So I have made it my personal aim to read all of the Darren Shan books this year, as he is an author I have respected and loved for a long time but does have a number of series in which I haven’t read yet. So while I have started the Saga of Larten Crespley I found the complete series of Cirque Du Freak at Waterstones for a very cheap price so I had no choice to buy the set and of course I started reading as soon as I got home. So hence the review of Cirque Du Freak the first book in the series Cirque Du Freak.
Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque Du Freak. Now Darren’s been immersed into a shadowy world inhabited by vampires, werewolves and strange creatures the likes of which he’s never imagined, and his life will be changed forever!
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So like just about any Darren Shan book this book has been written amazingly and I couldn’t find a single fault with this book. I loved the feeling I was having while reading as it was something that seemed so normal but in fact had that little bit of fantasy and horror that I love while reading these types of books. So the book is set in modern times and everything seems normal until Larten Crepsley is seen by Darren Shan and Steve Leopard and that is when things start going wrong. I think another factor with this book that made it just so much better is its shortness, overall the book is below 200 pages but if it was any longer then I think it wouldn’t have the same feeling as it makes you want to stop and think about what you have just read.
I really started liking the character Darren Shan almost immedietly and as the book went on, my like for Darren just became higher and higher. He is the type of person that most people would want to be, until he makes one mistake to get something he doesn’t think he could live without. Little did he know that this mistake would cost him his life as he knows it and he has to make a decision if he wants to keep living his life the way he has been and allow his best friend to die or save his best friend but he has to become a vampire something that he has never wanted to be. Overall just seeing the development in the last twenty pages go from being a human to a vampire and losing everything he loved including his family.
So with this being a horror book then of course you would expect there to be horror, but unless you are really into the book and are focusing on it then you might miss it. For me I think the horror in this book comes from the suspension in certain areas making you want to read on but also make you to just want to put the book down for a little bit. When you can see you are coming to the end of a chapter then you know that there is a good chance that something is going to happen in these last few sentences and makes you want to carry on reading.
Overall this book is great and is the perfect start to a series and makes me want to go straight to reading book 2 instead of writing this review, but I managed to get this done before hand but only just it was a hard decision.
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