Quincie Morris (anyone catch the tribute in her name to the original Dracula book?) has had a lot of loss in her young life. Her parents were killed three years ago. Her best friend (and first love) is a werewolf-hybrid planning on going on some werewolf-related rite of passage that she cant participate in.
Just when things are looking up (she and her Uncle D., her guardian, are about to re-open the family restaurant as a vampire-themed hot spot), another tragedy strikes. Vaggio, the chef and a family friend for years, is murdered in the restaurants kitchen.
Based on the method of the murder (claw marks), Quincies friend Kieren is a prime suspect. Quincie loves him, but shes not completely sure what to think. Then Henry Johnson enters the picture as the new chef.
At first, Quincie doesnt think a lot of him. But as she works with him trying to prepare him for his role as the Dark Lord of the kitchen, he starts to grow on her. Is there more to Henry (aka Bradley Sanguini) than meets the eye? What about Uncle Ds vampire-wanna-be girlfriend? Or the various other were-people that keep popping up (just picture a giant opossum&I dare you). Is Kieren friend or foe? And just what is going on with Quincie herself?
Tantalize is a real thrill ride&a very rare story indeed (sorry, sometimes you cant help a pun). Recommended for readers aged 14 and up due to a bit of sexually charged content. I think youll like this one. I know I did. I cant help but wonder if well hear more from Quincie in the future.
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.
This book was amazing! I was surprised at every event that happened. It really kept me on my feet. The book was filled with mystery, suspense, and romance. I loved it. The concept of how she knew about Werewolves already was very good. I enjoyed the book a lot more knowing that she knew, it was better because she didn't spend have the book trying to find the hidden secret of her bff. This is another fabulous page turner by Cynthia Leitich Smith!
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 is your typical forbidden love stroy. Kieren, Quince's bestie, is a halfbreed werewolf, who obviously can't have a relationship with human Quincie. You would think that this novel would focus mainly on that relationship but it really focus's on Quincie's job at her uncles new restaurant and the new vamp chef, Brad.
The book was actually very good with an unexpected - well somewhat expected - twist at the end that'll make you go: no way! I really liked Quincie's character, and she most certainly developed throughout the story, well matured would be a better way to put it.
A couple of things i didn't like was the fact that the writing wasn't very clear when it came to telling you if the "world" knew about supernatural creatures, or if only a select few did. Also, there were apparently more than one "were-animal" like a were-possum, and a "were-armadillo", which i thought was a little odd. And no there really wasn't an explanation to that.
Oh did i mention it's sort of a murder mystery too?
The ending was bittersweet, if not a bit rushed, and there most definitely will not be a sequel - that i know of anyways. A good novel for people who have nothing to read after twilight, check it out.
love, werewoles ,vampires ,and her....... ,all tie into one........,darkness takes its corse in the life of Quincie Morris
great book for ages 14 and up also if your interested in vampires and werewolves try Twilight have fun!!!!!
ok ... so i love the fact that she loses both guys at the end... kind of just dont you think? maybe not. but i love how kierien finds out what bradly is before Quincie. there were so many funny part like when she found those two boys ransacking her underwear drawer!!! lol much. and i love how all the part were italian and stuff like that. attention to detail is so important in books.
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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Overall I liked Tantalize. It had romance with a hint of, well more than a hint, of blood. It puts a new spin on the supernatural world of vampires and shifters. This is a book anyone who has lost a loved one, has trouble letting go of a crush, or just dealing with life can relate to. The only thing that could've made it better was an epilouge. Reading it was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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. Whos playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?
This book was amazing. The plot had many twists and turns that I really didn't see the ending coming. I felt sympathy for Quincie for all that she's been through. I would have never guessed that the person who turned out to be the vamp was the vamp. This book had romance, vampires, werewolves, supernatural, food, and mystery in it. I couldn't put this book down.I definitely recommend this book to anyone.