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Thursday, January 6, 2011

(ARC Review) Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Source: Fellow Blogger

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763643262
ISBN-13: 978-0763643263


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.
Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life -- or undeath. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who "blessed" her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running. She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her wait staff. But with hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature -- and a flaming sword -- and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it’s too late. Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie’s soul? 


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 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.  If you haven't read the first two books, then read the first and you should get a feel on how the series will be. 


Okay book, but it left me wanting more! 3 STARS



Blogger Linda said...

I'm going to be starting this series soon. I'm glad the 3rd one is coming out so I perhaps I can finish the whole series this year. Your review made me more excited to start the series.

January 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Book ♥ Soulmates said...

I actually gave up on this series because I wasn't too happy with Tantalize...but this cover is very nice!

Book Soulmates

January 6, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Alex Bennett said...

I definitely need to check out this series!

January 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I'm so jealous right now- you've read Blessed! I have been waiting for this one forever- thank you for your review and the release date! I have now marked it on the calender.
I read both of the books and didn't realize they were really a series until someone told me- it will be cool to find out how she connects the two!

January 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Booklurve said...

I've never heard of this series before but this cover... I LOVE.

January 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM  

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