Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Kieren's Story

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Illustrated by hot new talent Ming Doyle, Cynthia Leitich Smith's TANTALIZE is reimagined as a graphic novel-- seen through Kieren's werewolf eyes.

As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon, he'll leave everything behind: home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend . . . who's beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend. For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires-- and his wolf-- at bay. But when the chef at Quincie' s family restaurant is brutally murdered, Kieren resolves to be there for her, even if it means being framed. Even if it means watching Quincie's beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair. But when the new chef begins wooing her, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect Quincie-- and himself? In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art by debut artist Ming Doyle and lush, romantic cover art by Sam Weber , bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through wolfish eyes.
 

About Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed author of the prose novel of TANTALIZE as well as ETERNAL, a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller, and BLESSED, all set in the same fictional universe. She says of TANTALIZE, "An unjust accusation. A true love in peril. It's enough to make you open your teeth and howl." A member of the faculty at the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Austin, Texas.Ming Doyle was born in 1984 to an Irish-American sailor and a Chinese-Canadian librarian. Since earning her BFA from Cornell University in 2007, she has depicted the sequential exploits of zombie superheroes, demonic cheerleaders, vengeful cowboys, and dapper mutants. TANTALIZE marks her first full-length graphic novel as well as her first encounter with a were-opossum. She lives in Boston.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Candlewick. 192 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Romance. Fiction

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In this retelling, illustrated by the capable Doyle, readers are privy to teenage werewolf Kieren’s viewpoint, whereas the original novel was told through the eyes of his love interest, Quincie.

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Smith takes readers inexorably from the commonplace (a teen who cuts classes and performs restaurant kitchen prep) to the fantastical (wine that’s more than just the color of blood and a host of were-creatures) in a clearly recognizable Austin, Texas.

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Publishers Weekly

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Kieran is an Irish-Mexican–American honors student at an Austin, Tex., high school who also happens to be half werewolf in this graphic novel addition to the teen supernatural romance genre.

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Quincie's story hews closer to the campy Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes (e.g., " 'You ate the police?!' I exclaimed") than to the elegant romanticism of Stephenie Meyer's books, but horror fans will be hooked by Kieren's quiet, hirsute hunkiness, and Texans by the premise that nearly everybo...

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Adding to the things she has to deal with, Quince’s boyish uncle is remodeling the restaurant to have a vampire flare and flavor – they’ve renamed it Sanguini’s – A Very Rare Restaurant.

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Examiner

Each and every character,from Quincie to Henry Johnson,the new chef,brings the story to life as Quincie races to train Johnson in time for the grand re-opening of Sanguinis.

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The Bookbag

Following the death of her parents in a car crash, fourteen-year-old Quincie Morris has to run the family restaurant with both it and her left in the care of her Uncle Davidson.

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BellaOnline

Teenagers, Quincie Morris, a human, and Kieren Morales, a hybrid werewolf, reside in this world.

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Love Vampires

The premise for the story is that restaurant profits had fallen since a new Italian restaurant opened near by, leading Quincie and her uncle to decide that Sanguini’s needed a re-Vamp, with a capital ‘V’ for Vampire.

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HSJ

I recommend this book because from the second you start reading you get drawn into the book and all of its characters.This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, from the beginning to the end.

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Youth Services Book Review

book,” and therefore is not as formulaic as some paranormal books can be.

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