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Almost to Die For

(Vampire Princess of St. Paul #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  4,774 ratings  ·  293 reviews
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
Paperback, 241 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Berkley Books (first published July 29th 2010)
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May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Almost to Die For, first book of the Vampire Princess of St. Paul series, is a fast, entertaining and easy read.

Surprisingly, despite of all the...disturbing, eye-rolling YA cliches I found in the story, such as (1) A goth loner heroine who is considered a loser by her peers turns out to be, well, a vampire princess (actually she is half-witch and half vampire), (2) love triangle and (3) the heroine receiving attention from two of the hottest supernatural guys in town (one male-witch and one
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Everything I love in YA fiction!

Anastasija Parker wants what any normal teenaged witch does. To celebrate 'sweet sixteen' by passing her Initiation. Which might not be such a problem but for the fact she has no magic. Then there's the little matter of her father, a man she's never met. A man who happens to be vampire royalty, who wants Ana to join her vampire kin as their princess.

While her mom and dad fight for her love and loyalty, two very attractive options pop up on her romantic radar.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm not done with reading the book, working on that.
But so far, it's hanging on a thin thread.
I don't have a thing against Ana, but she seems annoying to me.
Since I've been reading adult books, getting back into these made me see how immature the POV and writing can be and it makes me kinda cringe. I was about to give up on the book but then her handsome father showed up, so I stuck with it.
The part I'm at is adding more meat to the story, but I don't like how they are handling things, like I
Cal (Constant Raving Reviews)
3/5 stars.

This book was basically a rip off of the first half of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

But with a half vampire instead.

It was sweet with basic language, definitely suited for a younger YA audience.

TBH I never felt the passion for her and her love interests, and we find out at the ending that her love triangle never is concluded!!!

It was very short, and needed more depth for me to like it.

The plot line was a bit too cliche, and usually I love that, but there was nothing at
Sarah Marie
Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway

First in the Vampire Princess of St. Paul series

4 stars

On Anastasija Parker’s sixteenth birthday, she knows that it’ll be a day to remember and not for the best. Ana is a witch, but she’s never got a knack for a witch powers and is sure she’ll fail the Initiation ceremony. If her day couldn’t get any worse, a father she thought was deadbeat, turns out to be undead, but not just any undead. He’s a vampire king, which makes Ana a princess and totally confused

Let me start out by saying I can understand why reviews for this book are high/low. I enjoyed this book. However, it is most definitely a YA novel, full of teenage angst, so if that's not your cuppa, best to avoid it. But, if you don't mind spending a few hours back in HS, with boy dramas, parental and BFF issues and a "what do I do now" teen love triangle with some witch/vamp drama to boot, then you should enjoy it as well. There is plenty of humor to keep it light. I give it 3.5, but rounded ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I honestly believe that the synopsis does the book a disservice by comparing it to Twilight. Indeed, there are some similarities but I think Ms. Hallaway has deviated from the whole vampire culture of glitter and glamour by presenting them in an interestingly…hmm, I wouldn’t say realistic but realer manner than other authors of the same genre do.

The book deals with issues that will be relatable to today’s teens, at least one issue that is more prevalent than others in some contexts: not being
May 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: YA
"Almost to Die For" was an extremely painful read for me for so many reasons. First and foremost, the writing was awkward and did not flow well. Next, I really did not like or love any of the characters and lastly, I do not like love triangles.

Anastasija (Ana) Parker's sixteenth birthday has arrived and nothing seems to be going well for her. Her BFF stood her up at lunch, she gets into an altercation with a jock bully and when she arrives home, the father she never met shows up at her front
Paula  Phillips
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
After being a huge fan of Tate's books "The Garnet Lacey Series" , I thought I would give her YA Book a try. Almost to Die for from the start seemed like your average supernatural book , but as it got on -it turned out to be quite enjoyable.
The Princess Diaries part comes in as it is Ana's 16th Birthday and she has known since she was a little girl that she had witch blood in her from her mother's side but little does she realise that on her father's side it is a totally different story.
May 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010, read-a-thon-2010
Let me give a brief review since it seems many haven't gotten around to this one yet. The main character in the story is Anastasija Parker and she is about to turn 16, she's also a witch. Not a Wiccan practitioner, but an actual witch who belongs to a coven. With her upcoming birthday she needs to pass a test in order to remain in her coven or forever be exiled. As she gets ready for her test, a man shows up on her doorstop claiming to be her father.. and he isn't a witch. As Anastasija fights ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A vampire witch doesn't work well for me . I wanted to give it to two stars for many different reasons. Like first this sounds more like a middle school book over a teen book and I read so many good middle school books. The point of view is like a girl who is trying to find herself and then find out she has a secret her mom kept from her and everything is as bad as it seems. Well the story was okay but not the best I. My opinion . It was a fast read thought but not good enough for me. I will ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Did not liked this book. I tried so hard to feel for the main character but sadly I couldnt. And also the guys werent that swoon-worthy,what is very important for me. I gotta have some hot guys walking around to keep me amused. ...more
Andrea Heltsley
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
This was a good start to this series. I liked it for the most part, and am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book. Plus, sexy guys! Four glittery stars
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Almost to Die For is the story of Ana, a young witch who learns that she is half vampire. Stuck between two warring worlds, Ana tries to figure out who she is (vampie or witch) and what side she will stand with. Ana could be a lovable character with her inner dialogue of quirk and real sentiment....for example, when she explains the fact that her class schedule goes from physics to gym as bad karma. However, Ana is a wishy washy character. Put her in a room with someone and she will not only ...more
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anastasija Ramses Parker is turning 16 years old today, sweet sixteen and never been kissed should be the biggest of her problems but when her absentee father, Ramses shows up at the door, she finds that her problems are just starting. Instead of celebrating her birthday the traditional way; friends, dancing, boys etc... she's meeting the coven at their covenstead to be inducted into the coven as a True Witch, providing she passes her initiation. Ana has some doubts about that; her mother is a ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here.

Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway was in my to-read list for a long time. I started reading it for awhile like 4 pages then stops. Why? Nothing. I mean, it's not because of the book. Just something personal. Anyway, so I started reading it again and boy, I can't keep my hands off it. At the first chapter of this book, I understood that Anastasija Parker or simply Ana, is a witch. She said so, but there's some kind of complication to it, she can't do magic. The
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Hallaway's ALMOST TO DIE FOR brings readers a fresh and exciting take on feuds between witches & vamps along with humorous dialogue and brooding characters.

Ana had me laughing from the start with her insecure thoughts about being the black sheep at school. She's shy but at the same time to be inside her head you wouldn't know it. If she said most of the things she thought, I believe people would stop ostracizing her. She's known as a freak with her looks and unbeknownst to her best friend
Maryam Fidai
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: No one!
Recommended to Maryam by: Good reads =/
Ok so this book definitely would not earn my total gratitude and gushes about how awesome it was and how I never wanted it to end and yada yada.

To be honest though, I finished it in one sitting just because the character of Nikolai kept me going. The mother seemed totally bipolar, Ana seemed way too childish and dependant and she seemed like she could not make any rational decisions whatsoever!

Elisha or whatever was creepy, stalkerish and pissed me off when he just kissed Ana out of the blue
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars from me.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I got my hands on this book. I love a good paranormal, and so I decided to give it a shot.

I hate to say that Ana's voice narrating the story took a few (fifty or so) pages to get used to. I understand writing first person POV like an inner monologue, but some of it was a little too immature for my taste. However, once I could look past that, I actually found her to be quite likable and immediately started getting into the book.

The other
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
For starters i need some time to laugh at the first sentence of the summary. "Princess Diaries"....yeah like no way. It has the idea of "simple girl turn to princess" but that's all. Not the magic of Princess Diaries. It was more interesting than Twilight though.

While the book starts pretty much good and okay, with the time it becoming confusing and with no real purpose. It has vampires to be all strong and mighty, but one human with no real talent sneak up on them more than once. The writer
The story is a solid read, but I found myself neither getting really excited about the story but not really disliking it also.

The strongest character is Anastasija (Ana). She is an outcaste in school and has few friends. We learn in the story that her mother is a witch and her father a vampire. She is their child through a marriage that was supposed to ensure peace between the species, but hasn’t. I disliked the parents characters throughout the book, especially the mother, whose attempt to
James Rulison
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
First I do not write many reviews I should warn you right there. I gave Vampire Princess 2 stars I would give it a 2.5 if that was an option. The story line and what the author is telling as a story is good it is unique and not something you can easily point to another series and go 'ha same books.' What I didn't like the book was the unrealistic responses the characters give to very real situations. You do not see a person or being die, then get caught up in a pretty big battle that you take ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Read the whole review here.

When I picked up Almost to Die For, I expected a collision of two worlds: the vampire world and the witch world. But I didn’t expect these two worlds to exist in such a chaotic and intriguing mesh of magical bonds. The story world that Hallaway crafted was mesmerizingly charged with tension and hatred. The vampire mythology was magnificently tied with the witch mythology. Two well-known races of the supernatural world had their history as one filled with a deep hunger
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well, this was okay. I'm putting 2 stars because it was interesting, but nothing new. I'll probably read the next one, but I'm not super excited for it or anything. It was very typical YA...a dorky girl realizes she's a vampire princess and has two guys to choose from. The writing is quick and cute and I read the book very fast. I probably wouldn't recommend it to adults, but very good for teens.
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Ana is a witch who surprise! is also half vampire but she doesn't know it until she turns 16. This is a battle of sides that want to claim her as their own. The ending has a few surprises that added some twist and excitement. I really liked Elias and hope all goes well for him. And there is Nickolai that I am not sure what to think about, but I am sure the author has him there to stir up trouble until the end. Recommend these to all young adult lovers.
Emily WilowRaven
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Almost to Die For: A Vampire Princess of St. Paul Novel by Tate Hallaway (2010)
Aug 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampire
One of the worst books I have ever read.
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Good, quick read, very light. Read in ~24 hrs lol
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vampire and paranormal YA lovers
I didn’t realize until I started this book that I’ve been looking for something like this for a while: a book that took a cliché story and characters and dealt with them in an intelligent and insightful manner. Almost to Die For is about a teenage girl who finds out she is a Vampire princess on the night of her witch initiation ceremony. Unfortunately, neither her parents nor the two species get along. The story is about her trying to make an informed and fair decision about which world she ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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A Scorpio with a Leo Rising, Tate Hallaway is an amateur astrologer and practicing Witch. Tate has been a fan of vampire fiction since she first read Poppy Z. Brite in high school. Her first short fiction acceptance was to a vampire ‘zine called Nocturnal Ecstasy Vampire Coven. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with three black cats.

This author also writes science fiction under the name Lyda

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