Saturday, October 20, 2012

DRAIN YOU by Beth Bloom - Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hi and welcome to my stop on M. Beth Bloom's DRAIN YOU blog tour and giveaway Hop. You can find the links to all the stops on the tour at MundieMoms and Hobbitsies, so be sure to stop by and check that out.  

Here's a list of all the great giveaway prizes you can win:
5 copies of "Drain You" signed by the author
A $5 credit to Wasteland (Quinn's favorite story)
 Pages from Quinn's notebook (see pictures below)
 10 Drain you bookmarks handmade by Quinn
(10) 90's mixtapes curated and created by Quinn

To enter, please fill out the form below.

Here's a little bit about the book:

Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date:7/24/12
Purchase: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble

"Summer. The 90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L.A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.

Publishers Weekly has this to say about DRAIN YOU:  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." 

You can read the entire article here:  Publisher's Weekly review

My Thoughts about DRAIN YOU:  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 self-centered, snarky, a little dark, and a little manipulative, but I couldn't help but love her.  She works in the video store with Morgan, who is really into her.  She want him around, but she doesn't want him at the same time.  He's her safe choice, but Quinn doesn't really do safe.  After closing one night, she sees a girl from school, Naomi, outside kind of "losing it," so she goes to check it out.  She meets Naomi's brother, James, and let's just say Quinn's boring summer quickly takes a turn for more exciting times. James is the bad boy.  He's hot, he's mysterious, he has a very dark side, and of course he is the one Quinn wants.  Then there is Whit.  Personally, I love Whit and I am team Whit all the way.  Whit is James and Naomi's brother.  When James has to leave for a while, he asks Whit to watch out for Quinn, and they really hit it off.  So..... there is no love triangle in this book.  I would call it more of a love "square," since there are four people involved, but believe me this book is anything but square - guess that's more of an 70's term though, so let's fast forward back to the 90's.  After Quinn's best friend Libby gets involved with Stiles and his twin brother Sanders, Libby starts changing, and getting really weird.  Quinn also finds out some things about Stiles that are definitely "not cool."  Despite James asking her not to get involved, Quinn is determined to rescue her friend, and with Whit's help, she does just that. As a result, she has opened herself and her friends up to a whole lot more trouble than she bargained for, trouble that she may not be able to get herself out of, at least not alive. 

As I said above, I really loved this book.  It was dark and all kinds of wicked, but Bloom incorporated enough humor, especially where Quinn and Whit were concerned, so that I didn't feel overwhelmed by it.  The characters were great.  I loved Quinn, even though she was a bit spoiled at times.  James was cool and quite the badass.  Morgan was an all around great guy, and I especially loved Whit, who is hot, funny, caring, and definitely not boring.  I even loved to hate Stiles and Sanders.  I found myself wanting to hurry and turn to the next page to find out what was happening next.  The romance between James and Quinn was intimate yet dark and intense, and the sense of constant danger was an ever present theme throughout the novel.  Let me just say that the ending left me dying for more.  Please, please, please let there be a sequel. If you love paranormal romance, vampires, mystery, danger, and especially the 90's, then this grunge romance is one book you won't want to miss.  

About the author: "Bloom's first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA WeeklyAND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.

M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee'ing, and ladies book clubbing." 

Quinn's Notebook


  1. Drain You was hilarious to me. Great review and thanks for the giveaway.

    1. It really was funny wasn't it. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Drain you didn't really work out for me, but I'm so glad you liked it much more than I did! I'm loving the scans Quinn's notebook, too :)

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    1. I think it is one of those books you either love or you don't, with not a lot of middle ground. I did really like it, but also realize it is not going to be everyone's taste. I like the notebook pics also. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. I really liked Drain you. It was so different and loved Quinn for her flaws and fashion sense of couse!

    1. Yes, her fashion since was definitely something else. I her grunge style, but I think I would have to take a lot more baths than she and James did.

  4. So happy you adored Drain You, too, Ellen. I'm Team Whit, too! What a fun story, that took me back to my teens. Great review!

    1. Definitely team Whit all the way. I so wish there would be a sequel.


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