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Wow this is a giant no thank you. I received an audio copy of this from NetGalley and oh boy is it something else. There’s so much that I found absolutely ridiculous and problematic in this book. It’s just not for me. 

⭐️⭐️ because the narrator was great.
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Did not finish the book. Stopped at 10%.
The writing was so boring, that I couldn't make it past the kid's introductions. I didn't make it that far but the reasons some of the kids were bullied were so plain and boring. The voice acting wasn't very pleasant to listen to and the accents used to differentiate between the characters were horrible
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I started this audiobook a few months back, but almost immediately DNFed it. Having come back to it, I am glad I finished it, but it still wasn't the best. 

Honestly, I think this one would be much better as a physical read and not an audiobook. The narrator's overdone Southern accent really got to me after awhile, but it did slack off just a bit throughout. 

The story started off very slow, but after the kids did their LARPing game and got their powers, everything ramped up. That's when I became more invested. Everything still seemed a bit haphazard and clunky as far as the story went, but I could definitely see the potential. Personally, I think it would have done MUCH better as a TV show concept instead of a full book. This could very easily make a fun and engaging series, but as a book? Eh. The concept is good and there, but the execution was a bit lacking. 

Christian became one of my favorite perspectives, and her abilities later on in the story really put her in the spotlight to pretty much shoulder the bulk of keeping plans in motion. Micah...Ugh. I know the kid had gone through hell and back dealing with bullies his whole life, but the whole revenge at all cost chip on my shoulder bit got very old, very fast. All of his other friends had faced equal or worst mistreatment, and they still found it in themselves to try and do good and be better people. It was very difficult to be on his side when he just seemed like he was out for blood all the time. 

The otherworldly demon creature was a great touch and really helped drive the creep factor! It was also a cool Stephen King callback when the creature talked about how fear "seasoned the meat" and made it taste better. 

Overall, it's not a bad read and I may attempt the second one. But I probably wouldn't pick it up again or necessarily recommend it as my top choice of YA thriller/sci-fi stories.
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I thought the Narrator's voice was pretty cool. I don't really listen to a lot of audiobooks. So I don't really know what else to say about the Narrator. I wouldn't mind hearing their voice on other audiobooks.
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•	Supernatural
•	Thriller
•	Young Adult/New Adult

Four kids are endlessly bullied by kids at school, but especially by the group B3. One day at Micah’s house, they open a portal to another dimension and let out scary monsters that start to enter their town and gain supernatural powers. Will they use their powers to protect the town and possibly be captured by the government agents? Will they use their new powers to take revenge on their bullies?

There wasn’t a whole lot of depth. I found myself really predicting the next move. I really think if we could understand the characters more and separated their narratives, that would’ve helped. With the exception of Micah, Kenneth, and the creature, I couldn’t really tell who was who. I think this book has a lot of potential and maybe the next one makes it all make sense. The narrator, P.J. Morgan, was one of the best I’ve ever listened to. She really helped me separate the characters and was amazing at building suspense. 

#Freaks #NetGalley #ImbrifexAudio #PJMorgan #BrettRiley #AudioArc #ARC

<i>Thank you to NetGalley, Imbrifex Audio, Brett Riley and P.J. Morgan for the Audio ARC in exchange for an honest review.<i>
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0 stars for the narration.

I'm sorry. I couldn't listen to this book. The narration is really.. bad. It was a struggle to get through even 15%. The tone was very melancholy and strange. 

The text version is much more enjoyable. I'd recommend that instead.
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I really liked this first installment in a new series called "Freaks". The MCs are four "freaks" in a high school, who after using some dark magic to throw off their tormentors, a bunch of alien creatures come in to this world. Along with those kids, one of their tormentors was there when the creatures came out. All five of them get superpowers, which after several people in the town get brutally murdered, they join forces to kill the alien being who's ravaging their town.  But there are more creatures out there.  The narration was really well done as well. I want to thank the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for giving me a copy of the audiobook in return for an honest review.
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(Thank you to NetGalley and Imbrifex Audio for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest feedback) 

Four friends, relentlessly bullied, LARP (live-action role play) for fun with robes and a book found in an uncle's belongings. When a chant read from the book unlocks a portal to another dimension, all hell breaks loose.

Sudden superpowers, demons, murder, fight scenes, it's a fun book to listen to. It's like an Avengers origin story, if they all got powers on the day they also unleashed their own villain. The audiobook is like a comic book being read out loud. 

