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M. Beth Bloom
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20 Aug 2012

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.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (20 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062036866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062036865
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 13.2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,097,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 musician, video artist, and writer. Her fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly and Dave Eggers's Best American Non-Required Reading series. She lives in Los Angeles.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Potential lost 24 July 2012
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Have you ever read a book that made you so, so angry, not because it is bad or offensive but because it could have been amazing?

M. Beth Bloom is clearly an incredibly talented writer. Her style is poetic and beautifully descriptive. Her world building is strong and she is clearly very creative. The problem is that Drain You has a plot that I feel I've read a million times and a character that I just couldn't like, not even a little bit.

Let's start with the plot. It is nothing we haven't seen before. Bored teen falls in love with dark and dangerous vampire. She completely ignores/abuses/uses her male best friend who for some inexplicable reason is head over heels for her, Vamp boyfriend leaves and she falls into an extremely dramatic depression, etc, etc. Sounds familiar doesn't it. What Drain You does do differently from the other books like it out there is focus on a different type of character. There are no self-conscious plain girls here. This is Gossip Girl meets Twilight everyone is beautiful, spoiled and completely self-absorbed. Their time is taken up with parties, alcohol and sex. The writing also does its best to remind us that these kids are `cool' there is a lot of descriptions of (barely there) clothes and a large use of the words `like' and `cool'. All of this didn't help me like the characters at all especially Quinn.

Quinn has to be one of my least liked characters of all time. She is unbelievably selfish and the worse thing is that she knows it. She goes on about how selfish she is but doesn't once try and change herself. She uses people for what she needs without even caring about the consequences.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't recommend it 9 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Not being over the whole vampire theme yet, I really expected to love this one, but unfortunately, that wasn't to be.

First off, we have the horrid insta love. Quinlan sees James outside the video store and he follows her home and that's the start of it, just like that, she's can't stop thinking about him and is in love in less than a week with James apparently unable to stay away from her either. Until they do the deed and then he disappears just leaving a note telling Quinlan he'll be back. And we never do find out the real reason why he disappears.

With his departure, enter With, James human brother. I thought we might be heading for a love triangle here, but no, instead, we had insta best friends. He apparently knows where James is yet he doesn't tell Quinlan and she doesn't ask!!

Then we have the childhood best friend Libby, who Quinlan seems to have very little interest in, until she decides to risk everyone's life to save her from the vampires. But when she sees him sucking on her wrist and Libby nearly passed out, she just goes home thinking "whatever she's into!!" And the guy who crushes on Quinlan for some reason that I can't fathom, she just treats him like crap constantly, taking him for granted, and putting the lives of him and his family at risk too. And she knows she treats him badly because she keeps saying it to herself.

The characters in this were very one dimensional. Quinlan is not a likable character at all, she's just selfish and uses people for her own good constantly. Which is why the big rescue of Libby is totally out of character. James, being the vampire, did have his mysterious side, but once you got over that, he wasn't that exciting either, but yet the book took a downward spiral after he left.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so not Twilight 14 Aug 2012
By K.M.W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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. And whether you like her a little or a lot or not at all, this is for certain: she's smart, she's weird, and she's real.

