Blessed (Tantalize)


Zach, the former failed guardian angel who got his wings back in Eternal has been assigned to help her out. While his experience helping the newly undead is not the best, the hope is that he can help Quincie stem Brad's plan before other victims fall to him. To make matters worse, the situation with Brad seems to get even worse when it becomes clear that he might provide the conduit for the original Dracula to return.

Quincie and her allies, old and new, are going to have to work together in the hopes of repeating history It turns out that the events in Bram Stoker's Dracula are not only true, but Quincie is the great niece of the Texan of the same name from the book. Could Stoker's classic novel of horror hold the secret to putting an end to both Brad and Dracula And in the process, could Quincie's soul be saved? This is a strong sequel to both Tantalize and Eternal. Familiar characters and setting return, allowing two really interesting casts to intermingle and tie up loose ends from both works. I really enjoyed getting back into this world that seems like a junior version of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series.

Humor, action and suspense are mixed together nicely to keep the reader turning the pages. I did think that this volume was a little bit distracted at points, making the book feel a little longer than it had to be, but I really couldn't tell you where the author could have taken out contact since everything does come together in the end. She has nicely woven Bram Stoker's lore into her world, and I really like the fact that, unlike Twilight readers are presented with a female protagonist surrounded by the supernatural while remaining a strong and independent character.

She made a clear choice between her vampire Brad and were Kieren and does not allow the difficult results from keeping her down. This, and the two preceding books, are must reads for fans of the supernatural. Dec 15, Shawna rated it liked it Shelves: This book follows Quince from Tantalize book 1 on her quest to cure Brad's possible future vampires and herself from being turned. While also fighting the pull Brad has over her.

Afterall her heart belongs to Keiren her "Wolf Man".

Which of coarse left her to join a pack somewhere up north away from Texas. Her quest however bring her to the pack and is once again united with Keiren. Zachary from Eternal ends up being assigned to her as her guardian angel and also destroyer. Afterall all Vampir This book follows Quince from Tantalize book 1 on her quest to cure Brad's possible future vampires and herself from being turned. Afterall all Vampires are suppose to soulless. Quince however is rather different than any other vampire.

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She did not kill the person whom she first drew blood from, which never happens. Zachary and Quince must fight the forces of evil along with her "Wolf Man". I thought perhaps there would be more about Miranda and Zachary. I'm glad the Quince and Kieren's story is finished in this one since Tantalize was left with such an open ending.

I just was not really as into this one as I was with the previous 2 books. I guess I find the whole vampires being affected by religious symbols and garlic to be rather cliche. There are so many ways to go with this kind of stuff now a days that I find that to be kind of out dated. I found the book to be rather slow moving and hard to keep interested with it. The book was just not what I was expecting to read and therefore I felt let down.

I'm sure there are plenty of young ladies that will love this book. It just wasn't the book for me.

Jan 20, Carmel Rabid Reads rated it really liked it. Review posted by Rabid Reads I thought about reading the first two books in the Tantalize series prior to this one but I already had a free copy of Blessed sitting on my shelf. I cheated and started with book 3! Lucky for me, this novel stands well enough on its own and the story is so good that I'll be checking out the first two installments sometime soon. There's not much werewolf action in this tale but from what bits there were I gather that I missed out by skipping ahead!

Another reaso Review posted by Rabid Reads I thought about reading the first two books in the Tantalize series prior to this one but I already had a free copy of Blessed sitting on my shelf. Another reason for me to revisit this series. The restaurant side of the story line really appealed to me. I enjoyed the way that despite all of the turmoil in Quincie's life, the center of her universe is Sanguini's. To outsiders her passion may seem a little odd. I mean what teenager likes working other than for the benefits of spending money?

But, for Morris it's more than just a restaurant; it's her family business. I grew up in a similar environment but in a different industry. Regardless, I could easily relate to Quincie's dedication and entrepreneurial spirit. The only thing that perplexed me a bit was the amount of time that she spends at Sanguini's vs school.

Apparently Morris is a full-time high school student but her trips to the classroom seem to be few and far between. There are quite a few little extras scattered throughout the book that give it a personal touch. These elements weren't crucial to the story development but I appreciated that they were there. It's rare that I'll find myself in tears while reading a book and I most certainly didn't expect to shed any over this tale but surprise, surprise!

