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Blessed (Tantalize Series #3)

Blessed (Tantalize Series #3)

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by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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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.

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


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.

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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Seventeen-year-old orphan Quincie P. Morris, turned into a vampire at the end of Smith's Tantalize (2007), is back—and how. The first pages of this gothic tale find her fending off the advances of Brad (the powerful and creepy vampire who "blessed" her), and proving that her best friend, half-werewolf Kieren, is innocent of murder. Quincie is determined to save the legions of people who were tricked into consuming Brad's blood and are thus destined to become vampires within weeks. At the same time, she is trying to reopen her family's vampire-themed, Austin-based restaurant and keep her nature a secret from her new guardians, Kieren's werewolf mother and human father. Help comes in the form of an unusual trio, characters from Smith's Eternal (2009). Unbeknownst to Quincie, new arrival Zachary is a guardian angel who has been given responsibility for her. While she yearns to trust him and his companions, vampire-savvy humans Nora and Freddy, she is initially afraid to trust anyone. She won't be able to stop Brad on her own, though; since leaving Austin, he has found a way to claim the long-dormant powers of Dracula. The clock is ticking towards "end times"; and Quincie and her friends had better act fast. Knowledge of Smith's earlier works is not required; readers who have no prior knowledge of the previous works will quickly find their footing in this story. Smith's heroes here are likeable and well-intentioned, and readers will be rooting for them from the first page to the last. All told, this is a satisfying, gothic tale. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
VOYA - Dotsy Harland
Quincie Morris, orphaned owner of Austin's famous Sanguini's Restaurant, is in a terrible fix. It turns out that Bradley, the restaurant's chef, is a wily vampire who has harnessed the evil power of Count Dracula. Bradley wants Quincie for himself and has gradually made her a vampire by serving her wine spiked with his blood. And to make matters much worse, before he fled Austin, Bradley offered a tainted dessert of chilled baby squirrels to a packed restaurant. In a matter of weeks, all who tried it will become vampires of the most virulent sort. Quincie, her werewolf boyfriend, Kieren; her guardian angel, Zachary; and a loosely knit group of acquaintances both dead and alive must find a way to diffuse the vampire magic before those who ate Bradley's dessert become part of Dracula's deadly legion. At the same time, Quincie must fight her craving for human blood in order to protect her undefiled friends. After several extremely close calls, Bradley and Dracula are defeated and Quincie emerges with her soul intact. In Blessed, Smith brings together characters from her novels Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007/VOYA June 2007) and Eternal (Candlewick, 2009/VOYA April 2009), creating an edgy alternate reality in which angels, vampires, shape shifters, and humans are not only aware of each other but also intermingle socially. In spite of a convoluted plot, this novel is a tasty addition to supernatural fiction. Smith's writing style is sometimes dramatic, often humorous, and always energetic. Fans of the first two books in the series will be on the lookout for this one. Reviewer: Dotsy Harland
VOYA - Alex Coyle
A satisfying blend of excitement and intrigue, Blessed provides a fun and entertaining read. Appealing to high schoolers with a flair for fantasy, this book provides a twist on life as an "eternal." Fresh and full of modern allusions and lingo, Blessed will be enjoyable even for someone new to Smith's series. 4Q,5P. Reviewer: Alex Coyle, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews

A guardian angel joins forces with an unusually humane vampire and a host of shape-shifters in this appealing melding of characters from Smith's earlier novels, Tantalize (2007) and Eternal (2009). The friendship that develops between the newly undead Quincey, out to save a group of people cursed to become bloodsuckers, and roguish angel Zachary is sweetly convincing and filled with witty dialogue. It's so flip and contemporary—"I mean, I'm your guardian angel...Middle management didn't bother to float me a background file or anything so I'm having to sort of wing this. No pun intended"—readers may at first wonder if their relationship is developing into a romance. However, this notion will be dismissed with the return of Quincie's werewolf boyfriend, Kieran, and the pages fairly smolder in describing their attraction to one another. Adding texture to the narrative are plentiful allusions to Bram Stoker's Dracula. While the novel takes its time getting started, readers who have read the first two will again be pulled into this wild and ultimately fascinating, if at times grisly, alternate universe. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Off-handed humor, clever wordplay, and a host of supernatural beings will delight fans of Smith's Tantalize (2007) and Eternal (2009, both Candlewick), the two novels that precede this one, though Blessed can certainly be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. She's a neophyte vampire; he's an unproven werewolf. Quincie P. Morris is newly changed, and her boyfriend has to leave Austin to train with the pack. The teen has more problems than separation from her true love, however. Sanguini's, the family restaurant (which she owns), has just lost its famous chef—and good riddance to Brad, the nasty vampire that changed Quincie and tainted the vampire-themed restaurant's signature dessert (chilled baby squirrels) with his own blood in order to create an army of vampires. She hires a new vampire-friendly chef and gets a new waiter, who turns out to be her Guardian Angel; a mission to find Brad and destroy him ensues. Smith cleverly inserts Bram Stoker's Dracula as a guide for Quincie (she has to read it for her English class), and draws on the classic's characters and plot to move her own story along. Careful readers will also recognize passing references to the works of J.K. Rowling, the Brothers Grimm, Anne Rice, Tolkien, and many others. This is a good read for those who hunger for the dark side, with all the trappings of a YA vampire novel.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Tantalize Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.01(h) x 1.50(d)
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of Tantalize, Eternal, and several other books for young readers. About Blessed, she says, "Who hasn’t felt like their life is over? Like they’re all alone, facing an infernal storm? That’s when a little faith can save you, when you’re fighting the hardest to believe in yourself." A member of the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Austin, Texas.

From the Hardcover edition.

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