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(Tantalize #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,820 ratings  ·  169 reviews
With a wink and a nod to Bram Stoker, New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites the casts of Tantalize and Eternal in a delicious dark fantasy her fans will devour.

"You'll try to fight it. But you'll only be fighting your true self. It's done. It's destined. In time, you'll come to accept it." He pulled back his sleeve to reveal two dress watches. "In
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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CapesandCovers This whole series is very good. You should definitely start with the first book, Tantalize, though. This is the third book in the series, so picking…moreThis whole series is very good. You should definitely start with the first book, Tantalize, though. This is the third book in the series, so picking up here will be confusing. There is romance, though I'm not entirely sure about it being twisty? You should give it try though!(less)

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Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved Tantalize and Eternal, so begged for an early copy of this one.

It’s got vampires, werewolves, shifters and an Angel!—What’s not to love?
Quince Morris, a neophyte vampire converted against her will, discovers that she must save a whole slew of Austin’s residents from becoming vampires after having eaten tainted desserts at her restaurant. The boy she has privately loved for years, Kieran, flees Austin to protect his family from his own uncontrolled hybrid werewolf shifts in the opening sce
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In Cynthia Leitich Smith’s BLESSED, teen restaurant manager and new vampire Quincie Morris finds herself struggling to handle the demands of saving her restaurant, hundreds of souls, and her relationship with werewolf-hybrid Kieren. With help from a beautiful new hire, Zachary, and his friends, Quincie must race to stop Bradley Sanguini’s quest to make himself into a modern Dracula, complete with his own army of fledgling vampire minions. In the process, Quincie
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Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This was a satisfying ending the the trilogy. It wasn't as good as Eternal, but I liked it a lot more that I liked Tantalize. The mesh of characters was a little odd at first, but it worked better than I thought it would.

Quincie's character was so much better in this one. She's accepted that she's a vampire, but it doing her best to not become a monster. Plus, she's working her hardest to come up with a cure for those Bradley "blessed" while he was the chief of her restaurant. Zachary was a litt
May 06, 2011 rated it it was ok

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ok.. The book was just ok.

Blessed Starts off with the ending from Tantalize
The novel tied the two previous books together (Tantalize and Eternal)
but there wasn't anything spectacular about it.

It referenced the book Dracula several times and the Reader finds out that Quince was named after a male character named Quincy P Morris in the novel.

The ending was abrupt and left unanswered questions.
Does Quince's soul go to Heaven?
How long is Zach earth bound?
Until Kieren dies?
Until Za
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Readers are reunited with Quincie P. Morrise, the narrator of Tantalize. Things have not gotten any easier for her since we last visited. In the previous book, she became the proud owner of Sanguini's a vampire-themed restaurant after her parent's death. She ran the restaurant with her uncle and the help of a very dedicated staff, but things proved to be quite interesting when Brad, the chef she hired to play the role of vampire entertainer, proved to not only have a taste for blood, but a stron ...more
This book follows Quince (from Tantalize book 1) on her quest to cure Brad's possible future vampires and herself from being turned. While also fighting the pull Brad has over her. Afterall her heart belongs to Keiren her "Wolf Man". Which of coarse left her to join a pack somewhere up north away from Texas. Her quest however bring her to the pack and is once again united with Keiren. Zachary from Eternal ends up being assigned to her as her guardian angel and also destroyer. Afterall all Vampir ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Blessed is the culmination of the Tantalize books so far, the ultimate showdown with Bradley. The book unites Quincie and Zachary as they try to stop Bradley from taking over and find a way to cure the unsuspecting diners from their oncoming vampirism.
I liked seeing the books come together, especially some of the side characters like Nora and Clyde meeting up. Quincie is a cute and strong character, being the only vampire to resist killing on her first feed. We also saw Quincie and Kieran reuni
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I thought about reading the first two books in the Tantalize series prior to this one but I already had a free copy of Blessed sitting on my shelf. So... I cheated and started with book 3! Lucky for me, this novel stands well enough on its own and the story is so good that I'll be checking out the first two installments sometime soon. There's not much werewolf action in this tale but from what bits there were I gather that I missed out by skipping ahead! Another reaso
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cynthia Leitich Smith returns to her Dark Universe Series with Blessed the third and possibly last installment. Blessed brings us full circle and we are reunited with the original heroine and characters from Tantalize. Fans of Alex Flinn and her modern retellings of classic fairy tales like Beastly will enjoy Smith's contemporary take of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Quincie, Our favorite teenage vampire restaurateur is learning to balance her new secret undead lifestyle with her old pre-death life. We
Alyssa hoffmaster
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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Although Blessed is the last book in the series I did not feel satisfied. For starters I couldn’t get into this book. It was so long ago that I read the first one to this series that I kind of forgot what happened. Blessed picked up where tantalize left off. I thought it was kind of weird that this picks up after Tantalize when there was a whole other book in the middle there.

