Diabolical (Tantalize Series #4)

Diabolical (Tantalize Series #4)

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by Cynthia Leitich Smith
     
 

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Prepare for a hell of a ride as Cynthia Leitich Smith calls on characters from her previous novels - and conjures up new ones - for a climactic showdown.

When "slipped" angel Zachary and his werewolf pal, Kieren, arrive under suspicious circumstances to a mysterious New England boarding school, they quickly find themselves in a hellish lockdown with

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Prepare for a hell of a ride as Cynthia Leitich Smith calls on characters from her previous novels - and conjures up new ones - for a climactic showdown.

When "slipped" angel Zachary and his werewolf pal, Kieren, arrive under suspicious circumstances to a mysterious New England boarding school, they quickly find themselves in a hellish lockdown with an intriguing assortment of secretive, hand-picked students. Plagued by demon dogs, hallucinatory wall décor, a sadistic instructor, and a legendary fire-breathing monster, will they somehow manage to escape? Or will the devil have his due? Best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites heroes from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series - including Zachary's girl, Miranda, and Kieren's love, Quincie - along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kate Walker
Miranda, formerly a vampire princess and even more formerly a regular teenage girl from Texas, is in the Penultimate, a fancy hotel for souls not quite ready to ascend to heaven. Unfortunately her guardian angel boyfriend, Zachary, has lost his full-fledged angel status and is earth-bound. There he watches over Quince, a souled vampire with a half-werewolf boyfriend, Kieran. When Miranda, watching from above, notices her best friend caught up in a dangerous boarding school, she finds a way to break the rules of the afterlife and let Zachary know the girl is in danger. He and Kieran take it upon themselves to travel to the school and save the girl, little knowing that getting into the school will be much easier than getting out. In this fast-paced romp through heaven, hell, and earth in-between, everyone's soul is up for grabs. The world-building, especially in the Penultimate, is fascinating and the cast of characters from the previous three "Tantalize" series books provides an entertaining opening to a suspenseful yet playful horror story later on. There are times when the point-of-view switches can get confusing, as sometimes Kieran's and Zachary's voices read similarly, but this issue works itself out along the way. Overall Diabolical is an entertaining page-turner.
VOYA - Suzanne Osman
If the Harry Potter and Twilight series conceived a child, Diabolical would be it. This supernatural story takes place at a mysteriously dangerous boarding school where handpicked students take courses with titles such as Alchemy & Incantations, Demonic History, Underground Governments, and Physical Fitness & Combat. Think Hogwarts. But move over Jacob, there is a new werewolf in town named Kieren. His girlfriend, Quincie, is a vampire and his best friend, Zachary, is a fallen angel who lost his wings when he revealed himself to a human teen and fell in love with her. Together, this menagerie of magical creatures pretend to enlist at this spooky academy in order to protect another friend, Lucy, who has recently enrolled and whose life may be in peril due to the supernatural shenanigans that occur at this demonic school. It is at this juncture in the story that the macabre and deliciously haunting charm of the story blossoms with devilish teachers who behead students for disobeying school rules; memos to and from the archangel Michael and his various guardian angels; a few sinister secrets kept by the creepy school handyman; and the thrilling rescue of Lucy from the clutches of Satan himself. For readers who are thirsting for more dark, paranormal fiction, this novel fits the bill. While the characters tend to be flat and underdeveloped at times and a few subplots seem to be dropped midway through the novel, less discriminating readers of this genre will devour it with the exuberant slurps of a happy, blood-sucking vampire. Reviewer: Suzanne Osman
Kirkus Reviews
A werewolf, a guardian angel and a former vampire princess take turns narrating the fourth in this smart, playful series that began with Tantalize (2007). Miranda renounced her blood-sucking ways in 2009's Eternal and has since been stuck in limbo at a hotel called the Penultimate somewhere between Earth and Heaven. From there, she keeps tabs on her best friend, Lucy, and is dismayed to see her arrive at Scholomance Preparatory Academy, a boarding school in rural Vermont that may be a place of great evil. She sends word to her soul mate, the guardian angel Zachary, who sets out with werewolf/human hybrid Kieren and his girlfriend Quincie to investigate the matter. A blend of romance, action and horror, this distinguishes itself from the crowd of paranormal teen fare with the employ of plenty of camp and a healthy dose of dry humor, as in this passage where Zachary attempts to prove his angel status to Lucy: " 'Demons have scaly, dragonlike, clawed wings,' I counter. 'Not gleaming, white, eagle-like...pretty wings.' That sounded lame. Luminous is the word Quincie uses. I should have said that." However, the pacing of this installment drags in places, particularly in the sections narrated by Miranda, so far in remove from the main event. This flaw aside, fans of the first three will thrill to this latest. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
From the Publisher
Runs full force on the fires of hell and the sword power of heaven... The ultimate showdown is a Harry Potter-worthy battle between good and evil-but with a welcome dose of devilish humor...Demonically inspired by Stoker's DRACULA and divinely imagined into the present day, the series blends supernatural adventure with real adolescent preoccupations, from homework to hormones.
—The Horn Book

