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In the tradition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more....

Title : A Living Nightmare
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ISBN : 9780316905718
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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A Living Nightmare Reviews

  • Shannon
    2019-05-15 01:31

    This is an older series and many of you may have read it years ago or already decided it wasn't for you, but maybe my review will sway you into giving it a chance (or just make you remember how much you loved it.)Here's my take on things:Be prepared for a male author with all male main characters. There's a younger sister character with a small part and I enjoyed the siblings' relationship, but aside from her and a few mothers, this is mostly a series about boys. Did that bother me? Not at all. Just pointing it out.Lots of gore, which I enjoyed immensely. Also, some deadpan humor thrown in so it wasn't completely gross and disgusting all the time. It was a nice way to break things up so it didn't feel dark and bleak every step of the way.The story is short and intense and doesn't contain a lot of filler. I can see how this might get compared to the Goosebumps series because those were quick reads too, though I'd say this series is for a slightly older audience, but if these had been around when I was 10 or so, I would've gobbled them up.Not a whole lot of surprises, you can kind of see where things are heading early on, but the few surprises that are included are pretty big ones. There's also a scene in the beginning that doesn't get explained and I'm curious to see where things go with that. I love that Shan obviously planned this as a series but still wrote a full book. Things are left open-ended, but there's not really a cliffhanger and I appreciated that.This is a short gory book with a slightly new twist on the vampire mythos geared heavily towards male readers (though I think girls won't feel alienated at all) and the inclusion of a "freak show" is something fascinating and I welcomed reading about a topic done to death (heh) that ended up still feeling unique. I really liked it and already have the next book loaded up on my Kindle (though I'm trying really hard not to start it tonight ... must ... wake up ... early ...)I can see how this series is so popular now and hope the quality continues with each subsequent book. Also, if you liked this book and this series, definitely check out his other unrelated series, The Demonata; I really loved the first book and I can tell you that reading A Living Nightmare after Lord Loss that his writing only gets better.It's really neat to watch an author progress and continue to improve and also clearly enjoy his work. There are not a lot of authors writing stories like Shan's and I think it fills a nice pocket that fans of the Goosebumps series can stick their hand into once they start getting older. I definitely would've been one of them and I can't wait to dive deeper into the rest of his series.

  • Miranda Reads
    2019-05-21 23:54

    This is NOT a fluffy-happy-cloud middle school book Darren Shan and his three best friends manage to score two tickets to the Cirque du Freak - a one-night-only freak circus that promises hair-raising terror and blood-curdling sights. Through a bit of luck (or was it fate?) both Darren and Steve are chosen to attend. The circus certainly lives up to its name - Hans Hands, Remus Two-Bellies and the Snakeboy were all absolutely magnificent. And then...there was the trained spider. The most amazing spider in the world and there was just one, all-consuming thought to run through Darren's head, I must have her. Only the spider belongs to a vampire - but surely that couldn't be a real vampire? Right? Besides, Darren was so careful that there is no way anyone would ever found out that he was the one who took her, right? I'm still reeling a bit that this was published and marketed to kids?? Our world feels so PG nowadays that this book stands out like a big bloody banner. Darren Shan deals issues that I would never have expected - death and dismemberment for example - to see in a children's book. Quite satisfying to read about the violence without the scene fading to black (for once!).Be prepared - this is essentially an all-male cast of characters. So, there's no side love story with the main guy making puppy eyes and waxing poetic about his feelings. This is all glorious action and adventure. (thank goodness - I've read too many books with romance shoe-horned in to "keep the girls interested" - us girls are perfectly capable of enjoying a story sans love subplot, thankyouverymuch). This was an excellent start to the series. A little bit of creepy, a little bit of skulking around, and a lot of fun, quirky characters are introduced in the first novel. Overall - I'm ready and raring to go for the next one - bring it on! P.s. If you read the books, I'd recommend waiting at least 2-3 years prior to watching the movie. That way you'd forget enough so you won't say, "but that wasn't in the books," on repeat.

