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

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

by Tate Hallaway

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ISBN-13: 9780451230577
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Vampire Princess of St. Paul Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 294,251
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

A Scorpio with a Leo Rising, Tate Hallaway is an amateur astrologer and practicing Witch. Tate has been a fan of vampire fiction since she first read Poppy Z. Brite in high school. Her first short fiction acceptance was to a vampire ‘zine called Nocturnal Ecstasy Vampire Coven. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with three black cats.

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Almost to Die For (Vampire Princess of St. Paul Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In St. Paul, Anastasija Parker has known for a long time that her mom is a witch; she has doubts about being a chip off the mother block. On her sweet sixteenth birthday she learns the truth about her dad; whom Ana thought was a deadbeat loser. As she now knows the first part of the compound word deadbeat sort of applies to her father. He visits her demanding she join him in her rightful spot next to the king of the vampires, dead undead dad. Her mom pleads with her to inherit only her bewitching half while her dad claims her blood flows royally albeit tainted. As she struggles with high school, two boys sort of want her. One is a witch; the other is a vampire. Mindful of the Jennifer Scales series by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi, the first Vampire Princess urban fantasy is a great young adult thriller. Ana is wonderful holding the opening tale together as she learns the truth about her DNA and the war between the vampires and the witches in an up front and personal way as her parents are preparing for open combat as are two male teens who want her as their respective girlfriend. With an amusing tongue in cheek biting story line, readers will enjoy Almost To Die For as the beleaguered heroine muses high school was hard enough before learning she is wanted as a royal hybrid. Harriet Klausner
SitHereandRead More than 1 year ago
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!
Intrigued_by_Romance More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to say Cudos to Tate Hallaway for writing this book! I truely loved reading it. I had a hard time putting this book down. This book kept me on the edge from the beginning of the book to the end. What a total love triangle! Here you have Anastasia "Ana" (Half Witch/Half Vampire), Nikolai (Definately part of the Witch coven), and Elias (Definately part of the Vampire Guard). When you are in love with one person, the world is your oyster, but when two men are involved; and they would do anything to protect you and give you anything; then it is mind-blowing. Who will she choose? This love triangle is totally compelling..Nikolai and Elias are sworn enemies and Ana is smack dab in the middle. She is intrigued with Nikolai and wants to hang out with him, but when Elias walks into her life, she is captivated by this man and is intrigued by how much he cares about here. You see Vampires and Witches are mortal enemies so the plot thickens. This book is well written and the plot is very entertaining. I truly loved the characters! This book will have you on the edge of your seat. There are many twists and turns! Definitely a must for someone who loves reading Love triangles and stories of Witches and Vampires.
ILgirl82 More than 1 year ago
This series has the potential to become one of my favorites!! I'm an adult but i still like reading young adult books and while most of them can be corny, Almost to die for was mature enough for me to love! The characters are great and the love triangle is captivating, leaves you wondering what is going to happen. I only wish there were more of these books out already so i don't have to wait to keep reading about Ana, Elias and Nikolai. Usually all the vampire books are the same but Tate Hallaway has created a new type of vampire, which i found very refreshing, excited to read more!!!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I love to read about love triangles. Especially when it involves two men who will risk everything for the woman they love. Even if it means living the rest of their life with a broken heart. That's Ana's situation and she is your typical teen with some atypical problems. The plot is entertaining and the writing is crisp. Young Adult readers everywhere will swoon for this book.
BrandisBookMusings on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Ana Parker has always been the loner, the loser, the freak. She has long dark hair, pale skin, and mismatched eyes. Ana can count her friends on one hand. It¿s easy she has exactly two. High school is rough, being labeled the freakish witch girl. On her sixteenth birthday she is to be initiated into the local coven. This would normally be an exciting time in a young witch¿s life, too bad she can¿t do magic. On her way to the initiation with her mother, a man appears outside of her house and tells her that he is her father. The problem is he tells her that he is the prince of the vampires and she is Princess Anastasija Ramses Parker. Since the beginning witches and vampires have been mortal enemies. The time has come for Ana to choose her place. Is she a witch like her mother or a bloodsucking vamp like her dad? Being a sixteen year old freak in high school is enough to drive any girl crazy. Try being a witch/vampire princess, having to choose between worlds and parents while a hot vamp and witch all vie for your attention. What ever happened to sweet sixteen? Welcome to Ana¿s world.Almost to Die For: A Vampire Princess Novel by Tate Hallaway was too cute. I loved Ana¿s sarcastic comments through the book and her geeky awkwardness. This was a short book (I read it in one sitting) and it gave just enough detail without being too vague. The premise was an interesting and original take on vampire/witch lore that I hadn¿t encountered before. The only thing I wanted different is I would have liked some more scenes with Taylor. She is Ana¿s only human friend and seems very unique, but really clueless as to everything that is going on (along with all of the other humans). If two girls at my school were going around ¿hexing¿ people I would be questioning some things. All in all I really enjoyed this book and can¿t wait to get the next one.
