Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life — or undeath.

Tantalize Series, Book 3
Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Quincie is a vampire and she has a lot on her plate. With her parents dead, she’s busy running a restaurant and trying to save her undead life. Her best friend, Kieran, a hybrid werewolf, has been accused of murder and needs her help clearing his name. To make matters worse, Bradley Sanguini, the evil vampire who “blessed” Quincie, is channeling the spirit of Drac Prime, the original count, to create a vampire army and take over the world. Can Quincie save her friend, herself, and everyone else from a life (or after-life) that no one would want?

A fun, action-filled vampire book for paranormal fans. The characters are intriguing. The story is a little long, but fans of this genre as well as apocalyptic fiction will relish reading this book.

Review by Jessica Moody, Olympus Jr. High Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 8+

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Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Candlewick Press
462 pages
Release Date: February 8, 2011
ISBN: 9780763643263 (hardcover)

From the Publisher

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 hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature — and a flaming sword — and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it’s too late. Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie’s soul?

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