Blessed (Tantalize Series #3)

Blessed (Tantalize Series #3)

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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763643263
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Tantalize Series , #3
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.65(w) x 8.01(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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.

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Blessed 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
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 little off for me, but I think it's because I think he had a better connection with Miranda. He just seems like a background character. The rest of the cast fill out the story nicely. I liked the action and pace in this story. I love the inclusions of Dracula and some myths involving him. Interesting idea that Dracula could be alive and well in this story. While the part with the wolves was a bit gory, I think it was a highlight of the story. I also really enjoyed the ending. It concluded all the storylines and left me happy with the way the story ended. I'll be looking forward to see what the author comes up with next!
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The conclusion to Tantalize, with stowaways from Eternal thrown in. A fun ending to the series, loose ends all pretty well tied up.
JessicaSinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 fiends, Quincy must keep her new thirst for blood at bay, salvage her soul and clear her best bud and soul mate ¿a hot-blooded werewolf cross-breed ¿ of murder charges. Wow ¿ and I thought my high school days were hellish!Adding a unique spin on the ever-evolving vampire genre, she gives readers exactly what they want: fast-paced thrill rides filled with vampire lore, preternatural bad boys and steamy romance. If you haven¿t read the first two books in the series, Tantalize or Eternal, you¿re in for a treat!
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed in this series. I remember really enjoying Tantalize and sort of enjoying Eternal, so I was excited to see that there was a conclusion to both books out. Well, I'm not sure what I expected, but Blessed wasn't quite it. The resolution is there, but the book took some odd directions and I probably won't be seeking out any more of Smith's work right now.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, I did think the ending was a little rushed. I was glad that the characters for the 2nd book hand an appearence.
sweetpea72998 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book!!!!! It was just plain amazing!!!!!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This book brings the characters of Tantalize and Eternal together. It is told from Quincie's point of view. I was hoping Quincie would mature more as a character, but she seems just as senseless as she did in the beginning. There are so many references to the original Dracula book, and yes, you see some things between the two books tie together, and I liked that, but I would liked to have been able to put some of those pieces together for myself rather than having to read Dracula along with Quincie. Mostly it made the story drawn out, so I lost interest many times, and it was really hard to keep focused. Just because this book wasn't exactly for me, doesn't mean you won't like it. It has many fans! You might be one too.
Owlmanafanatic16 More than 1 year ago
The cast of Tantalize and Eternal join together for an unforgetable book. The minute i Hear about Blessed, I knew I had to get it the day it was released. Read it in a day and was pleased.
KK17 More than 1 year ago
It's funny, I saw this book at the library and thought it looked good so I read it. I had no idea it was the third in the series, at all. I'm actually kind of shocked. I didn't feel like there was any missing information from the other books. I thought it was a pretty good book.
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Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
Smith made it surprisingly easy to jump in right where Tantalize left off. You'd think with the story in-between and the entirely different cast of characters things could get confusing, but the way it's all written leaves no room at all for you to be confused. I automatically realized and accepted that Tantalize and Eternal happened at the same time and that Blessed is the after. Who would have thought I'd go from complaining about the characters in Tantalize to praising the ones in Eternal and then practically drooling when they all came together in Blessed? I can't tell whether the story has grown on me with every book or whether the writing has just gotten better. I had a mix of feelings before reading this book about all the characters from both books meeting up in Blessed. Because it could have gone bad pretty fast or it could've been really good. I personally think it was really good and I have to note that I think Smith really knows how to tie up a series. Throughout the series I've gotten the gist of what the author was trying to portray with the subtle hints of Dracula, but in Blessed you can't ignore where the inspiration for the series came from. I guess you'd have had to watch one of the original Dracula movies or read the book to really get it, so after reading this series (and being a big fan of the Drac-man) I would really suggest watching one of the movies or reading the book, it'll really give you a great sense of what the author was saying.
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
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 pick up right after the end of Tantalize, Kieren is off to live with the pack, her uncle, guardian, and last living relative has met his true death. Her vampire sire Bradley Sanguini is gone leaving holes in her staff, and the weight of his world dominating plans on her shoulders. Quincie has some challenges ahead while she works to reopen Sanguini's, combat the potential fallout from the baby squirrel eaters, and maintaining her new dietary needs from Kieren's family. Fortunately Quincie has an angel on her side. Eternal's Zachary and a few of his cohorts join the fray and the wait staff to give Quincie the edge she's gonna need to overcome Brad's latest evil plans and Dracula Prime. It's the ultimate battle of good vs evil and the powers that be have Quincie playing an important role. What's left of her soul is at stake, and the redemption of Brad's victims. Blessed is a highly entertaining book. Like Tantalize Blessed is outlined using the concept of a menu, which I found to be a quirky and a fresh take on creating a framework for the story. I like the merging of the two previous books and characters and how they combined to remake a classic. But the lull in release dates, prompts me to recommend rereading the Tantalize and Eternal before Blessed. I while I remembered Tantalized and recalled more as the book went on, I had a really hard time recalling Eternal. The two years in between really took their toll. Overall I think this book was great fans of the first two won't be disappointed. Though I think the story arc has come to an end, like the short provided at the end of Blessed, I hope Smith continues to write in her Dark Universe.
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