  • Sita
    2019-04-25 20:38

    This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read! I used to hate reading I found it a chore. I only read school books. This book changed that normally I'm not normally into horror books but Darren Shan is different he is such a cool and likeable person. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes reading, this book is a great start to a series I loved. I re-read the series all the time. If you read it, then I am 86% sure you will love it.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-10 23:38

    Cirque Du Freak = The Saga of Darren Shan, Darren ShanThe Saga of Darren Shan (known as Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan in the United States) is a young adult 12-part book series written by Darren Shan (pen name of Darren O'Shaughnessy) about the struggle of a boy who has become involved in the world of vampires. As of October 2008, the book has been published in 33 countries around the world, in 30 different languages. عنوان: قصه های سرزمین اشباح : جلد یک 1 : سیرک عجایب؛ نویسنده: دارن شان؛ مترجم: سوده کریمی؛ فرزانه کریمی؛ تهران، قدیانی، کتابهای بنفشه؛ 1382؛ دارن شان برای معرفی خویش در نخستین صفحه از داستان میگوید: وقتی بچه بودم خیلی دلم میخواست از چیزی بترسم، از عنکبوت خوشم میآمد، مامان و بابای دارن شان در نه سالگی به او یک رطیل هدیه میدهند، تا نگهداری کند. مینویسد: قصه اش بیشتر شرح یک کابوس است. اما چرا این فراموشکار این کتابها را خواندم، دلم میخواست بدانم بچه هایم چرا این کتابها را میخوانند، چه چیزی در این داستانها توجه آنها را جلب کرده، پس از آنها مجموعه را خواندم، آن هم دوبار، انگار نوجوان شده بودم، هنوز هم کتابهای فانتزی و نوجوانان را دنبال میکنم. ا. شربیانی

  • Mr. Z
    2019-04-29 23:56

    After reading this, I couldn't help but laugh. As a reading teacher, I'm always reading books to determine whether or not my students might enjoy reading them, too. However, this school year, several of my students have been recommending books TO ME to read! This is another such recommendation. I have heard from many students how much they enjoy the Cirque Du Freak series, so I decided to give the first book a try. Now, I do I not typically enjoy reading gruesome/spine-tingling horror novels, but I did appreciate this one for its excellent writing to secure its position into that category. I don't know who Darren Shay really is, but he knows how to gross out readers--in a good way! Hey, whatever it takes to get students reading more books!In this story, Darren and his friend Steve attend a "freak show" unlike anything they've ever seen. When Steve recognizes the ring-leader as a famous vampire, he begins a spiraling series of events that will change both of the boys' lives forever! (257 pages)

  • Qt
    2019-05-03 20:40

    Easy to read and surprisingly engrossing--I stayed up late to finish it. I see why it's such a popular series!

  • Myvampfiction
    2019-04-22 20:42

    review by Megsly*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*A few weeks ago, this charming little movie called The Vampire's Assistant came on my television and I, being obsessed with vampires as everyone knows, just had to watch and I was extremely impressed by the originality of the movie so when I unearthed the series, The Saga of Darren Shan, I dove right in.A Living Nightmare is book one of the The Saga of Darren Shan, otherwise known as Cirque du Freak. It introduces us to Darren Shan, a young boy who's an avid soccer player, has an insane obsession with spiders, and a somewhat bad-boy best friend named Steve. The books are clearly geared towards younger audiences, especially with the main character being so young. I'm under the impression that he's 12 or 13 in the series, due to the fact that he is constantly referred to as a child, by others and by himself.First off, I'd like to point out that the first book in this series is not very well written. There are tense errors and an extreme number of punctuation errors, but the plot itself is fascinating and quite frankly, I had no problem overlooking the errors while reading. We're introduced to Darren, who seems to have a knack for doing things he probably shouldn't do, usually under the influence of his best friend Steve. First thing they do? Attend a freak show. An extreme freak show. While there, they witness a horrifying wolf-man who bites off a audience member's hand (literally, a wolf man; he's half human, half man. He is by no means a werewolf), a lady who can grow a beard to the floor in seconds, only to retract it once again, a contortionist, a man who two bellies who devours broken glass and Mr. Crepsley, the spider tamer who has a rare and extremely dangerous tarantula named Madam Octa.Steve, who has an obsession with all things vampire, immediately recognizes Mr. Crepsley as a vampire who's portrait he's seen in an old book. When they go to leave the Cirque du Freak, Steve lags behind, sending Darren on ahead so that he can confront Mr. Crepsley about what he knows. Darren, being the ever inquisitive boy, lingers in the shadows to listen to the exchange, where he hears Steve lay out his life story and beg the vampire to change him into one of them. The vampire refuses, for rather interesting reasons, and Steve makes a vow to destroy him one day. At this point, Darren flees, but in his mind he can only imagine the extreme pleasure he would have at owning Madam Octa. A few nights later, and after very little conversation between him and Steve (Darren is put off by the fact that his best friend would actually desire to become a blood sucking vampire), Darren returns to the circus to steal Madam Octa away from the vampire. Surprisingly enough, he succeeds and returns home with a brightly colored, massive and highly deadly tarantula.A week or two passes and Darren is slowly mastering the techniques of the flute and doing tricks with Madam Octa, when Steve discovers the spider in his room. One thing leads to another and Steve gets bitten by the deadly spider, leaving him laying near death in a hospital bed. In an effort to save his friend, after the doctors have proclaimed they have no way of curing Steve from the strange ailment that has overcome him, Darren heads off to find Mr. Crepsley and save his friend.Surprisingly, Mr. Crepsley is waiting for Darren, fully aware of what has transpired and willing to strike a deal. In exchange for saving Steve's life, whom Mr. Crepsley claims is evil, Darren would have to become a half vampire and pledge his life to assisting Mr. Crepsley. Reluctantly, and with much disdain, Darren accepts the situation and becomes a half vampire through an interesting version of vampire to human blood transfusion. His death his faked, and he leaves his family and friends behind to start off a new life as the reluctant assistant to a vampire whom he hates.But shortly thereafter, Darren discovers that one person didn't fall for the faked death (which was extremely elaborate, it's rather fascinating to read) and is faced with one highly pissed off Steve who accuses Darren of intentionally stealing his dream and making the spider bite him, therefore becoming a vampire in Steve's stead. Threats are made, and Darren's world is further shaken to the point where he has extreme doubts in his own decisions and wonders if it would have been better to just allow Steve to die, therefore leading in to the much better written, and truly awesome second book, The Vampire's Assistant.Despite the fact that this book had some serious flaws in writing, I truly enjoyed it. I've already devoured the second book, and will save that review for later but I find that this is a series that is worth reading. It's geared towards younger audiences, the characters are surprisingly well developed, and more importantly, are true to their ages. These kids are kids, they act like kids, they talk like kids, they deal with issues as children do so I think the author did a fabulous job keeping true to the ages. Also, the plot intricate but not over powering, and it's an extremely easy read. I read the first two books in one rainy day. I definitely find this to be a book worth picking up, and I hope some of you give the series a chance!

