Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Book Inspection: Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Plot Sketch: Quincie and Kieren have been best friends for a really long time. When Quincie's parents die, she inherits Fat Lorenzos from them. Her Uncle Davidson comes to take care of her and help her with the restaurant. They decided to change the restaurant into an upscale vampire-themed place called Sanguinis. Kieren is a wereperson, but only half. He helps Quincie through her struggles as her life changes drastically from chapter to chapter. Be prepared to read about a society that knows about vampires and werewolves, accepts their existence, and even has an Anti Bat Defamation League. This tale has it all: murder, romance, intrigue.

I heart it. I would recommend this to any fan of vampire novels. I like that it doesn't get into the dark side of vampirism and lycanthropy but keeps it in the scientific realm. I like the characters and the plot and Smith's writing style.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Austin, Texas. Most of it at Sanguini's A Very Rare Restaurant.

What is the main character's name?
Quincie P. Morris. Yes, this character is named after the one in Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Very much.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
5 hours.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
Nope. It was a great easy read.

Is this a good read for Monster?

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
I think I would have liked to have learned more about the werecats.

Does the author have a website?
Yes she does.


Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Candlewick
Release Date: February 13, 2007
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763627917

Acquire It:



  • My favorite line: "I felt adult. In control. Tantalized."
  • You can purchase Sanguini's Merchandise from Cafe Press.
  • Check out the Trailer for the novel on You Tube:

  • A companion to Tantalize, Eternal was just released in February and there will be a crossover novel for the characters in both tales in 2011.
  • Since it's Earth Day and all, I'm going to recycle my copy of Tantalize. If you've read this Inspection, signed up for Book Crossing, and added me as a friend on Book Crossing, leave your Book Crossing username in the comments. The first person to do so will win my copy of Tantalize. It's used and is missing its dust jacket, but it's got a BCID in the front cover! Worldwide as always.
  • I made a haiku for this book during a mini challenge for the Read-a-Thon.
Have questions you'd like to see added to The Gauntlet? Email me.


Insertbooktitle said...

I loved this novel and Cynthia is really nice!

Shel said...

My BookCrossing username is shelburns. I have friended you and I'd like to read Tantalize.

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I Heart Monster said...

Yay! Will you please email me your address?

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