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Cirque Du Freak

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Author:  Darren Shan

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers-- Mr. Crepsley-- is a vampire! 

Stever remains after the show finishes to confront the vampire-- but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his forrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires. 

This is Darren's story.

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Apr 06,2017
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Cirque Du Freak Book Review

 

Cirque Du Freak is a fiction novel written by the author Darren Shan. The book has three main characters. This includes Darren and Steve. The main storyline is pretty simple. Darren and steve are basically normal highschool kids, when one day they come across a flyer for a freak show. They then go to the freak show and see all the freaks that’s when everything goes wrong.

 

After the show finishes Steve goes up to Mr.Crepsley. This is when we learn that Mr. Crepsley is a Vampire. We learn that Steve wants to become a vampire himself, however, he is unable to accomplish. While this happened the next day Darren stole Mr.Crepsley’s spider. After this their are a lot of twists and turns however, I won’t be spoiling the story any further.

 

I personally did not like the the book. The reason for this is that you can kind of tell what going to happen and I personally don’t like the plot line. However, my favourite part is when Darren trains the spider. I myself don’t know what could be changed and I personally don’t like the main characters due to them seeming a bit bland.


I can recommend this book to people that like the horror genre with a bit of mystery. This novel uses very descriptive language to describe the different situations so that the reader can get a clear picture of the situation. It also uses a bit of complex language however, it is not too hard to understand.  

Apr 05,2017
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Cirque Du Freak,

by Darren Shan

This is a great book that I liked with different characters through the book from Darren,Steve and Mr Crepsley is the storyof Darren Shan and his friend Steve who snuck out to a freak show called “Cirque Du Freak” that was held in the old theatre of their town. Darren was so amazed in one of the freaks that he stole without anyone knowing about it.Soon he reveals to his good friend Steve and gets bitten when he lost concentration.He went home that day with anger throws it out the window where its owner takes it from the shadows.That where he knew the owner probably knows how to cure his friend.He then left after his parents went to bed and went to where the show was and to confront the owner Mr Crepsley.That where he was offered  the choice of a lifetime of becoming a half vampire and saving Steve or let Steve die.He chose to become a half vampire to save his friend.He soon discovers that many thing began to change like his speed,abilities and his hanger for not for food,but BLOOD that almost killed his sister.That night he went back to theatre to find Mr Crepsley waiting and it was time for him to move on the the step of becoming a half vampire which meant faking his death.So the last days of living a normal life he went to his favorite places and with his favorite people(mum,dad,sister and friends except steve).When the night came he talked with his parents for the last time,say how he loved them  before going to bed and faking his death by falling.He was  taken to the hospital after faking his death geting test before they announced he was dead,but someone knew he wasn’t dead.Few day later he was slowed down in his own grave until Mr Crepsley dug him up and out of the grave.He was then told to stretch his legs out and go waking to run into stake in front of him ,but they back down and ran off and told him to watch out he will back for him.He meet up back at the grave and the two vampires discussed before disappearing into the night.


The book  has a good point of view for young teenager or school students to relate to.The part I like most was when they took the position that will help steve and the experience along the way to the hospital.If I could change anything about the book it would probly more main characters then the main three, But I liked all the characters they all played a role in the book like Steve become bad and Darren becoming a vampire.If i had to recommend it I recommend this to boys from year 6 to year 9.With a mix of language that early teens and in the middle age teens would understand and relate to.

Apr 05,2017
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Cirque Du Freak is a fantasy/horror novel written by Darren Shan. It features a teenager named Darren and his friend Steve who go to a freak show called Cirque Du Freak. After they exit, Darren sees Steve talking to a performer, later found to be Vor Hurston, who is actually a famous vampire. He denies Steve’s request to be a vampire, but in future events, turns Darren into his vampire assistant as a trade for Steve’s cure, due to Darren previously stealing Mr. Crepsley’s spider which bit Steve, rendering him paralysed. After that, Darren fakes his death and Mr. Crepsley and the circus. They travel all around, doing shows, but Steve comes back. He doesn’t kill Steve, only warning him that he’s coming back for him and Mr. Crepsley and that he will have his revenge. The story then continues in the following books.

