September 7, 2010

Guest Review: Almost To Die For (Tate Hallaway)

Another guest review from my lovely cuz, Jessica.

Almost to Die For (A Vampire Princess of St. Paul, #1)
Publisher: NAL Trade (August 3, 2010)
Paperback: 241 pages
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 affection. Then the barely leashed tension between the vampires and the witches starts to boil over, and Ana has to figure out once and for all if 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. (Source)

ALMOST TO DIE FOR, by Tate Hallaway brings you the best of two worlds, witches and vampires. And don’t forget royalty. Anastasija Parker is used to not being normal, she has been raised a witch, with just one problem…her magic has never worked. There are few True Witches but Ana is supposed to be one…well when she fails Initiation in the Coven where she can be a full True Witch. Things get confusing because enter Vampires. Her father is a vampire, and to top it off, a prince. Hallaway brings you on a rollercoaster ride of family fighting, temporary BFF’s and of course boys!

I love vampire stories and I love witch stories, combining the two?! You cant keep me away. I was drawn to the book by the girl, Ana on the cover with two different colored eyes. I read the back and absolutely had to read it! Hallaway has such a strong voice in this novel. She really gets into Ana and how she feels and responds to becoming a vampire and not being able to harness magic she knows is there!

I was amazed reading about how Ana’s father was a prince of vampires and she gets sucked into this world while her mother is prepared to do absolutely anything to keep her out of it. She soon learns that she is a product of a gone awry treaty between witches and vampires. Her father, the prince of all vampires and her mother, surprisingly the queen of all witches banded together for a short time to try and create peace…Ana came out of it and peace never did. It is an all out war between witches and vampires.

Ana finds herself falling for a True Witch named Nikolai, whose destiny is to be a vampire hunter! But he can stop himself from hurting her because he may very well be falling in love with her but he may not be able to stop himself from going after Ana’s second love interest that happens to serve the prince of vampires. His name is Elias, and he is a vampire but totally hot!

I found that I was instantly in love with this novel. It has it’s up’s and downs and Hallaway captures Ana’s voice flawlessly. This book would suit anyone who likes vampires or witches. I really can not wait for the next novel in the Vampire Princess series!

For more info, check out Tate Hallaway's blog

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