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Tantalize, Cynthia Leitich Smith

Label
Tantalize
Title
Tantalize
Statement of responsibility
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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Tone
Writing style
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YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011.
Review
  • If Joan Bauer took a crack at dark fantasy, the result would probably be something like this gothic-horror comedy, set in an Italian restaurant reopening as a vampire-themed supper club. When someone murders the chef and more brutal killings follow, Quince scrambles to keep the family business alive and to escape with her own soul intact. From the teens crush on her hybrid-werewolf best friend to her difficulty managing the stresses of an after-school job, Smith cleverly manipulates typical YA experiences to suit the books alternate-reality context. The macabre conspiracy revealed at books end, connecting to Quinces increasing dependence on a blood-red beverage she presumes is wine, will take few readers by surprise. But the immersion in food culture--including an overhauled menu, as grisly as it is gourmet--successfully builds on the sensual aspects of vampire mythology. For teens who ask for seconds, refer to the Read-alikes feature After the First Bite, in Booklist, May 15, 2006. -- Jennifer Mattson (Reviewed 03-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 13, p80)
  • Gr 8 Up –Orphaned at 13, Quince Morris, now 17, has been living with her Uncle Davidson and managing the family’s restaurant. Her best friend and the love of her life, Kieran, is a werewolf in training who can not fully control the “monster” in him. As a result he will not return her affection for fear of the harm he could do to her. Within weeks of the grand reopening of the new vampire-themed restaurant, chaos breaks out. The chef is brutally murdered “werewolf style,” thus making Kieran a possible suspect. Quince has a month to transform the newly hired chef, Brad, into Sanguini’s vampire extraordinaire and at the same time deal with the fact that Kieran is abandoning her to join his own wolfpack and that Brad is making advances. Readers will be tantalized by this dark, romantic, and disturbing fantasy of vampires, werewolves, and a strong no-nonsense heroine. Fans of Stephenie Meyer and Annette Curtis Klause will eat it up.–Donna Rosenblum, Nassau Boces School Library System, NY --Donna Rosenblum (Reviewed May 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 5, p144)
  • Following her parents' death, Quincie Morris was left in her Uncle Davidson's care, and the fate of the family's Italian restaurant was left in hers. Now 17, Quincie, who narrates, and her uncle have renamed the place Sanguini's. They've remodeled it with a "vampire theme," which they believe will sell in their Texas college town since "vampires are a fringe population, and Austin is a tolerant place." A month before the grand re-opening, however, the longtime chef is mauled to death in the kitchen, and the murder suspect is a werewolf. Quincie finds this problematic, since her lifelong best friend and love interest, Kieren, is a "hybrid werewolf" who traces his lupine heritage to the wolves that roamed Ireland with St. Patrick. A new chef shows up who may be talented but is also spooky, with red contact lenses, pale hair and a menu featuring sweetbreads, blood sausage and baby squirrels in honey cream sauce. Best known for her Native American stories, Smith uses advertisements, newspaper clippings and menu pages to liven the pace, and creates palpable tension in the novel's second half. Quincie's story hews closer to the campy Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes (e.g., " 'You ate the police?!' I exclaimed") than to the elegant romanticism of Stephenie Meyer's books, but horror fans will be hooked by Kieren's quiet, hirsute hunkiness, and Texans by the premise that nearly everybody in their capitol is a shapeshifter. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 5, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 10, p62)
  • Smith takes readers inexorably from the commonplace (a teen who cuts classes and performs restaurant kitchen prep) to the fantastical (wine that's more than just the color of blood and a host of were-creatures) in a clearly recognizable Austin, Texas. It starts in sunshine: Quincie and her uncle are about to reopen the family restaurant with a vampire theme. But someone or something kills Vaggio, their beloved chef. Quincie's best friend Kieren—werewolf on his Irish mother's side—falls under suspicion. In waltzes Brad, willing to replace Vaggio; he's deeply into the food and, it seems, Quincie, who at 17 is discovering both wine and desire. Sunlight gives way to darkness: Quincie must make a terrifying choice in a heart-pounding climax that will have teen readers weeping with both lust and sorrow. The storytelling is straightforward but elegant and will hold infinite appeal to the vampire-loving crowd. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
160784
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL
  • 740
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.S64464
LC item number
Tan 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Tantalize series
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Werewolves
  • Supernatural
  • Restaurants
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Orphans
  • Austin (Tex.)
  • Austin (Tex.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Tantalize, Cynthia Leitich Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
310 p.
Isbn
9780763627911
Lccn
2005058124
System control number
(OCoLC)62738692
Label
Tantalize, Cynthia Leitich Smith
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
310 p.
Isbn
9780763627911
Lccn
2005058124
System control number
(OCoLC)62738692

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