Monday, July 29, 2013

Review - Almost to Die For

Title - Almost to Die For 
Author - Tate Hallaway
Series - Vampire Princess of St. Paul
Genre - YA Witches & Vampires
Published - July 29th 2010
Publisher Nal Trade
Format - Paperback I purchased. 


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.


I decided to read Almost to Die For as this week’s challenge book. Ana short for Anastasija has been raised by only her mother trained to be a witch. However unlike her friends and fellow witches she exhibits very limited powers. She fears that at her Wiccaning she won’t have the power to join the true witches letting her mother down. It’s on her sixteenth birthday she learns that her father is the king of the vampires making her a princess. Suddenly Ana is in the middle of a powerful power struggle between her parents who are mortal enemies.

It’s while trying to call the East at her Wiccaning that everything turns upside down, the group is attacked by vampires revealing that Ana doesn't know everything and her mother has been keeping secrets. After running into the woods she meets her father’s royal guard Elias who starts to explain it’s not all black and white. That maybe the vampires aren't the bad guys her mother and fellow witches have made them out to be.  As Ana is drawn into a new world that she knows little about she starts to learn that there are two sides to every story and maybe the vampires aren't the bad guys after all.

Ana is a great character she’s half witch and half vampire giving her abilities from both sides. She’s stubborn, independent, and fun to read about. She’s torn between to guy who happen to be on either side of the line. She has Nik who’s a vampire slayer also a true witch who would make her mother proud. Then there is Elias who is a super old vampire and her father’s royal guard. I tend to avoid love triangles but I have to admit this one has me intrigued. 

Almost to Die For is a unique concept for me I like the idea that Ana is half witch and half vampire. By being from both worlds she’s tied to both but not inhibited by just one. She was created to bring peace between the witches and vampires who have been at war forever. Ana has some big shoes to fill but she deals with the truth better than I expected. Though she did lick the guy she doesn’t like in schools bloody nose.  The book is action packed right from the start it was easy to lose all track of time till the end. The book is well written it flows along smoothly creating an exciting story, capturing the imagination I felt like I was there with Ana.  I also like as the book progresses Ana grows as a character making it easy to connect with her, even if she is torn between two guys. At the moment I can’t say if I’m team vampire or witch so we will have to wait till I start the second one. So far love the story can’t wait to see what happens next. 

5 out of 5 stars

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