Saturday, June 15, 2013

Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Series: Tantalize (bk. 4)

Genera: Paranormal Romance

Subjects: supernatural, vampires, angels, demons, shape-shifters, werewolves, boarding schools, Texas, Vermont, good vs. evil, love, afterlife, death

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 349 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Summary/ product description: “Prepare for a hell of a ride as Cynthia Leitich Smith calls on characters from her previous novels - and conjures up new ones - for a climactic showdown.
When "slipped" angel Zachary and his werewolf pal, Kieren, arrive under suspicious circumstances to a mysterious New England boarding school, they quickly find themselves in a hellish lockdown with an intriguing assortment of secretive, hand-picked students. Plagued by demon dogs, hallucinatory wall d├ęcor, a sadistic instructor, and a legendary fire-breathing monster, will they somehow manage to escape? Or will the devil have his due? Best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites heroes from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series - including Zachary's girl, Miranda, and Kieren's love, Quincie - along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.”

My Review: Even if Quincie wasn’t a narrator in this final book, it was still awesome. I love Zachary and Kieran. Miranda is okay. I feel like you should end with the character you started with, seeing as Quincie was the soul narrator of Tantalize, she should have been a narrator. 4 narrators seem like too much, but it could have worked here.

Miranda was a vampire princess in Chicago for about 2 years. She first appeared in Eternal, the 2nd book in the series. She gave us insight into the afterlife while the other two were down on earth and then in hell. She had this device the let her view what was going on. She also got to meet the soul of some of the people she killed as a vamp and make amends.

Zachary is the guardian angel who’s not so good at his job. He’s not ancient, or even 100 years old. He’s still learning. And he’s now Quincie’s GA. He can’t become invisible or incorporeal, but he got his wings back in the previous book.

Kieran’s the brainiac human-werewolf hybrid and Quincie’s boyfriend. He’s a great guy and truly loves Quincie even if she became a vampire.

They end up going to a demonic school because Miranda’s best friend in life, Lucy, is there. They are going to try to make her leave. They become enrolled and then trapped after they get there. A few students die out of the 10 enrolled. It’s basically a horror story of a school. Remote, connected to Hell, and ran by an evil spirit who doesn’t mind killing.

It was an entertaining, fast read. Short chapters and good pacing. The climax is hellishly awesome. And Zachary get an unexpected reward at the end. And of course Miranda in reunited with him too.

Cover Art Review: WINGS!!!!! Very symmetrical and minimal, love the typeface.


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