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-05-12 21:53

    Warning: I am keeping this review on the vague side because Shan's books are more fun if you don't know what's going on before you read them. Well, this was a very interesting book. I didn't really like the idea of the freak show, but I did think that it was a novel way to introduce this story, and a different sort of motif for a children's series. I've seen this series at the bookstore for years now, and waffled about reading it. The freak show concept turned me off. I am just not into it, I must admit. I don't even like circuses (I went to a few as young child, but they are scary and sad to me). For some reason, This kind of reminded me of The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon, but these stories unfold quite differently, and the latter is not a children's book by any stretch. A Living Nightmare is definitely written for a target audience of older children and younger teens. At some times, the writing seemed a bit juvenile. I feel bad for saying that. I think it's because I read Lord Loss first, which was about a teenager, but I feel was written in a way that seemed more mature and advanced enough that an adult reader didn't even notice that it was for children. I can't blame Mr. Shan for targeting a younger audience, if I chose to read a children's book. So I am not trying to sound judgmental or snooty. It was merely an observation on my part. The beginning is very sound, and sets you up to hold your breath to see how 'Darren Shan' manages to get on the path that he is walking in life (or afterlife I should say). The descriptions of the freak show are somewhat interesting, but it's not something I find that exciting. Yet there are eerie moments that caught my imagination as I waited to see what would happen next. 'Darren Shan,' which is a psuedonym, (Since this is written as a boy telling his story, there is a foreword that states that all the character's names are made up to protect the real life people) is a protagonist that you can feel for. He is just a boy, not evil, and not super-good either, and he makes some bad decisions that come back to haunt him. He doesn't always own up to his faults, but in the end, he makes a choice that I admired for its maturity. In fact, the repercussions of this choice actually made me cry. It just struck me as pretty awful whathas tohappen in order for things to work out for Darren's family. I was really impressed that Darren Shan (the author) was fearless enough to incorporate this aspect into a children's book.The look at vampire lore had a life of its own. It had some familiar conventions, but the manner in which a person becomes a vampire was something I haven't read anything like before. That part was pretty cool, and some of the mechanism of vampirism and how they apply to Darren's situation specifically. I thought Darren had a very good relationship with his family, and I really liked how he was so close and loving with his younger sister, Annie. It was sweet how they got along so well and loved and watched out for each other. Darren has a complicated relationship with his best friend, Steve, who is a very troubled boy, and a catalyst for the events that occur in this book. This relationship will continue in the later books with some twists that I look forward to reading. I decided to give this book four stars because it's a good book and it was fun and involving. There were scenes where I gasped out loud. I was waiting for dinner and I actually groaned on a part that was pretty shocking and outrageous. The guy standing across the way from where I was sitting looked at me and smiled. I smiled back sheepishly before I was quickly immersed back into this story. That said, I must admit that, had read I this before Lord Loss, I would really be cheering. But Lord Loss set me up for higher standards that this one didn't quite meet. However, I can see children and some adults who like eerie, yet fun little vampire suspense tales targeted towards older children, really getting a kick out this story. I definitely want to continue the series to see what happens to Darren, because this story is just getting started.