If the HARRY POTTER and TWILIGHT series conceived a child, DIABOLICAL would be it. This supernatural story takes place at a mysteriously dangerous boarding school... Think Hogwarts. But move over Jacob, there is a new werewolf in town named Kieren. His girlfriend, Quincie, is a vampire and his best friend, Zachary, is a fallen angel who lost his wings when he revealed himself to a human teen and fell in love with her. Together, this menagerie of magical creatures pretend to enlist at this spooky academy in order to protect another friend, Lucy, who has recently enrolled and whose life may be in peril due to the supernatural shenanigans that occur... For readers who are thirsting for more dark, paranormal fiction, this novel fits the bill.
—VOYA

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Lucifer is up to his evil tricks again. This time he is corrupting the souls of innocents under the guise of a reputable boarding school in Vermont. When Miranda, a redeemed vampire in Penultimate (limbo/weigh station for ascending souls) discovers that her friend Lucy has enrolled at the evil Scholomance Academy, she asks her love and former guardian angel, Zachary, to investigate. He enlists the help of his friend Kieren, a werewolf, and his girlfriend Quincie, a vampire. Along with the other students at the academy they quickly find themselves up against pure sadistic evil. Told from the alternating points of view of the four main characters, this captivating story combines action, suspense, and romance with just the right touch of humor to keep it entertaining. A great finish to an original and satisfying series.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763651183
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Series:
Tantalize Series, #4
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,225,860
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
Runs full force on the fires of hell and the sword power of heaven... The ultimate showdown is a Harry Potter-worthy battle between good and evil-but with a welcome dose of devilish humor...Demonically inspired by Stoker's DRACULA and divinely imagined into the present day, the series blends supernatural adventure with real adolescent preoccupations, from homework to hormones.
—The Horn Book

If the HARRY POTTER and TWILIGHT series conceived a child, DIABOLICAL would be it. This supernatural story takes place at a mysteriously dangerous boarding school... Think Hogwarts. But move over Jacob, there is a new werewolf in town named Kieren. His girlfriend, Quincie, is a vampire and his best friend, Zachary, is a fallen angel who lost his wings when he revealed himself to a human teen and fell in love with her. Together, this menagerie of magical creatures pretend to enlist at this spooky academy in order to protect another friend, Lucy, who has recently enrolled and whose life may be in peril due to the supernatural shenanigans that occur... For readers who are thirsting for more dark, paranormal fiction, this novel fits the bill.
—VOYA

Meet the Author

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of Tantalize, Eternal, and Blessed as well as Tantalize: Kieren's Story, a graphic novel illustrated by Ming Doyle. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Diabolical 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Owlmanafanatic16 More than 1 year ago
A great end to a fantastic series. Could not put it down for anything. Finished it in a few hours and was truly greatful that I read it.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I've kept at this series hoping to capture what I loved in book two. Second book in the series, but it's the first one I read (luckily, I don't feel it matters which order you read the 1st and 2nd). It's come close with each one, but with some many different story lines and characters, it was hard to get the same feel. I honestly think I enjoyed this one the most after Eternal. I finally felt like all the pieces of the story came together the way they should. Although, I do feel like a continuation is possible with two of the characters, I think I might stop with this series right here. I enjoyed how there are so many forces at work here. I'm sure the real targets were Quince and Zachary, but the story included everyone. I was afraid one of them might do something to jeopardize the chances, but the devil has nothing on these two. The story can get a little cheesy at times. I feel its better suited to younger teens that aren't looking for a lot of depth and through provoking dialogue. But, I've enjoyed the series since I first discovered it.
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Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good...
roebud77 More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. I can't wait for the next book to come out.