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Every night I'd lie there in bed and look out at the hills behind our house, listening. I knew there'd be consequences.

Actions meant reactions. Sunrises meant sunsets. My fear was too permanent, lasting longer than eyeliner, something I wore every day and didn't wash off.

Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

No.

Just no.

I think it's fair to say I hated this book. A lot. For a variety of reasons.

High hopes and huge disappointments - What are my two key emotions for this odd, disjointed and often off-putting supernatural endeavor called Drain You, Alex? It all sounds so good at first glance - a unique, quirky protagonist, evil vampires, a humorous and dry tone - but none, none of that lives up to expectations. The title is the most appropriate thing about...more
little machines
This review is also available over at my blog.

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I really don't like not finishing ARCs, but this one was just too painful to finish.

I was expecting a lot from this book, but all I got was just teen angst and drama with some vampires thrown in there. I immediately disliked Quinn because, really, I couldn't find anything remotely likable about her. I tried to, but I just couldn't. She was annoying and self-absorbed and just plain unlikable. And she was also completely ob...more
Melannie :)
Dec 14, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
me while reading the synopsis ---> description

me after reading the publication date ---> description
AH
I enjoy vampire books. I read all kinds. From the sparkly vampires to the ruthless, bloodthirsty ones, vampire books are a guilty pleasure of mine. I was excited to get a review copy of this book and the synopsis seemed intriguing. Unfortunately, this book did not wow me.

I think that Drain You had the potential to be a good book, if not for the main character Quinlan Lacey. Quinlan is a 17 year old girl who spends a lot of time in her underwear or “barely there” clothing. She drinks so much Die...more
Suzanne
Not being over the whole vampire theme yet, I really expected to love this one, but unfortunately, that wasn't to be.

First off, we have the horrid insta love. Quinlan sees James outside the video store and he follows her home and that's the start of it, just like that, she's can't stop thinking about him and is in love in less than a week with James apparently unable to stay away from her either. Until they do the deed and then he disappears just leaving a note telling Quinlan he'll be back. An...more
fooloveratook
Rating: Eye-Catcher
Source: Won from publisher via Goodreads

A ridiculously pointless story

You guys, Drain You by M. Beth Bloom is four hundred pages of wasted time. And you know how sometimes when you’re doing pointless, wasteful things you’re pretty entertained but you also know that you could be doing something way more useful, interesting, and fulfilling with your time? That’s exactly what reading Drain You by M. Beth Bloom felt like. At points, there are moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity, bu...more
Jen Ryland
LOVED. Read the full review, which includes my "Helpful 90s Glossary for the Tragically Young" on my blog. Just click on the link below.

Review of Drain You

My summary: Quinlan "Quinn" Lacey is a 1990s L.A. princess, an only child who sulks her way through shifts at the video store and torments her co-worker Morgan with her skimpy outfits and her refusal to acknowledge his infatuation. She's spoiled and bored, the VJ of her own MTV universe. One night after work, she spots a classmate, Naomi Sheet...more
Melissa
This book is a laugh out loud kind of book! The main character is just priceless and she'll keep you laughing.

Quinlan is weird but in a good way. She is someone people are drawn to for some unknown reason. Quinn has a co-worker in love with her but she doesn't feel the same way and she has no idea how to break it to him lightly. Then she meets James who is mysterious and who walks her home without really walking with her. She is way too interested in him at first but doesn't question it just kin...more
Ornella (Nyx)
The synopsis made it sound like an awesome book, but I just couldn't get into it at all. The first person writing and the way the characters talk were ridiculous. I get they are teenagers, but they overused, Dude, Like, and Cool to the point were I was just rolling my eyes every time it came up, and it came up A LOT, so it made it kinda hard to read with all the eye rolling. It was all very choppy and the relationships with her friends all fell flat. And then there was the Undead guys, which was...more
Nereyda Gonzalez
***ARC provided by Harper Teen for review***
She ignored me, sang more. “‘It is now my duty to completely drain you…’” Nirvana.

Drain You was nothing like what expected. Although I admit, I really had no idea what to expect with this book. The book summary is very vague, but it managed to intrigue me. Plus, I think the cover is pretty cool. Reminds me of a melted lollipop. I’ve never heard a Nirvana song before even though I LOVE rock. (I know, I know. Maybe I was scared that Courtney Love would c...more
Aeicha
Drain You by M. Beth Bloom has such a cool cover and intriguing premise that I went into expecting a chilling, refreshing vampire story. What I got was a predictable, trite, hot mess of a story!

