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BLESSED by Cynthia Leitich Smith

BLESSED

From the Tantalize series, volume 3

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4326-3
Publisher: Candlewick

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). The friendship that develops between the newly undead Quincey, out to save a group of people cursed to become bloodsuckers, and roguish angel Zachary is sweetly convincing and filled with witty dialogue. It's so flip and contemporary—“I mean, I’m your guardian angel…Middle management didn’t bother to float me a background file or anything so I’m having to sort of wing this. No pun intended”—readers may at first wonder if their relationship is developing into a romance. However, this notion will be dismissed with the return of Quincie’s werewolf boyfriend, Kieran, and the pages fairly smolder in describing their attraction to one another. Adding texture to the narrative are plentiful allusions to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 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)