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Drain You Paperback – July 24, 2012
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“Bloom’s writing style is unique, blending traditional flowery verbiage with irreverent contemporary dialogue. The plot is also a pleasing blend of friendship, romance, and action with a paranormal twist.” (School Library Journal)
About the Author
M. Beth Bloom is a novelist and a screenwriter. Her fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly and Dave Eggers's Best American Nonrequired Reading series. She is also the author of Drain You. M. Beth lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
In fact, "Drain You" doesn't fit the vampire-novel-model at all--right down to the title. I mean, Nirvana lyrics? No, it's something totally different.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Quinn embodies a definite West Coast style complete with requisite sarcasm, pop culture references and puns. Yes, these cultural references are pulled mainly from the 90s--there are Sassy mags and Leo DiCaprio references sprinkled in everywhere--but they suit Quinn's character beautifully. She's afraid to grow-up (hence her interest in a dude who never ages) as much as she's afraid to admit she's afraid of dying. She's obnoxious at times, needy almost always, and occasionally a little too blood-thirsty, even considering the generally violent vampirish-ness around her. In short, she's not always likeable.
But that's the beauty of Bloom's character--she isn't perfect. In that sense, she appeals to us more than any Bella, or Cinderella for that matter. She's not the kind of 17-year old girl that a 30-something mother dreams up. She's not out to find her soulmate in her high school halls, or even in the arms of a 22-year old sexy vampire. And she's definitely not looking for marriage and a baby. It's more complicated than that, and Quinn's the first to admit it in her usual self-deprecating tone. She's the kind of girl that actually exists.Read more ›
By M. Beth Bloom
YA Paranormal Romance (light romance)
HarperTeen, July 24th, 2012
Rating: Strong PG-13. Open door sex scenes, but no really details given
Coffee Beans: 4/5
Favorite Lines: So I loved Libby, but in a vintage way. Like a childhood blanket, or my dad's mac and cheese. A deep love, but not one you tap into on a daily basis. (Ebook, pg 25)
Okay, no big deal, I'd just call Stiles...at his underground lair, where he most likely had Libby chained to a radiator and she was loving it. Stella gave me the number, which contained not even one six, let alone the three in a row I'd expected. (Ebook, pg 76)
...I drew on so much eyeliner I looked like a sobbing drunk raccoon on a tequila bender... (Ebook pg 134)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's another vampire Young Adult story. Thankfully, its written really well. Bloom has a flare for language and keeps it accessible to the teen audience while using charismatic... Read morePublished 19 months ago by kevin munley
Liked the story. Snarky attitude of the main character was a bit distracting, but it definitely drew a clear picture of her. Some dialogue was difficult to follow. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Su Williams, Indie Author
I liked the main character more than I liked the story line or book overall. Quinn was easy to relate to as a child of the 90's with the clothes she talked about and video stores... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies
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I could have rated this book higher, but I think I expected so much of it that I judged it more harshly than similar books. Read more
I really loved this book. It is definitely not your typical vampire story. Set in the 1990s, Quinlan Lacey is 17 years old, she is into the whole grunge scene, she's... Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Always YA at Heart
I don't read a ton of YA fiction, but I would read a lot more of it if more YA books were as clever, touching, funky, funny, hip, and honest as DRAIN YOU. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by West D. Emmett
As a writer and teacher who just spent her summer teaching a bunch of teenaged girls how to write, I can tell you that this book is a refreshing delight. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by pianoandscene
Full disclosure: I read this book because I was going to interview M. Beth Bloom for my blog. But honestly, I was pleasantly, nay rapturously, surprised by how much I loved reading... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Amy R. Shearn
Charming young protagonist Quinlan shares her witty insights into the social culture of LA teenagers and their lovingly clueless parents, with some sexy vampires to keep things... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by M. Shearn