Synopses & Reviews
"Smith's latest revisits the dark alternate world of Tantalize (2007) with a new set of characters. Despite the efforts of Zachary, her guardian angel, Dallas teenager Miranda joins the ranks of the undead as an 'eternal' (vampire), courtesy of the current Dracula, their aristocratic ruler. A year passes, and as Dracula's pursuit of power begins to affect his sanity, Miranda struggles to acclimate to her new regal life in Dracula's castle (in Chicago). Meanwhile, Zachary has been cast from heaven for revealing his angelic nature while trying to save Miranda, so he poses as a human and Miranda's personal assistant trying to save her. Smith balances the story's bloody details with frequent touches of humor (when Zachary is taken aback by Miranda's enormous SUV, she replies, 'We're eternals.... We are evil. We are not fuel efficient'). The confessional style, alternating between Miranda and Zachary's points of view, is intriguing as a diary readers should be hooked by this fully formed world, up through the action-packed finale. Ages 14 up. With environmental consciousness ever on the rise, here is a selection of eco-minded titles for kids of all ages." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Told in the alternating points of view of vampire Miranda and angel Zachary, this novel follows them as they navigate a cutthroat vampire aristocracy and play out a dangerous--and often darkly hilarious--love story for the ages.
With diabolical wit, the author of "Tantalize" revisits a deliciously dark world where vampires vie with angels. In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous--and darkly hilarious--love story.
About the Author
Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed author of TANTALIZE and several other books for young readers. A member of the faculty at the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, author Greg Leitich Smith.