Friday, February 18, 2011

Book Review: The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block

On her 13th birthday, Liv's mom came home from deer hunting with a dead wolf in the truck bed. All Liv remembers is filling with furious rage and running into the woods. Now Liv is 17. With her bright red hair and green eyes, Liv feels different from everyone in her family and the small town she's grown up in. The only time she feels comfortable is in the woods with her boyfriend, Corey, or hanging out with her best friend, Pace. Pace knows what happened on her birthday 4 years ago - but Liv is afraid to tell Corey. He loves her unconditionally, but what if she's a monster?

It doesn't seem possible for things to get stranger for Liv, but they do. Hunters begin showing up dead in woods after the night of the full moon. Pace starts dating a mysterious boy named Michael that no one has ever seen. And there are mysterious people in the woods watching Liv - a gray-haired woman she's never seen before, and a pack of beautiful young men.

With Corey going away to school in the fall and Pace getting more involved with the vanishing Michael, Liv feels more alone than ever. She has to figure out who, or what, she is before things get any weirder - but does she really want to know the truth? As Liv slowly realizes and accepts who and what she is, she must fight to protect the people she loves from what may be the most dangerous thing of all - herself.

Francesca Lia Block's beautiful language draws you into Liv's loneliness and her struggle to understand her true nature. You will probably figure out what Liv's secret is long before she does, but the development of her complicated relationships with her parents, Pace, and Corey make it well worth the wait. For fans of the author's other novels, Liar by Justine Larbalastier, and Blood and Chocolate and dark romance, check out The Frenzy @ the library!

(now reading The Scorch Trials, sequel to 2011 MCTBA nominee The Maze Runner by James Dashner)