  • Kyle
    2019-05-14 23:54

    Just a quick fun read. Nothing complicated, nothing fancy. Perfect book for tweens and young teens.To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links below:Book Two: The Vampire's AssistantBook Three: Tunnels of BloodBook Four: Vampire MountainBook Five: Trials of DeathBook Six: The Vampire PrinceBook Seven: Hunters of the Dusk

  • Maahdiv
    2019-04-28 20:49

    راهنمایی بودم...مثل همیشه حوصله‌ نداشتم زنگای تفریح برم توو حیاط و مسخره‌بازی بقیه رو تماشا کنم... همیشه میرفتم توو کتابخونه و همینجوری میگشتم و میخوندم..یه روز توی این گشتنا این کتاب رو دیدم و برش داشتم... یادمه همینجوری چندصفحه اولش رو خوندم و دیگه نمیدونم بقیه‌ش چی شد و کجا ادامه‌شو خوندم و چی شد که تموم شد...فقط یادمه رفتم توو یه سیرکی که میگفتم سیرک عجایبه اسمش... دیگه نتونستم از دنیای کتاب بیام بیرون تا وقتیکه هر دوازده جلد کتاب رو تموم کردم...و چقدر دلم میخواد دوباره برگردم عقب و دوباره برای اولین بار بشینم هر دوازده جلدش رو بخونم و توو دلم بگم: "یعنی میشه خون‌آشام شد؟" و شبا به شوق خون‌آشام شدن به خواب برم...

  • Adam
    2019-04-23 00:56

    Ah. Cirque Du Freak. One of my all time favorites. I cant say enough about these books.Do NOT judge a series by its first book. Sure its good, but you dont realize its AMAZING until a few books in. But all epics are like that, right? And yes. This is an epic. And it is epic. So if you have read the first, liked it but didnt want to read the other ones immediantly, then I say- DO IT!!!What is it about? Vampires, vampaneze, wolves, freaks, witches, wizards, romance, death, twists, surprises, history, future, magic, AMAZINGNESS. The journey starts off in a small town with a kid name Darren Shan. (yes that is the name of the author) He and his friend, Steve, secretly go to a freak show in town. Perhaps the only one left in modern day America. They see amazing acts that will totally freak and gross you out. The last performer, Mr. Crepsley and his amazing spider, are what really gets the story going. Both boys claim that he is a vampire they saw in a book they read. After the show, Darren leaves but Steve stays. Darren comes back and watches Steve ask Mr. Crepsley to turn him into a vampire where Mr. Crepsley refuses. Before they leave, Darren steal Mr. Crepsley spider. A highly poisinous one. But the thing is, Steve dosent know Darren saw the scene with thet vampire, and Steve dosent know that Darren stole the spider. When Darren shows Steve the spider, the spider bites Steve and only Mr. Crepsley could possibly have the cure. I am not going to say anymore about the book, so you will have to read it to find out what happens, because it is worth reading.

  • ✍Neyla Kunta ✍
    2019-04-24 21:54

    Es war jetzt echt nicht so meins..

  • Will M.
    2019-05-03 01:50

    Finished it in one sitting. It had a shallow plot, something obviously meant for children or teens younger than 18. I have to press the issue again regarding books that really not scary but they are considered as horror. This book didn't scare me at all, but like I said, it was meant for children- young adult, although I have to say anyone who is over 13 wouldn't consider this horror. Not even the part where the "freaks" were described could be considered scary. It had a very predictable plot but I don't know why I finished it in one sitting. Regardless of the shallow plot it still made me wonder what could happen next now that (view spoiler)[ Darren has been turned into a vampire(hide spoiler)]I would recommend this to the younger audience, or someone who really wants a fast read that would neither leave you with satisfaction nor hate. I decided to give it 2 stars. The book was just okay for me, but maybe I should've read this years ago, because my genre preference has obviously changed.

