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Freak of Nature (IFICS Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Crane
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Book Description

Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

*For mature teens due to some sexual content.

Editorial Reviews


"Freak of Nature is a refreshing read, because it doesn't truly fit the mold of a particular genre. It has romance, action, science, and suspense. Julia Crane's writing has matured so much and it is truly shown in her new book."

About the Author

Julia Crane is the author of the YA paranormal fiction novels: Keegan's Chronicles, Mesmerized and Eternal Youth. Julia was greatly encouraged by her mother to read and use her imagination, and she's believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Julia has traveled far and wide to all the places her grandmother told her about, gaining inspiration from her journeys to places like Nepal, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Italy, France and many more. And who knows? Maybe the magical creatures she writes about are people she met along the way. Julia Crane has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Although she's spent most of her life on the US east coast, she currently lives in Dubai with her husband and three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Valknut Press (January 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your Freak on!!! January 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Freak of Nature will grab your attention from the first few words on the page!!! I was immediately sucked into the witty and charming internal banter going on between the main characters Kaitlyn and Lucas...the story line flows smoothly throughout...however I found myself slightly annoyed towards the end..only because I could tell things were starting to wind down and I wanted more!!! :) Well played Ms. Crane, well played!!..Freak of Nature is definitely just the beginning and I can't wait to see how and where the action will take us! A mesmerizing mix of sci-fi romance against all odds, with a side of ass-kickin for good measure!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introductory book March 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm going to start off by saying that I started this book with a bit of trepidation. You see I had had recently read another book by Crane, Eternal Youth and I have to say I didn't love it. I was left disappointed when I finished the book and so I was a bit worried that this book would be the same. But I am glad to say that is not the case. I loved this book! It was everything I was hoping it would be.

Freak of Nature tells the story of Kaitlyn, a young girl who was moment ago on deaths door, only to find that she is now a cyborg. She was made to be the ultimate soldier, with no emotions or family ties. She is meant to be cold and heartless. But somehow, somewhere, something went wrong. They made a fatal error - Kaitlyn can feel. She does have emotions. But no one must ever know. For if they did, they would take those emotions away from, or worse, shut her down. So she plays the good little robot. But its not so easy when she's around Lucas. He makes her feel things that she can't explain. Things she shouldn't feel. And even though Lucas is one of the scientists that have made her this way, he can't stop the feelings that he has this amazing creature. Can they ever find a way to be together? Or will Kaitlyn be for ever more just a lonely girl trapped in a robots body.

The story found in this book is something I've never read about before. So immediately I was so intrigued by how the story would play out. It switches POV between Kaitlyn and Lucas which I really liked. I loved getting Lucas' side of things. I always say that there are two sides to every story. I loved both characters. You really feel for both of them, especially Kaitlyn. You are just so sad for her and keep hoping that the scientists won't find out about her feelings and shut her down.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Freak of Nature February 1, 2014
By Sheri
Format:Kindle Edition
The first thing I have to mention about Freak of Nature is the cover. It is eye catching and gorgeous. I'm not ashamed to admit I am drawn to books by their covers. If the cover is crappy, I'm less likely to pick up the book and read it. Additionally, I love a good sci-fi, and once the book caught my eye, the premise of a cyborg was enough to entice me to read this book.

Admittedly, this had a bit of a Cinder feel to it. Not in that it copied Cinder or even really shadowed the storyline in any way other than the cyborg aspect, but for whatever reason Kaitlyn reminded me of Cinder. I would have loved, thought, to get a little bit more from each of the characters in terms of thoughts and feelings. It was drummed into our heads over and over that Kaitlyn was supposed to be an unfeeling robot, yet she was not, but I felt that we did not get to see as much emotion from her as we should have. Lucas, too, felt flat. Even though we got his point of view in addition to Kaitlyn's, we did not really learn anything new from his additions to the story. They could have been left out completely and the story would have been the same. I would have loved to have his character more rounded out and real.

The writing itself was quite simplistic. It would have been great if this had been a children's or middle-grade book. However, as it was the writing style and subject matter didn't match. More specifically, the way the writing style portrayed things to be and Kaitlyn's thoughts, especially about Lucas, clashed. Additionally, there were just a lot little things that I questioned throughout the story that made it fall apart for me. Nothing will be specifically mentioned here because of potential spoilers, but they had to do with the relationships in the story, timeline, etc.
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108 of 143 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the humanity... June 3, 2014
By Arli
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I tried to like this book.
I could get behind the ideas, the story, the characters...
But why, for the love of all, did the author not turn on Spellcheck?
Why was no editor involved? You can get good cover art, but no editor? Not even a proof reader?

Now, in all fairness, I am an English teacher. So I usually catch comma errors that may otherwise go unnoticed. I understand that I am more sensitive about these matters than your average reader.
But there are basic grammatical structures ignored here that I catch in fifth grade papers. Those I do not pay for.
Capitalization errors. Verb tenses ignored. Improper or confusing pronoun use. Spelling errors, poor syntax, spacing mistakes, use of the wrong homonym in context ... shall I continue? There were sentences that I literally could not comprehend due to the author's failure to proofread.

I wanted to like this book. Truly, I did. But I could not see part the blatant and glaring lack of respect for the English language.

Should the author wish to edit this draft (I intentionally call it a draft, since that is where the author stopped in the writing process), I would be beyond thrilled to give it another go.
Until such a time, it is my recommendation that you not spend your money or time on it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good try but needs more
I was hoping this book would have devolved more into the psychological effects of being turned into a half girl, half machine person but the author did the best she could with what... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Brian P. Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It was well written, good story, interesting mystery. The action and love story seemed to come a little fast but I look forward to future plot development in the successive books
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome book had to buy the next two it was so good. Must read. Loved it. Couldn't put it down.
Published 16 days ago by Sue Greenlee
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Really good! Could not put it down until the end.
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Obviously, from the cover you get that this is a sci-fi book. I usually have to be in a certain mood to take on these reads. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Book Bar
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Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Stella Georgopoulos
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Published 1 month ago by Celeste
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this way more than I expected
Kaitlyn had her body donated to science... She became a killer experiment.
She's supposed to be a deadly cyborg - no emotions, no memories... but nothing goes as planned. Read more
Published 1 month ago by April Hesler
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I highly reccomend reading this - it is a great sci-fi book, however does not invovle aliens (instead, an emotional cyborge!) Definitely a great series.
Published 1 month ago by Beverly
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read in Desperate Need of an Editor
A quick, solid read.

Freak of Nature tells the story of Kaitlyn, a young girl who finds herself unwillingly turned into the world's first cyborg after donating her body... Read more
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More About the Author

Julia Crane dreamt of elves and teen androids long before she captured them and put them on paper. She's written and released over fifteen young adult and new adult titles over the past two and a half years. From science fiction adventures to succubus, Julia's fresh voice is easy to read and imaginative. Widely known for her Keegan's Chronicles series and IFICS series, and she has hit numerous best selling list on Amazon.

Julia is represented by Rachel Marks of the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency.

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