Review/Giveaway – Beautiful Freaks by Katie M. John

Welcome to my stop on the Beautiful Freaks book tour which has been brought to you by Reading Between the Lines. Here you can read my review, a summary of the book and learn a little more about the author Katie M. John. There is also a giveaway for you to enter too!! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

 Title: Beautiful Freaks
Author: Katie M. John
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Gothic/Romance
Publisher:  Little Bird Publishing House, London
Release Date: Ebook October 2012, Print February 2013
Edition/Formats Available In : Currently just ebook print coming soon Feb 14 2013.



Between these pages you will find yourself transported back in time to the high Gothic. Victorian London.

The year is 1899 and both the century and the Queen are dying.

As the London populace is gripped by a terrifying series of paranormal murders,
eighteen year old Kaspian Blackthorne finds himself on a decadent journey of self discovery.
Victorian London is a place where appearance is everything, but sometimes
appearances can be deceiving. Behind the grand houses, carriages and silks, London is a dark labyrinth of sorrow and violence.
Amongst the gambling dens, dancehalls, and brothels you'll find No 7,
known to its members as Eve's; the most exclusive club in London, infamous for its 'Palace of Beautiful Freaks'.

Each exhibit has a history, each their own unique story.

My Review

The building of the story is fantastic. We get the insight to a lot of people, and the stories begin to connect but until we meet the common link, it is hard to put it all together. But when it all comes together it is amazing! I enjoyed the building of the plot, the mystery behind all the characters involved and what they mean to each other.

Inspector Steptree is a good guy and is a family man, but he is also relentless. He is focused on his work and this case is beginning to rattle him. But having people with contacts helps. While trying to uncover the truth in regards to this case, he starts to ponder the fact that there are paranormal creatures out there. If he wasn't a believer at first, he certainly will be!

Kaspian I really liked. He is an innocent boy who is just about to turn 18. He has had a bit of heartache early in his life and has learnt to adapt to his new surroundings. When he finally ventured into the real world after reaching the legal age of 18, his eyes are opened further to the paranormal world that his guardian has been a part of.

Eve is very mysterious and we don't discover who she really is until quite late in the book. She appears often throughout the story, but it was hard to form an opinion of her initially as she is never around for too long. She has a lot of secrets and I was unsure of her intentions.

This story was full of mystery and how the story unfolded was intriguing. We see a lot of POVs all of which piece together to tell the story. The story definitely builds and once we hit the top it unravels quickly and I really enjoyed it.

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

Author Bio

Katie. M John is a writer of YA, Dark Fairytales, Contemporary Paranormal Fantasy and Horror. 

She lives in the London suburbs, is married to a dashingly handsome giant and is mummy to a 3ft Mud-puddle Fairy. Katie likes to write whilst eating Jaffa cakes and listening to her i-Pod.

Katie's Contemporary Arthurian series, 'The Knight Trilogy' was launched in December 2010 with the release of 'The Forest of Adventures' and the subsequent release of 'Immortal Beloved' in 2011. Both books have been in the UK top 10 Amazon charts for Contemporary Fantasy and Fairytales. The final book 'Star Fire' was released this summer.

She has recently released a standalone YA novel called 'Beautiful Freaks', a steam punk, Victorian Gothic detective fairytale in London, which has gained a loyal fan base.

She is currently working on a seven book series called the ‘Pentacle Chronicles’, a tale of witchcraft and other supernatural happenings in a quaint English village.

She is a founding member of Dark Heart & Night Shade; a twice yearly anthology publication that showcases emerging YA talent.

Author Links

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Facebook Page:    Beautiful Freaks


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  1. When will the winners be announced? :)

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