August 9, 2012

Review of Drain You by M. Beth Bloom

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.

Drain You by M. Beth Bloom
Publish Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher:  HarperTeen

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

I was interested in reading Drain You after I read a synopsis of what the story was about, it sounded like a story that would keep my attention and had a character who sounded like she would remind me a bit of myself.  Though, since I was checking it out on Goodreads, I also read a few reviews and saw that some were really negative. Keeping those thoughts in mind, I began reading Drain You and am very happy to say that the novel was actually very interesting and one that I personally enjoyed a lot.  Considering the way it was written and the interactions between characters, I just want to say that if you are a reader who isn’t a fan of “teen speak” that this novel may not be for you.  I didn’t mind the “teen speak” because the characters spoke the way I did.  And I found that to be “dope”.

And the story was drop-dead hilarious. (Hey there, vampire pun!)

The story itself for those who are wondering is about main character Quinlan “Quinn” Lacey who works at a video rental store in California with her co-worker/friend/on again/off again crush, Morgan.  One night at the rental store a student from Quinn’s high school, Naomi, comes into the store with blood all over her hands.  From that moment on, Quinn involves herself in Naomi’s life and ends up crushing on Naomi’s brother James who has dark secrets that are dangerous.  But he’s dangerous and dangerous is what every girl secretly desires in a guy.  True story.

Considering that the story was split into two parts, I was expecting a giant explosion of awesome and personally I found just that within the contents of Drain You.  I know that some people may or may not disagree with me, but I personally found the story to be a lot like Twilight when it came to the plot.  Except that it had more drama and was a lot more realistic to teenage life.  So, since I don’t want to give away too much, I’ll just say that the first half of the story was like Twilight and the second half was kind of like New Moon.  So for all you Twi-hards who want a novel that can give you the same amount of romance, vampires and talent then I would recommend Drain You to you.

The characters in the story were ones that I fell hard for, from Quinn’s best friend Libby to Quinn herself, the characters were more than interesting and said things that had me giggling here and there.  As for James, he’s a vampire, what isn’t to love?  He was sweet to Quinn and still kept up the appearance of Bad- Boy- Boyfriend.  Though, and this is a warning to some readers, there was a few chapters with a lot of sexual innuendo and a few scenes that can be defined as inappropriate.

All in all, a worthwhile read. I would recommend Drain You to fans of vampire lore, romance and fans of Twilight. So go out there, get that book and make some vampire puns.

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1 Comment

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    This sounds like a great read with lovable characters. I thing the “teen speak” is cool ..its alot better then 16 yr old holding conversations like 30 yr olds..LOL So glad you enjoyed it,

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