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Tantalize (Tantalize #1)

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  9,881 ratings  ·  922 reviews
Are you predator or prey?
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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 uncl
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published February 1st 2007)
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The Holy Terror
This turned out to be an original concept that was executed poorly. The story quickly spirals into an insufferable teen drama filled with clichéd characters and terrible choices.

Quincie, the main character, is trying to reopen her family's restaurant after a recent murder on the premises. She has to come up with the menu, hire the staff, and organize just about everything. She tries to act like an adult, but she isn't really one, and so she misses all of the signs an actual adult would have seen
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Megan RFA
Jun 03, 2008 Megan RFA rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who's really bored and has nothing else to read.
Shelves: vampires, young-adult
This book annoys me. Not the subject matter, that's ok. I mean, it IS teen-fic. What bugs me is the writing. The author lives in Austin, Texas which is where the book takes place, and so do I, which is part of the reason it interested me. But she really wants to make sure you know the story takes place in Texas, yall! Seriously, every few paragraphs she's name dropping some local landmark or phenomena. Done correctly and respectfully this can add flavor to a story, but it's done so poorly in thi ...more
Emily Cassady
Nov 07, 2007 Emily Cassady rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA and fans of vamp fiction
Vampire/Werewolf fiction is always a hot seller. CLS has done some research using B. Stoker's Dracula and has made a main character (Quincie Morris) based on some information found within. Our Quincie is from Austin and she is struggling with running a family restaurant. They've decided to close down, re-model, and open a vampire diner. Recently I heard one book reviewer say "You know how you always see those 'KeepAustinWeird' shirts? Well...this certainly fits".
There are some recognizable figu
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Miss Clark
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Kristi
Tantalize itself means to torment or tease with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable or withheld. I personally cannot think of a better word to describe this dark fantasy!

Quince Morris lives in world that is a little different from our own. Not much different really, just this small thing about werewolves and vampires being real! But Quince isn’t worried about that, her best friend Kieren happens to be a hybrid-werewolf. Not only is he her best friend she wishes they were more,
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Sharee
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Marlan
This book is for the non-discriminating teen who needs a vampire fix. Were-creatures are mentioned but they don't do anything cool. I thought it was a poorly constructed plot and had weak characterization. Very disappointed.
Ann
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Oh my gosh, what the crap was that? Did that just happen??? Friends, this book makes Twilight look PLAUSIBLE. It makes it look like ART.

I considered for a while giving this only one star, using, of course, The Amber Room as my ruler, and decided this is just as bad - but in a different way. It is certainly full of cliches (the author certainly loves an angsty sentence fragment!), but it is also just plain crazy. She assumes tha
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A.L. Davroe
This story is about an orphaned girl -- Quincie -- who is crushing on her werewolf best friend and trying to re-vamp (literally) her family's restaurant when the head chef and family friend is brutally murdered. The problem? The murder looks like it was done by a shifter -- possibly her best friend? AND the restaurant is opening soon and now there's no chef! Luckily, Bradly show up out of nowhere, ready to fill Quincie full of cheesy lines, heady wine, and promises of a flowering future for her ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

Quincie Morris leads a stressful life; playing the part of a responsible adult since the death of her parents has left her the owner of the family restaurant. Fat Lorenzo's was a successful family business until a large Italian restaurant chain moved in down the street. The small business couldn't compete, so in order to keep the doors open, her Uncle Davidson, now her guardian and manager of the restaurant, decided to change Fat Lorenzo's into a vampi
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J.D. Stroube
This was somewhat unique. I found the "restaurant" to be an interesting bend...
It had humor, but I felt that the author could have done more with this book!
Barks & Bites
I read Eternal which I found lacking and went back to read this one to see if I’d enjoy it any better. I should have known better.

The writing is still very off putting and the world building just as lame and inconsistent as book #2 in the series. I can’t quite put into words what is wrong but I feel a disconnect between myself and the characters which is annoying and frustrating.

