Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
From: Truth be Told Giveaway
Synopsis: Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life -- or undeath. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who "blessed" her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running. She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her wait staff. But with hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature -- and a flaming sword -- and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it’s too late. Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie’s soul? From Goodreads.com
I had waiting weeks for this book then when I finally got it I sat down and read for four hours straight. One day three I finished it already. Because, YES, it was that good. Blessed had all the elements I loved from Eternal and Tantalize combined.
It's really amazing to see how much Cythia has improved as a writer. As always she delievered this dark vampire book with tons of Dracula alliusions, but eveything about her books focus more so on the elements than the moments. Cynthia enjoys writing about certian topics like Dracula, Italian food, religous beliefs. Other authors focus on the moments a romantic kiss, climatic battle scene. Blessed is so much more balanced making every moment enjoyable.
It remember me of the Mortal Instruments even though Cassandra is a moment writer, but both authors like to devote several pages to the lore and detial. There's also angels, vampires, and werewolves (oh my!) in both though they are very different.
Have you heard my theory of vampires? Well my theory is that there are two kinds of vampires 1) those with a sould who feel and 2) the bloodsucking monsters. Cynthia's vampires are after death they are hanging on to their soul but slowly loose it. I like this theory because it incourperates both of my types of vampires all in one. (Makes much more sense than Twilight vampires).
So I'll be keeping an eye out for more by this author. She's one of my new favorites.
Overall- 10- Many blessings to you too Cynthia