Series: Freak House #1
Published by C.J. Archer on May 25, 2013
Genres: historical fiction, paranormal, young adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.
Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?
This book is the first in the Freak House series. I had a hard time getting started in this book. I was about to give up on it when a turn in events caught my attention. I was so glad I didn’t give up! I found myself reading faster and faster wanting to hurry and find out what happened next! I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book! The fact that Hannah was feisty just made the book more interesting to me.
The mix of mystery and romance was balanced perfectly. It didn’t get too mushy mushy like some do. It was just enough to fill your desires and then moved on with the story. Like most series the ending left you wanting more! I am looking forward to reading Playing With Fire, which is the second book in the series.
Over all I give it a rating of 3.5. Why so low? Mainly because it took me so long to begin to have an interest in the story line.