So to use a totally 90s term, "Drain You" is rad. Bloom weaves her story beautifully, full of complex characters and cinematic twists. But its her writing style that truly stands out. She carries you through a novel that's NOT a vampire story, not really. It's a novel about a girl with some serious self-destructive tendencies, not the least of which is a diet comprised entirely of Diet Cokes and saltines. Still, three cheers for the every girl--she's someone to get behind because, even at her worst, she's more like the rest of us than we want to admit.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 90s nostalgia, here I come! 24 July 2012
By RaeLynn_Fry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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. 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.
My Review:
I admit, when I read the first chapter, I wasn't that impressed. The voice was a little off and the writing didn't grab me. But I kept reading and figured out that this was pretty much awesomeness. It instantly reminded me of The Lost Boys, but now. It also reminded me of the 90's (which I loved) and made me want to move back to SoCal and remember the good times I had while growing up.
There were multiple things that impressed me with this book:
* The dialogue. Snappy, witty, snarky, and funny, Bloom's dialogue is just downright good. I was there, it was real, and it carried the story much more than just narrative alone
* The MC's voice. Quinn has a dark sense of humor and is so quick with everything, and her attitude of "whatever" is the icing on the cake. There were so many funny lines that were added that perfect certain something, which made the entire reading experience that much better
* The MC. Quinn, for me, is very real. She cares deeply about those who mean something to her. She doesn't know what she wants when it comes to boys. She's shallow and selfish at times, but she has drive. And I didn't find that off-putting at any point. Mainly because she gets called on it (several times) and she knows it's the truth. But we've all been there. Admit it.
* The relationships. There are several different, unique relationships Quinn is a part of, and they all come to life so realistically. Her absentee parents but their very functional relationship. Her coworker and complicated relationship-er, Morgan. Her casual best friend, Libby. The snobby girl from school, Naomi. James, the hot brother Quinn never knew existed. The equally hot other brother and instant best friend when crush disappears, Whit. And the evil twins, Stiles and Sanders. They all work brilliantly.
* The package. I'm assuming this is going to be a series. Depending on how well this one goes. I thought it was a tight, well-written story encapsulated into one book. The ending was finite but there are definitely LOTS of questions that still need answering.
There was one thing that didn't sit well with me, though.
* Instalove. I'm not a fan of this. It's unbelievable and really jars me out of a story. Yeah, we get Quinn thinks James is hot and she's majorly crushing on him and they have to get together for the sake of plot progression. But getting as close and invested as they did--and in only a week--is a little hard for me to swallow.
* The MC sleeps. A lot. Which isn't bad, I guess. But she's always tired and sleeping. *Shrugs shoulders* Just thought I'd mention that.
If you're a fan of the 90's (and if you aren't, you should be), if you liked The Lost Boys (and if you didn't, shame on you. Watch it again and change your mind), and if you enjoy dark humor, pick up the book. You'll probably be pretty entertained.
Pick it up and decide for yourself. :)
And yes, this is another vampire book. I love them so much <3
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chapter by Chapter's review of Drain You 12 Aug 2012
By MaryAnn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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. Except that it had more drama and was a lot more realistic to teenage life. So, since I don't want to give away too much, I'll just say that the first half of the story was like Twilight and the second half was kind of like New Moon. So for all you Twi-hards who want a novel that can give you the same amount of romance, vampires and talent then I would recommend Drain You to you.

The characters in the story were ones that I fell hard for, from Quinn's best friend Libby to Quinn herself, the characters were more than interesting and said things that had me giggling here and there. As for James, he's a vampire, what isn't to love? He was sweet to Quinn and still kept up the appearance of Bad- Boy- Boyfriend. Though, and this is a warning to some readers, there was a few chapters with a lot of sexual innuendo and a few scenes that can be defined as inappropriate.

All in all, a worthwhile read. I would recommend Drain You to fans of vampire lore, romance and fans of Twilight. So go out there, get that book and make some vampire puns.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quinlan Lacey Is My Hero 24 Oct 2012
By West D. Emmett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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. The world obviously loves to complain about vampires these days (some of them are doing it here, in a few of these totally-missing-the-point reviews), but subject matter is never the actual culprit - it's the inane books/movies/TV shows themselves! And DY totally redeems it. This is like Daria thrust into "The Lost Boys" as written by a wittier Francesca Lia Block. Which is another way of saying it's hilarious and brilliant.

Quinlan Lacey is the realest female protagonist in ages! Girl lead characters in YA books are usually so fake. They're either too rational and posed or else they're emo and swooning. Both feel so pandering and simplistic. But Quinn is 100% 3D: independent, bratty, charming, hypocritical, selfish, heartfelt, petty, brave - like a wild mood ring, and a real teenage girl. I would recommend this book to every cool young girl who loves to read and loves strong-willed, complex heroines. Can't wait to read what's next from this author!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so much better than Twilight, people 12 Sep 2012
By pianoandscene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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. I mean, yes, haters, it's another vampire book, but don't be so quick to toss it in the "Twilight" pile. After all, Quinn is a young woman with a strong personality and unique voice, which is--ahem--more than I can say for some characters. She's a quirky teen from LA who's equal parts strange, cool, insecure, funny, insightful, refreshing, romantic, dramatic, and a little reluctant to save the world--or at least her world. Because while I'm not going to give anything away in terms of story or plot, that's essentially what she has to do. So if you're just looking for another simple girl-meets-vampire story, then maybe you should move along, as this story is about much more: it's about growing up, the inescapable boredom of summer, and the tortured longing of teenage love. It's about a girl who's trying to figure out who she is in a world filled with grunge music and cute boys and fridges overflowing with Diet Coke. And yeah, so she ends up crushing on a guy who sucks blood. So what? So pick up a copy and let yourself get carried away. Trust me. I read it in a weekend and found myself listening to Nirvana and eating Twizzlers for the first time in ten years.
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