This series third is explosive! Cynthia Leitich Smith has packed the story full of different creatures, mythos and important moments; however, the tale never feels weighed down by the abundance of action and characters. Quincie shoulders an immense burden but never crumbles under it, even when the odds are against her. Readers will feel like this well-rounded, passionate heroine is one they could follow into battle. Futhermore, the fight scenes are brilliant and Smith keeps the tension high through the entire story. Fans will be lining up for the next adventure of Quincie P. Morris and company!
Austin, Texas teen Quincie P. Morris has just buried her only family, said goodbye to her werewolf boyfriend and is adjusting to her new life as a vampire. Now it’s up to this can-do heroine to hide her true nature from her boyfriend’s werewolf family that has taken her in and keep her grades up so she can apply for college. And Quincie will not let any of that jeopardize the success of her recently re-launched family restaurant, Sanguini’s.
As she struggles to do all of this, Quincie is being tormented by the psychic link that she has with her maker. She worries about the state of her soul, as everyone knows that vampirism is a disease that drives people mad. Quincie’s life is a giant mess even before learns that she must find a way to reverse a deadly virus that will turn hundreds of Sanguini’s customers into vampires in one month’s time. (CANDLEWICK PRESS, January 2011, 480 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780763643263, HC, 14 & Up)
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