This story is set in a world inhabited by humans, vampires and werewolves but the whole dynamic between the three is s
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Angela
Could have been tantalizing but wasn't, 1.5 stars

Cynthia Leitich Smith's Tantalize begins as Quincie Morris, placed into her uncle's care after her parents' death, is helping prepare the family's restaurant for its grand re-opening. Quincie helps runs the restaurant, which is undergoing a renovation to become Sanguini's, a vampire-themed dining experience. When the head chef is murdered, Quincie must decide whether to trust her best friend and crush, Kieran, a half-werewolf hybrid, to not be the
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Jeanine
This book was slow pretty much up until the end. I am not sure why I kept reading on, but I did, and the end made me glad I did.

Okay... So I was glad that I stuck through it because I had the next book "Eternal," or what I thought was the next book. Turns out, "Eternal" has all different characters and I am not going to find out what happens with Kieran and Quince until the third book "Blessed". I am actually annoyed with myself that I made myself finish Tantalize now...

That being said, this b
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I accidentally read the second in the series first. Since it's actually a companion novel, it turned out it didn't matter. I wanted to read this one because the 3rd in the series comes out soon and it's suppose to contain characters from both books. It wasn't as good as I had hoped, but wasn't a complete disappointment either.

For half of the book, I wasn't even sure the direction it was going to take. It seemed to be more about werewolves than vampires. And neither seems to be very well explaine
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Arlene
I was so tempted to give this book one star, but I only reserve that honor for ones I simply can't finish. If you're in the mood for one of the worst vamp/were tales, Tantalize is the book for you.

Tantalize, by Cynthia Leitich Smith, ranks up there with one of the most disappointing stories I've come across. There was nothing tantalizing about this story, the characters or the plot. The only thing the book has going for it is good art cover.

The basic premise of the story is that Quincie Morris
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Megan
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It's . . . strange. And not strange in the good, wow-that-was-crazy-scary-and-I-would-totally-see-that-movie! strange. Not the creepy, sexy thing I thought it was.

Think about it: Girl has best friend/werewolf/potential lover. Girl runs wierd restaurant that needs a new theme -- and it's a vampiric one!

Sounds crazy right? In the crazy-look-'em-up way.

And I'm just so confused by the whole book that I have no idea what to write.

Confession: The only
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NCPL Teenzone
When Quincie Morris’s parents died, they left her their family legacy, the Italian restaurant Fat Lorenzo’s. Since Quincie was only fourteen, her Uncle Davidson was put in charge of caring for her and the restaurant until she turns 21. Unfortunately she’s still only 17 and a senior in high school but she’s been taking a more active role in the restaurant which has been completely remodeled and redesigned. When it reopens, it will be Sanguini’s: A Very Rare Restaurant, the first vampire themed es ...more
Jenn
Sep 25, 2007 Jenn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Twilight
I adore a good vampire novel and I enjoy young adult novels, and this book combines some of the best of both. If you have read Twilight, you will definitely enjoy this book. In some ways it feels like Twilight meets Like Water for Chocolate. There are menus and a fun sub-plot involving opening a vampire-themed restaurant. However, the vampires really weren't compelling to me and the "head" vampire, if you will, did not give off that sexy vibe. I thought that the main character was unfortunately ...more
Jessie
I hate it when you are halfway through a book and finally realize that the story isn't going to get any better, but you can't put the book down because in the back of your mind you are hoping that there will be some redeeming quality that justifies the time you have spent reading the book. I am so sorry that that didn't happen with this train wreck of a book. The story is so all over the place and disjointed that it was very difficult to follow the plot let alone care at all about the characters ...more
Monet St. Louis
I actually enjoyed the second book in the series, Eternal, better than this one. I accidentally read the second one a couple of years ago - thinking it wasn't part of a series, but a stand-alone. then i found out it was a sequel to this one. Well let's just say i was not to pleased to find out that neither Zach or Miranda were in this book. But thats ok. it was still a good story, i read it very fast, it was full of suspense, and was very dark at some times (like who really would eat cute little ...more
Melissa
Apr 14, 2010 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal fiction fans, were fans, vampire fans, Twilight fans
Quincie Morris has a lot on her mind. Since the death of her parents three years ago, Quincie and her Uncle Davidson have been running the family restaurant Fat Lorenzo’s. With the completion taking away business they decided to change the restaurant into Sanguini’s, a restaurant built around a vampire theme. When the head chef, and good friend Vaggio is murdered in the restaurant kitchen, Quincie’s best friend, Kiernan, a hybrid werewolf and the boy of her dreams, warns her that real vampires m ...more
Jane
The characters seems real (but not boring) and it's nice to read about characters that have flaws and are far from perfect.There is a nice unexpected twist near the end of the book. My only beef with the book is the last chapter, but it's worth reading.

