Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Title: Tantalize
Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Date Started: December 7
Date Finished: December 12
Format: ebook from the digital library

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?

So, this is not my first time reading this book. Back during the ‘vampire’ craze of 2008, I found this book at Borders and was instantly intrigued by the summary. But, when I read it then, the ending of this book confused me and when I got my hand on the first sequel too much time had passed for me to remember what had happened. I thought, nine years later, I would understand the ending a little bit more, but I don’t. The ending is just as confusing as it was nine years ago. Only this time I learned a few things while reading this book. One, I’m kind of over the whole YA vampire genre. And two, I think I’ve officially entered a reading slump. However, the good news about finding out these things is I’ve now knocked off about 13 books off my TBR pile. That’s some really good progress!

Anyway, I never really liked Quincie’s character. She’s too gullible and too moody for her own good. She takes everything so freaking personally, that by the time she realizes what is going on it is way too late. Kieran too annoyed me. He’s too protective of Quincie except when it matters. If he hadn’t been in his head so much about his own drama I think he would have been able to stop Quincie from doing this stupid thing with Bradley. Of course, if he had there wouldn’t have been much of a novel, but as it was, I felt like I was doing drugs as I tried to make my way through this book. Too much was happening ‘behind the scenes’ and the author just expected us to know it.

Final Rating: 1 out of 5 stars. Oh, yeah, I’m definitely in a slump. Second book in a row that’s getting a one star review from me.

Bookshelf worthy? Sadly, even Twilight is better than this crazy show.

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