Freaky Rites (Mystic Caravan Mystery #6)

Freaky Rites (A Mystic Caravan Mystery, #6)Freaky Rites by Amanda M. Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been waiting for the sixth installment in this series for months, and felt a bit lost when I finished number five, secretly worrying that there wouldn’t be anymore. So when I saw this pop up, I bought it as soon as I possibly could. Never mind that I have 34 titles waiting on my netgalley list to be read and reviewed, I decided to take a breather and read something I had been dying to read for a while. And I was NOT disappointed. I honestly think that this is my favourite in the series thus far.

So, for those of you who haven’t read any of this series yet, first up – read it in order, otherwise you will lose out on the character growth and the relationship growth between all the characters.
Second – This series follows the Mystic Caravan Circus and its crew who travel around setting up their circus all over the United States. However, they aren’t just your run of the mill circus folk, yes you have the creepy clowns and the midway guys, but the main group are more than what they seem. They are all supernatural in one way or another, and use the travelling and cover of the circus in order to take down supernatural baddies, and some evil humans they come across.

Poet and the gang are back with their normal shenanigans in this installment, setting up their circus in a location that is in the middle of a few towns. As soon as they arrive, they notice that there’s something off putting about the fog that rolls in at night, as well as the way that it seems to linger during the day in places that the sun doesn’t quite reach. The first night, Luke thinks he hears chanting off in the woods that border the camp ground, this puts him on edge, but the other’s aren’t overly worried because nothing has presented itself yet, and besides, this is what they do, they travel around and battle baddies. However, when Poet ends up having an awfully vivid, real life feeling nightmare, and is plagued by the chanting in her head, the gang start to realise that something is up, team that with Raven believing she heard a Wendigo howl in the woods, and you know you’re in for a treat. They need to find out what they’re fighting, what’s with the chanting, and how can they protect themselves against something when they don’t know exactly what it is. An action packed, mystery adventure that does not disappoint.

As I said above, I honestly think that this is my FAVOURITE in the series so far. I loved the descriptions of the location, as well as the people that Poet and Co. meet while they’re out and about. I loved Caroline’s character and her mysteriousness was portrayed very well. The way that the mystery was written was perfect. I found that I was finding out things when the characters were, and this was fantastic. It irks me a little when I work out what’s happening before the characters do, it takes a little bit away from the story I believe.

Luke is his normal sassy, moping self, which I find is getting a little tired, but I guess it’s just his character, so I should just shut up about it. Kade’s innate NEED to protect Poet still annoys the crap out of me though, I understand wanting to protect those that you love, but I feel like it almost borders on him trying to control her, when she makes decisions of her own that put her in danger, he instantly hits it down. As I said, I get the need to protect those that you love, but I feel like he should trust Poet enough to know what she can handle and what she can’t.

I was a little sad that Nellie didn’t have a bigger role in this story, as I have a massive soft spot for the cross dressing dwarf, but I can understand why he didn’t. I’m also beginning to come around more and more to Raven, she’s a bitch and she’s not afraid to tell you how it is, but she’s a fun character, and I love her and Poet’s banter the more that I read it.

All in all, I am still loving this series, and I cannot WAIT for the next one!!

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