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Almost to Die For (Vampire Princess of St. Paul Series #1)

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    Almost to Die For

    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!

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    Short fun and quick to read

    For such a short book, it was a great read! it take an idea that’s not quite new, and puts a new spin on it. The writing in the book is quick and fun to read. The characters were also quite memorable and extremely likable. The magic part of the book was simple, yet satisfying. It was fun to read Bea do her little spells with a simple “zap”. Plus, it was fun to see the magic at work. The plot itself was really good and easy to follow. Ana has wit, and her thoughts are extremely entertaining and funny to read. Naturally, in nearly all YA’s out there, there is a love triangle in the making, but it’s not cheesy or overdone. Both Nikolai and Elias are likable in their own way although I’d have to say, I’m leaning towards Elias a lot more. I’ve read one other of Hallaway’s books and enjoyed it as well, so I’m going to continue reading this series. It’s enjoyable and a fun light read without any overbearing cliches and cheesiness. Give this one a try if you’re into paranormal YA and want something quick between long epic reads.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    It was pretty good!

    This book was a very easy read and i finished it in a day. I was surprised that this book was actually interesting. Ana has a good seance of humor which kept me laughing ( a little too loud) and made my mom worry. Not only does Ana have cool powers but she has not one but two hard to get guys all to herself. Did i mention that those guys are hot? well, now i do: The guys are hot. If you like romance, fantasy, and a touch of comedy then this is one book you will not forget. Over all, it was pretty good!

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    Awesome First book

    I was very suprised by this book and how it held my interest the whole time. This book centers around Ana Parker and her dual life as a vampire and witch. See her parents are both very powerful beings in their own realms, and poor Ana is stuck in the middle. She has a witch ceremony that she totally bombs, but in the end she meets up with the very dashing Elias who starts treating her like the princess that she is, of the vampire realm. But her mother is not having anything of it and she tries to compel her daughter to stay in the witch coven. Events transpire through out the book that make you tingle with excitement and you really will not believe the final chapters of the book. I know I really loved the romance that is brewing between Ana and Elias, but there is also Nikolai, the cute boy in her class who also happens to be the son of a vampire hunter(so not good for a relationship, to be hunted by your crush) so you can picture all sorts of love triangle moments if this book series goes on.
    I happen to love this book and if I had to put it in a category, its very much a mutt book. A little fantasy, a little vampire, a little romance all thrown in together. But on does not overpower the other so its great for a girl who loves vampire romance, but also likes bits of the fantasy realm.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    Fun, YA Read!

    I have to say the first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. The two different colored eyes definitely caught my attention. Then -- "vampire". As soon as I found out it was about vampires, I had to get it to see what it was all about!

    I hate to say that Ana's voice narrating the story took a few (fifty or so) pages to get used to. I understand writing first person POV like an inner monologue, but some of it was a little too immature for my taste. However, once I could look past that, I actually found her voice and made up words endearing to her character.

    The other characters were well fleshed out and fun to interact with in the story. The bad guy was a douche, as expected. The best friends stayed friends, though there was definitely some tension in the story - as there is in real life with some friends some times. I have to say that I was a little surprised with Nik's reaction to vampires, especially after he seemed bitter at first to know he had to follow in his father's footsteps. So, when he went all anti-vampire, I was a little baffled. I loved Elias and can say nothing wrong about him - though, like Ana, my feelings for him conflict with Nik's. as I heart them both equally.

    I'll have to say that the climax was a little anti-climatic for me. I thought it was good, but the author spent so much time building up the story to that point, it seemed very rushed and short. almost like an afterthought. I like more action in my climax - more airtime. However, this is the first book in a series, so maybe this book is just building to even more awesomeness in the next? I sure hope so!

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