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(Blood Haze #1)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,269 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Two guys, one girl, and two dark secrets that threaten to tear her world apart.

Alice Wright is a young vampire going to high school for the first time at the age of seventeen at the behest of her eccentric mother. In many ways, she's more afraid of the human students than they would be of her.

She feels lost and awkward in human society, but she soon develops a strong bond
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published April 25th 2011
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Jul 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelter is the story of Alice Whitlock, a seemingly normal 17-year-old girl who just happens to be a vampire. Alice is torn between two guys, one a vampire, one a vampire hunter-in-training; one is passive aggressive, one is just plain old-fashioned aggressive; in other words, perfect boyfriend material - if you happen to be a complete self-loathing twit, that is. But they're both gorgeous so what's a girl to do? Well, she might consider running very, very fast in any other direction but, hey, ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first part of a new YA book series by Tara Shuler. These days it seems almost inevitably that a lot of YA novels feature vampires, which isn't a bad thing as such, especially as I liked the unique take on them presented here.
While smoothly written, and definitely a light read, the book definitely lacks depth, and the story itself - vampire girl meets clingy vampire boy meets hot vampire hunter - was run-of-the mill filled with stereotypes and no big surprises. On the upside I have
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.5

Shelter was an entertaining read.

Alice was an okay character, but she was really naive at the end.
Kai drove me nuts most of the time. He was so, so clingy! When she went out with her friends, and he kept calling to see when she'd be back, he was a lot like this;

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Needless to say, i didn't like their romance. (view spoiler)
Louise Seraphim Reviews
I usually love books like this but i felt something wasn't quite right about this one. I really wanted to like it but as much as i persevered with the story i just couldn't back it. The relationship between the 2 main characters is very intense in a non-believable way and Kai just seems very odd and obsessive and i couldn't seem to like him. Everything just happens too quick and i feel its on a mission to end. Max was a better character and i wanted him to be Alice's choice. Now i have to say, ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about vampires that is so thrilling, it’s no coincidence that the majority of the newer Young Adult books have embraced them to the degree they have. This book, the first in a series, is one of the many that provide an entertaining view into the vampire’s relationship with humans in an urban setting.
The story itself is interesting, with various aspects that are new to the vampire genre, changing things up a little from the usual solely-blood-drinkers and night-time-loving
usagi ☆ミ
Interesting premise, which is why I applied for the member giveaway at librarything for an arc copy.

Unfortunately, it was mostly dialogue and a lot of telling over showing along with the popular current YA vampire-related storyline as of late: having to choose between two or more boys, one of whom carries with him a huge horrible secret that will destroy them all. I couldn't even get to the 50 page mark without feeling extremely disappointed and a little dejected. This book seemed like it had
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can you get any more EMO than that?! While the book is a smooth read, and the writing is good... everything else is lacking. I felt like the characters were extremely shallow and lacking any depth. Proclaiming that they love each other after only couple of hours is completely unbelievable, regardless of how much "connection" they felt to each other. Having a friend that's obviously has social problems (and eating disorders probably), but completely ignoring it instead of saying something? In my ...more
3.5 stars
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This book wasn’t brilliant, but boy was it good for a laugh!

Alice (twilight flashbacks) was an okay character, and seemed quite willing to help those she cared about. I did think that she fell for Kai maybe a little too quickly (a matter of 3 hours), and she did seem to care really deeply about things. She was maybe a little immature though.

The storyline in this was quite entertaining, but that may have been because it kept making me
Dec 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a short & strange book. I guess I lucked out with my first few kindle freebies because this book really just kind of sucked.

There was too much insta-love going on for my taste. Alice was too naive for me... & a little wishy washy too. I hate girls who bounce back and forth between love interest. Make your damn choice & live with it!!

Also, I really hated Kai. He was just way too emotional and clingy... it wasn't cute or endearing in anyway.

Another thing - when did Jamie &
This was awful. The entire book was full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (which I would normally blame on bad editing, but the writing in general wasn't particularly great either). The characters were all so annoying and juvenile. The plot, or lack thereof, was so unbelievably predictable.
I REALLY disliked this book.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
That is what happens when a book is free on Kindle.Completely boring and absolutely predictable. The relationships between the characters are not developed enough so the whole story feels superficial.
Two guys, one girl, and two dark secrets that threaten to tear her world apart.

No fanks ver much. The guys look like former members of UK 80's band Duran Duran.
*placeholder* Damn it! I hate it when I update the wrong book.
Melissa Levine
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Natalie Martin
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Brilliant for younger readers!

I chose three stars as I felt this book was more for the younger reader, 10 plus. Saying that I did read until the end as the story intrigued me! Made me want to find out what would happen
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelter Blood Haze
Book One

By Tara Schuler


Two guys, one girl, and two dark secrets that threaten to tear her world apart.

Alice Wright is a young vampire going to high school for the first time at the age of seventeen at the behest of her eccentric mother. In many ways, she's more afraid of the human students than they would be of her.

She feels lost and awkward in human society, but she soon develops a strong bond with the cousin of one of her human classmates, nineteen year old
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
So, I've made it my project in 2012 to read a lot more e-books on my Kindle Fire (as well as rereading old favorites and dwindling down this huge TBR stack that's toppling over my dining room table -- which of course can't be used for dining since it's storing books -- duh!) So, when I found SHELTER free on Amazon, I honestly wasn't expecting much. I've read a lot of free e-books off Amazon lately, and most just weren't that readable, to be honest.

