And while I’m on the subject of new books by Vermont College faculty members, Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith is now in fine bookstores everywhere (thanks to the lovely Carrie Jones for the reminder). I read it all the way back in August, when I vowed to do a more substantial post about it. I find I don’t have the time, so I’ll just point to what I said then: Simply put: FABULOUS. So good and dark. Best ending I’ve read in ages, and nicely feminist as well. If it reminds me of anything, perhaps a bit of Robin McKinley’s Sunshine, but with the focus and directness of the best YA.