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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Vampire Week has been a lot of fun, hasn't it? Well, closing it out, I have a review of Cynthia Leitich Smith's Tantalize. She was Austin Teen Book Festival last year, but I didn't get the chance to talk to her. And this year, her husband Greg was a moderator for one of the panels at ATBF that I did catch. I knew I wanted to read this book, because it just sounded like a funny idea and so I thought Vampire Week would be the perfect time.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Are you predator or prey? CLASSIFIED ADS: RESTAURANTS SANGUINI'S: A VERY RARE RESTAURANT IS HIRING A CHEF DE CUISINE. DINNERS ONLY. APPLY IN PERSON BETWEEN 2:00 AND 4:00 PM. 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?

What I Liked: 1) The idea. Starting with restaurant, which is really what the story revolves around, to the clash of supernatural forces, it was very unique. A vampire themed restaurant set in Austin, Texas - I'm actually surprised that no one has thought of this before, especially with the popularity of vampires in recent years. 2) The murder mystery story. It was a great, suspenseful mystery, but it was light-hearted all at the same time. You get into it, but it didn't freak me out because there was some light-hearted humor thrown in to balance the suspense. 3) Quincie. She was funny, and very spirited, despite everything she's had to deal with in her life. She's had it tough, but it hasn't hardened her like you might expect. She's still caring, and full of hope. She was a great character to become friends with as we went through the story. 4) I liked the supernaturals in the story. It is always an interesting story when these supernatural characters, like vampires or witches or werewolves are a known part of society. Not necessarily that people know, oh, so-and-so is a werewolf, but they know they are out there among society! This always adds a new element to a story. And I really liked that aspect of this one. People tiptoed around the subject, like it was taboo, but still something they wanted to talk about.

What I Didn't Like: The story was a little...watery. Watered down. There just needed to be a little more...oomph for me to just get totally lost in it.

Overall Thoughts: Tantalize is a creative and unique vampire story with a fun MC, and lots of suspense. The humor to suspense ratio is just perfect, and while it is a little fluffy for my taste, it's definitely one to grace your shelf with! Plus, that cover is fun!

My Rating: 4 candy corns

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