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Tantalize [Jul. 29th, 2006|09:28 am]
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For those of you that thought TWILIGHT moved too slow--you won't think that about TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith. This is a vampire novel that moves like--well, a bat out of hell. You don't wait long at all for the first bite. This novel has tension and pacing and the gore factor that teens are going to love and yet, it's a great romp--and there's love--love that can never be--you know--Buffy-Angel love. Gets you right in the heart. Only maybe it can? Or not? Or . . .

Anyway there's some fun in this one too. Setting is Austin, Texas and it seems vampires and werethings are known entities there. And Austin being what it is--there are protesters fighting for the civil rights of the undead. Quincie is reopening a restaurant with a vampire theme--a new chef comes to town--her werewolf boyfriend--well, half werewolf and kind of more friend than romantic boyfriend, though Quincie wants that to change--doesn't like the new chef--and Quincie's guardian doesn't like the boyfriend-and Quincie and boyfriend and guardian's girlfriend--and the old chef was killed by something undead and--- and this is all in the first few page. Got it? Oh you are so lying if you say you did.

Oh, there's almost poetic prose about Italian food in this book. Yes, I know vampires don't eat food. But blending a restaurant theme with the vampire make your mouth water. Makes you hunger and the vampire thirst. Made me understand that it's a sensual thing for the vampires, that while the blood is nutrition it is also a pleasure to the palate.

Well done!
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[User Picture]From: lizgallagher
2006-07-29 06:55 pm (UTC)

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Yay, thanks for writing about TANTALIZE. Waiting, waiting, waiting to get my hands on it. (Cyn was my advisor at Vermont College.)