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Almost to Die For by Tate Halloway

April 28th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: August 3, 2010

Publisher: NAL Trade

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Description from

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.

This was a fun and quick book to read.  Filled with hot guys, the outsider girl who is about to come into her own and a power struggle between apparent good and evil.

The Story Line

While not the most original I enjoy both vampire and witch themed books and this book contained the traits I normally like.  There is the obvious love triangle and Ana turns from being the target of jokes and abuse by the popular crowd to being wooed by both a handsome witch and a hot vampire.  The story had it’s odd moments like I found it odd that after being absent from her life for 16 years once her father shows up she immediately calls him and thinks of him as dad.  She mentions at one point she calls him that just to irk her mom but it doesn’t explain the rest of the time she thinks of him in that way.  It just seems like she accepts him in that role way too easily.

The one unique part of the story I loved and found fascinating was that the witches once enslaved vampires.  I cannot wait to learn more about that history and what is going to happen between the witches, the vampires who still serve them and the vampires who wish to be free.

The Characters

Ana’s character was a bit all over the map for me.  One minute she is totally crushing on Nikolai, then running off with Elias, her father’s vampire captain, to the underground vampire lair and then skipping out on them to go bowling with Nikolai.  This would not have bothered me so much except for the fact that she doesn’t seem to be bothered much that she is attracted to both Nikolai and Elias and doesn’t think it’s wrong to go flitting back and forth between the two.  If there was a little more agonizing over her behavior I would have had more sympathy.  In fact, at the end she makes a decision that had me thinking “Seriously?!  It doesn’t strike you as wrong to deceive both guys like that?”

Elias was probably my favorite character.  He was so old fashioned that he reminded me of a knight who was protecting and wooing his lady.  Especially in contrast to Nikolai’s hot headed and viciousness Elias struck me as the type of guy who would always be there for you but not smother you.   Nikolai did not grab me as much. His character was just as spacey as Ana.  He’s the son of vampire hunters and in training to become one himself but he makes an exception for Ana because he’s had a crush on her for so long and is under the protection of the coven.  But when she asks him what would happen if she were no longer with the coven he has to waffle and say he doesn’t know.  So he will only make an exception for her if she remains under the coven protection and otherwise he would consider killing her? Come on!

The Romance

As you could probably tell from what I thought about the characters I was not all that enamored on Ana’s relationship with Nikolai and much preferred her interactions with Elias. Though to be honest though I did not feel the chemistry between Ana and either guy.  She struck me as being a little too shallow and flighty to be with Elias but I did not feel like her relationship with Nikolai was based on much.

As I write this I realize how negative it sounds but I did have fun reading it.  I loved Elias and am curious to see what comes between the witches and the vampires in the next book.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Ladybug

    I really want to read this novel at the same time I’m a bit skeptical that I won’t feel the chemistry either(I hate it when that happens).

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