Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Published: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2007
When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.
Tantalize was quite a good novel.
It started out a little confusing but then became a potential for a really great read. The take on the vampire genre was an interesting one I must say.
The story line itself was really intriguing, mystery and suspicion lurked around every corner. I found myself suspicious of most of the characters at some point in time. I have to say though, I was a little let down near the end of the book. I felt the story line and the characters began a downward slope into boredom and a lot of confusion.
There was a lot of mention of food throughout the book and as I was read it I got more and more hungry. Some of the food mentioned sounded really really delicious.
The characters themselves were all entertaining and all had reasons for suspicion. Although, in saying that none of the characters really stuck out in my mind as being too great.
The ending was a little disappointing too, but the end was so abrupt I find myself wanting to know what happened. I'm hoping there is a sequel but at this point in time I only know there is a companion novel.
Overall, I found Tantalize to be a tantalizing read for the most part as it drew me into the story but at the same time I found it to be lacking something. Tantalize is a really interesting take on the vampire genre and I recommend this one to food lovers as well as vampire and werewolf fans.
My Rating: φφφ