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There was one particular scene that just got to me. Fortunately for me I was home alone at the time so I was saved from the embarrassment of having to admit that a Young Adult book made me cry! That one chapter aside, there were some very uplifting moments as well. I like a novel that plays on my emotions and Blessed definitely achieves that in spades. The third installment in Cynthia Leitich Smith's Tantalize series is intoxicating, expressive and has multi-layered meanings. Quincie, the main character, stands out in the sea of supernaturals which is a rare feat in a Twilight-esque novel.

The links made between Blessed and Bram Stoker's Dracula are inspired and add a modern day twist to a classic tale. I can't vouch for the other two books of this series yet but if they're anything like this one; they deserve to be read! Sep 22, Kale rated it really liked it. Blessed brings us full circle and we are reunited with the original heroine and characters from Tantalize. Fans of Alex Flinn and her modern retellings of classic fairy tales like Beastly will enjoy Smith's contemporary take of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Quincie, Our favorite teenage vampire restaurateur is learning to balance her new secret undead lifestyle with her old pre-death life. We pick up right after the end of Tantalize, Kieren is off to live with the pack, her uncle, guardian, and last living relative has met his true death.

Her vampire sire Bradley Sanguini is gone leaving holes in her staff, and the weight of his world dominating plans on her shoulders. Quincie has some challenges ahead while she works to reopen Sanguini's, combat the potential fallout from the baby squirrel eaters, and maintaining her new dietary needs from Kieren's family. Fortunately Quincie has an angel on her side. Eternal's Zachary and a few of his cohorts join the fray and the wait staff to give Quincie the edge she's gonna need to overcome Brad's latest evil plans and Dracula Prime.

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It's the ultimate battle of good vs evil and the powers that be have Quincie playing an important role. What's left of her soul is at stake, and the redemption of Brad's victims. Blessed is a highly entertaining book. Like Tantalize Blessed is outlined using the concept of a menu, which I found to be a quirky and a fresh take on creating a framework for the story. I like the merging of the two previous books and characters and how they combined to remake a classic. But the lull in release dates, prompts me to recommend rereading the Tantalize and Eternal before Blessed.

I while I remembered Tantalized and recalled more as the book went on, I had a really hard time recalling Eternal. The two years in between really took their toll. Overall I think this book was great fans of the first two won't be disappointed. Though I think the story arc has come to an end, like the short provided at the end of Blessed, I hope Smith continues to write in her Dark Universe.

Sep 28, Alyssa hoffmaster rated it liked it. Although Blessed is the last book in the series I did not feel satisfied. It was so long ago that I read the first one to this series that I kind of forgot what happened. Blessed picked up where tantalize left off.

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I thought it was kind of weird that this picks up after Tantalize when there was a whole other book in the middle there. Blessed started off with Kieren leaving Quincie. The book started out a little slow with Quincie hiring all new employees for her restaurant. The main point of half the book revolves around her restaurant and Bradley.

Then Zachary wants to be hired to be a bus boy in the restaurant. Neither Zachary nor Quincie know why she has a guardian angel in the first place. I loved his character in Eternal and I love his character in Blessed. Zachary helps Quincie find her true self in this book. She kind of reinvents herself, grows up a little bit more. I liked how Cynthia Leitich Smith put the first two books in the series, Tantalize and eternal together, and meshed the characters together.

When I first started reading the parts with Zachary and Quincie I thought they would fall in love. It was strictly friendship between them. All in all, even though I said some negative stuff in my review which will happen I did like the book, it is the end of the series and at the end of all series that are good. But I hope that Cynthia writes another series so we can enjoy that to. Sep 11, Lily WhoLockian rated it really liked it. But with hu Quincie P.

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I have to say that I simply love the premise of this series. I love Quincie's character and we get to see her character develop throughout the book. Smith paints a vivid picture in her word building and her the way she shapes her characters. All of the relationships felt believable and I never felt like they were forced. The dialog is strong and Smith isn't afraid to show that her characters have flaws, which is really refreshing as there are a lot of books where I feel you have to search for the characters flaws.

I am very excited to see what comes next!

I would recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes paranormal books! From the publisher for an honest review. Dec 03, Sexinthelibrary rated it really liked it Shelves: If she does this, Brad will leave. And although this did happen, Brad is still inside her mind. Quincie goes to live with Kieren's parents when he leaves to futher his werewolf education, but people pop into her life to help her. In particular Zachary- the guardian angel from Eternal- arrives to be Quincie's Guardian Angel in an attempt to save her immortal soul.

