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Tantalize : Kieren's story
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2011
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  Booklist Review

This format- and genre-blending story delivers on several counts as a vampire-werewolf adventure, a mystery, a romance with teeth and claws, an authentic look at diversity (both ethnic and species), and a darn good read. Teenage half-were Kieren and his mortal girlfriend, Quincie, have to deal with all those usual angst-producing high-school issues: an odd principal, unfortunate choices in friends, and the demands one places on the other as a couple. In addition, kids are disappearing from their school, a body is discovered, and Kieren is being shunted away from his family because it's time to join his own pack. When Quincie takes up with the wrong guy a vampire Kieren gets good guidance from his English teacher, who serves as supernatural maven as well as ordinary mortal mentor. Doyle's art is rough and sketchy but provides the right level of visual detail to make evident important unspoken information. This graphic-novel adaptation of the Tantalize (2007) world works equally well as a gentle spoof and a repackaging of a more straightforward paranormal fantasy.--Goldsmith, Francisc. Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

A graphic adaptation of Leitich Smith's werewolf-vampire-culinary thriller from a new point of view.In this retelling, illustrated by the capable Doyle, readers are privy to teenage werewolf Kieren's viewpoint, whereas the original novel was told through the eyes of his love interest, Quincie. In a somewhat alternative Austin, Texas, werepeople and vampires mingle in everyday society. Kieren, a werewolf-human hybrid, is at a crossroads in his adolescent life: He must leave human society to join a wolf pack, though he is in love with his best friend, Quincie, a tragically beautiful human orphan. When a rash of murders and disappearances hits too close to home, Kieren is suspected, who resolves he will try to unearth the real killer and save Quincie from whatever evil lurks in their midst. Though fans of the original might enjoy hearing the tale from Kieren's perspective, readers unfamiliar with the novel may feel a bit left out; the segues between scenes can be abrupt and confusing, and some details are quickly glossed over, giving this adaptation the feel of a book-to-movie type of condensation, in which previous knowledge of the prose is an utter necessity.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)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Illustrated by Ming Doyle, Cynthia Leitich Smith's Tantalize is reimagined as a graphic novel --seen through Kieren's werewolf eyes. <br> <br> As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon, he'll leave everything behind: home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend . . . who's beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend. For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires -- and his wolf -- at bay. But when the chef at Quincie' s family restaurant is brutally murdered, Kieren resolves to be there for her, even if it means being framed. Even if it means watching Quincie's beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair. But when the new chef begins wooing her, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect Quincie -- and himself? In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art by debut artist Ming Doyle and lush, romantic cover art by Sam Weber , bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through wolfish eyes.
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