Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tantilize Review

Release Date: February 13, 2007
Publisher: Candlewick
Age Group: 12+
Pages: 336

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 Austin’s 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. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?


I'd heard that Tantalize was a slow read, one that you could easily put down. I was obviously misinformed because the third chapter includes a supernatural murder, which immediately grabbed my attention. And then, throw a best-werewolf-friend/love interest into the mix and I'm hooked!

I loved just about all of the characters, or a least the ones that were meant for you to love. I even kinda liked the villain. Quincie was an awesome heroine! She wasn't cold, but she was always in control of the situation.

Cynthia Leitich Smith is a very good writer, too. It was really easy to picture everyone, and the storyline was well-plotted and easy to follow.

In the back of Cynthia Leitich Smith's other vampire book Eternal, it states: "Finally, this story takes place earlier in the same universe as my novel Tantilize. Members of both casts will cross over in a forthcoming book, Blessed." I've also read Eternal, which I really enjoyed, but actually liked Tanatlize better. Blessed will definitely be a book I'll be looking forward to! You don't have to read either in any order, though.

Tantilize is a book that I'd recommend to any romance, vampire, or werewolf fans! The book is constantly throwing twist and turns at you, making this a great summer (or anytime) read!


  1. Well, I'm happy you liked it, even though I didn't. This is one of those books that I read reviews for and wonder if maybe there is ANOTHER book by the same name, cover and plot out there, because it seems like I read something totally different than everyone else. lol

  2. Nice review. Made me want to go back and reread the book because I was one of those readers who thought it was rather slow and didn't really get into it. Means I should probably give the sequel a second chance!


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