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A new series for US readers to sink their teeth into
(Updated: May 17, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0
Lucky readers in the UK got first dibs on Darren Shan's series. Their enthusiasm is sure to be shared with US readers when the first book is released in April 2001.
Younger readers aren't the only ones to enjoy this book. Popular author J. K. Rowling has said:
"Fast paced and compelling, full of satisfying macabre touchesCirque du Freak explores the powerful fascination of the dangerous and unnatural and also, movingly, the obligations of friendship."
I couldn't agree more. Darren Shan (real name Darren OShaughnessy) has launched readers on a ride they will not soon forget. From the introduction to the cliffhanger ending of each chapter, you will be hooked.
Darren Shan (the character in the book) is a pretty normal kid who just happens to have a strange fascination with spiders. And, like all the other kids, he is both excited and repelled when he finds out a freak show has come to town.
He and his friend Steve wrangle tickets to the dead-of-night show and soon find themselves in a nightmare that does not have any end... except the graveyard.
The reader is drawn along the increasingly harrowing storyline that reads a bit like pulp fiction novels of the past. This is a book that you can't put down, so don't start reading it late at night. In fact, you don't want to read this one late at night anyway, unless you have a high tolerance for horror.
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