Cirque du Freak (Cirque du Freak #1)
by Darren Shan
What is it about:
Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more.
What did I think of it:
I read the Dutch translation of this book about 14 years ago, knew I enjoyed it, but forgot most of what it's about. So when Beanie offered to send this book to me, I greedily said 'Yes, please!'
And this is a very cool read!
The lead character of the story, Darren, gets into more trouble when he bargained for when he secretly visits a freak show. There are questionable friends, sinister characters, and big spiders.
Darren is mostly a nice kid, but at times he does things that are too cool in his eyes to listen to that little voice in his head that tells him they are wrong. At times I could kick him, but then again: his deeds do lead to consequences that are cool to read about.
The one thing that annoyed me is that this book tries to make you believe this story is actually true, and that the book is written by the lead character. I've seen this before in books for younger readers, and I'm wondering who they think they're fooling. I didn't believe it when I was a kid, and I'm pretty sure most other kids aren't fooled either.
That aside: this is cool, fast read that keeps you reading until you reach the end, and I very much enjoyed it. Beanie also sent me the next two book, so you can bet I'll be reading those as well.
Why should you read it:
It's a really cool Paranormal read for children (and older readers)