TANTALIZE: KIEREN'S STORY

A Graphic Novel
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrated by Ming Doyle

TANTALIZE: KIEREN'S STORY by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Illustrated by Ming Doyle (Candlewick, 2011)

TANTALIZE as you've never seen it before —from a Wolf's-eye view!

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 and even if it means watching Quincie's beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair.

But when the new chef begins wooing Quincie, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect her—and himself?

In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art by debut artist Ming Doyle and a lush, romantic cover by Sam Weber, best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through Wolfish eyes.

about the author

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed author of the prose novel TANTALIZE, as well as ETERNAL, a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller, and BLESSED, all set in the same fictional universe. She says of TANTALIZE: KIEREN'S STORY: "An unjust accusation. A true love in peril. It's enough to make you howl." A member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Austin, Texas.

about the illustrator

Ming DoyleMing Doyle was born in Boston to an Irish-American sailor and a Chinese-Canadian librarian. She earned her BFA from Cornell University with a dual concentration in painting and drawing. She has since depicted the exploit of zombie superheroes, demonic cheerleaders, vengeful cowboys, and dapper mutants. TANTALIZE is her first full-length graphic novel—and marks her first encounter with a wereopossum.

reviews

"The characters are well developed and the graphic novel format enhances the storyline. This popular novel, redone as a graphic novel, is a quick read for those who enjoy action with some romance. Smith has set up the story to continue in a sequel and leaves the reader wanting more."

Library Media Connection

"...both the art and the text come together in some touching moments, particularly between Kieren and his younger sister."

—School Library Journal

"...a fast-paced, twisty, enjoyable ride and compelling characters who develop as the story unfolds. Kieren's sidekicks, a were-armadillo and a were-possum, provide some welcome perspective on the hero's obsession..."

Publishers Weekly

"This format-and genre-blending story delivers on several counts as a vampire-werewolf adventure, a mystery, a romance with teeth and claws, an authentic look at diversity (both ethnic and species), and a darn good read."

Booklist

"The characters are well developed and the graphic novel format enhances the storyline. This popular novel, redone as a graphic novel, is a quick read for those who enjoy action with some romance. Smith has set up the story to continue in a sequel and leaves the reader wanting more."

Library Media Connection

blog buzz

"...we get a much deeper understanding for Kieren's feelings for Quincie, which I found utterly romantic. There's also danger and lots of action that kept me on the edge of my seat...even though I already knew what was going to happen!"

A Simple Love of Reading

"The characters and story plot was strong, and with it being in comic book format, made it a fun read. I would recommend this for middle grade to teenagers, or to anyone who loves comic books."

I Heart YA Books

August 2011 | 978-0-7636-4114-6 | Candlewick Press | Trade Paper | YA Novel/Graphic-format Fiction | Interior Illustrations | 192 Pages | Ages 14-up

Text copyright © 2011 by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Ming Doyle.