Tantalize: Kieren's Story

Overview

Illustrated by hot new talent Ming Doyle, Cynthia Leitich Smith's TANTALIZE is reimagined as a graphic novel-- seen through Kieren's werewolf eyes.

As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon, he'll leave everything behind: home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend . . . who's beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend. For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires-- and his wolf-- at bay. But...

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Overview

Illustrated by hot new talent Ming Doyle, Cynthia Leitich Smith's TANTALIZE is reimagined as a graphic novel-- seen through Kieren's werewolf eyes.

As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon, he'll leave everything behind: home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend . . . who's beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend. For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires-- and his wolf-- at bay. But when the chef at Quincie' s family restaurant is brutally murdered, Kieren resolves to be there for her, even if it means being framed. Even if it means watching Quincie's beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair. But when the new chef begins wooing her, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect Quincie-- and himself? In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art by debut artist Ming Doyle and lush, romantic cover art by Sam Weber , bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through wolfish eyes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kieran is an Irish-Mexican–American honors student at an Austin, Tex., high school who also happens to be half werewolf in this graphic novel addition to the teen supernatural romance genre. If his affliction were not enough to grapple with, the time is growing nigh that he will need to leave home to join a wolf pack, and he is in love with his human best friend Quincie. A crime at Quincie’s family restaurant sets the story in motion, as Kieran dodges vampires and fights for his true love’s soul, all while defending his own name and keeping his grades up. While supernatural metaphors for the transformations and horrors of adolescence are well-worn territory, Leitich Smith, who first published Tantalize as a young adult novel, provides a face-paced, twisty, enjoyable ride and compelling characters who develop as the story unfolds. Kieran’s sidekicks, a were-armadillo and a were-possum, provide some welcome perspective on the hero’s obsession, keeping the story from getting dragged down into too much teen angst. Doyle’s illustrations, while slightly static, capture the intensity of the emotions between the star-crossed couple. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
This is the graphic novel version of TANTALIZE so it's a book that might appeal to reluctant readers and to people who really are visual thinkers. It's gothic, it's dark. But it also has humor. There's romance, very sweet romance, and there's controversy and there's justice issues and bad boys don't always get away, but you're not quite sure.
—NPR Tell Me More

This format- and genre-blending story delivers on several counts as a vampire-werewolf adventure, a mystery, a romance with teeth and claws, an authentic look at diversity (both ethnic and species), and a darn good read.
—Booklist

Leitich Smith, who first published TANTALIZE as a young adult novel, provides a face-paced, twisty, enjoyable ride and compelling characters who develop as the story unfolds. Doyle's illustrations capture the intensity of the emotions between the star-crossed couple.
—Publishers Weekly

VOYA - Beth Andersen
Cynthia Leitich Smith and artist Ming Doyle take Smith's popular 2007 teen novel, Tantalize (Candlewick/VOYA June 2007) , and give it the graphic novel treatment to solid success. Kieren and Quincie have been best friends forever, but as a werewolf hybrid, Kieren is preparing to leave his family forever to join an urban pack. Orphaned Quincie divides her time between school and helping her uncle turn the family restaurant, Fat Lorenzo, into Sanguini's, a vampire-themed eatery to appeal to Austin, Texas's edgy dining clientele. Tensions escalate with the murder of Quincie's uncle, and the slow seduction of Quincie by Brad, the new chef whose sharp pointy incisors give him away as a non-human danger to Quincie. Toss in a large number of suddenly disappearing students, the testosterone-laced hostilities between Kieren and Brad, the increasingly tramp-dressed Quincie whose face morphs from sweet to hardened vampire with brilliantly applied brush strokes, and the inevitable good-boy-loves-good-girl-going-bad-loves-bad-boy dynamic shapes up nicely. Mix in a few moments of chuckle (Mitch, a homeless man, holds a sign that says, Pro-Choice Amish Laid-Off Tech Worker Needs Booze $$), willingly suspend disbelief (surprisingly mild concern over those missing students) and this is a fine adaptation. A few gory panels but no sexed up graphics make this accessible to most tweens and teens. Reviewer: Beth Andersen
Children's Literature - BriAnne Baxley MLIS
Son of a werewolf mother and a human father, Kieren's life is different than most of his friends in his high school. With werewolf blood in his veins it is his duty to join an urban Wolf pack so that he can hone his skills as a shifter. Unaware of when he will be sent to his new home means that Kieren is stuck wondering when he will have to give up his school, family, and long time best friend Quincie. Always knowing that his duty was to the pack, Kieren is soon faced with the difficult choice between his duty or protecting his best friend when Quincie's family finds themselves in the hands of murderers and unexplainable changes. Readers will easily be drawn into the pages through the strong sense of adventure, mystery and romance. These themes are also enhanced by the black and white graphics that are found in an easy to read panel setting. Reviewer: BriAnne Baxley, MLIS
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Readers of Smith's novel Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007) will be excited to see the story of the secondary character fully revealed in this graphic-novel spin-off. While Quincie Morris struggles to reopen her family's restaurant in the wake of a murder, she pushes her best friend, Kieren, away. To protect her, he devotes himself to solving the mystery of the murder and finds himself embroiled in a vampire plot. As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren doesn't fear the paranormal, but the investigation leads him not only to the guilty parties, but also to truths about his werewolf ancestors that are hard to reconcile. While the story stands on its own, teens will appreciate it far more if they have read Tantalize. The artwork, which focuses mainly on the faces of the characters, features large lips, resulting in some distorted expressions in some scenes. However, both the art and the text come together in some touching moments, particularly between Kieren and his younger sister. Like Tantalize, this parallel point of view leaves readers wanting to know more about what transpires in Kieren's and Quincie's futures.—Alana Joli Abbott, formerly at James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763641146
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: Tantalize Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 828,660
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed author of the prose novel of TANTALIZE as well as ETERNAL, a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller, and BLESSED, all set in the same fictional universe. She says of TANTALIZE, "An unjust accusation. A true love in peril. It's enough to make you open your teeth and howl." A member of the faculty at the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Austin, Texas.

Ming Doyle was born in 1984 to an Irish-American sailor and a Chinese-Canadian librarian. Since earning her BFA from Cornell University in 2007, she has depicted the sequential exploits of zombie superheroes, demonic cheerleaders, vengeful cowboys, and dapper mutants. TANTALIZE marks her first full-length graphic novel as well as her first encounter with a were-opossum. She lives in Boston.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

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    Tantalize: Kieren's Story, is a graphic novel. The illustrations in this novel were nicely done. I have to say I liked reading the story from Kieren's POV, it gave me more insight to Kieren's desire for Quincie, and him handling his werewolf thing. The characters and story plot was strong, and with it being in comic book format, made it a fun read. I would recommend this for middle grade to teenagers, or to anyone who loves comic books. Tantalize: Kieren's Story is a fun read. I enjoyed it.

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