How many of you remember what my first review was? No, no, no, don't go check, that's cheating. Okay, I'll let you off easy. It was The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause, and I loved it. She also wrote Blood and Chocolate (good movie, off-topic, but true), which is an amazing book, too. I didn't review it, though, because it was on a special order from my library and VERY overdue.
Freaks by Annette Curtis Klause
Summary (from the back of the book): Though Abel Dandy was born to circus performers and grew up in a troupe of odd and inexpicable people, he has never felt limited by his normalcy - until now. Realizing he's never going to be more amazing than the talented oddities around him, Abel can only dream of living a life richer than his own.
But in his dreams a mysterious woman beckons him, calling him passionately by a name he doesn't know and speaking in a language he's never heard, but fully understands. Compelled by these visions and yearning to be more than ordinary, Abel embarks on a journey more frightening and wonderous than he ever imagined...
Review: At heart, I am a true romantic. I do not like sad endings. I'm too empathic, and I feel them too close. Of course, I'm the person who bawled my eyes out over the last couple chapters of the seventh Harry Potter book... but that's another story. My point was (and I know it took a while to get here, I shouldn't write reviews when I'm tired, I babble) that Freaks was one of the most beautiful romances I've ever read. Romance isn't even the right word. Love story is more like it. Yes, one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. But I can't tell you much about that, or I'll give away too much.
It's always interesting, to me, at least, to read a book told in first person, by a boy. Their minds are just very interesting. It takes talent for a female author to write from that perspective, too, so I very much admire that.
Conclusion: Very good book, as always from Annette Curtis Klause, at least in my experience. Definitely a new favourite, and going onto my recommend list.