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Step into the madness… My name is Samantha. In theory, or Hebrew or even Aramaic it means “God heard” or “Listener.” Epic, really, considering I’ve never believed in God and that I’d rather poke my ear drums out with dull spoons than listen to the daily yammering around this place. I’ve never been a listener. Truth is, I take after my mother, who’d also rather be on stage.Step into the madness… My name is Samantha. In theory, or Hebrew or even Aramaic it means “God heard” or “Listener.” Epic, really, considering I’ve never believed in God and that I’d rather poke my ear drums out with dull spoons than listen to the daily yammering around this place. I’ve never been a listener. Truth is, I take after my mother, who’d also rather be on stage. I guess that comes natural when you grow up as a side show act in a freaky-assed carnival. But I’m getting ahead of myself. People call me Cat, and, yes, with a C, not a K. Cat as in feline. Of course, I set myself up for that with 29 cat tattoos and the three Sphynx princesses who live with me in my trailer – the same rusted thing I travel in as we move from town to town with the carnival no one can seem to get enough of. Their names are Prune, Pixie and Penelope because I have a thing for P’s. Truthfully, they get me through long and smelly days of people gawking at 3-feet-six-inch tall freaky me. Secretly, I like it that people stare at them too. It takes the attention off my vertical challenges and secret-keeping black eyes. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being the center of attention from time to time. I mean, I do. I just don’t like it for the wrong reasons – like my missing hand from the idiot who thought she was cute on the Ferris wheel when I was two. I sort of have a lot to hide. We’d best start with the things I can tell you about – the same things you probably paid to see. I have two belly-button piercings – one on the top and one on the bottom. Sometimes, I run string through the hoops and tie them together when I’m bored. The feline princesses like to bat at them and I enjoy the pain of it. I travel around the travelling circus on a mini-bike. Apparently, it’s quite a sight to see. If anyone bothered to ask me about dreams of mine, I’d say I’d wish to grow tall to buy a Harley and get the hell out of here. But that isn’t going to happen and I’m a realist. Still, I like being able to ride the bike around. It saves me from being tripped over or stepped on by giant cotton-candy grubbing monsters who refuse to look down because God-forbid there’s a freak circus in town. Either way? I can promise you one thing: Everything is about to change. I refuse to spend even one more day as an ordinary circus freak… ...

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ISBN : 36374757
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Number of Pages : 122 Pages
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  • Bree
    2018-10-11 01:36

    I don't know if I want to run away with circus or run from it lol. Cats story of being in the Circus and a freak was captivating, confronting and very gory. Her love story with Moe ends not quite how other love stories do. It was such a twisted and very disturbing but beautiful ending all at once. You a learn a little about all the inhabitants of this circus including the woman who runs it. I don't want to give any of the story away as you need to enjoy the journey blind so to speak. It makes it so much more fun that way trust me on that. Cat has some scary secrets but alot of the ppl who inhabit this particular circus do. Obviously this story is Cat's story and she has one hell of a story. The ending wraps up nicely but leaves you wanting to know more about the inhabitants so there should and will be so many more stories to come and so much more to find out can not wait to see what else happens in this circus. This is a must read. If your after something different filled with twists and human emotion and gore then give this a one click

  • Tommi Crow
    2018-10-21 01:54

    I'll never look at the Circus the same way!!! Love it!!!When first introduced to Cat, she seemed like a timid normal cat lover. Cat's real name is Samantha, but no one ever calls her that, could it be the 29 cat tattoos she has? Maybe, if her three sphinx cats could talk, they may call her Samantha? The one person whom Cat is close to is Moe, the second head and right arm controller of a set of siamese twins. Please don't get all PC with me and tell me I should have said conjoined twins. This is a circus people. Get over yourself. Neither Cat or Moe are happy with anything in their lives, except each other. When I tell you everyone in the Circus has a secret. Trust me! They do. When visiting a Circus, I love the show but I realize that all of these people (the freaks) have hearts and lives. I will watch my mouth and not be rude to anyone. Because you never know when one of the Circus freaks will crack and break. This was a thrilling ride with twists and turns. There was also a beautiful love story woven in. I can say, I didn't expect the ending. If you'd like to know more about the Circus Freaks, pick up this book. I definitely recommend it! Happy reading!!