I liked the majority of the book due to its exciting originality and gripping alternate take on the already oversaturated vampire genre. Instead, it looks into the life of someone who can’t change back and whose transformation from human to vampire is very long. This provides a window to look into that shows Darren's life and feelings throughout this whole ordeal how he attempts to live and waiver through the whole experience. My favourite part was when Steve found out who Mr. Crepsley was in the theater and didn’t tell Darren. I liked it due to how it added a sense of confusion and wonder, making me want to know what was so worthy of gasping and awe. Although, if I could change one thing, I would change Darren’s popularity, making him one of the most popular in the school. I’d do this due to how, if Darren went missing for a while and did the things he did at school, and later died. That means the whole school would know about it. This could lead to a possible investigation, which could create another factor that he may have to brave and face in his later life as a vampire, possibly leading to their discovery of him which would be very interesting to see in my opinion. I liked the characters as they were diverse and different. Steve was the evil and irresponsible one, Darren was the sporty and normal one, while Mr. Crepsley was the quirky, somewhat evil villain. Although, these character’s personality traits tend to differ later in the books, which is good since you don’t get stuck with an overused, oversaturated and boring character the whole time.

The story uses highly descriptive and gripping language techniques such as adjectives, similes, metaphors and imagery to help provide a more detailed and extensive atmosphere, which then helps provide the reader with a more immersive feel in the novel, making them feel like they’re right there next to Darren. Although, The book tends to use more colloquial language than any other types such as complex or technical, which tends to pay off as how the book is set in a teenager’s lifestyle, meaning that they are going to act and talk like the teenager, not like a formal person who always speaks in advanced words and phrases. So in order for the novel to actually seem real, it must use language techniques and types that relate to the context and time of the story. The level of language makes it easy for the reader to follow due to its more colloquial use of language rather than more advanced words and phrases.

In the end, I would definitely recommend this book due to its originality and different take on the vampire genre, it’s gripping moments and its always adjusting and adapting characters. As well as that, it really delves into the teenage lifestyle, allowing teenagers like myself to relate to it easier, which makes it easier to read.

 

 
Apr 05,2017
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This book is called Cirque du Freak. It is written by Darren Shan. The lead characters in the book are Darren Shan, Steve Leonard and Mr Crepsley. 

This book tells us the story of two young boys called Darren and Steve. These boys  find tickets to a Freak Show. They go to the show and during the performance Steve recognises someone by the name of Mr Crepsley or Vur Horston who was doing an act with a spider called Madam Octa. Steve  told Darren  to go home and then stays back to talk to  Mr Crepsley. Darren didn’t go home and hid in the balcony and overheard the conversation. It turns out Mr Crepsley was a vampire and Steve wanted to join him. Steve wasn’t allowed to be a vampire as he had bad blood. After hearing this news he stormed off. Darren went home and thought about Madam Octa and wanted to own the spider so he went out and stole the spider from the vampire. One day Steve came to Darren’s house. They were playing with the spider when the monster lost control and bit Steve, resulting in him being unconscious. The only cure was with Mr Crepsley. Darren asks him for the antidote. Mr Crepsley said he can have the antidote on one condition. He became the assistant of a vampire, a half vampire. Darren accepts the vampires deal and is turned into a half vampire. He is now a creature of the night.

I like this book as it is more interesting than scary. I always was curious and wanted to know what would happen on the next page. This book then encouraged me to read the rest of the series.My favourite part was when Darren and Steve went to the Freak Show and how the narrator described the freaks with such accuracy. This made me feel like I can see the freaks right in front of me while I read the book. If I could change one thing it would be the inclusion of Darren’s other friends. We hear about them a lot at the start of the book, but once Darren and Steve went to the Freak Show they aren’t mentioned anymore. If we heard about them again it would make the book more interesting as they were the reason Darren went to the Freak Show in the first place.I would  recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a horror book that also has a bit of comedy in it. Preferably teenagers between the ages of 13 - 16.

Five adjectives I would use to describe this book are

  • Suspenseful
  • Gripping
  • Intriguing
  • Exiting
  • Amazing

The author of this book uses many language techniques such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, hyperboles and personification. This book uses colloquial language.The level of language makes the book very easy to read and understand. It is not to complex that you have to read the same line over and over again and it is not to easy. The level of writing is just right for everyone.

 

 

 

Apr 05,2017
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Title:

Cirque Du Freak - Vampire Blood Trilogy

Author:

Darren Shan

Illustrator: (if applicable)

 

Lead Character/s?

The main characters in this novel are Darren shan & his family, Mr crepsley (the vampire), Steve (Darren’s best friend), Mr Tall (freak) and all the other freaks from the show.