I'm pleased to say that SHELTER by Tara Shuler
Bonnie Lamer
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has secrets, especially vampires who are just trying to live out their lives in a human world as inconspicuously as possible. Alice Wright has been sheltered from the human world for her first seventeen years, but now her mother for some reason wants her to have the same experiences as a human teenager. That means going to high school. Alice is a shy, somewhat awkward girl who discovers that the stereotypes on television became stereotypes for a reason. There are the mean girls in ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
While this story has a good plot line, I think the story is pretty poorly executed. To begin with, there is a lot of telling instead of showing. The actions of Alice, the main character read something like this: My phone rang. I picked it up. It was Will. I answered it. I said. He said, etc.

Also, I was highly disappointed with the vampire part of this book. While Alice and her family are vampire's, the actual story line revolving around this aspect of their lives is really downplayed. In the
Alice is a new senior at high school... on her first day she is invited to a party. Being affraid she would look dumb if she didn't agree to go she said yes. There's only one problem, she's a vampire and the party is full of human teenagers. She never understood human parties and so when van went serching for his cousin outback in the shed, she followed. Ackward as the meeting was there connection was almost instantaneous. Things moved fast and his secret came out... his mother was abusive. ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
"Shelter" provides an interesting interpretation on vampire lore. These vampires are not immortal, they simply age well. They do not perish from holy water or fear garlic, and a bullet to the heart will do just as well as a stake. Most importantly: vampires are a race, not a communicable disease. Our protagonist is Alice, a seventeen year old vampiress who is forced to enroll into human high school for her last year of school. She is reluctant to enroll -- after all, humans are purely food.

This was a very quick read, and I would give it 3 stars if it weren't for the not-very-stellar character building.

The premise sounded interesting. A girl, born a vampire, is going out into the world and entering high school, to learn how to fit into the human world. There's not any reason provided as to why she wasn't learning how to fit into the human world before 17 years of age. Maybe mom didn't feel the girl was able to exercise self-control until then. What started out as an interesting
This book was a fast read. It flows along at a smooth but fast past. It definitely was not what I expected at all when I started reading it. I know this is fiction and all but this story was so unbelievable to me. Just hours after the main character Alice meets Kai at a party they are suddenly so in love with each other and are telling each other that they love them. Alice's mom being fine with Kai living with them just after meeting him and not caring that they are sleeping in the same room. I ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was another acquisition during my obsession with free books in January.

Again, the writing style and plot development were incredibly poor - I very much understand why this was a self-published effort. It doesn't appear to have ever crossed an editor's desk and it shows. Poor spelling and grammar, one-dimensional characters, and a nonsensical plot make this a very slow read.

The main character is a female teenage "vampire". I use that term because the author did, but it is like no vampirism
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Unfortunately for me there was something missing from this book. Out of the three characters - one I didn't like at all, one I had no connection with and only one did I feel showed any kind of 'character' or strength.

The story is pretty much run of the mill but there are big gaps left where you as a reader have no knowledge. Admittedly, in the first example, Alice has no idea why her mother is sending her to high school for the first time either. Now the gaps may be filled in future books but it
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was quick and easy to read however, being the pessimist that I am, do not believe that someone can be "so in love" with someone they just met to the point where they are all clingy and crazy about it--almost to the point of being obssessive. And to have 2 guys fall in love with Alice at the same time was reaching...then again, we are talking about a book about vampires.
I thought that the main character was naive a bit but Kai was ANNOYING. I have never met a guy like that, even though
Sharon Smith
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This wasn't the worst book I have read lately but it wasn't great either. The characters were weak and the plot was thin. Alice and Kai falling "in love" and wanting to be together "forever" at their first meeting was nauseating. Kai as a whole was repulsive in his neediness. Alice was awful for liking that about him. I liked Will okay and the Mother but they were so underdeveloped they faded into the background. Jamie was starting to blossom into a character with some potential by the time the ...more
Mickolus Sundquist
1st off, I really hate to give a bad review to a book when there isn't really anything wrong with it. This book was free on my kindle. I like free things, so I went ahead and downloaded the book. I've actually had this book on my kindle for a long time before I actually read it. It's only about 200 pages, so I read it in a couple hours.
There isn't any specific thing wrong with this book, it just wasn't for me. The story was just too easy. The characters fell in love far to quickly for me. I
Erin Danzer
I read a few of the reviews before I read this book, so I knew going into it that it wouldn't be stellar. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. I read it because I was curious, I wanted to see if the bad reviews were true. Unfortunately, most of them were. This was not a spectacular book that I will read again and again. This was an OK book at best. I couldn't relate to Kai at all because I can't relate to "sensitive" guys and he was just way too emotional for me. I actually really loved Max ...more
Lucy-Anne Smith
This story is a quick read, it only took me a day. The story is good, if a little rushed. The editing could have been looked at a little better. Some of The characters are likeable, not loveable but the rest are either really annoying or disappear into the background completely. There was also too much 'falling in love' and all the characters should have been on mood stabilisers. One minute they loved each other desperately and the next they hated each other! I will be reading the others but I ...more
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I am the author of the Blood Haze series of YA paranormal romance books. I also have several adult series in the works, including an adult vampire series, and a science fiction series.

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Blood Haze (4 books)
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