  • Rifda
    2019-05-20 21:51

    Buku ini sudah lama ada di rak buku, tapi baru tersentuh karena penasaran (ada teman yang sangat suka dengan Darren Shan >_<Ceritanya kejam, jahat, dan mengerikan! Benar-benar kisah vampir yang sesungguhnya. Yang paling menyayat hati adalah kelanjutan persahabatan Darren dengan ketiga sahabatnya, terutama Steve :'(Pokoknya, baca sendiri deh! Mau review panjang tapi takut spoiler..

  • Raquel (Rocki)
    2019-05-04 04:30

    Interesting first book. I have seen these on the shelves in the library since I was a teenager so of course I thought it finally time to read them. Very action packed always moving and doing something. I might have to see where this all leads to.

  • Amy
    2019-04-25 03:45

    I have been looking forward to reading this book for forever. I have read so many great reviews, and it was even endorsed by my favorite author, JK Rowling. I was truly expecting to love every moment of the book. But I was not prepared for the lack of entertainment I found in this book. I am not sorry I read it, just sorry the book didn't live up to my expectations.This book is about Darren, a boy who seems to have a decent heart - Kind of. He and his friends seem pretty normal for young boys. They play soccer, hate school, and are interested in the weird and macabre. Pretty normal stuff. Then Darren and his best friend Steve get into a freak show, and their lives change forever when a spider and a vampire are introduced into their lives.The characterizations in this book were very inconsistent. In one passage, it seemed these main characters should be in their teens, in other scenes they seemed no older than maybe 6th graders. No real description was ever given about any of them. I understand that the author was "protecting" the identity of everyone int he book because it was a "real" story, but some descriptions of the characters would have been nice - as well as some character traits that stayed with them throughout the entire book. (possible spoilers to follow)There are several key things in this book that bug me. One - nothing was ever explained as to how the Tall Man knew so much about these boys when they first entered the show. It was like this whole thing was planned from the beginning, but even Mr Crepsley admitted that he hadn't considered anything special about Darren until after he had stolen the there is one major inconsistency.Two - apparently, Steve is evil. We are told so, but NOTHING in the book before this was mentioned showed us that Steve was anything more than a normal boy. So we are all just supposed to believe that this kid is evil on the word of a vampire - who we are also just TOLD is not evil. UGH. Three - Like I said before, the characterizations of the boys just don't fit. Four - There are some MAJOR errors in the editing. I know I don't have an original copy, so why were some of these more than obvious issues not corrected in later issues?Five - They had to fake Darren's death (this is a two part complaint on my part) because if they don't, they will never be free because his family will never stop looking for him. Great, I get that. But the vamp describes how he is going to snap his neck. But that won't kill him because it is only deadly when the spinal cords are severed, usually in the break. BUT he breaks Darren's neck and THEN throws him out the window? SERIOUSLY?? He has a broken neck, and he throws him down to the ground from an upstairs window. No worries about severing the cords there... THEN the doctors pronounce him dead and have him buried. The vamp talks about worry of an autopsy...which the author clearly thinks children should understand, but there was NO embalming process? What was that too much for the kids? But this was described as a pretty gruesome horror story... Guess the kids don't need to know about that or any of the other parts of burying a body? OH GEEZ... It just got worse and worse as I read. I wouldn't have finished this book, except that there are so many lately that I haven't finished because I was disappointed in them, that I figured, this was a quick enough read and I would just grin and bear it. I thought I would get a slightly scary story, but the Series of Unfortunate Events was much more bang for my buck on the creepiness scale, and at least if things didn't make sense in that series, that's because it wasn't supposed to. That whole series was over the top on purpose. This one was over the top and it seems mostly by accident because the author didn't really pay much attention to details, or is not giving his audience nearly enough credit. Overall 2 and 1/2 stars.

