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>> Thursday, January 7, 2010

Name: Tantalize

Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Pages: 310
Start Date: January 5
Finish Date: January 5
Type: YA Horror/Fantasy/Romance; Hardback
Status: Library; 1st book in "Tantalize Series"

Summary: Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses -- or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.

My Review: Well, I read the "contents" and liked it. Then I read "Innocenza", and loved it! This was another 5 hr read for me but I never wanted it to end. I fell in love with the world she created but not so much the characters. I mean duh I like the main guy, Kieren, but every one else just seemed blah. But I liked the whole love story; let me just say I got goose-bumped when Quincie & Kieren are kissing and she says "...his lengthening canines knocking against my extended fangs." The ending would be ok, if it was a movie, but I'm kinda mad; she just leaves you hanging! Granted the author is making "Tantalize" into a graphic-novel in Kieren's POV so we might get some "better ending details". Also Cynthia did write a "second" book (Eternal) (and working on a 3rd)but the only link is that it's the same "world", and state; I don't think Q & K are in it but don't take my word because that book is still on my "Need to Read" list.

Exert: " 'Trench coats,' Brad said, escorting me to The Banana, 'are for gumshoes, perverts, and rainy days.' " - 152

Cover/Title: I like the cover but what is the black stuff around her supposed to be? I guess it's just there. Also I think she looks to young, the model looks like she's 10! But he title is great! I couldn't have thought of another title!


~ The Clumsy Reader aka Christine


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