A review by zombi
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith


I was really disappointed in this book. The presentation was set up so well at the first glance -- I really loved the division of the book into a "menu" and the chapter titles -- and the cover art is quite pretty, but the writing was far more mediocre than I was hoping for. The idea is solid enough, I suppose, but Smith attempts too many plot twists too close together near the end, and the middle fails to hold the reader's attention. Starting out strong, the book falters and then falls flat near the end -- which, along with being predictable, is dissatisfying.