Authoress: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My condensed version: Quincie loses everyone that means anything to her. First her parents and now her best friend (the hot werewolf she pines for) is talking about leaving to find a pack. Even her uncle is becoming increasingly distant due to his repugnant new vixen Ruby. The only thing Quincie has left is her mother's failing restaurant and the odd new cook. Can the new cook help Quincie save the restaurant? Can Quincie let her first love go? And just who is behind all these mysterious deaths?
My take: Cynthia Leitch Smith transports her readers to a funky modern day version of Texas where wearpeople (beings that are part animal and part human) and vampires are not only real but they even suffer from racism. Quincie's tale is alluring. The menu style layout and chapters are a nice twist. But the best twist is the end. Just when you think you know who is behind Quincie's woes you are thrown for a giant size loop.
My rating: 4 stars (I really liked it) Tantalize is fun and funky despite a few bumps in the road.
Adventure-o-meter: Medium on the adventure but high on the tension.
Kiddie-o-meter: Between the multiple mentions to promiscuity, a plethora of underage drinking, an ill placed kiss between Quincie (the heroine) and Ruby (her uncle's girlfriend), and a scene where Quincie hears her uncle and Ruby "knocking the boots" this story is best suited for older teens only.
Adult-o-meter: Adults leave reality and your notions of vamps at the door.
Worth-a-read?: It was fun. I enjoyed it. But I recommend you check it out from the library first.
Share worthy: "One step. Another. Reaching for the light switch, I tripped over a body and, flailing, landed with an oomph on a huge hard-shell animal, which hopped three feet into the air, knocking me off, back onto the still body. Screaming, I scrambled against the door, which slammed behind me. It, it...The animal was a shifter. It had to be. It was too damn big not to be. But werepeople were of the furred persuasion, occasionally feathered or scaled. Not hard."
Pass the mic: My mentor Today's Adventures didn't love it but straight shooting Shut Up! I'm Reading. totally dug it. What do you think?
Final say: Why do books always make me want to go shopping? Quincie's red cowgirl boots have me totally considering purchasing a pair of my own.
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