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Blessed
ISBN: 9780763654795
Author: Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: February 2012
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Annotation: 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?
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Paranormal fiction.
Restaurants; Juvenile fiction.
Vampires; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010038697
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Tantalize
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: High School, Fantasy, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 10th, 12th
 
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Contributor Bio(s): 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.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
In this third book of Smith's vampire trilogy, Quincie hunts down slick vampire chef Brad. As in Tantalize and Eternal, the main attractions are Smith's clever and campy blend of the supernatural and the everyday, and her thoroughly entertaining characters, human and otherwise. A hearty meal for the thinking vampire reader. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #1)
Modern bloodsuckers meet Count Dracula himself in this third book of Smith's vampire trilogy. Tantalize's (rev. 3/07) Quincie P. Morris takes the lead in hunting down slick vampire chef Brad, who initiated her (and many others) and can therefore seep unwanted into her thoughts and dreams. The former attendants of the vampire king from Eternal (rev. 3/09) join her in the fight, and tall, heavenly, and handsome guardian angel Zachary returns to save Quincie's compromised soul. Finding Brad requires research, and Bram Stoker's novel offers Quincie clues to the terrifying link between Brad and 'Dracula Prime.' Action-seekers may find these research passages a bit slow, but fans of vampire mythology will get a kick out of the interpretive lore, and a series of violent clashes leading to the final battle keep the plot moving. As in the first two novels, the main attractions are the clever and campy blend of the supernatural and the everyday and the thoroughly entertaining characters, human and otherwise. Even in undeath, Quincie has a zest for life that shines through as she balances supernatural duties with schoolwork and running her family restaurant, the vampire-themed Sanguini's. Romance blossoms, too, as she and her beloved werewolf, Kieren, prove their devotion to each other under deadly duress. A hearty meal for the thinking vampire reader. LAUREN ADAMS Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 April)

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

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