Review of Tantalize by Cynthia Leitch Smith
Are you predator or prey?
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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.
Tantalize is not your typical vampire/werewolf fiction. As you all know, my biggest critic to vamp books of course is, it's not memorable-it's not original. It takes a lot for me to think that a vampire book sticks out. Honestly, after everything, the ones that aren't great, all start to blend together. Anyway, Tantalize does stand out. It is different, and has a twist to it. It has a very open ending but I like it. I don't believe Ms. Smith is writing a sequel but she does have a vamp book called "Eternal" coming out Spring of 09' .
The characters where interesting and where well devolved- a detail many authors loose in vamp fiction. Evil vamps stay evil vamps. Scared Humans stay scared humans. Characters evolved with the plot and they seemed to grow. You felt like you knew them.
The ending is ....strange at best. You did not think it would end this way. I am a "completionist"
I like my books to have a complete and definite end to them. This does not but it is done in a suspenseful and edgy way that you won't care that you're like "What?"
In Conclusion: a memorable read, Wish it had a sequel, but it stands alone as one of the most unique vampire fiction I have read this year.