Drain You by M. Beth Bloom
Release Date: July 24th, 2012
HarperTeen, 400 Pages
Source: ARC via Edelweiss
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
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 (with VHS!).
Pros: The setting, opening, and protagonist were interesting. I was immediately pulled into the book from the very first chapter. I would say that the hook for the story was executed fairly well.
That’s when things started to disintegrate.
Cons: The story line, supporting characters (other than her best friend Libby), and premise were overall pretty drab. On Goodreads, I gave this book a 3 stars, but the real rating is 2.5 stars.
Bottom Line: It was a pretty long book and it had some interesting parts, but it was pretty predictable overall. I will say that the author has a talent for writing, but i just think that talent needs to be lead in a different direction. YA lit is saturated with vampire lore, and the suspense I felt for the characters and our protag were real, I just wish the premise had been more original.