Published by Selfpublished on 9 August 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Supernatural Freak is the story about Robyn who has some paranormal abilities she uses in order to help other people. At the very beginning of the story, Robyn is in an extremely complicated situation, and there is quite a chance she might end up dead before the night is over. With the full moon just rising, and a man transforming into an angry werewolf, it seems as if there really isn't much she can do to save herself.
*I received a free ARC of Supernatural Freak directly from the author in exchange of an honest review*
Supernatural Freak features Robyn, who can see auras, speaks Faery fluently, and works in a paranormal company to help others with their problems, while her own supernatural problems seem to pile up. The reader is brought into Robyn’s London and her supernatural problems from the first sentence, and the story continues in a frantic speed from then on.
I think the frantic pacing is part of why I had trouble getting really into Supernatural Freak. The premise is promising, with a different kind of faerie world, and the characters are interesting albeit not as developed as I would like. Robyn is twenty-five years old, and she is still rebelling about her parents, especially her mom who seems to have a strange kind of hold on her. There are witches and wizards, werewolves and possibly vampires as well as some other supernatural beings, including twelve who come out of a deep sleep every 120 years to save the world from darkness.
The writing is a little repetitive, and I especially noticed ‘I cut a caper’ or ‘I cut half a caper’ mentioned several times. Robyn is surrounded by two ‘geeky’ friends, as well as a brother and sister, Suzy and James who are wizards. Even after Suzy and James are introduced to the readers and are known to be brother and sister, they are often referred to as Suzy’s brother or James’ sister, which felt a little unnecessary to me.
I also didn’t connect with Robyn all that much – and as Supernatural Freak is written in first person, present time, it made it difficult to get into the story because I didn’t really feel anything for her at all. And I think that is the reason I can only give Supernatural Freak two stars. I am sure a lot of readers will find the story compelling because the premise is so good, and Robyn will certainly appeal to many as well, even if she didn’t really do it for me.
Robyn has some strange powers for someone who has always thought she is human, she can see ghosts, speak faery and other things that are revealed as the story unfolds. These were very interesting to read about, and it made for a very original take on paranormal, and made me want to read the next book that surely will come out after Supernatural Freak. So, even if I didn’t fall in love with this story, I think it’s definitely worth a try – especially if you are hungry for some supernatural drama that is different from those you have read so far!