What is the storyline or plot?

Darren and his friends from school, find a flyer to go to a circus full of freaks, hence the name, Cirque Du Freak. Only two of them go to the circus, Darren and Steve.



After the show steve goes to meet Mr Crepsley in the back who he thinks is a vampire, so mr Crepsley checks his blood and says it is “devil's blood”. Meanwhile, Darren was  looking on and head everything he said, but Darren had another fascination in the freaks.






Did you like this novel

Yes/No  No it does not intrigue me at all.

Why?

  • Your opinion – Why did you like/dislike it?

  • What was your favourite part? And why?

  • If you could change something what would it be and why?

  • Did you like the character/s?

  • What is your recommendation?



it does not intrigue me at all.




I only read up to when they were in the back at the circus so the freak part.








Yes you could understand them clearly.



I recommend this book for all ages but people with a prefered genre of horror.

List at least 5 adjectives you would use to describe this text:

Dark, fear, nervous, strange, intense.

  • What type of language does it use?


  • Does it use technical language, complex language or colloquial (everyday) language?


  • Does the level of language make it easy or difficult for the reader to follow?

The text consists of verbs, nouns and emotions it is a lot for the reader to take in.




It does not really use technical language during the text is just normal language.






It uses very easy literature which makes it easy for the reader to follow



Apr 05,2017
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Title:

Cirque Du Freak - Vampire Blood Trilogy

Author:

Darren Shan

Illustrator: (if applicable)

 

Lead Character/s?

The main characters in this novel are Darren Shan & his family, Mr Crepsley (the vampire), Steve (Darren’s best friend), Mr Tall (freak) and all the other freaks from the show.

What is the storyline or plot?

Darren and his friends from school, find a flyer to go to a circus full of freaks, hence the name, Cirque Du Freak. Only two of them go to the circus, Darren & Steve.



After the show Steve goes back to meet Mr Crepsley who he thinks is a vampire. He asks him if he can become a vampire, so Mr Crepsley checks his blood and says it is “devil’s blood”. Meanwhile, Darren was looking on and heard everything he said, but Darren had another fascination with the freaks. However, it wasn’t a freak Darren wanted, it was the spider Mr Crepsley used, which was called Madam Octa.



Darren stole it and took it back home. He taught it many tricks and kept it hidden in his closet. Then one day, Steve comes over and Darren shows him the spider. Then out of nowhere Steve gets bitten and has to go to hospital. However, the doctor’s can’t save Steve, since there is no anti-venom for Madam Octa, a very rare spider.



So Darren goes to Mr Crepsley and tries to get the anti-venom. However, in order to save Steve’s life, Darren must become a half-vampire. So Mr Crepsley helped Darren fake his death, and leave his family forever. After this when Darren came out of the grave, Steve came and tried to kill Darren, as when Steve was told he couldn’t be a vampire, he said he would be a vampire hunter.

Did you like this novel

No

Why?

  • Your opinion – Why did you like/dislike it?

  • What was your favourite part? And why?

  • If you could change something what would it be and why?

  • Did you like the character/s?

  • What is your recommendation?


  • I disliked the book because it wasn’t from my preferred genre and it didn’t intrigue me whatsoever. There was also a lot of boring dialogue and exaggerated parts of the story, which I didn’t like.

  • My favourite part of the book was when Steve got bitten by the spider, as it created some more action and drama which got my interest back into reading the book.

  • I would change out the boring dialogue and uninteresting parts with more action and exciting things happening. I am sure this would help the book to keep the interest of the reader, so they want to keep reading.

  • The characters in this novel were great, especially the freaks and people involved in the main parts of the story. They were different to the other characters which are found in other books which I have read.

  • I would not recommend this book to other people my age, as it was extremely boring and didn’t catch my interest at all.





List at least 5 adjectives you would use to describe this text:

Boring, Brave, Spooky, Old-Fashioned & Unusual.

  • What type of language does it use?


  • Does it use technical language, complex language or colloquial (everyday) language?


  • Does the level of language make it easy or difficult for the reader to follow?

  • This book uses language which typically would be used by people our age and gender, and is also easy to read and understand.

  • This book uses colloquial language which would be used everyday by people of our age and gender.

  • The level of language makes it very easy for the reader to read and understand, this also helps for younger audiences to be interested in the book.

 

 

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