Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Quincie Morris has grown up in the family restaurant business. At age 17, she is the driving force behind opening a new restaurant with a unique image: Sanguini's, the first restaurant in Austin with a vampire theme. The food will be exquisite, the staff will be thematically costumed...and then the chef is murdered. And Quincie's best friend --a hybrid-werewolf -- is the primary suspect.

Werewolves and vampires are just the beginning in this suspenseful and tangled plot. There are also were-alligators. And were-armadillos. And even were-vampires!

Alternately creepy and fun, with lovely (and later, horrible) descriptions of menu items from both the Prey Menu and the accompanying Predator Menu. No cussing; contains a sprinkling of off-stage murders and sexual situations, and a generous portion of sensual wishful thinking. Recommended for ages 14 and up; readers who enjoyed Twilight will pounce on this new vampire offering.

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