Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tantalize Posted by Mrs. Schauer

TANTALIZE, by Cynthia Leitich Smith (2007)
AR: Yes

Interest Level: Upper Grades

I bought this book at TLA this year, and having read all three books in the TWILIGHT series, and being an overall fan of vampires in YA literature, I was excited to sink my teeth into this one. (pun intended) The story's lead character is named Quincie Morris, which is fitting--as the hero in Bram Stoker's DRACULA was named the same, if spelled differently. The book follows Quincie through the trials of opening a vampire-themed restaurant in Ausin, Texas, amid murder and intrigue, surrounding the brutal slaying of her chef. Quincie's uncle hires a new chef, Henry Johnson--who turns out to be a vampire--only not the loving hero that Edward of TWILIGHT fame is to Bella. I enjoyed this book, but will admit it took me until almost the very end to become completely absorbed in it. I found the discussion of the "werepeople" to be a little disconcerting. It was strange to me that the book seemed to have a very "real" quality to it, yet the existence of "shifters" was not strange to the "normal" people in the book. While I was reading it, I just assumed that since the setting was Austin, Texas--the werepeoples' existence was just helping to keep it weird. I became enthralled with the book during the last few chapters, and the ending made me think that a sequel could be very possible.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Cynthia at the YA conference at Sam Houston, and after hearing her talk about the process of writing this book, I ran home and read it again--and was enthralled the entire time.

On a side note, Cynthia's website is nothing short of amazing! Check it out!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading and discussing TANTALIZE. I'm honored. In case it's of interest, Quincie's story will continue in BLESSED, which picks up where TANTALIZE leaves off.

    That book will also include characters from ETERNAL, which is newly available (same universe).

    In addition, there is a TANTALIZE graphic novel in the works, from Kieren's point of view.

    You can also look for two short stories set in the universe. "Haunted Love" is featured in IMMORTAL: LOVE STORIES WITH BITE, edited by PC Cast (BenBella)(exclusive to Borders/Waldenbooks) and "Cat Calls" will appear in SIDESHOW: TEN ORIGINAL TALES OF FREAKS, ILLUSIONISTS, AND OTHER MATTERS ODD AND MAGICAL, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick), to be released later this year.

    Keep reading!