Cynthia Leitich Smith
Are you predator or prey?CLASSIFIED ADS: RESTAURANTSSANGUINI'S: A VERY RARE RESTAURANT IS HIRING A CHEF DE CUISINE. DINNERS ONLY.APPLY IN PERSON BETWEEN 2:00 AND 4:00 PM.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. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.


Reviewed: 2019-10-08

Tantalize is the first in a series of supernatural YA novels. More suspense than mystery, this book takes the reader through the twists and turns of Quincie’s life. Quincie lost her parents two years prior and is trying to get through high school, and making her family’s restaurant a success with its new vampire theme. I enjoyed this book and I am eager to read more in the series. Not particularly deep, this book is a fun divergence from the typical vampire novel, best suited to high school readers.

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