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The Frenzy

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Love is a werewolf, influenced by the moon and terror, and always about to change.

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...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2010)
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Wow…. what a bummer. I was on a streak; (sort of) I was happily flitting through books and with such glee! I was inspired, intrigued, awake!

What happened, Francesca? What’s going on? Why are you suddenly writing these vampire and werewolf stories? Don’t you know that you’re above the hype. You are an original. You don’t need to succumb to this mainstream muddle of muck.

Where is THIS Francesca?

"Everything was chocolate ice cream and kisses and wind."


"Morning. Strawberry sky dusted with white...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Everyone has a monster inside. Whether want to admit it or not. No one is without their skeletons.

Frenzy is not only about a beast that lives inside a girl but also the demons of small town America.

I really dug this book. It spoke to me. I was raised around the same people Liv had around her.

I wouldn't recommend this book to a lot of people. I think Block's writing style would probably annoy them. But to me it sings like a Tori Amos song. It captivates me like a B-movie. It always reminds me tha...more
You know, I'm not sure I've read anything else by Francesca Lia Block, even as famous as she is for YA. I've got to admit that I was expecting more. If this hadn't been short and if I hadn't been stuck in a doctor and a dentist office, I probably wouldn't have finished it. I'm trying hard to allow myself to abandon books after 50 or 100 pages if I just don't really care what happens next. Philosophy: life's too short for bad books, and there are SO many I'll never read, though that would be a ni...more
I definitely don't regret reading this... but I wasn't super blown away by it either.

Slight spoilers up ahead:
I enjoyed the female werewolf point of view. It was a new idea. She was super angry and confused. It consumed her at times. I hate how pretty much all the hate was aimed at the mom. Does the author have mommy issues?!!?! Kidding, but really I would have liked her to stop with the mom for just a bit. I also liked her friend Pace, but I really don't know why his story was neccessary. Why...more
S.J. Bell
I try to avoid ranting in my reviews. Yes, I'm not always full of praise and kudos. If I see a mistake, I point it out. If an author breaks rules they should know not to, I wag the finger reprovingly. If I find the characters or themes of the story offensive, I will say so. But I don't treat a bad book as a slap in the face. I don't come at an author with both barrels demanding the time I spent reading refunded. I don't take this stuff personally.

The Frenzy is bad in a way that I do take persona...more
FLB, why can't I quit you?

This book is about a 17-year-old girl werewolf. She's got a closeted gay best friend and wealthy parents who don't understand her. She lives in a small, racist town, and she's dating a black boy from her high school, so of course, she's "closeted" in her own way with her secret interracial relationship. Her mom hunts wolves from airplanes, which set of an intergenerational feud between the werewolf people and Liv's family.

This book is like, classic Francesca Lia Block...more
Laura Pratz

Olivia (Liv) doesn't fit in at school (except with her gay best friend, Pace, and her boyfriend, Corey) and she feels like the black sheep in the family. She has a layer of hair all over her body, so she is pretty much ostracized.

Liv feels like a monster practically the entire book, and doesn't really know what she is until she comes across a woman that answers all of her questions for her.

Liv is too scared to tell her parents who and what she really is...more
Claire (YA Bookie Monster)
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Tara SG
* 1/2

--This book in 6 words:

I would not have finished this

--Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?

I thought this would be a fun read based on the summary. I just didn’t like this. I didn’t like the writing style. I didn’t care about the predictable plot. The characters were forced. While I did like the werewolf mythology, we didn’t really get to see much of it. I’m torn on even trying anything else by this author. If you’re read something by her and like it, will you please let me know?

Jul 17, 2010 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Werewolf books never used to one of my favorite types of YA books, but with amazing ones like The Frenzy, Sisters Red, and Raised by Wolves, it's seriously getting harder and harder for them not to be anymore.

The Frenzy tells the story of Liv, a girl who's always felt like an outsider among her peers and family ever since the chaos that occurred when she was thirteen, chaos that lead to her being taken to a shrink and her family and her growing even farther apart. Though, now it's five years la...more
Alyssa hoffmaster
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While I wasn’t disappointed in this book it’s not one of my favorites.

Werewolf books are my favorite genre book, if I had to pick anything to read it would be a werewolf story, I have read a bunch of werewolf stories and they all involve romance or “imprinting” between two wolves in a story, more or less a love triangle.

I had high hopes for this book, unfortunately it wasn’t anything like I was expecting. This book was about werewolves but it really wasn’t the book (If that mak...more
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 st...more
2.5 stars - Fast read. I finished this book in about 3 hours and I'm a slow to average paced reader. This was an okay read. Not boring, but not exciting either. The story line moved along ( a little choppy in parts) but something was missing. It could have been much more.

Yeahs ::

* Shifters/werewoves - my favorite paranormal stories to read ... thumbs up for that.

* Pace was an awesome character. I was drawn to him right away, to bad he wasn't the love interest.