The description on the jacket is stupid so here is a much better description:
Quince is a 17 year senior in high school who-along with her uncle and legal guardian- run the restaurant left to her by her parents when they died a few years earlier.
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Melissa
I try to let every book settle on my brain a good 24hrs before doing a review, especially if I feel it might be unfavorable.

I'm a longtime fan of Paranormal YA literature. I've seen it evolve. I've read the good and the bad. You say it, I've probably read it.

When I read the back of this book, I immediately thought it was going to be good. I liked the idea of it revolving around a restuarant. My own father has been a chef all my life, so I know kitchen life like the back of my hand (even though
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Aaron
After the death of her parents in an automobile accident, Quincie Morris and her Uncle Davidson have been working hard to keep the family restaurant open, but new business in Austin has pulled patrons away. They have decided that the restaurant needs a new look, and are getting ready to reveal Sanguini's a new vampire-theme for the place.

They hit a slight bump in the road when their long-time chef Vaggio is found murdered in the kitchen after what appears to be a werewolf attack. Uncle D leaves
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Sage
Jun 11, 2013 Sage rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a taste for baby squirrels.
Recommended to Sage by: Goodreads
Bleh. Horrible ending, okay plot, shallow characters, and just a whole lot of weirdness. Like, the entire story is about their stupid vampire restaurant. And then at the end (view spoiler) You never find out what happens to her, only that her half-werewolf boyfriend (yes, I did say HALF werewolf.) will be with her forever. This is the same friend who stabbed through her hand with his half-werewolf c ...more
Juushika
Quincie is a high school senior trying to balance school, her first love—to her best friend, a werewolf/human hybrid who won't return her advances—and the family business: an Italian restaurant which is adopting a vampire theme in the attempt to attract fresh business. When the restaurant's chef is murdered, a young chef comes in to replace him and to play "vampire don" for the restaurant, and Quincie is pulled into the middle of werepeople politics and vampire scheming. The Austin, Texas settin ...more
Pamela
Mar 26, 2012 Pamela rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one. Ever. For real--I mean it.
I am so, so confused. I feel like I've just been on an LSD trip filled with strange puns, werewolves, werepossums (?????), and vampires living in Austin, Texas.

Admittedly, I don't know very much about Austin, except that it's a) in Texas, and b) the capitol of Texas. Evidently ... it's a strange place? Smith sets her story here, with the central character being Quincie (Smith's bizarre homage to a character in Stoker's Dracula). Poor, poor Quincie. Her best friend is a Werewolf-hybrid who can't
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Noel
I was annoyed by the cheesiness of this book at first, but then I got into it and read it within a few hours, gripped despite some pretty obvious flaws. I guess I'm just a sucker (har dee har!) for vampire novels. Hell, I knew it was going to be a cheesy young adult vampire romance going in, it was what i was looking for, so I can't complain too much. I was a little leery of the whole "vampire themed restaurant" premise at first, since such an idea has the potential to be played off very poorly, ...more
Kit
The best thing about this audiobook is that it's set in a vampire-themed restaurant in Austin. The second best thing is that it's a story that's likely to appeal to teens who like Twilight, but it's much better written. And the third best thing is the nod to classic vampire lore, explained in the postscript.

That said, I'm not a fan of Twilight or the hawt vampire genre in which the protagonist floats through the story spellbound by the hawtness and/or villany of the vampires. I like a protagonis
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