Quinn Lacey’s life isn’t exactly exciting, even if her BFF is the daughter of a famous rockstar. She thinks her summer will be spent at her boring job at the video store, hanging by the pool, partying with her BFF, obsessing over music, avoiding her clueless parents and keeping her way-too-interested co-w...more
Caitlin
I received an ARC of Drain You by M. Beth Bloom from HarperTeen along with three other summer releases.

Where to start...

Putting it in the simplest terms possible, Drain You is about Quinlan Lacey (I think she's seventeen or eighteen, but I can't remember...) and her romance with James Sheets, a vampire. Whilst falling in love with a dead guy, Quinn's also determined to save her sort of best friend Libby from her vampire boyfriend, who's draining her of blood. That's basically all there is to it....more
Anya
Kurt Cobain sang ♪♫♪ It is now my duty to completely drain you♪♫♪ Muahahaha. Talk about vampiric tendencies.Anyway, just mentioned this here cos the book and the song share the same title and *shrugs* Kurt Cobain is well, Kurt Cobain. O.o

Quinlan Lacey is like Bella-I-am-a-Doltwad-Swann on an acid trip.Unlike our nutty Bella,she-
1)is snarky

2)Has a life even though it only contains-
a)working snoozing at a video store
b)ranting about her sad existence in a very haha way
c)fending off the romantic ad...more
the golden witch.
Okay, so this one is a tough one, guys. There's a LOT I liked about this book, and then a lot of it just didn't work very well for me. While "Drain You" is has a very dreamy, languorous style to it, the bigger parts of the plot just kind of didn't ring true. But I can tell you one thing - if you're a child of the 90s, this is a book you definitely have to check out.

The good parts: this book drips of pre-Buffy '90s pop culture - video stores (with actual VHS tapes!), some of my favorite musicians...more
Katie_la_geek
For this review and more (including an awesome giveaway!) visit my my blog

*The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review*

Have you ever read a book that made you so, so angry, not because it is bad or offencive but because it could have been amazing? That is how Drain You made me feel.

M. Beth Bloom is clearly an incredibly talented writer. Her style is poetic and beautifully descriptive. Her world building is strong and she is clearly very creative. The problem...more
Hayden Casey
Advanced copy obtained via Edelweiss. Thank you, HarperCollins!

Drain You is a very interesting book. It's the first one I've read (and the first I've been accepted for) on Edelweiss.

The only word I can really come up with to describe Drain You is unique. The book is truly unlike anything else I've ever read, and I can't tell if that's for better or for worse.

First of all, the book doesn't really go anywhere. It does have a plot, but it doesn't necessarily follow the structure plots are supposed...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This novel fell far below its potential, turning into a Gossip Girl meets the Twilight Saga that relied heavily on YA cliches. The writing, however, was talented.

Opening Sentence: The canyons were hot at night, even with the desert winds whipping through the hills.

The Review:

I want to start out by saying that I am so angry at this book. At Bloom. There was so much potential in this story, in the voice and it not only didn’t deliver, but it r...more
Vanessa Booke
Drain You is a retro chic paranormal filled with a laugh out loud dialogue, an endearing leading lady and a greasy model-ish vampire boyfriend/love interest. I loved the 80's and 90's references to the baby sitter's club, Nirvana, The Cure and James Spader. I felt like I was in a flashback from the past. Quinlan who works at video journeys and who has a strange sense of fashion/normal attire meets an older, quiet and reserved James who just so happens to be a vampire and who just so happens to b...more
Nicole
Aug 09, 2012 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs, own
Review was originally posted on Books Complete Me

After first reading the synopsis, Drain You sounds like an interesting debut, with a fun main character and romance. After reading Drain You, I found that the book sort of just fell flat for me.

I had a hard time liking Quinn. At first I thought she was kind of awesome, with her different style and quirky attitude, but as the story progressed, I really stopped liking her. Quinn just wasn't very nice, to her friends, especially them, and to her pare...more
Catie
Drain you is an great read. At times I will admit that I was laughing out loud. I just loved how Quinn was able to mock herself in the way that she does. I got this as an ARC and I almost did not read it as I am about done reading vampire books as they are all the same but I was pleasantly pleased with Drain You. Drain you is not your ordinary Vampire book, it is like no vampire book that I have ever read before.

The characters were hilarious. I love Quinn’s fashion sense. She has the greatest cl...more
Mands
Drain You by M. Beth Bloom is set in California during the 90s. Seventeen year old Quinlan Lacey is on summer holidays, she’s planning on working at the local video store with best friend, Morgan, and spending lots of time sleeping, swimming and sunning. But then she meets James and her summer gets a whole lot more dangerous.