* Joe Ranger twist was cool. I figur...more
At the age of 13, Liv experienced two changes: her first period and her first shift. After finding out her mother shot and killed a wolf, sudden rage filled Liv where she fled to the woods to seek comfort against her desire to kill her mother. Liv’s life drastically changes from then on.

Francesca Lia Block is one of those authors that I felt guilty never reading her novels. Her books won awards, recognition, and praise, but I am weary of hype now. Having received an ARC of The Frenzy for review...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
The Frenzy is told from 17 yr old Liv point of view, and starts off with her looking back to when she was 13 years old when the "transformation" first happened. She always felt a little different but when her mother comes home from a hunting trip with a dead wolf in the back of her truck, it sets Liv off and she has no idea what's happening. Liv has never felt more alone that she did then.

Now 17, she has her boyfriend Corey and her best friend Pace. Pace is someone she's confided in. They both s...more
The cover is beautiful, it has movement, and interest, all the things the story lacks in abundance.

A quick summary. Liv is a 17 year old werewolf. Who's in denial. She's weird and awkward, but Liv finds a place to belong with Pace her best friend and Corey her boyfriend. Liv lives a lie hiding who and what she is from everyone even herself. Her mom is the perfect former beauty queen huntress, to Liv's abnormal freakish physical qualities and vegetarian tendencies. Liv doesn't want to face what...more
In The Frenzy, Liv spends most of her time fighting the "rage". She doesn't want to loose control ever again because the first time was a frightening experience and she doesn't trust that she'll be able to regain control a second time. Her life is a constant fight - against her parents, the community she lives in, her peers, and herself. The only things that give her solace are her best friend, her boyfriend, and Joey. However, with the appearance of a mysterious lady in the woods, it becomes ha...more
Liv has a secret, that she has kept since it first reared it's ugly head when she was thirteen. She knows what is inside her, but she has chosen to ignore it. When she starts to love Corey though, she wants to tell him so bad, but is afraid it will make him hate her and leave her. She finds some people in the woods who try to explain things to her, but Liv doesn't know if she can trust them. Liv isn't sure who her real family is and who she can trust at all.

This was a pretty good book. I'm tryin...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Strange things have been happening to Liv. Ever since her thirteenth birthday, she has felt cursed - trapped by something she can't explain.

Her body is not her own - a transformation has begun and there is no way of stopping it. Her peers make fun of her, and her parents are far from understanding. Liv finds solace in her best friend, Pace, the beautiful, talented jock who is hiding a secret of his own, and boyfriend, Corey, who must hide in the shadows be...more
Annie McElfresh
This book was a toughie for me. While I loved the concept of this book, I found I couldn't relate enough to the characters to really invest in them. The idea that Liv is a werewolf and doesn't know it, is exactly the kind of concept I usually go crazy for, but not with this one so much. I did, however, love the idea that her mother is a wolf hunter and there was crazy tension between Liv and her parents.

There were some other interesting things about this book that added a nice spin on the tradi...more
The Pixie Reader
These days I've been inclined to pick up books that seem like quick and easy reads that I could take with me at work, to go through during lunch and breaks and finish them at home before I go to bed. I'm not feeling very chatty lately, so I'd rather hang out alone and do something more productive than chatting.

I have to admit I did not even read the summary on this one, I was just somewhat attracted by the cover. What can I say. This was another miss for me. I didn't think the writing was that...more
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Two words. PLOT HOLES. Plot holes the size of Mt. Everest. Not to mention boring, stupid characters I couldn't stand. The only character I sort of liked died.

More to my review soon.
Bre V.
I don't get all the vitriol about the book, I really don't.

If you've never really read FLB or have any base knowledge of what her style is usually like, I could maybe understand the confusion or dislike - there's no writing like Francesca Lia Block's, really. You could spot it in a lineup of a hundred books with pretty prose - she sticks out and I love her for it. But most of the reviews I'm reading likening it to "bad fanfiction" and such - fanfiction of what, exactly? I just don't get the sni...more
Nu-și merită coperta drăguță. Dar asta e doar părerea mea.
May 09, 2011 Eillo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pwnd
Poetic and classic Block.
I'M SO CONFUSED. I don't really know where to begin.

Actual rating is probably a 1.5 or 2, but I'm feeling really mixed.

I haven't read any Francesca Lia Block books in a very long time, but she has been one of my favorite authors for years. I found out my library had this and picked it up because I was excited to read something newer that she had written.

The story was extremely slowly paced and it took the majority of the book for anything to really get going. Liv's "secret" was extremely obvious...more
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The BookWhisperer
Francesca Lia Block is a very unique author. It seems every novel is based around the society outcast. The person portrayed is alone, and struggle to find a place to fit in with her peers. Only in her novels it appears that the main character does not mind her social standing, and acclimates theirselves to this lifestyle. In result it appears that the characters shuns society. The emotions I have found common between all of this authors publications is the negative hatred and resentment of famil...more
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Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
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