The track ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall‘ by Coldplay is available for FREE download as Volume Vote’s FREE MP3 of the day (June 4, 2011)! I have no idea why Coldplay is distributing the song for free, but the site looks legit (?) (via their legal info).
Click here to download the FREE song!
Twilight meets The Princess Diaries in the new series from the author of Honeymoon of the Dead
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.
When we first meet 16-year-old Anastasija Ramses Parker from Tate Hallaway’s Almost to Die For (Vampire Princess of St. Paul Series #1) , Ana (as she prefers to be called) is an angsty high school teen outsider cum (secret) apprentice witch worrying about her upcoming Initiation as a full ‘True Witch’ into her mother’s coven. Her problem is that she’s a witch with no discernible magical powers, so she’s sure she’s going to flunk the test. Well, that turns out to be the least of her problems as she finds out on her birthday that she’s really a dhampyr, a half-human half-vampire princess. And before she can say what?, a vicious tug-of-war breaks out between the mortal enemy camps of the witches (mostly her mom & her denizens) versus the ‘free’ vampires (led by her dad) with both sides claiming her allegiance. And if that’s not enough to confuse a girl – Ana suddenly finds herself with two beaus – her longtime crush punk rocker Nikolai (who also doubles as an apprentice vampire hunter/ True Witch) versus her dreamy vampire protector Elias (Captain of her dad Prince Ramses’ guard). Seriously, how is a girl to choose?
Sadly, I have to say that Almost to Die For doesn’t really offer anything new other than Ana’s half-vampire half-witch quandary (well, it’s new to me at least). Another minus is that the author falls back onto the same tired love triangle subplot (Team Nik versus Team Elias!) Honestly, I was much more interested in Ana’s parents’ story – how’d a witch end up marrying and having a child with a vampire prince, did they love each other, why’d they split up and why all the bitterness/hatred after the fact? Isn’t that much more interesting? (Plus I wanted to know more about exactly how a vampire could sire a child, but Ms Hallaway never really explains [at least Twilight covered that!])
On the plus side, I have to say that Almost to Die For was a fun, light & breezy read that never takes itself too seriously. It’s a pretty short book, with a good pacing for the action, and I liked the little glimpse we have into the Witches’ coven versus the Vampires’ undergound realm. It also helped that it had a strong, likeable & believable lead heroine in Ana. I thought that she was very genuine in her reactions to all the revelations, and I liked that she’s a pretty sensible and decent teen. There’s a bit of flightiness and brattiness, but honestly, given how her mom lies to her (and worse!) throughout the entire book, and how the vampires/witches never exactly give her straight answers – I gave her a lot of slack.
Amazon tells me that there’s already a second book out – the Almost Final Curtain: A Vampire Princess Novel but I think I’ll pass after reading the description.