ShadowKissed on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I¿m going to start off by saying that I LOVE Tate Hallaway but unfortunately this is not my favorite work by her. I absolutely loved her Garnet Lacey series, which was an adult paranormal series filled with vampires, witches, goddesses and other magical beings! Almost To Die For is her new YA paranormal series, and while I really liked the premise, I felt the book was too short and rushed.It¿s Ana¿s 16th birthday, and this doesn¿t just mean sweet 16 parties with giggling girls and birthday cake, because Ana is also a witch. Turning 16 is an important age in Ana¿s coven, and it is her turn to take her initiation test and finally join in the inner circle. The test is pretty simple and a basic spell would be easy for any young witch, except Ana has a secret¿..she can¿t do magic¿nadda¿none.Things get a little more complicated when her long lost father shows up. Ana¿s mother promptly freaks out and cast a spell on him that would be deadly to any human. She soon learns the shocking truth¿She has vampire blood running through her veins, and they are the witches¿ sworn enemy. Ana is now torn between two worlds. One she was raised in and one she didn¿t even know existed.Ana goes back and forth between her mother¿s world and her father¿s world in the book, and the reader gets a glimpse of both. While I loved the characters I wanted more detail in both the raising action and the climactic battle at the end. I was very interested in the vampire¿s world. Every paranormal author likes to put their own twist on the classic blood suckers, and I love reading what they come up with. Hallaway is no different. She made an underground world where vampires sleep during the day in humid recessed wall cubbies¿.in the nude, no less. Descendants from the underworld they became slaves to the witches long ago. While Ana father is the king of their world now, not every vampire wants to serve him. Some still believe they should do the witches bidding and are rising against him. This means they are also coming for Ana.While Ana tries to sneak around her mother¿s watchful eye, dodge rebel vampires against the king, and figure out as much about her heritage as she can, she is also crushing on a rather hunky member of her coven¿.Only he hunts vampires!I really want to read the next book in this series and hope the story is not only longer but evolves more and offers more details on each side of Ana¿s life.
absconditas on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. The girl is gorgeous! I honestly wasn¿t too sure what to expect when I got my hands on a copy of this. I thought it was a light, fun, fluffy read, and while I was not disappointed by any means, this book proved to be much more than that. Within the first chapter or so, I was totally sucked in.Anastasija Ramses 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 vampire prince. he 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. Oh my goodness.. and then the boys. Nikolai is a True Witch in her coven, totally gorgeous, sings in a band,and is interested in Ana! Oh, and is also conveniently a vampire hunter. That could put a damper on a relationship. And then there¿s Elias. Vampire knight. Chivalrous, etc. If you¿ve been on the fence about this one, I highly recommend that you pick it up. The whole `Twilight meets whatever¿ situation is so inaccurate! This book is nothing like Twilight. Suffice to say, I¿m soooo excited for the next installment which is out on May 3rd, 2011.
PattyLouise on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am not quite sure how to describe this book other than the fact that it was fun¿I love change of pace YA books that have quirky mouthy main characters¿and this book certainly had that in the form of Ana¿who might or might be a really bad witch or a really good vampire or actually half of each. That was the funny part. Her father married her mother in order to stop a vamp/witch war and Ana¿s mother has never told her one thing about her vampire dad until he sort of just appears in her yard on her sixteenth birthday. The book was really good and really funny. Ana considers herself a geeky nerd who is a failure at being a witch. She has no clue about her vampire part until she accidentally licks the blood off of the face of a classmate in a freak gym accident. And there is a weird naked vampire who says he is betrothed to Ana while at the same time she is sort of involved with Nicholai who is a witch and a vampire hunter and in a great band. You have to get the drift of this book¿just action packed and mysterious and really really funny at the same time¿Ana sort of reminded me of Rachel from Hex Hall. Cheeky interesting geeky main characters who are fun and brave and get into major scrapes.I have not heard anything at all about this book¿I think I just randomly Kindled it one day while reading about the author on someone¿s blog. But the author writes cleverly and skillfully and I would definitely be up for another book or two in this series¿
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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!
girlsgonereading on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have to admit to that I liked Almost to Die For more than I thought I would. Ana is a lovable character, and her inner dialogue is the perfect mix of quirk and real sentiment. In one part she explains the fact that her class schedule goes from physics to gym as bad karma. She does this, and so many other little things, in such a cute way that I couldn¿t help but smile. Ana did that to me occasionally-she helped me finish the book and enjoy some parts of it immensely.I only wish that those parts could have lasted throughout the whole novel. I enjoyed the parts where Ana was alone or dating, but the episodes with her mother were not as good. Her mother had some big secret that she wouldn¿t share. Some big secret that could save Ana¿s life, and I found it really hard to believe that a normal parent would do this. Occasionally, the her mother¿s spoken dialogue sound forced as well. Her mother¿s spells seem awkward. I didn¿t like that all the spells had to rhyme, and they reminded me more of Dr. Suess than a scary incantation.Overall I think that Tate Hallaway did a good job of creating a character that is lovable and likable. I don¿t think this book was exactly for me, but I do plan to pass it on to someone who I think it was written for. In the right hands, I think Almost to Die For could be a great thing.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 10 months ago
