To get ready for Diabolical, I'm going through this series again. Actually, I've only read the first two. When I read Tantalize several years ago, I thought it was completely hilarious. I enjoyed all of the puns and silly things, like the various kinds of weres (were-armadillo, ha!). At that time, I did think the ending was pretty lame and awful.
Ironically, I'm now kind of going the other way. Whereas before I noticed the silly, light humor, the puns and such things, I now focus on the darkness and violence that I guess didn't bother me before. From my research this is the beginning of Cynthia Leitich Smith's gothic series, and I suppose I can see why. There are monsters lurking under the skin of just about everyone. Of course, the bit of humor on the top does help.
Quincie, aka Quince, does not make a great main character. She's kind of a dope and she does not trust her best friend nearly enough. She is easily swayed by arguments and does not think to do any research on her own. Also, I could definitely have done with a few less mentions of her beige thong; I get it already. On a side note, if my parents named me Quincie, I would be so pissed. Pretty much the only thing consistent from my first read is that I still think Kieren's the best character.
Ultimately, I was a little less into the book on this read-through, but I am still curious to find out what will happen in the later volumes. Although not perfect, Cynthia Leitich Smith does seem to be setting up an interesting world here.
Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love threatens to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to debut Austins red hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform the new hire into a culinary dark lord before opening night? Will Henry Johnson be able to wow the crowd in fake fangs, a cheap cape, and red contact lenses? Or is there more to this earnest fresh 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. Whos playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?
Tantalize was a hit and miss book for me. It had some high points and some low points. The writing style is one of the high points. Smith is a captivating author. She had the basis for a strong story. However, she fell a little short.
Most of the characters are extremely under-developed. I liked Quincie, but she's about the character I halfway cared for. I didn't even begin to care for any of the people she cares for. The plot is jumpy and not everything is explained well.
Overall I'd pick up another novel by Smith, but this story didn't capture my attention.
Tanalize was a very complex novel.The plot was twisted in every witch way.The story has a normal girl Quince who is in her first romance with her best friend, who is a hybrid werewolve. Her parents have have died in an acident and her friend/chef for her family's restaurant was brutaly murderd leaving her and her uncle looking for a new chef.Quince trying to find out the murderer is, but he might be closer than she thought. The book Tanalize was very intresting but as you got into the book the plot became more complex. through the book I found myself getting lost.the ending is one no one would guess and i think that was one of the better parts of the story.Overall the book was okay.
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Publication Date: July 2008
3 out of 5 stars
PG-13 Violence, Sensuality, Sexual References, and Profanity
When the cook is brutally murdered, Quincie begins to doubt the cleverness and safety of a Vampire themed restaurant. But its too late to change it now, with the opening night quickly approaching. With the arrival of the new, witty, young chef Quincie becomes even more torn apart. How can she have feelings for this vampire master chef when she has always craved her werewolf best friend? Not only is the stress of mixed feelings weighing her down. Citizens are beginning to go missing and the ones that are found are dead. Could Quincies restaurant have attracted blood lusting trouble? The danger is just beginning.
Tantalize didnt have the depth or true romance I was hoping for.
I slightly disliked the main character because she didnt show weakness around the one person she supposedly loved. Whenever she was around Kieren she withdrew inside herself and became defensive, which probably stemmed from her guilt for having feelings for the chef, Henry. The only time her front faltered was at the end and it came too late to save her. Her love wasnt pure for Kieren. Her feelings for Henry were false, spurred from her loneliness and faint feeling of betrayal between her and Kieren. I believe Quincie developed a stronger feeling of right and wrong, not love, from Kieren.
Tantalize wasnt great, but it wasnt terrible either. It wasnt realistic, but it wasnt far-fetched. It wasnt deep, but it wasnt shallow either. Overall the story is very neutral.
Im interested to see how the author plays Quincies emotions and predicament out in the rest of the trilogy. Will she mellow out a little? Will she reprioritize her feelings and hopes now? Will she fight for Kieren to stay? I really have no idea, and that irritating unpredictability has me knowing that I will no doubt read the rest of the books when they are published.
Date Reviewed: December 29th, 2008
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