25 August 2009

Tantalize

Book: Tantalize
Authoress: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Pages: 311
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.


P.S. The exquisite Lisa Porter featured me today on her gorgeous blog The Lisa Porter Collection. Thank you Lisa. Your post was truly beautiful and brought tears to my eyes.
Welcome Lisa Porter readers!

24 comments :

  1. This sounds awesome. I'll have to check it out.

    Great review :)

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  2. This book does sound good! I wonder if they have it at the library here. Either way, I want to read this one.

    Oh, and congrats on being featured! :)

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  3. Wahoo, a good review -- another one for the pile!

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  4. As you mentioned (which thanks so much for doing!) I really enjoyed this one. Since you liked this one too, you should read it's companion book; Eternal. I read it before I started my blog, but it was really good too.

    shutupimreading.blogspot.com
    Jessica

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  5. Thanks for the tip Jess :) I'll add that to my TBR list.

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  6. I love the cover and the story does sound really good, too! Another one to add to the list. Fab review! :)

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  7. I've seen this one around. Great review. I'll add it to my TBR pile. Thanks!

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  8. Reading and watching movies always make me want to go shopping too.

    I've been going backing forth on this book, weather or not I want it every time I pass it in the book store. I still can't decide If I do end up reading it, probably won't be for a while.

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  9. The cover is really cool, I'll have to add it to my list. It sounds really interesting, and very unique in terms of a paranormal (werewolves, etc) book.

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  10. I didn't know oomph was a word. Is it? This sounds like a book I might enjoy. Werepeople are "everywhere" now.

    I'll say, if you're not sure whether to adopt a puppy or have a boyfriend, get a were. XD

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  11. Congrats on getting featured Juju!!

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  12. Thanks Juju for the mention, the pleasure was all mine & i'm so honored that you think I deserve the "Lovely Blog" award. I'm glad that you like the "who am I" button.
    xoxo Lisa

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  13. (Juju I forgot to mention that I'm mailing out free books to those who participated in my blog's *Ask a Bookseller*. Send me an e-mail with your address and I'll mail out a book: mandy @ wordsworthbooks.com)

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  14. I really really like how you do your reviews, it breaks everything down very nicely. Happy reading. :)

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  15. The cover really sums up what you have said. Great.

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  16. I'm really happy you liked this book, but it makes me question my sanity. Every time I read a review of this book, I wonder if I read the same version as everyone else. I really disliked it. I couldn't stand Quincie, the writing/plot really annoyed me, pretty much the only thing I like about it is the cover (which I love).

    And yet, everyone else seems to adore it. Makes me wonder...

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  17. By the way, thanks for the mention! lol... mentor.

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  18. Thanks Arielle.
    You rock Lisa!
    NotNessie: *laughing*

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  19. So glad to find another Not-Just-for-Kids reader (I "clicked" on your avatar while visiting Karen's The Graphics Fairy.)! Great booky review! And the Tantalize preview is... is... What''s the word I'm looking for? That's it! TANTALIZING!

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  20. I'm going to have to check this one out. Your reviews are doing some major damage to my TBR stack :D

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  21. Welcome Sparkle! :)
    Ahhhh thanks Nely :)

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  22. I'm glad you like this book because I really want to read it.

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  23. I missed this review, but it's so good! I love fun books I'll be looking into this one, thank you. And ha, ha, about wanting to shop after you read it that happens to me all the time..LOL! I guess it's because we're silly girls(a good thing, I say!) LOL! Another wonderfully delightful review.

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  24. Sounds interesting! Red cowboy boots?! Mine are brown and I LOVE mine!

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