Review of Freaksville by Kitty Keswick

Review of Freaksville by Kitty KeswickFreaksville by Kitty Keswick
Published by Leap Books on 2009-12-15
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 328
Format: ARC
Source: Won In A Contest
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one-star

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 a mystery of a supernatural haunting, they must uncover the secrets of the haunted theater when they are trapped on the night of the full moon.

Freaksville by Kitty Keswick follows the story of Kasey Maxwell, a teenage girl who can tell someone’s future by touching them. Kasey meets a boy from England and falls in love, but he’s got a paranormal secret too. Oh, and she’s got a BFF named Gillie who is sort of cool.

Plot line aside, Freaksville is told in ‘blog’ format, and by blog format, I mean graphics at the top and bottom of every page with comments at the end of each chapter. The chapter parts were definitely written in traditional book form. I think there was a lot of potential with having a book be written in the form of a blog, but in that case, go to livejournal and check out how teens write their journals. Also, I think the inclusion of some IM convos on her ‘blog’ would have made it a bit realistic.

What can I say? I didn’t love this book, and well after seeing the trailer I really wanted to enjoy it, but there was just so much going on and so many elements. The phrase jack of all trades — master of none comes to mind here. Kasey was sympathetic, yes, but so much happens to her which just magically works out perfectly. For starters, the boy she has a crush on sort of randomly makes out with her after she magically lands a starring role with no theater experience at all. Oh and boo hoo her dad loses his job, and the family can still afford a gardener, yet she can’t afford a $350 costume? Maybe if she didn’t spend all of her money constantly eating out, she’d have the $350, or if her family actually had to make economic choices real people could relate to, not should we keep the gardener or not. I know I am being harsh, but it is hard for me to suspend my disbelief without some modicum of believability. Let’s go back to the $350 costume, main character and her best friend go to the mall and get jobs on the spot, despite being high school girls with no job experience. Apparently the economy in California has weathered the recession much better than NY, because people with a COLLEGE degree are having enough trouble getting jobs at the mall, much less high school kids./end rant.

On the positive side, I think there were some interesting elements which could have been greatly expanded, such as the Maxwell family gift, the feud, what the deal with the English boyfriend was. I liked the scenes with Gillie. I think Gillie was an excellent character, and exactly the type of friend I would love to have in my corner. Also,  I enjoyed reading about the ghosts and their personalities. I would have loved more on the ghosts, more back story.

Freaksville by Kitty Keswick wasn’t quite a terrible book, but just not the right one for me, please don’t let my review discourage you from forming your own opinion about the book. I’ve read other reviews where people enjoyed this book and I would be more than happy to point you to them, just click on the other reviews link.

Disclosure: I won this in a publisher-provided contest

Other reviews of Freaksville by Kitty Keswick:

Bookworming in the 21st Century
The Book Cellar
In Bed With Books

Also, the trailer is really baller! The music is awesome.

one-star
About April (Books&Wine)

April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

Comments

  1. ~The Book Pixie says:

    Hmmmm. I won a copy of this book recently but now I'm kinda wary of it. I've read a lot of so-so reviews on this book. The whole everything magically working out perfectly and unrealistic 'money issues' are definitely aspects that would annoy me. I'll still read this book but I have a feeling I'm going to feel very similar to the way you do about it. Guess I'll find out.

    Thank you for the honest review. 😀

    ~Briana

    P.S. Yeah the book trailer is killer! 😀

  2. Wow that book trailer was amazing. I was really disappointed in this book. I don't know that anyone who read and commented on my review got that. Or maybe I was being too nice because I really really wanted to like it. Those first 50 or so pages were killer. If I hadn't read it for a blog tour I would've put it aside and given up on it to be honest.

  3. robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) says:

    I'm actually really bored with all of the paranormal books being released. Some paranormal books I really love, but they are honestly just all starting to sound the same.
    Thank you for reviewing this honestly. :]

  4. hmmm…I kind of seems like it on the light side of PN…idk if i'm still interested in reading it, maybe i'll check it out @ the library.

  5. This sounds like the format is more interesting than the story! Think I'll skip it, but I agree the trailer is pretty cool.

  6. Wow, "jack of all trades — master of none." Never heard that before and yes, it is kind of harsh. It does sound like it has the beginnings of a good story though.

  7. Nice review, not going to read this one.

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