Drain You by M. Beth Bloom Review

Monday, July 30, 2012

Title: Drain You
Author: M. Beth Bloom
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: July 24, 2012
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
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.(less)
Quinn’s teenage existence follows the status-quo in every way possible. She has a decent job, decent friends, decent interaction with her parents and, well, pretty much decent everything. However, she’s bored. There has to be more to life than the petty sun-up to sundown life she revolves in constantly. Then she meets James, the mysterious stranger that will turn her life upside down and change everything she thought she knew forever. James is darker than anything she’s ever experienced before, and with the darkness comes fear and instability. Maybe she should have thought twice before wishing for more excitement. Can true love really conquer all?

I do believe there is still hope in the YA genre for vampire books. Despite all the bad ones that keep cropping up, I still have hope for the fact that there might just be a diamond off there, hiding out in the rough. Drain You, however, follows the somewhat well-known formula of a vampire novel, giving us the boy, the girl, the drama and all the fixings in a mashup of plotlines and intrigue. Author M. Beth Bloom has crafted a novel that will surely please a wide audience of vampire-loving young ladies, and her easy, fluid writing style is certain to whet many a YA appetite.

I absolutely hate writing bad reviews. On the flip side, I also hate when a book has all the potential in the world to break the stereotypical mold and simply rests on its laurels instead. Most unfortunately, Drain You was exactly the latter of the two. In the case of vampire novels, each new book that emerges on the scene has the chance to take the genre and turn it on its head, but none of them really seem to do so, which is quite frustrating. Quinn, as a main character, infuriated me. She was self-absorbed, clueless, self-deprecating and completely complacent to just let the ridiculous chips fall as they may. James, too, was a very surface heavy character with little to no depth at all. He had the dark aura we’ve come to expect, as well as the brooding temperament and utter lack of personality. Yet, somehow, there is this “love” connection that blossoms instantaneously throughout this drawn out and rather chaotic plotline. My main issue with that is that I can reconcile with insta-love if there is a fragment of believability in the characters, themselves. Unfortunately, neither of the main characters in Drain You sung enough alone to make their chemistry (or lack thereof) resound together.

I realize I’m being atypically hard on Drain You, but the fact of the matter is that we, as a young adult reading audience, should expect more depth and more drama below the surface. I want tension, and I want to make a connection with the characters. Both, unfortunately, simply didn’t work with this novel for me. I give it a 1.5 out of 5, and I would recommend it to those looking for the YA audience looking for a simple, run-of-the-mill vampire novel.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  1. Ooh, always tough to write those "bad" reviews. But, yanno, sometimes books just don't work for you. And this one sounds like it wouldn't work for me, either. I need something *different* if I'm even going to pick up a vamp book these days and, like you said, YA readers expect *more*. Hope the next read is better!

  2. Too true, m'dear. I'm eager to find a YA vampire book that really kicks it up a notch! That's what I want more than anything!

  3. Ah, Quinn sounds like a frustrating MC. That's so disappointing that DRAIN YOU didn't try to do anything new with a vampire story. 
    Thanks for your honest thoughts! I'll probably pass on this one since I'm difficult to please when it comes to vampire books.

  4. I hate giving bad reviews, but it just didn't work for me at all. It just rested on its laurels.

  5. I saw another negative review of this. Considering it's 400 pages, this is definitely not going to be on my TBR list.

    What's sad about this is it sounds like DRAIN YOU is the kind of book that enforces negative stereotypes of YA.

  6. I had high hopes for this one because I LOVE that cover and was drawn to it. 
    Bummer, dude. 

  7. If it was 250, it would have been far easier to bear. 400 pages is a lengthy novel if it's not spinning a good story.

  8. I've been so out of the loop that I hadn't heard of this book until this post, but admittedly, that synopsis turned me off. Plus, the characters sound minutely developed and shallow. I do not think this is a book I'll be picking up soon. And, I know writing negative reviews sucks, but I'm glad you do it. It's nice to get honesty from reviews. :)

  9. Another negative review on this one. This just reinforces my pledge to stay away from vampire books. Isn't that just sad? Anyhow, great review as always, Melissa! :)

  10. Oh, vampire books. I've been having such a hard time with vampire books lately, so this doesn't sound promising. That's kind of unfortunate :(


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