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Series: Tantalize


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 >