I love, love, LOVE reading galleys! They make me feel so deliciously sneaky, being able to read a book before it’s publication. This weekend, I had the liberty of reading Cynthia Leitich Smith’s TANTALIZE, that will be coming out in March 2007 by Candlewick Press.
Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love threatens to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to debut Austin’s red hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef.
Can Quincie transform the new hire into a culinary dark lord before opening night? Will Henry Johnson be able to wow the crowd in fake fangs, a cheap cape, and red contact lenses? Or is there more to this earnest fresh 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 foremost author of dark fantasy.
My thoughts about Tantalize? LOVED IT! I adored Quincie Morris, her hybrid-werewolf first love, Kieren, and other fascinating characters–including a werepossum and werearmadillo. (So cool!) Cynthia’s writing is terrific–just when I thought I had things figured out, she threw in some twists. I’m hoping there’s a sequel in Cynthia’s future because I’m betting readers will be thirsty for more!
Also, for those who read Cynthia’s “Cynsations Blog,” please be aware that she’s experiencing technical problems and will be temporarily blogging HERE which is syndicated for Livejournal HERE. And if you’re not a Cynsations reader, go check it out!