Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
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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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was okay. I know that it is a teen book but to me it was just a bit too juvenile. The plot was a bit disjointed and the ending, while I saw it coming a mile away, was a bit abrupt and unsatisfying. The characters were a bit too shallow. I suppose it would be an okay read for the younger teen into vampire romance, but there are so many great teen paranormal books out there that this one really does not make the list for me.
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