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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Valknut Press (2 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162411024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624110245
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia crane is the author of the Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination. Although she's spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

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About the Author

Julia Crane is the author of the YA paranormal fiction novels: Keegan's Chronicles, Mesmerized and Eternal Youth. Julia was greatly encouraged by her mother to read and use her imagination, and she's believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Julia has traveled far and wide to all the places her grandmother told her about, gaining inspiration from her journeys to places like Nepal, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Italy, France and many more. And who knows? Maybe the magical creatures she writes about are people she met along the way. Julia Crane has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Although she's spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. Stone on 24 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The title of this book bugs me, it annoys me, it frustrates me no end - it eats away at the edges of my sanity and threatens to push me over the edge. I mean, crikey, the book is about a CYBORG - a human-machine hybrid. That means the girl is a Freak of Science. A freak of nature is - 'a person, animal, or plant with an unusual physical abnormality.' Like co-joined twins, or a person with extra limbs or toes, BUT not a person whom scientists have perverted into a freak with cybernetic implants. Arrrrrgh, every time I see the book's cover I want to dump it into Photoshop and hack and slash at the title until is says Freak of Science. How could the author not know this, not see this - worse, how could they not care that they are doing our heads in with a title that's the reverse of what it should be???!!!

Now to the book. Kaitlyn made the mistake of signing that little box saying that her body would be donated to science upon her death. What she didn't figure was that she'd be reanimated as a cyborg, with all her memories of the past removed/blocked. However, she is fully aware that this has been done to her. Now what do ya reckon her reaction to this would be? Wouldn't ya think she'd be horrified, disgusted, outraged, perhaps suicidal or psychotic? But nope to all over the above - not this girl. Her reaction is to pine for and have endless sexual fantasies for a young doctor who's partly responsible for putting her in this condition. I mean, really? She wakes up to find half her body replaced with cybernetics, and this is her reaction? I've heard of people having inappropriate or unrealistic responses and reactions to external stimuli and circumstances, but this! This reaction has got to take the oil. (I can't say 'cake,' cause, you know, she's a cyborg and she don't need to eat 'n all.
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I received a copy of Freak of Nature from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Kaitlyn is one of a kind, when she checked the 'donate to science' box she never expected to be given a second life, nor that that second life would be one where she was half robotics, and yet, her she is. The team of scientists behind her don't think that Kaitlyn has any emotions or human feeling left, and yet, hidden well, are those very emotions. Having become friends with Quess, and harbouring feelings for one of the scientists, Lucas, Kaitlyn's life is not what anyone expected.

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I'm not too sure what to make of Freak of Nature, there were a lot of parts that I enjoyed, actually I enjoyed most of the book, but there was just something about it that didn't make it stand out for me, and I can't quite put my finger on what that is, which actually kind of frustrates me.

I'd say that Freak of Nature probably falls somewhere between mature young adult and new adult audience wise, there are a fair few moments where Kaitlyn thinks about Lucas (well and Lucas thinks about Kaitlyn) with desire and sex on the brain, though nothing is described on page. This is also taking into consideration how Kaitlyn died, and I think some of the impact could be lost on younger readers.

I liked the friendship between Kaitlyn and Quess, I thought it allowed for Kaitlyn to be herself, even if that was just a little bit awkward because she couldn't understand everything she was being told. The friendship did feel natural, and not forced, like two girls coming together because there is no one else which I do believe would happen.

The relationship between Kaitlyn and Lucas was another thing.
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The heroine of the story is Kaitlyn. She is a human, or was a human, until she faces a perilous accident after which the scientists use her body as an experiment and turn her into a cyborg. As a cyborg, she is not supposed to feel any humanly emotions, except that she develops a special feeling for the young scientist named Lucas.

The story this far is pretty good. Though I'm not convinced by the love part, but I get that it's almost a must-have part of a story so I could cope up with it. But I would have been more convinced if it was a little more well developed. Though Kaitlyn appears a total robot in all kinds of way possible and still she has feelings for Lucas, what is more weird and irrational is Lucas's weakness for Kaitlyn. It's not like he hadn't known Kaitlyn was a cyborg and developed feelings for her. He knew, that appears to me a little unconvincing. What I liked though, was how their feelings grew over the period of time, and not instantly after seeing each other. Of course, that's not supposed to happen as Lucas had seen Kaitlyn every day under the experiment. Though both of the characters had potentials, it was not shown up to the mark. Not only these two main characters, but other supporting characters were not developed properly as well. They seem to come and go as a bundle, without any individuality.

The narration was boring at times. I don't know why, because I like this type of alternating narratives. But I guess the writing seemed more like stream of consciousness, a literary technique I still can't develop the slightest liking for. But narrative alone could have made the story a little more interesting, had it not been this monotonous.

As for other elements, I missed the spark.
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