This is still possible, because she IS only a neophyte. Quincie now has to save those folks as well. Clyde, the were-possum, returns to this book as its semi-hero. Overall the story is improbable, but great fun. At times pretty gruesome these are still vampires Welcome back, Quincie! Recommended for readers age 13 and up; kissing, grinding, allusions to sex, but no body-parts on the page.

Feb 16, Cherrylea rated it really liked it. Though Tantalize wasn't my favorite book, I did enjoy Eternal, and this book tied both together well. Quincey is back in action - trying to manage her restaurant, adjust to being a vampire, keep the former a secret, and stop Brad's plan from taking over. She's up to her shoulders in problems, but then again, she has a lot of new friends to back her up, including her new guardian angel Zachary which certainly was fun.

Oh yeah - and both Quincey and Zachary seem not to be doing too well Not bad. Oh yeah - and both Quincey and Zachary seem not to be doing too well in their respective love lives, what with Miranda dead and Keiren gone. That's a whole other problem for them to deal with. Ugh, I just realized how that sounds - they are just friends.

On to my review: The menus, the food - even, though some of them were a bit extreme for my taste, I still just loved reading about, well, food. Yes, I did enjoy some of the humor, and the references to Dracula and, well, the complete involvement of that was great, too. But I just liked the food the best - I'm not sure if that's good or bad. But the book wasn't bad, really - Keiren and Quincey have a really nice relationship, Zachary is great like usual, and Quincey's gang is hilarious.

I just am not sure if I really felt this book - but it's definitely worth a read, especially if you've read the other ones! Though, be warned, the content is perhaps a bit mature Oh, and sorry if this review was a bit off - I'm a bit out of it right now Feb 04, Jessica Sinn Books and Trouble rated it it was amazing. While fighting off blood-sucking fiends, Quincy must keep her new thirst for blood at bay, salvage her soul and clear her best bud and soul mate —a hot-blooded werewolf cross-breed — of murder charges.

Wow — and I thought my high school days were hellish! Adding a unique spin on the ever-evolving vampire genre, Smith gives readers exactly what they want: Dec 30, Samantha Boyette rated it really liked it Shelves: Alright, so far I think I liked Eternal best out of these three books, but Blessed was still pretty good.

It seems to close the stories of the characters from Eternal and Tantalize, but apparently there is another book coming out so maybe not? For one thing, Quincie has a spine and some personality and doesn't defend on the guy she likes for everything. I mean sure, she still does crazy things to be wit Alright, so far I think I liked Eternal best out of these three books, but Blessed was still pretty good. I mean sure, she still does crazy things to be with this guy, but she also runs a restaurant and has other friends too.

She is a well rounded character who happens to be in love. Bonus points that the guy she loves is actually pretty cool as well. I really liked how this book tied Tantalize and Eternal together, I wasn't expecting that when I picked it up. Like the other two books it was an easy read and though it wrapped things up, it left me wanting more.

Can't wait for the next one!

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Start by marking “Blessed (Tantalize, #3)” as Want to Read: 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. It referenced the book Dracula. Blessed. author: Cynthia Leitich Smith. series name: Tantalize. "You'll try to fight it . But you'll only be fighting your true self. It's done. It's destined. In time, you'll.

Sep 23, Amy Jacobs rated it liked it Shelves: With Blessed being the third and final book in a trilogy, I found it to be a great conclusion to the series. It weaved the first and second book together to create a solid and intriguing finale. This first two books in the series were okay, and I will say that this book again, was just okay. I liked the series, but it wasn't one that blew me away.

The writing has improved a bit, but the story in itself still has some choppy scenes and dialogue. The flow felt interrupted at times as if the story w With Blessed being the third and final book in a trilogy, I found it to be a great conclusion to the series. The flow felt interrupted at times as if the story was stalled and couldn't figure out how to continue its path. I was invested in the story only because I had read the first two in the series and needed to finish the series just on that alone.

If this is a series you have been following and have enjoyed, then you will enjoy the final conclusion in this teen paranormal world that the author has created. With a wink and a nod to Bram Stoker, New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites the casts of Tantalize and Eternal in a delicious dark fantasy her fans will devour. A good read for those who hunger for the dark side, with all the trappings of a YA vampire novel.

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