Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Personally I would love to give this book a 22 out of 10 mark. It for boys and girls who love being terrified out of their wits. It has Blood, Guts, Vampires, Killer Spiders, Poison and characters with oomph... This story is about a boy called Darren. Darren loves Spiders. This is where the trouble starts. After getting a present of a spider from his parents, he accidently kills it when it ends up being sucked up the vacuum cleaner. He saw this on TV and it looked hilarious. Except that the TV spider came out alive. Darren was gutted. He now had no pet and his parents had said that he was never getting a pet ever again.
His friend in school showed him a flyer of a Circus that was coming to town in the next few days. This Circus was illegal. There were men and women with unusual and sometimes gross talents. Including something called a Snake Boy. Darren ended up sneaking out to see it, but not sure what to expect.
The Cirque du Freak was what it was called and it was really cool. It had: A Bearded Lady, and a guy playing music on his ribs for example. The most spectacular thing for Darren though was the Spider known as Madam Octa. Poisonous with razor sharp fangs and she was smart. Any sudden movements and she would kill you, her owner said... He was a Vampire. Darren is so impressed with Madame Octa that he steals her. This is when the real trouble starts. His friend ends up being bitten by the spider and the only person who has the antidote is the Vampire Mr Crepsley.
Darren badly wants to save his friend, and he has to find the Vampire. The same one he stole from. But then Mr Crepsley will know that Darren stole from him and will he give him the antidote and if he does what will he want from Darren in return?
You will just have to read the book to find out what happens...
This Cirque du Freak book review was written by Amy Dwane
All reviews for: The Saga of Darren Shan
Cirque du Freak
The Saga of Darren Shan: Book 1
Darren Shan seems like your average boy--he likes playing football with his mates, passing notes in class and loves spiders. Then, one day, his best mate Steve gets tickets...
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Ashton from US
This is by far the best series I've read. Does a great job keeping the reader coming back for more.
Anonymous from Norway
It is like watching James Bond. You know that he will never die no matter what happens to him. The same goes for the main character Darren Shan... each of the twelve books have multiple moments when Darren has absolutley no hope. But each time something happens that saves him the last second... boooring
Ellishah from England
It is one of my favorite books. when i started reading i was so hooked up to it i couldn't stop reading i recommend that read this book you would love it its for kids and adults boys and girls it doesn't matter who you are i just don't recommend it for people who cant stand horror.
Monika from London
This is one of the best series I have ever read. It's so good that I couldn't put it down.
Ken from Thailand
One of the best book series I ever read. The story line and each characters are just incredible!
David from Los Angeles
OMG! I LOVE THIS BOOK! I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!
Josh from UK
this book had me gripped and it's one of the few books that I want to keep reading. An amaizing story with freaky character and vampires.
Erika from England
Gripping story. This was what pulled me into fantasy, along with Harry Potter and 'The Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness'.
Lovely book!!! Lots of violence but great.
Anthony from Sydney
It is a great book, it is one of those books that get people into reading. It was the second ever book series I read. It is one of the books that got me hooked on fantasy. It is a must read!
9/10 from 11 reviews
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