February 5, 2011

Book Review: Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Publisher: Candlewick Press (February 13, 2007)
Paperback: 336 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Tantalize # 1
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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.

Review by Jessica
TANTALIZE, by Cynthia Leitich Smith presents you with a very sad, confused and lonely Quincie Morris. Her parents are dead and she is managing their restaurant with her Uncle and her world is further rocked when close family friend and the restaurant's head chef is brutally murdered.

I was a little undecided about this at first because the plot didn't seem like my usual kind of interest but I found out quickly that sad lonely Quincie was just like a lot of teenage girls, except the fact that she was in the know about all the paranormal activity going on around her.

I love Kieren, Quincie's best friend and the only hybrid werewolf. I actually found myself jealous of their friendship. There of course is the slight sexual tension because they haven't pronounced any real feelings for each other, even though you want to scream at them!

I found Brad to be a very complex character, and I couldn't tell if his intentions were good or bad! I would like to give a round of applause to Cynthia Leitich Smith for giving me a character I could not completely predict! This book moves steadily and keeps you interested the whole time! Vampire lovers? Come this way please!


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