Blessed started off with Kieren leaving Quincie. I didn’
Lily (WhoLockian)
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it

Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life -- or undeath. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who "blessed" her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running. She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her wait staff. But with hu
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, funny
The 3rd book in the “Tantalize” series returns to Quincie’s story, after taking a wrong turn in the second book, Eternal.

Quincie has struck a bargain with Brad (“the Impaler”) Sanguini, who had turned her into a vampire: she will suck Kieren’s blood, but stop in time. If she does this, Brad will leave. And although this did happen, Brad is still inside her mind. Quincie goes to live with Kieren's parents when he leaves to futher his werewolf education, but people pop into her life to help her.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not bad. Though Tantalize wasn't my favorite book, I did enjoy Eternal, and this book tied both together well.
Quincey is back in action - trying to manage her restaurant, adjust to being a vampire, keep the former a secret, and stop Brad's plan from taking over. She's up to her shoulders in problems, but then again, she has a lot of new friends to back her up, including her new guardian angel Zachary (which certainly was fun). Oh yeah - and both Quincey and Zachary seem not to be doing too well
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
If you’re a fan of gothic fantasy and paranormal romance, you should sink your teeth into Cynthia Leitich Smith’s newest book Blessed, a young adult thriller filled with brooding shapeshifters and night crawlers set in Austin. The third installment in a gothic triology, the story revolves around Quincy Morris, an orphaned teenager who’s struggling to keep her parent’s vampire-themed restaurant afloat while saving Central Texas from a legion of rogue vampires. While fighting off blood-sucking fie ...more
Samantha Boyette
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Alright, so far I think I liked Eternal best out of these three books, but Blessed was still pretty good. It seems to close the stories of the characters from Eternal and Tantalize, but apparently there is another book coming out so maybe not?

I like these books because their all supernatural/love story without being lame and Twilighty. For one thing, Quincie has a spine and some personality and doesn't defend on the guy she likes for everything. I mean sure, she still does crazy things to be wit
Amy Jacobs
Sep 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
With Blessed being the third and final book in a trilogy, I found it to be a great conclusion to the series. It weaved the first and second book together to create a solid and intriguing finale. This first two books in the series were okay, and I will say that this book again, was just okay. I liked the series, but it wasn't one that blew me away.

The writing has improved a bit, but the story in itself still has some choppy scenes and dialogue. The flow felt interrupted at times as if the story w
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Blessed gets back on track with Quincie, a teenage girl dealing with the lost of her lovable werewolf boyfriend and finding a cure for her patrons. To top it off, she moved in with his parents and staying in his room.

Thanks to evil Chef Brad contaminating the food he made with his blood, Quincie is trying to figure out how to keep her restaurant alive - all the while, trying to figure out how she can save her soul. She hires a new chef and a new wait staff, Zachary...true to his nature and unkno
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great conclusion to what is by far my favorite of this recent slew of young adult supernatural hoodie hoo. I love all the nods to canonical vampire lore and the tongue-in-cheek tone towards the collision of teenage and supernatural worlds. I would also like to imagine that Quincey's verbal lashing of Brad re: his obsession with her is an elbow in the ribs of Stephenie Meyers fans:

"What you call love, I call evil, freakish, and deranged."

