Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Review: Almost Final Curtain by Tate Hallaway

Almost Final Curtain
Author: Tate Hallaway
Series: Vampire Princess of St. Paul
Publication: Berkley; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)

Description: Craving the spotlight is in her blood.

Ever since high school student Anastasija Parker discovered she was vampire royalty, her life has been sort of crazy. The half-vampire- half-witch just wants some normalcy, and trying out for the spring musical seems like the perfect fix.

But when the ancient talisman that stands between vampire freedom and slavery to witches is stolen, Ana has to skip rehearsal and track down the dangerous artifact before someone uses it to make this year's curtain call her last...

My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Vampire Princess of St. Paul trilogy. Ana is trying to find her own path and still be an ordinary high school kid. She is having some issues with her trainee vampire slayer/rock star boyfriend that places them on a break which is just fine with her BFF who is more than eager to lend him a shoulder to cry on. It is hard to be on a break though when he is working with the theater director to update the music for the Spring musical - My Fair Lady. Tryouts are coming and Ana is up for the female lead. Of course, once the school finds out that Nik is doing the music, everyone wants to tryout including Thompson who has been Ana's nemesis at school. Turns out he's not such a bad guy and has a great voice.

Beyond the school drama is something bigger. The magical talisman that allowed the witches to bring the vampires from another dimension and make them slaves has made a reappearance. It was thought to be lost but now both witches and vampires want to find it and control it. When it goes missing again, neither side knows who took it. Elias even defied the vampire king in his quest to locate the talisman and has been exiled. Now Ana has a vampire living in her basement.

This was another fun episode in an entertaining urban fantasy series. I like Ana's desire to be her own person despite being pulled by each parent to choose their side. I also liked that Ana is still dealing with all the usual high school activities and schoolwork around trying to save her vampire subjects. Urban fantasy fans will enjoy this one.

Favorite Quote:
Great, now my head was really spinning. So not only did I have the talisman resurfacing, the breaking and entering I ordered Elias to do, and Nikolai's game-changing something mysteriously illegal, but now I also had my BFF's conspiracy theory to contend with.

And I'd forgotten to read today's history chapters.
I bought this one August 11, 2012. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I always like to read what Media Specialists recommend. I was a high school English teacher (now retired) and I made sure our media specialists were my "best friends." I look forward to your posts.


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