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“Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s.” (Publishers Weekly)

“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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062036866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062036865
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's not. It's not about a girl who's lost in a new city. It's not about withheld lust. It wouldn't translate well into a billion dollar enterprise, complete with dolls and stickers and clothing lines. And it's definitely not written by a Mormon mother of three, trying to keep from dying of boredom in Phoenix, Arizona by writing about the undead.

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.
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Drain You
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.

Publisher's Summary:
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.
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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.
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