26 January 2013

{Book Review} Drain You by M. Beth Bloom

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 January 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | |
12562451Drain You
Author: M. Beth Bloom
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: July 24, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

Every night I'd lie there in bed and look out at the hills behind our house, listening. I knew there'd be consequences.
Actions meant reactions. Sunrises meant sunsets. My fear was too permanent, lasting longer than eyeliner, something I wore every day and didn't wash off.
Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever.
But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it).
There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.
You’re already saying to yourself, great, a vampire book.  Doesn’t this girl know anything else?  Yes, I do, but I was drawn to this from a totally different perspective.  I decided that I would give this a shot because of two simple things: Quinlan (who names their child that?) and there’d ultimately be some sort of twisted love story involved.

At first, I really didn’t know what to make of this book as it just kind of goes through a little bit of background of getting to know Quinn and Morgan – boring job, summer, brooding teenage angst, etc…but when M. Beth Bloom introduces James, things start to take off a bit.  Simply put, James is sort of background noise to this whole book, but I was always left wondering, just what is he up to and how is he going to help in the overall of this story?  It’s in his little quips here and there that I really found myself intrigued.  Bring in Libby, Quinn’s best friend forever, and a lot of drama happening on her end, and it made for a bit of thinking.

Then there’s the whole side with Morgan being Quinn’s friend/coworker that honestly did throw me for a bit of a loop.  He’s such a “no questions asked” kind of guy that it was topsy turvey in getting to know just why he’d help someone that, I saw throughout the book he was so in love with, that wouldn’t really give him the time of day.  On top of it, there are Quinn’s parents who absolutely adore Morgan, but aren’t an essential piece to the book.  It’s almost as though Quinn lives this somewhat fabulous life with no strings attached because her parents aren’t there.  It’s strange to see that in a sense.  At the same time, it really does give off the sense of why Quinn is the way she is.

So why would anyone want to read this?  Simple.  It’s a pretty great story, that’s relative, ties into how we as readers want to see vampires, but also gives off the dangerous aspect – and has a love story that’s not quite normal.  If I had to, there were probably certain parts in the book I would’ve excluded, but as a whole, everything seemed to tie into one part of the story or another.

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1 comment:

  1. This has been on my TBR for a while now - I was sucked in by the promise of all those 90s references, rather than the vampire element, if I'm honest! But it sounds like a nice take on the whole vamp thing, and I'm hoping to spot a copy in the library at some point. Great review!


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