Drain You Tour: Review & Give@way

Today I am featuring Drain You by M. Beth Bloom as part of the book tour.

Go to MundieMoms and Hobbitsies for the launch and list of stops, etc.

Drain You by M. Beth Bloom
Paperback, 400 pages
Published: July 24th, 2012 by Harper Teen
Source: Author
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.

First of all I want to start out saying that this is definitely not a book for everyone.   When I was pitched the book for review I was told it was sort of a misunderstood book, and I think that’s very accurate.  It’s probably best to have an idea that it’s a different sort of read.  

I don’t know that it says in the book that it’s the 90’s but as I was a teenager in the 90’s I thought it was obvious.  Very punk rock grunge feeling.  And I really loved the 90’s vibe.  Quinlan dresses and acts the way I wanted to.  But instead of having absent parents like her, mine were ever present and extremely strict.  As I read I just kept thinking that Quin was so me, if I’d lived in a different place and had different parents.  She throws on crazy clothing and I got the feeling that sometimes it was for attention (I mean, who wears a bikini top to work at a video store?) but other times it was just her, it just all fit her personality.  And really, who needs pants? Shirts will suffice.  *wink*  I know I’m talking about her fashion here which totally shouldn’t matter, but it did for me.  I loved it!

Quinlan is not the easiest girl to like, but yet I didn’t dislike her either.  She’s very teenag’y in her angst and her extreme emotions.  While sometimes characters like that annoy me, she didn’t really.  She felt authentic.  And maybe it was the 90’s vibe making me connect to everything so much better, but I really felt like I ‘got her’.  Stupid decisions and all.  

Now this is a paranormal book, but the vampire stuff actually felt more background to me than the major plot.  I was really wrapped up in the every day stuff of Quin’s life.  In her romance and friendships and family.  Her parent’s are pretty absent, her friendships are really screwed up and when it comes to boys, she really doesn’t know what she wants.  Oh she thinks she does, but she doesn’t.  Not really.

I’ll tell you right now, be careful in what you may be expecting, because you probably aren’t going to get that.  This has some crazy case of instant love- but don’t worry, it’s just a little different than what you think.  There’s a heroine that is messed up that makes stupid decisions and there’s a love triangle.  Or is there?  See, not everything is clear.  There’s not a love triangle, but yet there could be… it’s different, I’ll just say that.  And the book doesn’t have a complete nicely wrapped up conclusion.  I’m a HEA kind of girl, but from the get-go I knew this wasn’t a HEA kind of book.  Not that it’s a bad ending, but we are kind of left hanging a bit.  If this is a series, that’s fine, it’s a good ending.  If it’s not I think I would say that I would like a bit more resolution to things.  

Overall this was an enjoyable read for me and definitely brought me back to my teen years.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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 Weekly) AND 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.

5 Copies of ‘Drain You’ signed by the Author, -$50 Credit at Wasteland (Quinn’s favorite store), -Pages from Quinn’s Notebook, -10 ‘Drain You’ Bookmarks handmade by Quinn, -10 90’s mixtapes curated and created by Quinn

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  1. I actually have this one in my TBR pile and completely forgot about it lol! I actually think that I want to read it now more after reading your review Candace! I was a teenager in the late 90’s as well so I think I can connect to this story as well.

    Great review!

  2. I have read some mixed reviews on this, so I am glad you prefaced this saying it isn’t a book for everyone. I graduated from high school in the early nineties and headed to college so I know I will totally connect with that aspect. Also love that the author is giving away 90’s mix tapes. So cool!

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