Search Results: "Francesca Lia Block"


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THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Well-paced and lushly written."
Silver rings, a profusion of flowers, hazy graveyards and perhaps the fae embroider this hypnotic tale. Read full book review >

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WASTELAND by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The life of Southern California and a few musical references and artifacts of the late 1960s create a small distance from a great sorrow. (Fiction. YA)"
Most of Block's books are iridescent rainbows of prose, no matter how knotty the scenario. Read full book review >

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VIOLET AND CLAIRE by Francesca Lia Block
Released: Oct. 31, 1999

"Fans of the author's previous works will take to this one; newcomers will be captured by the rainbow iridescence of Block's prose and her hallucinatory descriptions of the darkest of teen angst and shiniest of Hollywood glitz. (Fiction. 13+)"
PLB 0-06-027750-5 In a Neverland-yet-here-and-now Los Angeles, Block (I Was a Teenage Fairy, 1998, etc.) first presents Violet, who is 17, and who has already endured her Goth phase; she's also been depressed and a cutter of her own flesh. Read full book review >

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THE FRENZY by Francesca Lia Block
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A passionate, dreamy, brief paranormal, with a breath-of-fresh-air monstrous heroine and enjoyably surreal set dressing—the best friend and boyfriend deserve better, though. (Paranormal romance. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Liv has a secret nobody else knows: On her 13th birthday, she got her first period and turned into a wolf. Read full book review >

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PRETTY DEAD by Francesca Lia Block
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Wine-drinking, brand-name-adorned and gothically tormented, Charlotte provides a nice interlude for those readers who'd rather be a vampire than marry one. (Fantasy. YA)"
Charlotte has been a vampire for 80 years, and for the first time she wants something she thinks she can have: beautiful Emily Rosedale. Read full book review >

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PSYCHE IN A DRESS by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Mature teens will appreciate these modernized myths as the perfect vehicle for showcasing Block's talent for creating an illusory, though emotionally realistic, world that is both ethereal and edgy. (Fiction. YA)"
Using free verse and borrowing familiar archetypes from Greek mythology, Block tells a story of enduring love and the cyclical nature of life. Read full book review >

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NYMPH by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Call these bedtime firecrackers."
YA novelist Block (I Was a Teenage Fairy, 1998, etc.) moves into the adult market—the very adult market—in a series of tales tied together by lyrical sex that would stir a wooden Indian. Read full book review >

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ECHO by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Intense but not explicit eroticism, the lure of wrong choices, and the ultimate redemption of love at the right time will keep readers mesmerized until the last page. (Fiction. YA)"
The sorceress of iridescent language is back again in a tale a bit sparer and a bit darker than her usual. Read full book review >

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THE ROSE AND THE BEAST by Francesca Lia Block
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Readers who thrilled to Donohue's Kissing the Witch (1997) and Donna Jo Napoli's Zel (1996) will find similar dark magic here. (Fiction. YA)"
Nine fairytales are given shimmering and scary shape in very modern dress, with Block's luminescent, darkling prose. Read full book review >

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I WAS A TEENAGE FAIRY by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"Block (Girl Goddess #9, 1996, etc.) conjures up some sympathy for Barbie's mother, and even for the photographer, but lines between heroes and villains are deliberately drawn, and the book, with its live-wire sprite, is as bright and focused as anything she has written. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Unique language and characters turn a problem novel into romantic comedy in this tale of a molested Valley teenager and her sharp-tongued, pinky-sized companion. Read full book review >

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WEETZIE BAT by Francesca Lia Block
Released: April 30, 1989

Punk flower-child Weetzie and her gay friend Dirk adventure through Hollywood's plastic fantasy land, finding solace from life's cruelties in their own loving household. Read full book review >

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TEEN SPIRIT by Francesca Lia Block
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Try Rosemary Clement-Moore's Spirit and Dust (2013) instead for a more substantial psychic teen. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
One haunted girl chooses between twin brothers—who inhabit the same body. Read full book review >