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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BEYOND THE PALE MOTEL by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Instead of erotic noir, a grim study of failed sobriety."
Sober for nearly 12 years, Catt and her best friend, Bree, have created perfect lives for themselves in Los Angeles. But sobriety, like perfection, is a fragile thing. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Mishmash or no, there's something encouraging about seeing four queer kids on an epic journey across the post-apocalyptic American Southwest. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Block's latest can't decide if it's allegory, tribute or classical fairy tale. Read full book review >

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PINK SMOG by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"A dreamlike tale of bullying and coping that owes slightly too much to nostalgia to work. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Does this failed prequel to the Phoenix Award-winning Weetzie Bat (1989) at least succeed as a standalone novel? Read full book review >

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THE WATERS AND THE WILD by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2009

"Neither fantasy nor a rich exploration of character. (Fiction. 12-14)"
This brief novella, an overly pat melding of magical realism and metaphor, brings together three teens who feel so alienated from society that they believe themselves to be, well, alien. Read full book review >

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BLOOD ROSES by Francesca Lia Block
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2008

These partially interconnected short stories treat magic as metaphor rather than as reality, in a watered-down version of Block's trademark magical realism. Read full book review >