The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block

Title: The Frenzy
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Genre: Teen/YA Paranormal
Liv has a secret. 

Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn't belong anymore-not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like herself is when she's with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town. 

But in the woods, a mysterious woman watches Liv. In the woods, a pack of wild boys lurks. In the woods, Liv learns about the curse that will haunt her forever. The curse that caused the frenzy four years ago. And that may cause it again, all too soon.

While Corey and Liv's love binds them together, Liv's dark secret threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who-or what-she really is. And by the light of the full moon, the most dangerous secrets bare their claws. . . .  [via GoodReads]
I was really looking forward to reading The Frenzy.  The premise sounded wonderful and I think this new take on werewolves was very unique.  But sadly, I really had a hard time getting into it.  I found the writing hard to follow and very disjointed.  Liv had a lot of potential - but for some reason I could not make a bond with her as a character.  Some of the supporting characters were also interesting, but the same thing happened, I just did not feel a connection with any of them.

I did enjoy the story building and Liv's struggle to fit in both as a human and as a werewolf was also a highlight for me, but sadly, that was as far as it got for me.  There were some twists and turns that the story took that I did not see coming and the ending was unexpected.  So kudos to Ms. Block for keeping me on my toes.

Although, this book was not right  for me, I can definitely see where readers of paranormal and, especially werewolf lovers, can enjoy it.  My recommendation - wait for it to hit library shelves just in case.

My Rating:


Danny said...

Woho, one hearty is really something.. But I love that you found however nice words although you clearly didn't like it.

I'm not such a big Werewolf fan to be honest. I read them, but they are not my favorite mystical creatures.
I just read 13 to life and it was pretty good
and a werewolf story ...

Erin said...

Hmmm... 1 heart really makes you wonder. This is the 1st review that I have read on this book. It was nice that you still found some good things to say about the book. I know that it can be hard sometimes. Thanks for the honest review.

Anonymous said...

I just reviewed this and I agree 100%. Not at all a fan of the writing in this book.

Zoë said...

I'm so disappointed to hear about this book- this is the second negative review I've read today! Too bad, because when Block does well she does really well.

Nely said...

@Zoe - this was the first book I read of hers so I really had nothing to compare it too. I have heard that people enjoy her books. I just couldn't get into it. I really tried but it was rather blah for me. The 1 star = just not my style. :(

Cass said...

I just saw another review on this...2/5. Hmm. :|

Really makes me wonder. Thanks for the honest review, though.

bermudaonion said...

Since I'm not a werewolf fan, I'll skip this one. Thanks for your review.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Bummer! I hate when that happens.

Chrystal said...

I love that even though this book didn't do it for you, at least you had lovely things to say about parts of it for those who may enjoy it.

I think I will take your advice and borrow from my library if I decide to read it.

Veens said...

I am sorry it did not work for you!

Michelle said...

Oh man, this is one that I was thinking about picking up. I might think better of that. I can get into paranormal but it's got to be great (ie: Shiver) so something that isn't even middle of the road isn't likely to appeal as well.

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