  • Manshui
    2019-05-17 21:39

    Cirque Du Freak #1: A Living NightmareDarren Shan183 PagesHaperCollins PublishersUK £4.99ISBN: 0-00-675416-3 A Living Nightmare will bring a chilling sensation right after you read the book told by the gruesome-styled author Darren Shan who is also the protagonist of the story. This book one of the series does not only demonstrate the ordinary school boy with a normal life but extended beyond to vampirism and his break of friendship by misunderstandings. The protagonists and the antagonists of this book really stoned the moments that reveals the bonds and connections in a certain degree. As simple as an invitation ticket can lead to the extraordinary problems in which the characters must sustain and cope upon. It may deal with blood but its well worth it. As Darren stated, “If I ever get the chance to betray you, I will. If the opportunity arises to pay you back, I’ll take it. You’ll never be able to trust me.” The addictive and tingling page-turner will take fear to the next level for readers. Darren Shan, known as the protagonist of the story, started off having a normal life with friends, family, and school. As the story goes on the Cirque Du Freak, known as Circus of Freaks, came to town. They were not ordinary people, matter of fact they may not even be humane. When Darren and his friends discovered the ticket to enter, with a price, they must figure out who will go. At night you are greeted by freaks who will entice you to enter but also scare your brains out. A vampire by the name of Mr. Crepsley will impact both Darren and Steve’s lives. Just know that in the vampire hood you are no longer ordinary…and BLOOD is what you must deal with. The horror forged within this book will tell you a story long to remember and fear. I enjoy how this book displays the smooth approach into the story which is very addictive yet scary. I always luxuriate the author’s writing style with revolving themes and the format because it always tells the reader that “you got to read on or you will miss the adventure!” You may think that horror may not be your type of genre but there’s always this sweet yet deadly flavor that will enhance the thoughts you’ve stirred when reading. I truly recommend this momentum book for horror freaks and whoever that feels curious. And remember to enjoy the fascinating front cover illustration! The author Darren Shan does not only write a book. He does not only create a story that reveals a story behind it. There’s always this connection between the title, story, and illustration. In his amazing and compelling story he brings the show ALIVE! Darren will face the unimaginable. Blood, vampire, freaks, and even a taste of death!

  • Tokio Myers
    2019-05-11 22:48

    The first Cirque Du Freak book is a nice read that really pumped me up for Halloween. That being said it does have faults one of which is maybe I'm a bit out of the age range for this book. I believe everybody should be able to read children books of all ages and not be judge, but for this series I found myself thinking how I'm not the target audience which makes me feel really old. I found myself rolling my eyes at the dialogue/plot points because it seemed so unrealistic and childish (view spoiler)[seriously he just steals a spider from a vampire and leaves a note saying don't look for me (hide spoiler)] also the characters felt basic and seemed to be lifeless at time pun intended. There is some good things of course. For once we have a main character whose family life isn't messed up or not there. In fact Darran Shan the main character comes from a really good home life and actually loves his family including his youngest sister. shocking I know He likes school as much as a young boy can, he likes his friends and teachers and loves soccer. He is as normal as they come, other then having a obsession over spiders, it's refreshing to see a normal kid with a normal life in a middle grade book. Of course everything goes to hell for him halfway through but whatever. I say read this if you want some brain candy before Halloween or you/your child want to start off on some horror without starting with Anne Rice/Stephen King.

  • Dan
    2019-05-16 02:28

    I absolutely LOVED this book and I need to read the second book RIGHT NOW! THINGS I LIKED:The characters: Darren Shan is such a cool and likeable character. I love how he tells the story and he's just a very fond character. He's definitely a brave character and will do anything to keep his friends and family safe and that's what I loved about him.Steve was also a very interesting character. I thought he was interesting because he was manipulating and there was something dark about him. I can't wait to see how his character develops during the next few books.Mr Crepsley was really mysterious, but I also found his character to be very likeable and really funny. I also love how he treats Darren during this book.The plot: The plot was amazing. There was no dull moments in this book and I just could not put this one down. Every chapter ended with a sort-off cliffhanger. The story was interesting and just really enjoyable. The writing: The writing was really good. The book is written from Darren's POV and I liked that because then we got to know Darren's character much better. The book was really fast-paced and like I said earlier; never a dull moment in this book.ABSOLUTELY recommend this book to people who like creepy stories with all kinds of supernatural elements. I can't wait to read the next one. This book was just ASDJFDGJDFDASJDASDFJDSAAD I love it.

  • Majo's Library.
    2019-05-02 20:33

    Okay..."El Tenebroso Cirque Du Freak", estrega primera de la saga de Darren Shan.Este 1er libro de la saga (si no me equivoco, de 12)cuenta la historia de dos chicos (Dareen y Steve) que van a una función de circo "Freak" donde conocen a un personaje vampiro, Mr.Crepsey.Resulta que de estos dos amigos, uno (Steve) sueña con convertirse algún dia en un verdadero vampiro y el otro (Darren) en cambio, tiene mucho miedo y esa idea jamás se le pasó por la cabeza.Al descubrir Steve que nunca podría llegar a convertirse en vampiro por no "poseer" las cualidades necesarias para serlo, cualidades que Darren sí las tenía, su amistad se convierte en rivalidad.Darren, que jamás pensó que llegaría a serlo, cambia sus días de humano por los de vampiro a fin de salvar la vida de su mejor amigo, enfrentándose así a sus propios miedos.Qué decir... lectura fácil, liviana, entretenida.Introducción a una historia interesante (espero) del género Ficción Juvenil.

