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Just a quick fun read. Nothing complicated, nothing fancy. Perfect book for tweens and young teens. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about cirquw problem. Return to Book Page. 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 crque ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more. Mass Tenebrkso Paperbackpages. Cirque du Freak 1. United States of America.

A Living Nightmare

Soaring Eagle Book Award To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Living Nightmareplease sign up. Have they changed the name or something cause I was sure it was called cirque du freak? Breanna It depends on the edition you have. My edition says it’s the Cirque du Freak: A …more It depends on the edition you have. Is this ok for 11 year olds? See all 13 questions about A Living Nightmare….

Lists with This Book. 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?

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 cirqke up on my Kindle though I’m trying really hard not to start it tonight 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 seriesdefinitely 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. View all teneroso comments. Nov 07, Miranda Tenebrozo rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 e luck or was it fate? The circus certainly lives up to its name – Hans Hands, Remus Two-Bellies and the Snakeboy were all absolutely magnificent.

The most amazi This is NOT a fluffy-happy-cloud middle school book Darren Shan and his three best friends manage to score two tickets to vu Cirque du Freak – a one-night-only freak circus that promises hair-raising terror and blood-curdling sights.

The most amazing spider in the world and there was just one, all-consuming thought to run through Darren’s head, I must have crique.

Only the spider belongs to a vampire – but surely that couldn’t be a real vampire? 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 Dl 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 tenrbroso 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 cirquf adventure. 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 cirue the next one – bring it on!


If you read the books, I’d recommend waiting at least years prior to watching the movie. That way you’d forget enough so you won’t tenebrkso, “but that wasn’t in the books,” on repeat. Audiobook Comments Read by Ralph Lister – pretty good job! Jul 19, Sita rated it it was amazing Shelves: This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read!

El Tenebroso Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan (2002, Paperback)

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. View all 17 comments. The Saga of Darren Shan in the United States is a young adult 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 Octoberthe book has been published in 33 countries around the world, in 30 different languages.

Mar 05, Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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! View all 6 comments. Apr 23, Crystal rated it liked it.

El Tenebroso Cirque Du Freak – Darren Shan – Google Books

Oct 05, Qt rated it liked it Shelves: Easy to read and engrossing. View all 3 comments. Apr tsnebroso, Myvampfiction rated it liked it. 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 freakk 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.