Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763627911, 310pp.
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
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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.
readers. Of TANTALIZE she says, "I tapped into my romantic nature, my love for monsters and marinara. Hold the garlic and enjoy!" A member of the faculty at the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Austin, Texas.
"Full of unexpected, delicious delights that kept me guessing and turning
the pages, TANTALIZE creates a froth of excitement, danger, suspense, and wit. This original book tantalizes the senses indeed, as it explores the border between attraction and disgust, and makes us question our perceptions. Who are you — predator or prey?" — Annette Curtis Klause, author of BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, THE SILVER KISS, and FREAKS: ALIVE ON THE INSIDE! — Annette Curtis Klause
"Looking for something to read that will make your TV jealous? TANTALIZE has it all — hot vampires and wolf-boys, a super-cool heroine in cowboy boots, nail-biting suspense, romance, chills ’n’ thrills, and Austin, Texas. What more could you want?" — Libba Bray, author of A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY and REBEL ANGELS — Libba Bray