  • Karen
    2018-09-29 07:33

    Where do I start, as always Erin Lee has wrote another epic book. In this one the circus has come to town and boy does it bring some juicy tells with it. Samantha the 3' 6" tattoo women that goes by Cat is the main character of this story along with her love Moe. Now, I wont go into the relationship between Cat and Moe because it would ruin the story for you but it's a strange and unique relationship. In this book you will find out about circus life for Cat, which is the only life she has ever known. You'll have mystery with twists and turns that make you wonder how did that happen. There is romance, sex and even death. I can say that Circus Freaks is a fantastic book and well worth reading.

  • Alma Conchas
    2018-10-03 02:55

    Wow, just when I through I'd read one of the best books ever written by Erin Lee, she comes out with a book like this one, that just sucks you in! I just loved, loved, loved this book and it's character's, especially Cat who really brought this story to life for me, with her experiences inside the circus and her relationships with the other circus performers. Thank you so much Mrs. Erin Lee for letting me read your wonderful book and I truly can't wait to read the rest of your books and any other books you have coming out!

  • Samantha
    2018-09-27 05:38

    Circus Freak had a great and unique cast of characters. The writing allowed me to run away with the circus and definitely made me want to know more about them, their lives, and all of their secrets. The end of Chapter 6 really had me wanting to know more. I was intrigued by what Madame was calling Cat in to do for her. Cat was in deep and didn't even know it at first. This really built the suspense in the story. I enjoyed how torn Cat was over Andre and what she had been tasked to do. Cat's yearning for Moe and a normal life/relationship was really touching. I wanted that for her too. It was so sad to see them want so badly to be together under normal circumstances, knowing that they could never have it. Seeing that shift in Cat where she stopped admiring Madame and saw her for what she truly was gave me chills. These events were really had me eager to see how things would turn out. When Cat finally did what she had to do, I was still shocked by all of the events. The horror and gore were well done. I could almost feel the spray of the blood gushing out hitting me. The ending and epilogue were incredible and really left me speechless. There was such a darkness there, and yet an underlying beauty and peace.

  • Alana Greig
    2018-10-19 05:58

    This is the second Erin Lee book I have read in the Escape series, and once again it was its own kind of awesome. Cat's story is so powerful. Sure she is all kinds of conflicted and her life has never been easy, but in amongst all the stuff circus life has thrown at her she still manages to find love with Moe, a conjoined twin. His brother Moe is a real piece of work, so you can imagine how easy that relationship is. This story has everything, romance (be it slightly twisted), thrills and mystery. I found myself wishing it was twice its length just to watch the characters live out their crazy unconventional lives a bit longer. It is a great look at what potentially could go on once the spotlight goes out in the big top. Lee is very good are taking you on a journey in her work and Circus Freak is one hell of a trip. This is a quality read from an extremely talented author.

  • Kimberly Hostetler
    2018-10-07 04:38

    What can I say about this book other than WOW! Erin takes the circus and makes you look at all of the people in a different lite! There are some familiar characters, the clowns, the bearded lady, the lion taimers, the conjoined twins and the midgets, but the way Erin introduces them all and leads you into their world, you can't help but fall in love with them! Well, most of them...This book shows a love story and struggle between Cat and Moe. The things they have to go through just to endure and the longing to just fit in and be. It's not easy with all the other things going on around them. Some chapters will make you squirm and question why, but in the end you can't help but want the best for them.Amazing story!