I was really keen to read Drain You after I read Andrea’s review so I was thrilled when the publicist contacted us to join the blog tour because like us, M. Beth is vegan, t...more
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
**Originally on Read-A-holicZ**

Going into this book i was interested and bit cautious, i had heard mixed things but decided to give it a try and i just could NOT finish it or even get into it much. I won't say much about it because i don't wan to be overly negative.

The summary of the book is a bit confusing & starting it, I was really confused. I thought it was a YA book set in the early 90's BUT NOPE it is set in the present time.

The Language & references are ALL so out of my generation...more
Piano & Scene
As a writer and teacher who just spent her summer teaching a bunch of teenaged girls how to write, I can tell you that this book is a refreshing delight. I mean, yes, haters, it's another vampire book, but don't be so quick to toss it in the "Twilight" pile. After all, Quinn is a young woman with a strong personality and unique voice, which is--ahem--more than I can say for some characters. She's a quirky teen from LA who's equal parts strange, cool, insecure, funny, insightful, refreshing, roma...more
Rachael Woohoo
[2/5]

Just as a great voice in the novel could really bring out the book for me, a really annoying or weak voice in the novel could also ruin my experience for me. Unfortunately, this was the case with me in DRAIN YOU - Quinn’s voice, along with other elements, really made me hate on this book :/

Throughout the book, I just could not connect with Quinn. To me, she was bratty, whiny, and self-centered, and she treated almost EVERYONE like crap. Her parents, for example, were nothing but kind to Qu...more
C.J. Listro (Sarcasm & Lemons)
Read more: http://www.sarcasmandlemons.com/2013/...

the basics
I could have rated this book higher, but I think I expected so much of it that I judged it more harshly than similar books. The writing is clever. The voice is unique. The setting is somewhat reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis fastforwarded ten years and stuffed into the body of a teenage girl. All great things, right? Right. Except for something clearly referencing the best band of all time (read: Nirvana), I wanted more. I wanted darke...more
RaeLynn Fry
Drain You
By M. Beth Bloom
YA Paranormal Romance (light romance)
HarperTeen, July 24th, 2012
Rating: Strong PG-13. Open door sex scenes, but no really details given
Coffee Beans: 4/5
Favorite Lines: So I loved Libby, but in a vintage way. Like a childhood blanket, or my dad’s mac and cheese. A deep love, but not one you tap into on a daily basis. (Ebook, pg 25)

Okay, no big deal, I’d just call Stiles…at his underground lair, where he most likely had Libby chained to a radiator and she was loving it. St...more
Vox
I'll admit that I feel as if I've had it up to HERE with vampires and vampire stories. Oh, Stephenie Meyer, I do blame you, sister. And I'm sure I'll blame E. L. James when the inevitable rush of BDSM books comes my way.

So it was with no small amount of trepidation that I started reading this book. Yet before I knew it, I'd been sucked in to the story. GET IT? SUCKED IN? HAHAHAHA. Okay, maybe not. I'd love to say no pun intended, but I intended it.

Anyway.

Quinlan Lacey is on the cusp of her senio...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
Drain You is really a different kind of book than I normally read. But I fell in love it. M. Beth Bloom’s writing style has a deep, dark and eerie feel to it. There's no doubt Drain You is unique and so are its characters. I had the feeling while reading this novel that Bloom wanted me to dislike her main character, Quinn, but at the same time wanted me to fall in love with her. And I did fall in love. Yes, I wanted to slap her for being a selfish, self-centered little brat, but I also understoo...more
Andrea
Here is something you need to know about me before I really start my review: I am an unabashed, unapologetic lover of 90's pop culture. It's a hardcore love that I have. I worry that someday I'll end up sounding like a hippie who refuses to let the 70's go, but, whatever. So to be fair, there are many aspects to this book that I loved simply for that reason. Things that may drive other readers insane, but again, whatever.

DRAIN ME is about Quinlan (Quinn) Lacey; slacker, would-be rebel, if she w...more
Tessa
This book is a sad mixture of Twilight, filled with cliches about 'teenagers'. As someone who finds Bella Swan, and basically every character in the Twilight Saga relentlessly irritating, this book had me feeling almost the same. If you stripped away Quinlan Lacey's somewhat spunky attitude and different lifestyle, you'd find Bella peering up at you.

Its disgraceful to name this book after a Nirvana song (and yes, I am quite sure the author named it after the song because she even quotes the son...more
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