Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Cirque Du Freak ~ Darren Shan

Title: Cirque Du Freak (A Living Nightmare)
Author: Darren Shan
Series: Cirque Du Freak #1
Publisher: Harper Collins Childern's books
Publishing date: 1st February 2009
Number of pages: 272 p.
Dutch titel: De Grote Freakshow
Age category: Young adult
Other books in this series
2. The Vampire's assistent ~ Vampiersleerling
3. Tunnels of blood ~ Tunnels van Bloed
4. Vampire Mountain ~ De Vampiersberg
5. Trials of Death ~ Op Leven en Dood
6. The Vampire Prince ~ De Vampiersprins
7. Hunters of the Dusk ~ De Schemerjagers
8.  Allies Of The Night ~ Bondgenoten van de Nacht
9.Killers of Dawn ~ Moordenaars bij Dagenraad
10.The Lake Of Souls ~ Het Dodenmeer
11. Lord Of Shadows ~ Heer van het Duister
12. Sons Of Destiny ~ Zonen van het lot


I was an ordinary boy, until I visited the Cirque Du Freak... until I met Madam Octa... until I came face to face with a creature of the night. That's when my life changed completely. I don't expect you to believe me, but everything I describe in this book is absolutely true...


Ok so this book is not as great as I thought it would be, it is pretty slow, but maybe that's just because it is the first book in a serie of 12 or maybe because I have seen the movie before reading the book. Yes I know I shouldn't have, but I didn't know about the book, before I had seen the movie. It was when I read the back of the movie that I figure out that is was actually a book. 

Shit happens, so after being on my wishlist forever I finally got the chance to buy it a little while ago. I actually have the omnibus but I wanted to review the books one at a time. This book tells the story of how Darren became the vampires assistent, nothing more and nothing less.  So I decided to watch the movie again to see why I didn't like the book.  There is just so much more action there, and I am afraid the movie ruined the reading experience for me.

So the lesson here is: don't watch the movie before reading the book. I still think it is a great book and  am definitely going to continue this series and hope it will get better from here on. And hopefully the overlap with the movie will end soon.


The result: 3 stars for this book! If this review is unclear to you please also read this article by me where I clarify things more clearly: Ramblings: Misinterpretation

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