Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shelter - Blood Haze: Book 1 by Tara Shuler - Review

Blood Haze Book 1
Author: Tara Shuler
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781461167020


Two guys, one vampire 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 Kai. He is beautiful, but somewhat of an enigma. She discovers a dark secret in Kai's life, and she instantly wants to shelter him from the pain that has tormented him all his life.

Then she meets Maksim Augustine, the incredibly gorgeous guy who seems more like he should be a model than a high school student. She is overwhelmingly attracted to him physically, but her love for Kai causes her to continually push him away. Eventually, she discovers a frightening secret about Max, too.

But Max's secret threatens to destroy everything...

My Thoughts:

I enjoy YA fiction and found this to be a captivating and interesting read. I liked the different take on vampires -  not being portrayed as immortal and had families and children. To me this was an interesting baseline for the story.

Alice, the main character is a vampire, and this is told from her point of view. I enjoyed all the characters but found myself getting frustrated with Kai's immaturity - a total difference from the self-confident Max. This created a conflict for me of who I really liked better.

This is a captivating read and will appeal to those that enjoy Twilight and other YA paranormal romances. Be warned that this is a cliff-hanger (UGH! Now I NEED to know what happens next!) that contains no sex, but some offensive language.

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I received this book from the author through LibraryThing for me to honestly review.

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