Thursday, 1 November 2012

eARC Review: Beautiful Freaks by Katie M John

Amazon Summary: Between these pages you will find yourself transported back in time to the high Gothic. Victorian London.
The year is 1899 and both the century and the Queen are dying. 
As the London populace is gripped by a terrifying series of paranormal murders, eighteen year old Kaspian Blackthorne finds himself on a decadent journey of self discovery. 
Victorian London is a place where appearance is everything, but sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Behind the grand houses, carriages and silks, London is a dark labyrinth of sorrow and violence. Amongst the gambling dens, dancehalls, and brothels you'll find No 7, known to its members as Eve's; the most exclusive club in London, infamous for its 'Palace of Beautiful Freaks'. Each exhibit has a history, each their own unique story. 

Title:  Beautiful Freaks
Author:  Katie M John
Publisher:  Little Bird Publishing House
Release Date:  25th October 2012
Source:  Supplied for review from Author & Purchased

I absolutely loved The Knight Trilogy by Katie M John and when I heard she had a new book coming out I was extremely excited. Katie writes with such simplicity that you can read her books with amazing ease. Although the characters are such a complex group, all together they make one miraculous story.

Eighteen year old Kaspian has become a man and discovers he has some unusual abilities. His parent’s died and left him in the care of a Professor in arts of the supernatural. Since Kaspian has come of age the Professor decided to have a soiree to introduce Kaspian amongst his acquaintances. During the party, Kaspian meets another young gentleman, Hugh. Hugh is a rich party boy and offered to take Kaspian out to a special club. Once inside No. 7, Kaspian was mesmerised by the owner Eve. It was like love at first sight for him and he had to keep returning. The specialness of this club was with the theatre acts that occur behind a secret doorway. Kaspian watched his first show and the women were so beautiful and enthralling. Each Lady has a special gift and it all appears to be smoke and mirrors, but was it?

A series of murders have taken place around London and their special circumstances lead the Detective’s to visit the Professor. With some help from an old volume detailing all of the supernatural creatures and their abilities, a lead is found.

Will Kaspian be able to love Eve and will Eve love him in return? Can Kaspian master his abilities? What about the murders, will the Detective find the mastermind? What will happen to the Palace of Beautiful Freaks and the Beautiful Freaks themselves?

Following Kaspian’s journey is a real adventure. This book is a fantasy like no other and is so far beyond amazing and unique. Like Katie’s Knight Trilogy, this has it all; adventure, romance, action, mystery, suspense and intrigue. I highly recommend this to all that enjoys dark fantasy novels.


You can find Katie M John's books on Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads and Katie herself on Twitter, Facebook and her website. AND don't forget to enter the fabulous giveaway on the Beautiful Freaks website.


  1. I love fantasy novels, especially when they're done right. And this book sounds fantastic. Great review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

  2. this sounds amazing, definitely adding to my tbr! Great review