Reviews for Blessed
Booklist Reviews 2011 February #1
Quincie, the teen restaurateur last seen in Tantalize (2007), meets up with guardian angel Zachary from Eternal (2009) in this continuation of the Tantalize story line. Vamp chef Bradley may have been vanquished, but with the help of some mythic artifacts, he is coming back--and this time he seems to be channeling Drac Prime (the original count written about by Bram Stoker). Sure, the vampires, werewolves, and angels provide the lure, but Smith's obvious affection for her characters makes this more than the typical cynical genre exercise. Pretty lengthy, but if this is your cup of tea, you'll relish it. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
In this third book of Smith's vampire trilogy, Quincie hunts down slick vampire chef Brad. As in Tantalize and Eternal, the main attractions are Smith's clever and campy blend of the supernatural and the everyday, and her thoroughly entertaining characters, human and otherwise. A hearty meal for the thinking vampire reader. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #1
Modern bloodsuckers meet Count Dracula himself in this third book of Smith's vampire trilogy. Tantalize's (rev. 3/07) Quincie P. Morris takes the lead in hunting down slick vampire chef Brad, who initiated her (and many others) and can therefore seep unwanted into her thoughts and dreams. The former attendants of the vampire king from Eternal (rev. 3/09) join her in the fight, and tall, heavenly, and handsome guardian angel Zachary returns to save Quincie's compromised soul. Finding Brad requires research, and Bram Stoker's novel offers Quincie clues to the terrifying link between Brad and 'Dracula Prime.' Action-seekers may find these research passages a bit slow, but fans of vampire mythology will get a kick out of the interpretive lore, and a series of violent clashes leading to the final battle keep the plot moving. As in the first two novels, the main attractions are the clever and campy blend of the supernatural and the everyday and the thoroughly entertaining characters, human and otherwise. Even in undeath, Quincie has a zest for life that shines through as she balances supernatural duties with schoolwork and running her family restaurant, the vampire-themed Sanguini's. Romance blossoms, too, as she and her beloved werewolf, Kieren, prove their devotion to each other under deadly duress. A hearty meal for the thinking vampire reader. LAUREN ADAMS Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2010 December #1
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) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 January
Gr 8 Up--Quince, a neophyte vampire, must join forces with her newly appointed Guardian Angel, Zachary, to stop the mustering of a dangerous vampire army in Cynthia Leitich Smith's fantasy (Candlewick, 2011). Though Quince was able to temporarily defeat the seductive vampire chef, Bradley Sanguini, it was only later that she discovered he'd "blessed" everyone who partook of his signature dessert. Now they have a little less than three weeks to figure out how to keep hundreds of potential neophytes from joining Bradley's eternal ranks. The stakes only get higher when it's revealed that Brad has been possessed by the original Count Dracula and his spawn will be a stronger, faster, harder to kill vampire breed. With the help of the Vampire Queen, a pack of werewolves, and a funny, yet heroic werepossum, Quince hunts Bradley to a final showdown. Kim Mai Guest hits just the right notes in voicing Quince's passion, confusion, and determination as she must learn to field the vampire world. However, her young voice doesn't suit any of the male characters. Purchase only where Smith's previous titles, Tantalize and Eternal, are in great demand. Otherwise, this book is better enjoyed in print format.--Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT [Page 59]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April
Gr 10 Up--Off-handed humor, clever wordplay, and a host of supernatural beings will delight fans of Smith's Tantalize (2007) and Eternal (2009, both Candlewick), the two novels that precede this one, though Blessed can certainly be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. She's a neophyte vampire; he's an unproven werewolf. Quincie P. Morris is newly changed, and her boyfriend has to leave Austin to train with the pack. The teen has more problems than separation from her true love, however. Sanguini's, the family restaurant (which she owns), has just lost its famous chef--and good riddance to Brad, the nasty vampire that changed Quincie and tainted the vampire-themed restaurant's signature dessert (chilled baby squirrels) with his own blood in order to create an army of vampires. She hires a new vampire-friendly chef and gets a new waiter, who turns out to be her Guardian Angel; a mission to find Brad and destroy him ensues. Smith cleverly inserts Bram Stoker's Dracula as a guide for Quincie (she has to read it for her English class), and draws on the classic's characters and plot to move her own story along. Careful readers will also recognize passing references to the works of J.K. Rowling, the Brothers Grimm, Anne Rice, Tolkien, and many others. This is a good read for those who hunger for the dark side, with all the trappings of a YA vampire novel.--Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada [Page 184]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2011 February
Quincie Morris, orphaned owner of Austin's famous Sanguini's Restaurant, is in a terrible fix. It turns out that Bradley, the restaurant's chef, is a wily vampire who has harnessed the evil power of Count Dracula. Bradley wants Quincie for himself and has gradually made her a vampire by serving her wine spiked with his blood. And to make matters much worse, before he fled Austin, Bradley offered a tainted dessert of chilled baby squirrels to a packed restaurant. In a matter of weeks, all who tried it will become vampires of the most virulent sort. Quincie, her werewolf boyfriend, Kieren; her guardian angel, Zachary; and a loosely knit group of acquaintances both dead and alive must find a way to diffuse the vampire magic before those who ate Bradley's dessert become part of Dracula's deadly legion. At the same time, Quincie must fight her craving for human blood in order to protect her undefiled friends. After several extremely close calls, Bradley and Dracula are defeated and Quincie emerges with her soul intact. In Blessed, Smith brings together characters from her novels Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007/VOYA June 2007) and Eternal (Candlewick, 2009/VOYA April 2009), creating an edgy alternate reality in which angels, vampires, shape shifters, and humans are not only aware of each other but also intermingle socially. In spite of a convoluted plot, this novel is a tasty addition to supernatural fiction. Smith's writing style is sometimes dramatic, often humorous, and always energetic. Fans of the first two books in the series will be on the lookout for this one.--Dotsy HarlandA satisfying blend of excitement and intrigue, Blessed provides a fun and entertaining read. Appealing to high schoolers with a flair for fantasy, this book provides a twist on life as an "eternal." Fresh and full of modern allusions and lingo, Blessed will be enjoyable even for someone new to Smith's series. 4Q,5P.--Alex Coyle, Teen Reviewer 3Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.