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The hype around this book is what pulled me in and then constantly seeing it everywhere in my feeds is what pushed me to finally buy my own copy. With that being said I’m sad to say that I wasn’t head over heels about it. Yes, the story pulled me in and kept me interested but it just wasn’t quite what I had in mind. I think one of the big reasons why I feel kind of meh about this book is because of certain things not being told to us like, how did night-walkers reveal themselves to the world? How did the virus begin? What year is it? All I know about this stuff is that the world ended around eighty years ago. I would love to learn more of how this world ended beside that the virus happened and once it was over the ones that survived went back to the city to burn it down to make sure the virus couldn’t infect anyone else.
I think another thing that affected my enjoyment was the writing style. It was fast. The storyline was fast, the relationships moved fast, how Roman takes one look at Porschia and is like “She’s mine, no one else’s” and I kind of rolled my eyes at that. Like I don’t mind that the story was fast, it keeps you on your toes, but I felt like some things could have moved slower, have a better build up so I could have connected more to the story and characters.
But other than that, it was a decent read. The story went a different way than what I expected from reading the summary but that ending definitely surprised me. That alone makes me want to read the next book.
I can't believe how much I loved this book! I really had no idea what to expect but Frenzy honestly blew me away.
Casey L. Bond breathed new life into some tired themes, and I was quite literally in a frenzy to devour Frenzy. It was a vivid, detailed, wonderful story of heartache, struggle, and love. I l adored Porschia, I wanted to throttle her mother (that woman!), and I loved the tender moments Porschia shared with her father and brother. Oh, and Mrs. Dillinger? My favorite!
Let's not forget the men in this book (and honestly, it would be impossible). Saul is tender and strong and protective without being an alpha, which was incredbily refreshing. I normally root for the bad boy but I am cheering for Saul. By the end of Frenzy, I was in love with Tage, whose struggle to cling to humanity broke my heart. And Roman? Smoking hot and dangersous as hell. There is a bit of a love triangle in these books (sometimes more like a rectangle) and I normally can't stand love triangles, but this one wasn't annoying because Porschia's feelings are always defined and we know who she wants to end up with.
I will say that it takes a little bit of time to fully grasp what is happening. What is a rotation? Why does Porschia wear colonial-style dresses? Why would night-walkers help the town? But just stick with it. Everything reveals itself by the middle of the story.
The writing is fabulous. The dialogue is smooth and authentic. The world-building is fantastic; I could see everything clearly in my mind. And the emotions that the writing evoked were abundant. I think I highlighted half of the book's words because they were either funny, poignant, or just simply gorgeous.
This is book one in the Frenzy series. I was excited before I even started reading this and I wasn't disappointed!!
We meet Porschia who lives in the colony of Blackwater where there have been mysterious deaths. The Majority of the world has been infected and they live in some formality of safety. The night-walkers have formed a treaty with the Elders...they keep us safe if we allow them to feed enough to survive.
Porschia is given a choice by her mother, find a husband or join the rotation...
My mouth was hanging open, so Saul nudged it closed. “What questions do you have? I can see your brain working.”
"What do you do if you see an Infected?"
Saul swallowed. “Run. It’s all you can do.”
It seems she has drawn the attention of two of the night-walkers...the question is whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...
“What part of Do not touch the humans did you not understand?” Roman enunciated every word. Tage just smiled, blood leaking from his lip. “I just wanted a taste.”
This was such a great start to this new and intriguing series!! I can't even imagine what's going to happen next!! Will she survive the rotation? Will she survive the night-walkers who have shown an interest in her? Are the night-walkers responsible for the mysterious deaths?
I can't wait to see what happens next!! I will warn you, there is quite a cliffhanger which makes me want the next one even more!!
What's not to love.....vampires, zombies, dystopian society.....this book has all of that and more!
I won't bother to restate the blurb on this book since you can read that for yourself. Porschia is a young woman, rejected by her B of a mother through no fault of her own. Porschia's sister, Mercedes has died (or maybe not) while in The Rotation, hunting food for the Colony. Porschia is blamed because it was her turn for the Rotation but was too anemic to go.
The mother makes Cruella de Ville look mild......I definitely wanted to kill her! I agree with some other reviewers that the characters seem to be very, very naïve about how things work and the world in general. But, that often seems to be the case in Dystopian books.
And, yes, the ending had me wanting to throttle several people (including the author!). But, the writing was good, the characters were wonderful and I now have to quit writing so that I can get started on the next book!
The author doesn't build her world well enough for me to care about the characters in it. And her characters aren't really interesting enough for me to want to invest more time reading.
Plot holes. The timeline between the end of civilization and the story is sketchy in the beginning. I could live with that honestly, but then the story explains that it's been more than 80 yrs. Get the city still smells of the fires that burned, and clothes are still usable when they scavenge. And after all this time the main character doesn't know if the night walkers can come out in daylight, despite the treaty that keeps the night walkers in contact with the colonists. Plus Porschia has never seen it heard of the vamp leader. I
Characters. All the characters are rather shallow, but this is especially true with Porschia. I have no idea why we should care about her. She's weak willed and whiney and I could deal with that if there was anything that made her sympathetic. But even her demeaning mother is not enough, and there's nothing that would support the vamp leader from getting so not for her. No interaction between them, no action on her part to spark an interest.
There's not enough action to pull me forward in the story, and nothing about the characters that would compel me to keep reading. I do like the basic concept of vamp and humans against the zombies but every interaction is like they are learning something new even though the events have been going on for 75+ years.