Review: “Tantalize: Kieren’s Story”

Tantalize: Kieren's StoryTantalize: Kieren’s Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Review copy from NetGalley


Paperback, 192 pages
Expected publication: August 23rd 2011 by Candlewick Press

Synopsis from Goodreads:

As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon, he’ll leave everything behind: home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend . . . who’s beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend. For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires— and his wolf— at bay. But when the chef at Quincie’ s family restaurant is brutally murdered, Kieren resolves to be there for her, even if it means being framed. Even if it means watching Quincie’s beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair. But when the new chef begins wooing her, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect Quincie— and himself? In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art by debut artist Ming Doyle and lush, romantic cover art by Sam Weber , bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through wolfish eyes.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If I’m being fair, the story itself does deserve 3 stars…the graphics, however, I’d say probably two and a half stars. It’s not that they were bad, they really weren’t, its just I think they could have been much better.

Now onto the actual story.

“Tantalize: Kieren’s Story” is the graphic novel version of “Tantalize”, which was released in 2007 by Candlewick Press. As the title suggests, the graphic novel tells the story of Kieren, as opposed to the novel which tells the story of Quincie.

This is definitely a nice companion to “Tantalize”, in fact I think it may actually be better than the original novel – story wise. Then again, that may be because I found Kieren’s story to be more interesting. With Quincie, I couldn’t understand her choices before. With this graphic novel, and the story being told by Kieren, you get a much better feel for what’s truly going on.

Overall, the graphic novel is definitely worth checking out.

If you haven’t read “Tantalize” yet, in my opinion, I wouldn’t say it’s mandatory to do so in order to read the graphic novel – it works pretty well on its own.
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