ARC Review: Frenzy-Casey L. Bond


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Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling

Expected Release Date: Feb. 11th, 2016

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After the world was ravaged by a viral apocalypse, Blackwater is one of the only colonies that remains. The survivors came together to create this safe haven. Nestled between a fierce river and a city’s flood wall, the well-being of its residents hangs on a long-established treaty with the night-walkers. Sounds simple enough, but lately, the people of Blackwater have been dying, and the humans believe the night-walkers are to blame. 

Porschia Grant starves for more than her parents’ affection. Forced to enter the rotation, she will be given extra food rations in exchange for becoming a vampire’s breakfast and dinner for a week. The rotation has an extra responsibility as well: leave the colony and enter the dangerous forest to hunt for food. A night-walker will protect the hunters from the infected that roam the woods. But with the treaty hanging in the balance and tension between the humans and vampires rising, anything could happen in the darkness.

What would you do if your only chance at survival might kill you?

review3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author

+++Triggers: Verbal abuse, violence

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re into The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Village, Rot and Ruin, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town and/or The Immortal Rules
  • Zombie-dystopia-vampire crossovers make you want to jump for joy
  • Triangles make you happy

Frenzy is that perfect read to curl up with on a cold, stormy night with a cup of hot chocolate and all the lights on in the house. Creepy, engaging, and mysterious, Frenzy is definitely a book you’ll read in one sitting. 

PROS:

  • The steamy parts (when they hit, though there’s not as many as I would have liked) are dynamite. 
  • Blackwater is like taking a trip back in time, when technology as we know it didn’t exist and everyone played a major role in the community just to survive. Blackwater is a vivid and subtlety sinister world, where monsters lurk in the darkness and some of those monsters are symbiotic. 
  • The Infected are TERRIFYING. Those startling smiles and wounded cries are enough to give you nightmares. Top that with their grotesque decay. DONE. 
  • Porschia’s relationship with her parents is gut-wrenching agony. Her mother is the meanest, most horrible excuse for a mother. The things she says to Porschia when she is risking her life and working nonstop for rations are absolutely appalling. The woman is NUTS. I don’t care if she’s grieving or whatever, there’s no excuse for that kind of emotional carnage. Her father is estranged but with him there is hope. It made me giddy to see them forming a bond despite all the protests from her mother. 
  • Roman, the slightly-obsessed Night-Walker is pretty sexy in a domineering way. But it was Tage that set me on edge. He’s got that whole bad boy with a heart thing going on. ❤

CONS:

  • The story itself was far too short with many information gaps. It feels like it starts in the middle of the main arc. I needed more. Losses weren’t as poignant as they could have been because there was no emotional build up. Flashbacks would have worked well to fully grasp the extent of the loss. Maybe images as children or something sweet, there wasn’t enough to sink into. 
  • I found that I knew much more about Mercedes and even Ford than I did about the main character. Little tidbits about minors characters helped to flesh them out but Porschia’s likes, dislikes, hobbies, anything like that were strikingly absent.
  • The romance was fast with hardly any build up. A little like insta-love but not. The span of time is days. Though the society is different and things tend to escalate when it comes to building the community, it was still like a blink and full-fledged infatuation. Oddly enough, the same can’t be said for the Night-Walkers who have compulsion. 

 

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Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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