Blessed (Tantalize #3)
Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life -- or undeath. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who "blessed" her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running. She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her wait staff. But with hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature -- and a flaming sword -- and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it’s too late. Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie’s soul?
First of all I have to say that I have not yet read the first 2 books in this series, Tantalize and Eternal. That being said right off the bat I was a bit confused, but quickly caught on. The book was very easy to follow without having read the previous two. That is sometimes hard to do, but Mrs. Smith pulls it off! Second, I love Quincie! She is such a strong female character! She is running her parents restaurant, dealing with becoming a vampire and fighting her emotions over her best friend and true love, Kieren. Like I mentioned before I have not read Tantalize, which is about Quincie and Kieren and I am going to pick it up next time I'm out, because I definitely wanted more Kieren in this book and want to know his character better. I don't want to give anything away, but I definitely wanted more of his characer! The reader will swoon over Zachary, just like every female in the book does! I didn't know what/who he was (again, not having read Eternal), but W.O.W!!! I loved his placement and role in the book! I really enjoyed all the action, the love, the betrayal, everything! If you have read the first two books in this series (and even if you haven't!) go out and get this book!
The only thing I was really confused about were the hybrid werewolves, opossums, etc. I am assuming that was explained in the first book and wish there was more detail in this book. I"m sure once I read the first two books, this will make more sense to me!
A firm 4 out of 5 stars for BLESSED!
The storylines coming together is pretty cool. I actually had no idea that these book were a series when I read the first two a couple years ago, or, I knew they were supposed to be and was very confused to find they weren't particularly. The world that Smith created still strikes me as an interesting one, although I still wish her characters could be a little more interesting.
Quincie bothered me the slightest bit less, but mostly only because I was prepared for her annoying-ness. Her new obnoxious trait is complaining about the words people use, but not being smart enough to come up with a replacement of her own. Oy. Anyway, Kieren I still like, as much as one can, considering that he doesn't get much screen time or depth in his personality. Zachary is a bit less cool in this one, since he's trying to be good again. Miranda's gone and I didn't miss her, but I sure could have done without the constant missing of her.
I want to talk a little bit about the restaurant that Quincie owns. Sanguini's: A Very Rare Restaurant has a vampire theme. This makes for some humorous jokes and doesn't seem like something to be taken seriously. However, the restaurant does really well. What I want to know is why? The menus are completely nauseating. Note the baby squirrel dessert from the menu above. Another food featured is crickets. Why?!?
Smith decided to end this volume with a slightly happier note. This actually struck me as a bit forced; the ending seemed to wrap up to nicely, and not entirely realistically. Of course, maybe Smith is saving the real emotion punch for the end of Diabolical.
Although Blessed is the last book in the series I did not feel satisfied. For starters I couldnt get into this book. It was so long ago that I read the first one to this series that I kind of forgot what happened. Blessed picked up where tantalize left off. I thought it was kind of weird that this picks up after Tantalize when there was a whole other book in the middle there.
Blessed started off with Kieren leaving Quincie. I didnt like how Kieren left, and thats the last we heard about him till three quarters into the book. Although Quincie did think about him a couple of times throughout the book, it just wasnt enough to satisfy me.
The book started out a little slow with Quincie hiring all new employees for her restaurant. The main point of half the book revolves around her restaurant and Bradley. Then Zachary wants to be hired to be a bus boy in the restaurant.
Zachary is Quincies guardian angel. Neither Zachary nor Quincie know why she has a guardian angel in the first place. She has no soul, shes a vampire. I absolutely love Zacharys character. I loved his character in Eternal and I love his character in Blessed. Zachary helps Quincie find her true self in this book. She kind of reinvents herself, grows up a little bit more.
I liked how Cynthia Leitich Smith put the first two books in the series, Tantalize and eternal together, and meshed the characters together. When I first started reading the parts with Zachary and Quincie I thought they would fall in love. Thankfully they didnt, that would have ruined the whole book. It was strictly friendship between them.
All in all, even though I said some negative stuff in my review (which will happen) I did like the book, it is the end of the series and at the end of all series that are good. Its sad to know that there wont be anything more to look forward to for it. But I hope that Cynthia writes another series so we can enjoy that to.