It's not deep, it doesn't delve too much into the past or the psyches of the characters. Everything is very "surface level" if you will. All in all, it's a decent little superhero story that checks all the boxes you expect!
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Honestly, I got about 30% of the way in the book and had abandon it. Based on the summary, the story had lots of potential but feel short. I felt like it kept lacking something and just wasn't really capturing my attention.
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I only made it a few chapters (like halfway through chapter 4) and I'm not gonna keep going. The antisemitism and sexual assault that's already happening, I'm not gonna subject myself to more.
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Here we follow a group of misfits as they try to survive life and school while being the constant target of a group of bullies. Then one day they discover some books and cloaks that an uncle left behind and end up releasing an evil monster into their town while giving themselves and one of their bullies super powers. The group initially intends to torment their tormentors with their powers, but when the monster is discovered and kills one of the bullies they know they must unite to save their town and each other. Fast and action packed fight scenes, true moments of honesty from the perspective of a bullied youth who wishes harm on his tormentors and his friends fighting to keep him good. A great read.
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There is nothing actually wrong with this book. It is perfectly serviceable... and as a middle-grade power fantasy with some horror elements, it is fine. The problem is that it does feel as if the plot and characters have been done before (in better ways). A story like this needs a hook, and unfortunately, this story failed at that mostly because it felt too familiar to hook me. The characters felt like archetypes rather than fleshed-out beings in this world, the plot felt a bit recycled from a couple of popular TV shows and the world-building felt all over the place. Having said all that, the actual writing was good and pacey, I wasn't bored reading this and even though I wasn't surprised, I also wasn't disappointed. It all adds up to a fairly run-of-the-mill story about the nerdy kids and superpowers that I wouldn't recommend over so many other great books, but wouldn't discourage anyone from reading if they really wanted to.

As for the audio, I don't know if it was a directorial decision or a stylistic choice from the narrator, but the whole book was narrated in a strange cadence that detracted rather than enhanced. There were very few character differences in terms of how the narrator read the parts and with a big cast like this, it would have helped. There wasn't anything egregiously bad, but there could have been many ways to improve on the performance.
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I appreciate the story that the writer is trying to tell, and I think I would have had an easier time if I had had the physical copy of the book compared to the Audio Book. I found the narrator's voice to be distracting, especially when she would use Southern or different accents than her own.
I love the story and the build up of the book. I plan on moving on to the next book in the series, just in physical form.
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I really hoped to like this one more than I did. Honestly, I was a but bored with it. I think mainly, like others have said, the characters were a bit flat. For someone like myself who has ADHD, I have to have books that grab me in and keep me. This just didn't do it for me. It wasn't bad, just not great for me.
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Wow, this was a fantastic audio. It was surprisingly gorey and I managed to stick in there lol. I'm happy that I stumbled across Freaks and read this hidden gem.😊
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Freaks follows a group of friends who are bullied badly by 3 boys. They decide to do a ritual as a LARPing exercise and end up with powers. They also manage to bring in a being from another dimension who ends up wreaking havoc on their town. 

This book was ok, I wanted to love it because the premise sounds awesome but it didnt quite live up to the promise. I absolutely hated Micah, which made it a bit hard to listen to because he was always there. The abilities they get are interesting, I especially liked the super senses and how they practiced their powers, it was a smart move. But the characters are a little flat and there’s nothing that happens which is really complex. It’s a pretty simple story and good for anyone who just wants to turn their brain off for some hours. 

The narrator is very good! I liked her voice.
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A really fast-paced read but I felt at some points it overall lacked a little depth. But again as a YA novel I can't in good conscious give this a low review purely because it was not originally written for my consumption and enjoyment. A very fast, fun listen that was interesting and kept my attention throughout.
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These are not your typical superheroes. This was an interesting take on superheroes, the origin of these in this case and what they should consider their responsibility. Taking into consideration their moral responsibilities is an interesting take on superheroes and made this story entertaining. The narrator does a great job telling the story.
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3.5 stars

This book has an awesome concept. I gave me superhero with a Stranger Things twist. 
This book did not hold back either! A group of bullied teenagers receive powers and have to decide if they will use their powers for good or revenge.

My hold up how one dimensional it felt. I never really connected too much with any one particular character.
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I want to start of by saying that this book had an interesting concept, a portal opening to another dimension, monsters worse than the human ones our main characters encountered crossing over into earth,

And the narrator truly did a great job, kudos to her! 

However I hope this book comes with a long list of content warnings. The casual violence done to our main characters and then ignored by the adults around them was not something I expected and honestly came as a shock. So was the racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. 

I don't know what Arkansas schools are like, but this seemed ridiculously over the top and played a bit for shock value.. I didn5 enjoy it. 

The characters and setting felt flat and overall I didn't have a great time. 

.Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an Audio ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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