Kind of sounds like what any feisty woman should and woul
MissHavoc {Cry Havoc! Reviews}
soo...I liked it. Didn't love it and can't figure out why that is. I got a little confused during fight or flight scenes when things would shift too quickly. Other than that it was great. I loved the story line, and have adored all the characters since book 1. The ending was great and all in all I enjoyed it. If you've read Tantalize and/or Eternal, you owe it to yourself to finish the trilogy.
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Brilliant! Great how the first 2 books came together in this one and all the characters - made a great story. Looking forward to the next. :D
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
She saved the best for last....
Rebecca Sainsbury
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read this book as one of my three required texts for my author presentation. Because I was focused on female writers in the Native American YA lit world, I chose Smith's Tantalized series. Proving the inaccessibility of female indigenous authors, it was hard to get a hold of the first books in the series at the public libraries in Salt Lake and Utah counties, hence why I started with the third in the series. Please take that into consideration when I only give it
Andreas Porwanto
It took me a while to get back to this series as it wasn't easy to find the books. But I'm glad that I bought it online and the story wasn't disappointing at all, although it was a tad boring. Definitely a different take on the 'YA Vampire' topic and I liked it. Can't wait to finish the entire series!
This was really fun! I liked that Quincie was a full-on vampire, and the parenting of Kieren's parents was entertaining. I was so happy to have Nora and Freddy and even Harrison back, and was glad that Zachary was less pathetic in this volume. I loved the way Smith, if you'll forgive the pun, revamped the Dracula story for a solidly threatening villain.
Kim Pickens
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Enjoyable vampire romance.
Initially, when I saw Blessed on the shelf of my local book store, I wasn't entirely sure if I was going to read it even though I read Tantalize and Eternal, books 1 & 2 in the Tantalize series. Honestly, I was never really in love with the story, the characters, you name it.

What I did like and what finally got me to pick up the third and final book in the series was the fact that Cynthia Leitich Smith embraced traditional vampire lore, for the most part. At a time when the YA PNR & UF
Jen  Bigheart
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Blessed is the final installment in the Tantalize series and combines the characters in Tantalize and Eternal. We catch up with Quincie right where we left off in Tantalize. She is a vampire and her maker, Brad the head chef she hired for her vampire themed restaurant, has given her a choice; go with Brad and live a life of damnation or drink from her best friend (who is also a wolf and her not-so-secret love) Kieren. Brad is certain that because Quincie is a new vamp, she will drain Kier
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Welcome back to Sanguini's: A Very Rare Restaurant. Following the events in Tantalize and Eternal, Cynthia Leitich Smith returns to Texas to tell the continuing story of Quincie P. Morris, neophyte vampire and restaurateur.

Admittedly, I forgot most of the events in Tantalize, since it was published three years ago. Eternal was slightly less hazy, but there were still large gaps in my memory. However, I can say without a doubt that Mrs. Smith does an excellent job of bringing the reader up to sp
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Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
In this third installment of the Tantalize series we are back in Austin with Quincie, our reluctant vampire and teenaged restraunteur. Zachary the guardian angel has been reassigned to Quince now that Miranda has died. It is Zach’s hope, and new assignment, to get neophyte vamps/Eternals to redeem themselves and return to Heaven’s fold.

Quince has other plans. She needs to get Sanguini’s up and running and she also needs to figure out a way to save all the people who unwittingly consumed Bradley’
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Cynthia's fiction is noted for its diversity, humor, lyricism, and mid-to-southwestern settings. Still early in her career, she has shown tremendous range and loves to experiment.

JINGLE DANCER, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, (Morrow / Harper-Collins, 2000)(ages 4-up) was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, runner-up for the Western Writers Association Storyteller Award, a

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Tantalize (4 books)
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“Straightening, I asked, "What do you believe in?"
"Old love songs, best friends, the collected works of J.R.R.Tolkien, crispy pork egg rolls with just the right amount of grease, the Big Boss and eternity."
"The Big Boss?"
Zachary pointed up, as if to heaven.

"Pious,"I teased.”
“I like it,” I said. “The material’s so heavy, though. I
may turn into a sweat monster.”
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