accept it and use it, a task which proves to be difficult. Gillie, her BFF, is by far my favorite character in the book; she keeps Kasey grounded. Kasey finds herself in the lead of a play with foreign exchange student Josh. The author did a great job of including British lingo which helped keep the story interesting. There was even a dictionary in the back so you could double check the meaning of some of the words. Overall, I think the characters were well written, funny, and interesting. In my opinion, Kitty Keswick did a great job of capturing the character's behaviors, speech, and actions for that of sixteen year olds. The character's relationships did not go beyond "snogging", which kept the story age appropriate. Another aspect of the story I enjoyed were the illustrations. Now whoever made the rules that said chapters books for readers over the age of 10 shouldn't have illustrations is crazy. Randomly placed pictures gave the reader a nice visual image while reading. The whole layout of the book was very unique. The cons...I read an arc version of the story so it has not been through the final edit. I found several discrepancies in the character personalities. Actually, I have already forgotten all but one, so it really didn't effect the story.