  • Vendea
    2019-05-10 01:51

    Re-read 5.5.17: I love it. Forever and always. A ta jedna scéna mě skoro rozbrečela... Stačí jedna nostalgická písnička a už sem se do toho re-readingu musela pustit... Re-reading mi jen prospěl. Připomněla jsem si ten skvělý styl, jakým byl Darren napsán a pobavila jsem se u hlášek pana Hroozleyho. Díky fobii z pavouků jsem měla trochu nahnáno při některých scénách, ale jinak to byl skvělý rozjezd a už se hodně těším na další díl.

  • Yasmin
    2019-05-18 21:54

    This book was so scary, but it was AWESOME! I can't wait to read the next one.

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-05-15 22:28

    I recommend the audio of this series. The narrator does an excellent job of milking the gothic aspects.

  • Nikki May
    2019-05-20 04:50

    This book was sinister, dark, evil and at times quite funny. I admit I wasn't expecting the funny aspect of it more of the darkness and cruelness. The description of some of the scenes especially the circus scenes were so descriptive and well full of imagination that it was really hard not to see what the reader was trying to show you. Even when he had taken the potion to fake death that was described well his fear, his sensations well everything. I enjoy the characters in this book the boys exchanged banter and teasing constantly like normal teenagers it made them relatable and more believable too. Steve seemed a bit of a maniac to be honest reckless and manic and unpredictable but quite entertaining but he was definitely disturbed. Darren seemed a little scared of most things and naturally a coward even if he wanted to do something he didn't well until he made the decision to become a half vampire to save his best friend. Once he turned into a vampire he seemed to find a spirit within himself and a fire he seemed emotionally stronger. Overall this was a dark twisted sinister book which isn't usually something I like but this was well something else, I don't know if it was the descriptions of the characters and scenes that made me want to know more or just the story but I want to read the next one too.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-13 20:31

    Cirque Du Freak is really popular. I even saw a jock at my school reading them, which is quite surprising.. So, I got this book last night, and I'm done. And I loved it! At first I read the introduction, and I was like, wow, this is real? Now, I do not think it is. Because well, vampires, and a huge colorful spider named Madam Octa? Yeah, I don't think so. But, I loved the characters. So, I watching one of those book hauls/reviews on YouTube. The videos with the username chapter chicks. Yeah, well I was watching the review, and she said the writing was very immature, and too many explanation points. Yeah, um, no. The writing might be immature to her, but the writing is just very fast paced and it doesn't drag on, and I like that. I like to get straight to the point and then BAM that's it. Overall, yes I recommend this book to all ages! It's a quick read. Your never bored either. There is always something exciting going on the book. I'm not going to say anything about what the book what about because I do not want to ruin it, but yeah. Read the book.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-21 04:52

    Even though this series is obviously meant for young people, I (currently age 32) found many aspects of this book to be enjoyable and entertaining. It was really dark -- I was honestly surprised at how dark it went considering it IS for young adults. There were a couple of moments where I laughed out loud, too. I am definitely going to read the rest of the series because I'm curious to see where the plot goes.

