Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (February 13, 2007)
From the back of the book:
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Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love threatens to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to debut Austin’s red hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef.
Can Quincie transform the new hire into a culinary dark lord before opening night? Will Henry Johnson be able to wow the crowd in fake fangs, a cheap cape, and red contact lenses? Or is there more to this earnest fresh face than meets the eye?
As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?
First off, let me say I love vampire books, I love books about the paranormal and what is supposed to be spooky. As for this book, I think that it could have been better as an adult book. There were themes that if this book was an adult book could have been more explored. For example Quince’s love for her best friend. And her relationship with Bradley.
The end also threw me for a bit of a loop, it just kind of ended abruptly. You found out who the bad guy was ( kinda obvious though, knew it all along) and then that’s it. End of story. However there were some genius parts to this book as well. The chef, Bradley, coming up with the Predator and Prey menu’s for the restaurant was one of my favorite parts. I also liked the whole theme of this book. It was strong writing and good characters. Just needed a bit more fleshing out.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5