Books by Cynthia Leitich Smith

HEARTS UNBROKEN by Cynthia Leitich Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Endearing enough for Smith's fans, too many subissues hinder an organic unfolding to convert new readers. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 14-18)"
"Suburban," Muscogee (Creek) girl Louise "Lou" Wolfe confronts the politics of being Native in an overwhelmingly white high school while finding first love. Read full book review >
FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"It may be difficult for readers to keep track of the vast ensemble of characters, particularly if they haven't read the previous four books, but many won't care—instead they'll be wrapped up in the playful, smart tone. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Shape-shifting werepeople battle to survive on a remote island while vampires, Yeti-like creatures and other creeps hunt them for sport in this action-packed, goofy companion novel featuring secondary characters from the series that began with Tantalize (2007). Read full book review >
DIABOLICAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"This flaw aside, fans of the first three will thrill to this latest. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
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). Read full book review >
TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In a densely populated teen-lit landscape of werewolves, vamps and unrequited love, this doesn't stand out, but it will likely find its readership. (Graphic supernatural romance. 13 & up)"
A graphic adaptation of Leitich Smith's werewolf-vampire-culinary thriller from a new point of view. Read full book review >
BLESSED by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"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)"
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). Read full book review >
ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Still, the pace of this entertaining romp is quick and the action plentiful—a painless, if not particularly memorable, read. (Horror. 14 & up)"
Plain Miranda ascends to the rank of vampire princess in this imaginative but somewhat underdeveloped horror-comedy. Read full book review >
TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2007

"The storytelling is straightforward but elegant and will hold infinite appeal to the vampire-loving crowd. (Fiction. YA)"
Smith takes readers inexorably from the commonplace (a teen who cuts classes and performs restaurant kitchen prep) to the fantastical (wine that's more than just the color of blood and a host of were-creatures) in a clearly recognizable Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
SANTA KNOWS by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The transformation of a nonbeliever on Christmas Eve is an old story, but Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a newly minted winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a sourpuss of a boy who doesn't believe in Santa Claus. Read full book review >
INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"An excellent choice for younger readers from the author of the bittersweet Rain Is Not My Indian Name (2001). (Fiction. 7-10)"
A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer. Read full book review >
RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2001

"What's amazing here is Rain's insight into her own pain, and how cleanly she uses language to contain it. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tender, funny, and full of sharp wordplay, Smith's first novel deals with a whole host of interconnecting issues, but the center is Rain herself. Read full book review >
JINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2000

"A useful portrayal of an important cultural event in a Creek girl's year. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A contemporary Native American girl follows in her grandmother's footsteps (literally and figuratively), dancing the traditional jingle dance at the powwow. Read full book review >