  • Charlotte
    2018-09-23 07:51

    I won this eBook through a giveaway on Facebook.This cover is beautiful.Samantha is a little person who has only one hand, so she has a lot to adapt to. She has grown up in the circus and lost her and when she was 2, so she does okay. She was married to an abusive man named, Rusty. The owner of the circus, Madame knows where Rusty went and needs Samantha to send Andre the old clown to the same place.This book is a bit odd. I will never look at the circus or tigers/big cats the same way. As I was reading this, I was thinking maybe Samantha was always a bit twisted and then I get to the very end with her and More and think...Yup, totally twisted.I enjoyed this book. Its dark and twisted. It brings a darkside to the fun of a circus. It was well written with an interestingly twisted ending.

  • Erin
    2018-09-30 02:50

    I absolutely loved this book!! It's just incredible! The concept itself is very original and I have never seen anything like it before. The story just pulls you in from the very beginning and the twists and turns it takes you on, you never see coming. It is written so well, you feel like you are right there in the circus too. I would love to see many books written by this author in this eclectic circus freak world!

  • Barb
    2018-10-20 02:39

    Circus freak is the story of Cat and her life in the circus. Moe a Siamese twin is her love who she would like to be with, but being a Siamese twin it is difficult to be alone. Not to mention Cat can't stand Joe, the controlling half of the twin. They say Everyone at the circus has their secrets and /or running from something. Read about the secrets of the circus in Circus Freak.

  • Shelby
    2018-09-24 05:30

    The circus is definitely in town! Every now and then, there is a cover that grabs your attention like no other, well this one is mine. Those eyes, that face, the title...pure perfection.This beauty gives us insight of the possible inner-workings of the circus, no longer am I afraid of "killer clowns". Cat and Moe, the main characters, love melted my heart. This intriguing, sorrowful but yet joyful story left me wanting more, didn't want this one to end.

  • Tabitha Hartman
    2018-10-22 05:53

    I loved the way this book takes you into the life of Cat, while living in a freak show Circus. The characters are brilliant and so detailed, my imagination went wild. Oh, that ending... I never seen that coming.. crazy freaks!!

  • Rita
    2018-09-29 04:42

    Circus Freak by Erin Lee takes Madame Scarlet’s Carnival to the peaceful, tourist town of Escape, CO. As the book says, “Everyone at the carnival has a story. Everyone is running from Something.” What better place to run to than Escape?This Book 8 of the Escape from Reality Series features the feisty midget (little person), Cat, who is the “smallest, one-armed baton twirler” anywhere. Covered in cat tattoos and hiding many secrets, she gets found out by the ageless, boss lady—Madame Scarlet. From there her life takes a turn since Scarlet has the power to get what she wants, whether Cat wants to help or not. What Cat really wants is Moe. Will she get him? Will Madame get what she wants? Readers will find out when they step into this freakish carnival, complete with Martha, a bearded lady and Andre, the clown so old they call him Grandpa. There readers will learn that this wild carnival is not much different than the rest of the world outside. I highly recommend this freakish, twisted, very different book that takes the reader into a world most of us can’t imagine.

  • Kiarra Taylor
    2018-10-08 06:41

    WHYYYYY DID THIS HAVE TO END SO SOON? I wanted to spend more time with Cat, dang it!Clearly, I really enjoyed this story. Erin Lee has a very special talent for coming up with stories that are sky-high on the 'freak meter' and just as high on the 'I can't put this book down meter.' I liked the colorful cast of characters, AKA the Circus Freaks! Bearded Lady is someone I DEF want to know more about. Then there's the lovers: Cat & Moe. They were too darn cute together in all of their freakishness! I'm still shocked about what she did, but I won't go into detail because man, oh man, is it a spoiler.Looking forward to reading about the other circus members in Madame's circus!

  • Meleaha Howard
    2018-09-29 05:32

    What a different book! Samantha lives with the carnival. Amid the craziness that is her life, she falls in love with Moe. The only problem with that is Moe's conjoined twin, Joe. Then, to add to her problems, Madame has a "job" for her.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-22 01:51

    Aww I never thought this would turn out the way it did. It twisted my emotions throughout the entire process. Happy, sad, pissed etc. I love Cat and Moe. I was hoping for a miracle. Great Circus book.

  • Erin Lee
    2018-10-02 02:33