Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Book Review: Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway

Almost to Die For
Author: Tate Hallaway
Series: Vampire Princess of St. Paul
Publication: Berkley (August 3, 2010)

Description: Twilight meets The Princess Diaries in the new series from the author of Honeymoon of the Dead

On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker learns that her so-called deadbeat dad is actually a vampire king. And he wants Ana to assume her rightful position at his side, in spite of the fact that she has witch's blood running through her veins-from her mother's side.

Too bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana's parents are at each other's throats over her future. It's up to Ana to make a choice, but deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

My Thoughts: Ana Parker has a memorable sixteenth birthday - and not in a good way. She is worried about the ceremony that is supposed to confirm her as a True Witch but it requires magic and, despite what her mother tells her, she can't do magic. She learns that her father is a vampire king that her mother has never mentioned and won't answer questions about. Both of her parents want her to choose their side in the war that was supposed to be ended when her parents married and had a child.

Ana doesn't know what to do. She meets Elias who is a member of the vampire king's guard who swears to protect her and who gives her some information about the witch-vampire fight. She also gets closer to Nikolai who is a member of the coven and who she has known for a while. She is interested in him but felt he was out of her league and, besides, her best friend also had a crush on him. Nikolai has been training all his life to become a vampire slayer which is sort of a problem because Ana is half-vampire.

I enjoyed the St. Paul setting and seeing some familiar locations included in this story. This was an entertaining urban fantasy story. I liked Ana and sympathized with the tough decisions she had to make about her future. Personally, I'm on the side of the vampires since all of the violence and coercion came from Ana's mother who, it turns out, is queen of the witches.

This is the first book in a trilogy. I can't wait to read the rest. 

Favorite Quote:
Okay, new question. Elias Constantine: (a) dashing vampire protector or (b) creepy stalker guy.

What would have been an easy "a" ten minutes ago now had me wondering. Maybe it was the way the light caught his unblinking, steady gaze that seemed to bore right through me, or the fact that I was hyperaware that I held Nikolai's hand under the table.
I bought this one August 11, 2012. You can buy your copy here.

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