Almost to Die For
Too bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana's parents are at each other's throats ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First in the Vampire Princess of St. Paul series
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This author also writes science fiction under the name Lyda ...more