Review: Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Book Information:

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Candlewick Press
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780763627911
311 Pages

Series Information:

Tantalize Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Quincie Morris was an ordinary girl, that is, as normal as you can get with a first love who’s a werewolf. However, when someone murders the chief at a vampire-themed restaurant, which her family happens to own, things will change Quincie’s life forever. Her uncle hires a new chief, but can she change him into the Dark Lord they need for opening night? However, there is more to this chief than what meets the eye, will Quincie notice the betrayal from someone close to her before it’s too late? Or, will she be converted to the dark side and lose everything?

Tantalize is kind of different from other vampire and supernatural books I have read since most of them are like this: Girl meets vampire, girl falls in love with vampire, girl and vampire stay together forever against all odds.

With this book, you expect Quincie to pick one of the guys, but she doesn’t really pick one in the end. Though, that’s kind of disappointing for me. I was hoping she would pick to go with Kieren. Oh well, I guess that’s why I like this book. The female character does her own thing and doesn’t always pick the guy she wants in the end.

Anyways, that’s the main reason why I kind of like this book. Also, it has a lot of details and events that keep you interested in the book. Though, I would really like to know what happens to Kieren and Bradley after Quincie kind of dumps them both. :) This vampire book is not as good as Eternal, which is the second book in this series, but it is still a great read.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cynthia Leitich Smith
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Reading for Refuge
$New_Bullet 365 Days of Reading

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Review: Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Book Information:

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Candlewick Press
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780763635732
324 Pages

Series Information:

Tantalize Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Miranda was always a “dull” teenage girl to others, but to her guardian angel, Zachary, she was the best. Though, through a chance of unluckiness, she has become the life of the party — all she had to do was be changed into an Eternal. She is changed from a normal high school student to an Eternal princess and adopted by the King of the Mantle of Dracul himself. As for the guardian angel that got her into her royal roll, he is now a fallen angel — living as a human on Earth. That is, until Heaven gives him a mission of assassinating something, which will make Miranda and Zachary cross paths again. Will Zachary be able to save Miranda’s soul and earn his wings back before losing Miranda again?

I read this a long time ago, like in July of last year, but I finally re-read it today. That way, I can give you a little bit better review, hopefully. ^^;

It is a very good book. Like her other book, Tantalize, it gives a little bit more life and originality to vampires and weres than most vampire books do. Also, this book is a spin-off of Tantalize, and develops the world of vampires more that she created in it.

Eternal creates a world where anyone can be saved, even if you are a vampire, who is usually represented as unholy, soulless, and unable to “saved” in most supernatural books that includes vampires in it. The only other book that I can think of that has vampires seen in this point of view is Night Road by A.M. Jenkins. Also, it has a relationship that most other authors wouldn’t even try to do — or should I say can rarely accomplish, a guardian angel, a being of light and holiness, and a vampire, a being of dark.

With this, the book Tantalize and Eternal make a very good world of vampires, so they are both very good reads. I’ll try to get Tantalize a book review up as soon as I can re-read it. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cynthia Leitich Smith
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Book Reviews and More
$New_Bullet Karin’s Book Nook

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble