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Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey #1)

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'The line between magic and sanity is very thin. That's part of why I, Garnet Lacey, quit cold turkey. Never touch the stuff. No Exceptions.'

Trouble is magic is so addictive, especially when you've got inner goddesses like Lilith to contend with. And it doesn't stop there for Garnet; if you are going to run an occult bookstore then you've got to expect customers like Sebas
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2006)
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CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
Very. Very. Very.


Review forthcoming.


Mood: Photobucket - DISAPPOINTED

If I had read Flooze's review or talked to her about it then maybe, just maybe I could have saved myself the major disappointment of having to read this book. But I didn't. I read it with the high hopes that this book was going to be good. I mean the premise is pretty unique, the writing seemed light and fresh and I loved the covers. I mean, I only waited three or four years to get my hands on this book.

Well, life is not
May 12, 2008 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, traded
I couldn't really get into this book. I usually love paranormal books, but this premise and story just didn't appeal to me.

The main character, Garnet, is a witch and is also host to the goddess Lilith. She is on the run from Vatican agents, witch-hunters essentially, who killed her entire coven.

I just think this book needed a bit more time brewing. The concepts are there but just not complete. It all came across as just kind of weird. I still don't have a clear picture of these bad guys. Presen
The Flooze
True friends don't let their pals read bad books. In this I have failed. To prevent letting down any others, I shall say that this book was heaps and heaps of meh, with a side of lukewarm disappointment. As CJ (that friend I failed) said in her review:
I read this with high hopes only to be slapped in the face with the wake up call that this book is like that c+ student you can't help but you know that he/she has potential so you agonize on how to help them.

With a hypocritical heroine and a promi
Oct 06, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Garnet Lacey vowed never to do magic again. Not after that scene with the Vatican assassins in Minneapolis where she called on the Goddess Lilith, who left a swath of destruction so huge Garnet had to leave town. Eight months later, and several hundred miles away, she’s now the manager of Mercury Crossing, Madison, Wisconsin’s premier occult bookstore and herb emporium where the employees are prime examples of witches without a clue.

One day, just as she’s closing the bookstore, in walks
Don't let the cover fool you on this is not in any way funny or cartoony. Garnet is a witch inhabited by the Goddess Lillith, and Sebastian is a vampire warlock who has created a spell allowing him to walk in the sun. He has a mostly dead ex-wife and a dhampyr son. Garnet has a vampire prostitute ex-boyfriend who says he's still in love with her. They're all being chased by Vatican assassins.

Sound like fun? Well, it of it were really campy, but it was action-packed! I'm rea
Oct 28, 2013 Theshrewedshrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of started off liking this book. But then I kept feeling this constant ache behind my eyes... Reading this book physically hurt. lol

So where am I? Wondering how some authors make schizophrenia sound cool and Hallaway manages to make it sound like rape, dysfunction, and kind of just what she ordered all at the same time. I get the "instinct" most times, just this book feels wrong. It takes something that is kind of an amazing premise and twists the feel to where I seriously didn't enjoy th
What I liked:

The premise was great and different.

The naming of the main character Garnet Lacey. Nice mix of hard and soft qualities. And also more than happy to see one less Diamond, Ruby, type of name for a character. Not to say I hate gem stone names. But seriously the usual ones get a little played out for me.

Vatican witch hunters is still kind of cool in a way.

Loved the witchy magical element.
What I disliked:

How ADD the author seemed to be with her characters. I mean I get Garnet had some ob
Lady Ozma
Feb 05, 2009 Lady Ozma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, 2009
This is the first book by Tate Hallaway I've read and I really enjoyed it. I'm glad I have the next two in the series on my TBR, unfortunately I'm on a challenge to read 9 books by authors I've never read in this month. So I'm trying to hold off reading the next two Garnet Lacey books!

I love the Wiccan with a habit of dating dead dudes. I love, even more, the killer priest army the Vatican sends out. My gosh, this is the best yet conspiracy theory of the Vatican I've come across. They train wit
Jan 11, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky, quick paced, and engaging. I thought the cover was cute and was hoping to find a hidden gem (because the Sookie books have cartoonish covers).

It was a solid 4 star and I was all set to read the entire series until Garnet grossed me out by sleeping with 2 different guys within 2 days. I don't even care about the logistics of it. It's just that she was supposedly into Sebastion, then her ex shows up and she just kind of falls on her back for him just because he still looks hot and she wa
Jen Hill
Dec 15, 2008 Jen Hill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 14, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fantasy
The book started off lacking and imbalanced: the unimportant things seemed to be explained in too much detail (like her clothes and the habits of her co-workers, who in the end don't play a very large role) while I was left wondering why other points of interest were left largely explained. Sure, it's good for a novelist to leave some mysteries to unfold as the plot thickens, but I felt as though I knew too little about the heroin to truly care about her or relate, and some of those mysteries se ...more
I gave this book a chance because after reading something like High Stakes by Erin McCarthy, I thought these light, “chick lit” paranormal romances weren’t that bad, and could be a great light read after potential heavy reads.

This one is slightly more darker, and with more action but not enough to take it away from the romance/chick lit genre. However what I really enjoyed the most out of this book was the humor. There was plenty of it. It’s Garnet Lacey’s wit that draws you to the story, and al
Feb 24, 2014 Pia rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars, I'd say.

I enjoyed the story well enough, but the book could use some thorough editing IMO. The way some things were overexplained reminded me of fanfiction somehow (not that there's anything wrong with fanfic btw - I've had some great times reading fanfic in the past).
The suspense was building up well for the last few chapters, but the resolution of it felt a bit rushed and anticlimactic to me(view spoiler)
Feb 11, 2015 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Garnet Lacey #1
Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey, #1) by Tate Hallaway Tall, Dark & Dead by Tate HallawayTate Hallaway
I bought this audiobook, mainly because I liked the cover and I got it for a greatly reduced price because Audible was having a sale on the first book in a lot of series.

It was poorly edited and had a lot of stutters, where it was obvious that the person reading the book, Amanda Ronconi, had made a mistake and started again, but the way it was edited was horrible and you could totally tell.

I also have to say that I'm not sure I
Aurian Booklover
For years I had the second book in this series on my shelves, and every time I wanted to read it, I went: o no I can’t, this is book 2, I want to read book 1 first! A few months ago I finally bought the rest of the series, so now I could start reading it. I am really not sure if I like this series though. The cover suggests something fun and light, and it is not light. This book has a lot of violence in it.

The book started strong, Garnet Lacy, the heroine, talking to her cat who is also her fam
May 23, 2014 SimpleBrandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garnet Lacey has a lot going on in a days time. From sun up to sun down she has her hands full with her sexy brown eyed boyfriend Sebastian. Hot as hell ex boyfriend who wants to crash with her. And (Goddess) Lilith is a bucket of drama all by herself. Last but not lest there are people trying to kill her left and right. Very funny, very sexy but not to sexy and I enjoyed it till the end. Tate Hallaway did great work with Garnet and the gang, I will be looking for more from Tate.
Kari Chapman
I'd read this book a long time ago in high school and didn't like it. However, when it came up on a recommendation list and I couldn't remember why I didn't like it, I decided to give it another shot.

Well, I can say I still don't like it. The writing is ok, but didn't care for either main character. Garnett was wishy-washy and didn't really seem all that concerned about her safety or the safety of others. If she did, she would have either really gone cold turkey on magic, or she would have been
Mar 16, 2015 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, dnf
I tried really hard with this book. I thought it would be fun and light and full of humor. Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator, but even she couldn't sell this plot... which was like listening to the worst plot of True Blood ever on repeat (I swear, that whole Bill/Lilith storyline just about broke me, so I am pretty much already disposed to dislike anything to do with the goddess).

I hated that the main character, Garnet Lacey, had the goddess Lilith living inside her, it was beyond ridiculou
Tracy Terry
The first book the Garnet Lacey series. Now a witch on the run, whilst Garnet's past as a member of a coven murdered by (well, that would be telling) is pretty much explained - eventually - like a jig-saw with pieces missing there were holes in the story making the whole novel feel as if it were part two in a series already begun.

A series with huge potential (and who knows perhaps the rest of the books in the set will live up to this) but I'm afraid for me Tall, Dark and Dead was full of promisi
Solid 3 star book, but I rounded a star down because of the unnecessary sex. It was rushed and just thrown in there. I'm not slut shaming, but it is hard for me to root for the heroine when she is blatantly cheating on her boyfriend just because she was mad over something that happened 5 minutes ago! Even the first section scene was thrown in way too quickly and caught me off guard.

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy! It's been less than 24 hours and I'm gonna screw you baby!

Then I'm gonna
Arlene Allen
Whoa...did Deborah Harkness read this? A witch and a vampire, a history of science professor who studies alchemy...? A mysterious book with the secret of eternal life that everyone wants? This is much less dull than Discovery of Witches, but whoa, the similarities.
This book was okay....didnt really get me hooked. I must admit it only became interesting once they got to the "love scene". after that it was an okay read. something to past the time. i dont think i'll continue on with the series though
This book was ok. There were some amusing parts, especially in the middle when the Vatican comes after Garnet and Sebastian. For some reason, though, it took a while to grab me and, aside from the middle of the book, hold my interest. I am not sure I would necessarily classify it as a romance since the main character shows interest (and some involvement) in her ex at the same time she is involved in Sebastian. It had a more chick lit vibe for me. This is probably a personal gripe, however. Anywa ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read! A witch possessed by a goddess (a nasty one), a warm-blooded vampire good guy and a hit squad of Vatican fanatics chasing around Madison, Wisconsin. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Apr 25, 2015 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a DNF for me. I have little-to-no patience for authors who use inexcusable stupidity on the part of their characters as a plot device. It is unimaginative and boring.

The main character, Garnet Lacey, is hiding out in Madison, Wisconsin after her Coven was murdered by a bunch of Vatican with hunters. Somehow, Garnet managed to call down the goddess Lilith to possess her body, who went on a murderous rampage and killed all the witch hunters. So now Garnet is hiding from witch hunters, an
Apr 03, 2012 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tall, Dark and Dead by Tate Hallaway
Paranormal Romance –April 3rd, 2012 (Reprint)
4 stars

Vatican agents out for blood and a sexy vampire make for an immersing and fun filled read.

Garnet Lacy is a witch who manages an occult bookstore. She is hiding from the dreadful Vatican hunters when a gorgeous vampire named Sebastian Von Traum walks in and changes her life. Sebastian has secrets and she finds that she oh-so willing to be a part of his future! When Garnet discovers a deadly Vatican agent after
Bella (Bella's Wonderworld)
Tate Hallaway’s Debütroman "Nicht schon wieder ein Vampir" ist der Auftakt zu einer humorvollen, paranormalen Romanreihe. In dieser neuen Fantasy-Romance Reihe dreht sich alles um die Hexe Garnet Lacey.

Verfolgt von der Kongretation des Vatikans, die ihren gesamten Zirkel vernichtet hat, flüchtet Garnet in das Städtchen Madinson. Dort baut sie sich unter neuem Namen und neuem Aussehen ein neues Leben auf. Eines Tages taucht in Ihrem astrologischen Kuriositätenladen ein äußerst attraktiver Vampir
Heather Dalgarno
Jul 25, 2011 Heather Dalgarno rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Tall, Dark and Dead" is the first Garnet Lacey book by Hallaway. The heroine is a witch, possessed by the witch goddess Lilith, on the run from a bunch of Vatican witch assasins after they slaughtered her coven (and she killed their agents in retribution).

This book is reasonably entertaning, and certainly has its fair share of hunky man candy in the form of alchemist vampire Sebastien and Garnet's ex-vampire lover Parrish. It's rife with cliche and has obviously been written for the mass young
May 03, 2012 Dottie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taken from my review at

Witch Garnet Lacey had been late getting to her coven meeting. So when she arrived, expecting teasing, she found, instead, that her whole coven was dead and the Vatican hunters were walking among the bodies. Too late, they saw her. Calling upon the goddess Lilith, Garnet sought and won revenge against them, leaving a swath of destruction behind. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, vampire Daniel Parrish, she buried the bodies. Now eight months later, she
Sarah's Book Blog
Tall, Dark and Dead is the first in the Garnet Lacey series. Garnet is a witch that recently had to move because the Vatican killed her entire coven. Her inner Goddess just so happens to be the one and only Ms. Evil herself, Lilith. After changing her entire appearance and dressing the "witch" part she thinks it will keep the Vatican witch hunters away. While working in her bookstore where she is the store manager and sells anything from grimoires to tarot cards (again all for her disguise) a ve ...more
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