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Tantalize
by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Overview - Are you predator or prey?
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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.
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Overview
Are you predator or prey?
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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? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith's delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763627911
  • ISBN-10: 0763627917
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: February 2007
  • Page Count: 310
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 62.
  • Review Date: 2007-03-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Following her parents' death, Quincie Morris was left in her Uncle Davidson's care, and the fate of the family's Italian restaurant was left in hers. Now 17, Quincie, who narrates, and her uncle have renamed the place Sanguini's. They've remodeled it with a "vampire theme," which they believe will sell in their Texas college town since "vampires are a fringe population, and Austin is a tolerant place." A month before the grand re-opening, however, the longtime chef is mauled to death in the kitchen, and the murder suspect is a werewolf. Quincie finds this problematic, since her lifelong best friend and love interest, Kieren, is a "hybrid werewolf" who traces his lupine heritage to the wolves that roamed Ireland with St. Patrick. A new chef shows up who may be talented but is also spooky, with red contact lenses, pale hair and a menu featuring sweetbreads, blood sausage and baby squirrels in honey cream sauce. Best known for her Native American stories, Smith uses advertisements, newspaper clippings and menu pages to liven the pace, and creates palpable tension in the novel's second half. Quincie's story hews closer to the campy Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes (e.g., " 'You ate the police?!' I exclaimed") than to the elegant romanticism of Stephenie Meyer's books, but horror fans will be hooked by Kieren's quiet, hirsute hunkiness, and Texans by the premise that nearly everybody in their capitol is a shapeshifter. Ages 14-up. (Mar.)

 
BookPage Reviews

An appetizing gothic fantasy

Quincie Morris is having a hard time of it. Still recovering from her parents' accidental death, Quincie feels distant from her guardian uncle, whose vampire wannabe girlfriend is seriously creepy. What's more, Quincie's best friend (and secret love) Kieren, a werewolf hybrid who has trouble controlling his impulses, is about to leave human society forever, to find a pack of his own. About the only thing keeping Quincie going these days is her mission to reopen her family's failed Italian eatery as Sanguini's, a vampire-themed restaurant, complete with costumes, candelabras and a charismatic chef.

But when Sanguini's head chef is brutally murdered in an incident that looks suspiciously like a werewolf attack, Quincie is left with even more questions. Is it possible that Kieren could be responsible? Will Sanguini's be able to open on schedule? And, most doubtfully, will Quincie be able to turn her uncle's choice for a chef, the utterly un-goth Henry Johnson, into a convincingly bloodthirsty chef in time for the grand opening?

Set in Austin, Texas, in a world that's both like and unlike our own, Tantalize is a gothic novel that never takes itself too seriously. Instead of weighing the novel down by explaining supernatural mythology, author Cynthia Leitich Smith simply tells her story, letting readers figure out the hierarchies of wereanimals and vampires, as well as the numerous references to gothic classics, as they go along. This matter-of-fact approach, along with Quincie's sarcastic narration and take-charge attitude, will appeal to fans—both teens and adults—of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whether it's the whirlwind plot, the unresolved ending, the fabulous Italian food or all that blood, readers will certainly be licking their lips at the end of Tantalize, their appetites whetted for Smith's next enticing adventure.

 
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