  • Nathalia
    2019-05-20 21:36

    No sé qué pensar del libro. La forma en la que está escrito (vocabulario simple, oraciones breves y repetitivas, etc.) hace pensar que es una novela para niños de no más de 10 años. Sin embargo, los temas que se tocan y la crueldad de algunas escenas son dignas de una obra para mayores de 16.Supongo que está pensado para “niños valientes que se atreven a leer horror”, esos chicos a los que R. L. Stine no les alcanza, pero que Stephen King los supera.Mi edición en particular es sorpresivamente mala. Si bien es un reprint hecho poco antes de que saliera la película, tiene varios errores de tipeo y le faltan varias marcas de diálogo. A veces el personaje deja de hablar y no nos enteramos. O comienza a hablar y nada nos lo avisa. No sé por qué la edición es tan mala si no es la primera, pero me molestó mucho. Espero que la versión en español esté más cuidada.No es un libro malo, pero tampoco es bueno. No tiene una mala historia, pero tampoco es genial. Los personajes no son malos, pero no causan nada. Creo que le faltó mucho trabajo, que podría haber sido genial con unas cuantas páginas más que nos dieran tiempo de empatizar con los personajes, de aprender más sobre los freaks, de sentir que el texto apuntaba a algo.Y sí, comprendo que está pensado para lectores mucho más jóvenes que yo, pero incluso la primera vez que leí la obra, cuando todavía estaba en la primaria, me resultó igual de insulsa que ahora. Supongo que esto puede estar relacionado con el hecho de que yo crecí acompañada de clásicos y que este tipo de historias siempre me han resultado un poco tontas.En pocas palabras, es un libro al que no puedo criticarle casi nada, pero tampoco puedo elogiarle nada.Pueden leer la reseña completa en mi blog:

  • Hana
    2019-05-16 23:52

    به نظر من کتاب خیلی جالبیه و هر کسی که این کتاب رو خونده می‌تونه مجذوب بشه که این داستان رو ادامه بده.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-05-02 22:50

    “A world of "if"s, but it would make no difference. If I could go back in time... but I couldn't. The past was behind me. The best thing now would be to stop looking over my shoulder. It was time to forget the past and look to the present and future.” I've now read three of this series. I can't say it's my favorite Young Adult series since I have so many to read still. Based on what I've read so far, if they stay this good or improve, I'd have to answer that question with, "Yes, the Cirque Du Freak collection is my favorite YA".Really, one owes it to themselves to read this. The protagonist is a young boy and there are no bizarre twisted love stories or love triangles here. There is a touch of youth, the circus, a truly incredible unique world setting, and the tests and bonds of friendship, family, and faith.At first the plot seemed too young to me, the writing slightly awkward, too childlike and easy to zip through, to where I was wondering that the age was TOO young. However, almost midway through the author picked it up and the tale became absolutely fascinating with improved literary style. Also the author employed too many exclamation marks at first - *shudders* - even in YA and Children's tales this just shouldn't be allowed. After the first chapter or two the author seemed to get more comfortable and settled in with a more relaxed, realistic tone.Basically, for a book this was good, for it's age group? Exceptional.Mixed with a fun lightness but also a depressing darkness, the story starts out much simpler than it ends. In fact, there is a heart-wrenching scene for the parents in store, which made me cry, as I couldn't imagine much that would be more awful to endure. Fun lightness comes primarily at the beginning before Darren's life changes forever -- fun with friends, time outside spent playing sports and planning on trips to the "secret circus."Character wise Darren is a worthy protagonist. He's a teenage boy with the normal sort of angst, a realistic innocence and loyalty to friends, a healthy dose of dread and fear. The vampire in the story may sound unattractive to any who prefer darker themed menaces. Not a menace at all, he's kind enough (although reclusive and not particularly fond of children.) The boy, the vampire, the spider, and the group of circus freaks are all forced together in unusual circumstances which don't end up pleasantly. Steve as the friend was a multi-leveled character, but I was irked at the end with him because I hate misconceptions and miscommunications in stories.I'm sure many of you have seen the movie. I have also, and way before reading the book. I only purchased the book mainly for my son, Gage, although I was always curious about it myself. It follows the movie faithfully at first, but then twists off in completely different directions. I think perhaps the movie invented many scenes, and took others from novels that are farther down in the series. Since it did not include what's in the second and third book, I'm not really sure. The movie was good, fun for kids, but the book is much better with a richer world.Ended up slapping on a four star rating for the weak beginning, which was a slight struggle to continue with, the awkwardness as Shan started out with the writing style, and some of the inconsistencies. However, this one ended up being an addiction to be consumed the farther I went, the more I had, and it also ended with a pretty hefty cliffhanger. It's good I had the second ready and rearing to go!

  • Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
    2019-04-28 03:52

    That was one of the most ho-hum and yet frightening books I have ever read. It was recommended by a book blogger I no longer follow and I found out that I own the film adaptation. The story never clarified the age of the protagonist and it was disconcerting to read how a child was caught up in such frightening circumstances. I love novels with circus themes, and I hadn't read any freak show settings. The freak show section was scarier than I expected because I thought this book was intended for middle schoolers. I guess I forgot that this book was subtitled "A Living Nightmare". Anyway, I didn't like the main character and felt he made terrible decisions, regardless of his age. I will not continue this series, which is unfortunate, because it had such potential.