While not the most original I enjoy both vampire and witch themed books and this book contained the traits I normally like. There is the obvious love triangle and Ana turns from being the target of jokes and abuse by the popular crowd to being wooed by both a handsome witch and a hot vampire. The story had it's odd moments like I found it odd that after being absent from her life for 16 years once her father shows up she immediately calls him and thinks of him as dad. She mentions at one point she calls him that just to irk her mom but it doesn't explain the rest of the time she thinks of him in that way. It just seems like she accepts him in that role way too easily.The one unique part of the story I loved and found fascinating was that the witches once enslaved vampires. I cannot wait to learn more about that history and what is going to happen between the witches, the vampires who still serve them and the vampires who wish to be free.The CharactersAna's character was a bit all over the map for me. One minute she is totally crushing on Nikolai, then running off with Elias, her father's vampire captain, to the underground vampire lair and then skipping out on them to go bowling with Nikolai. This would not have bothered me so much except for the fact that she doesn't seem to be bothered much that she is attracted to both Nikolai and Elias and doesn't think it's wrong to go flitting back and forth between the two. If there was a little more agonizing over her behavior I would have had more sympathy. In fact, at the end she makes a decision that had me thinking "Seriously?! It doesn't strike you as wrong to deceive both guys like that?" Elias was probably my favorite character. He was so old fashioned that he reminded me of a knight who was protecting and wooing his lady. Especially in contrast to Nikolai's hot headed and viciousness Elias struck me as the type of guy who would always be there for you but not smother you. Nikolai did not grab me as much. His character was just as spacey as Ana. He's the son of vampire hunters and in training to become one himself but he makes an exception for Ana because he's had a crush on her for so long and is under the protection of the coven. But when she asks him what would happen if she were no longer with the coven he has to waffle and say he doesn't know. So he will only make an exception for her if she remains under the coven protection and otherwise he would consider killing her? Come on!The RomanceAs you could probably tell from what I thought about the characters I was not all that enamored on Ana's relationship with Nikolai and much preferred her interactions with Elias. Though to be honest though I did not feel the chemistry between Ana and either guy. She struck me as being a little too shallow and flighty to be with Elias but I did not feel like her relationship with Nikolai was based on much.As I write this I realize how negative it sounds but I did have fun reading it. I loved Elias and am curious to see what comes between the witches and the vampires in the next book.
DijaK on LibraryThing 10 months ago
My rating: 3.5 starsI loved the basic plot of the story, but I don't think the ending was really all that climactic after the huge build-up of suspense. Despite this book being normal novel length, it still felt like an incredibly light read and there wasn't much progress in the plot at all. I also completely hated Ana's mom and it got on my nerves how no one else was hating on her as much as would be obvious because of her behavior. But like I said, the basic plot is extremely interesting, so I'll probably be reading the next books in the series.
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I loved this book.Witches and vampires clashing just to see what a teenag girl chooses.Amazing.Would recomend to any one over ten years old.
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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.
Vampbook_Lover More than 1 year ago
I’m going to start off by saying that I LOVE Tate Hallaway but unfortunately this is not my favorite work by her. I absolutely loved her Garnet Lacey series, which was an adult paranormal series filled with vampires, witches, goddesses and other magical beings! Almost To Die For is her new YA paranormal series, and while I really liked the premise, I felt the book was too short and rushed. It’s Ana’s 16th birthday, and this doesn’t just mean sweet 16 parties with giggling girls and birthday cake, because Ana is also a witch. Turning 16 is an important age in Ana’s coven, and it is her turn to take her initiation test and finally join in the inner circle. The test is pretty simple and a basic spell would be easy for any young witch, except Ana has a secret…..she can’t do magic…nadda…none. Things get a little more complicated when her long lost father shows up. Ana’s mother promptly freaks out and cast a spell on him that would be deadly to any human. She soon learns the shocking truth…She has vampire blood running through her veins, and they are the witches’ sworn enemy. Ana is now torn between two worlds. One she was raised in and one she didn’t even know existed. Ana goes back and forth between her mother’s world and her father’s world in the book, and the reader gets a glimpse of both. While I loved the characters I wanted more detail in both the raising action and the climactic battle at the end. I was very interested in the vampire’s world. Every paranormal author likes to put their own twist on the classic blood suckers, and I love reading what they come up with. Hallaway is no different. She made an underground world where vampires sleep during the day in humid recessed wall cubbies….in the nude, no less. Descendants from the underworld they became slaves to the witches long ago. While Ana father is the king of their world now, not every vampire wants to serve him. Some still believe they should do the witches bidding and are rising against him. This means they are also coming for Ana. While Ana tries to sneak around her mother’s watchful eye, dodge rebel vampires against the king, and figure out as much about her heritage as she can, she is also crushing on a rather hunky member of her coven….Only he hunts vampires! I really want to read the next book in this series and hope the story is not only longer but evolves more and offers more details on each side of Ana’s life.
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I loved that this is not a typical vampire story. It has a surprising twist! If you are tired of all that vampire and romance crap, then you would enjoy reading a vampire story with a surprising twist. Human+witches+vampires+royalty equals one captivating book. You will not be disapointed. Left wanting more.
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