12 March 2011

Review-Almost to Die For

Title: Almost to Die For
Author: Tate Hallaway
Published: 03 August 2010
Pages: 241
Rating: 4/5

Description from back of book:

On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker's present winds up being the shock of a lifetime. When her mom referred to her absentee dad as a deadbeat, it was actually half true-he's a vampire. And a king, no less. A king who wants his daughter to assume her rightful position at his side. But, thanks to Ana's mother, the blood of a witch also runs through her veins.

Too bad vampires and witches are mortal enemies.

With her parents gearing up for an all-out brawl over her destiny, Ana's about ready to scream. But things get even crazier when a male witch and a brooding bad-boy vampire start vying for her affections. Then the barely leashed tension between the vampire and the witches starts to boil over, and Ana has to figure out once and for all whether she wants to become heir to her dad's throne. And deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

My thoughts:

I very much enjoyed this unique tale of a girl who is half vampire and half witch. Hallaway creates a very indecisive atmosphere which keeps you guessing at which half of herself she will eventually choose....or will she? Ana's character definitely temps fate and just when you think that she is about to choose one side over the other, she changes her mind!

There were only a few things that I did not like about this book. Hallaway writes the witches as constantly describing the vampires as demon like beings and being from hell so whenever one would talk I could't help but imagine their voices as very deep and unnatural like possessed robots. I also did not like Ana's whole initiation scene. I had a hard time following what was going on and I found my self reading the section over again to gain a better understanding.

Overall, I really liked this book and the unique paranormal approach that Hallaway uses. I will most likely read the next books in the series.


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