Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Review: Frequency by Christopher Krovatin with Giveaway

by Christopher Krovatin
YA Contemporary Fiction
 October 2nd 2018
Entangled Teen

Five years ago, Fiona was just a kid. But everything changed the night the Pit Viper came to town. Sure, he rid the quiet, idyllic suburb of Hamm of its darkest problems. But Fiona witnessed something much, much worse from Hamm’s adults when they drove him away.

And now, the Pit Viper is back.

Fiona’s not just a kid anymore. She can handle the darkness she sees in the Pit Viper, a DJ whose wicked tattoos, quiet anger, and hypnotic music seem to speak to every teen in town…except her. She can handle watching as each of her friends seems to be overcome, nearly possessed by the music. She can even handle her unnerving suspicion that the DJ is hell-bent on revenge.

But she’s not sure she can handle falling in love with him. 



Note: Although this book is sold for the Young Adult audience, the themes surrounding sex and drugs may not be appropriate for especially the younger end of this age group. I personally see this one first for ages 16+ if not older.

Sex, drugs, and music pound through every page, luring into a dark tale which grabs, twists and brings exciting chords.

Fiona was a kid when her cousin over-dosed and died, but that was the most shocking moment for her. She witnessed something much worse, and it has everything to do with a DJ named Pit Viper.
Now, years later, Pit Viper is back and all of her friends are crazy about his music. A musician herself, Fiona doesn't completely understand the obsession, but as secrets unfold and past's pieces slowly fall into place, she realizes the danger they are all in. Not only is her heart at stake, but the lives of every teenager in town.

This is such a hard book to rate. On one hand, it is good. Very good. The writing flows and draws in making it hard to put the book down. Fiona is a bit hard to grasp in the beginning. She's a bit of a loner in some respects, but still has an awkwardness about her. As the book goes on, she grows and it's easier to connect with her. But her attitude stays raw and spiky the whole way through.

I wouldn't hand this over to readers under sixteen as the topics and attitudes tend to steer toward a slightly older age group. Drugs and sex are not shied away from...although these themes don't control the plot either. This is a raw read with very dark moments, but it's powerful too. The music aspects thread in seamlessly and give this a very original and refreshing twist. That alone deserves bonus points. There is passion, hatred, manipulation and very dark desires. It's an addicting combination.

The twist around the Pied Piper is very obvious and well done. While parallels are easy to see, other aspects are completely original and give this a deliciously dark side. It slides into modern reality well while maintaining a wonderfully, slightly magical taste. 

The romance on this one is not sweet or cozy or satisfying. In many ways, to classify it as a romance is slightly off. There are moments of desire and tingling feelings and hopes of love, but it's woven around secrets and deceits, throwing the entire thing out of the area of a pure romance read.

I enjoyed many parts of this, while others were a little illogical or didn't flow quite right. But it was a very grabbing read and surprised in so many ways. It's definitely worth a read.

I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley and enjoyed reading this one quite a bit. So, I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.

And here he is...

Chris Krovatin is an author and journalist of some ill repute. His past novels include Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and the Gravediggers series. He is a contributor to Revolver Magazine and, and formerly sang in Brooklyn-based metal band Flaming Tusk. He is an avid fan of weird fiction, the occult, horror movies, heavy metal music, and Halloween. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Denver, Colorado.


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