Search Results: "Francesca Lia Block"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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RUBY by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2006

"A moody fairy tale of hope."
Stronger-willed than the father who abused her, a Midwestern girl sets out to find a better life. 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 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HANGED MAN by Francesca Lia Block
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Block's usually vivid characters and daring, original vision are not much in evidence in this distant tale of a damaged teenager. (Fiction. 12+)"
After her father's death from cancer, Laurel returns to her toymaker's fantasy of a house beneath the ``HOLLYWOOD'' sign for an aimless round of parties and outings, most of which could be interchanged without harming the plot. Read full book review >

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MISSING ANGEL JUAN by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"In her fourth book, Block's lyrical interplay of leitmotifs and artful allusions (statues, mannequins, drag queens; photos, mirrors, ghosts; pimps, wholesale butchers, vegetarians; and, of course, angels) continues to be uniquely fascinating and provocative. (Fiction. 12+)"
Still following the teenage experiences of Weetzie Bat (1989) and her friends, Block departs, for the first time, from the L.A. scene. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO (UN)CAGE A GIRL by Francesca Lia Block
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Free verse, somewhat surprisingly, makes a better framework for Block's plush imagery than does prose, as this spare collection of poems about women young and old demonstrates. Read full book review >

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WITCH BABY by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

This sequel to the extraordinary Weetzie Bat (1989) revisits L.A.'s frenetic pop world, again using exquisitely crafted language to tell a story whose glitzy surface veils thoughtful consideration of profound contemporary themes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >