30 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shelter (Blood Haze: Book One): A Paranormal Vampire Romance (Volume 1) by Tara Shuler

The author sent this book to us asking for a review. It looked like something a good friend of mine and fellow blogger at Dy’s Take would enjoy so I asked if she wanted to do a guest blog – she agreed it looked like her genre and off it went to her… this is what she had to say about it…

This book took me back in time to my high school years.

More specifically, to the years I spent in my high school’s creative writing club listening to Anne Rice wannabe’s read aloud their prose after school in an overly warm classroom.

The basic idea of the book — a separate but equal style racial division is interesting. Unfortunately the prose was florid and overblown in places, excessively spare in others, and had plot holes you could drive a semi full of Twilight novels through.

The first day of the story is spun out over the course of several chapters, then months go by in a single jump — the inconsistent pacing made my head hurt.

Honestly, I can’t in good conscience recommend this unless the author decides to seriously overhaul the manuscript, even out the pacing, make the character’s voices more consistent, and just generally put a little more effort into it.

The basic notion had potential, but it read like it was (a) written by an angsty 16yo or (b) a unreviewed, unrevised first draft.

I guess I was wrong and she didn’t enjoy it, eh? Darn. It looked right up her alley too! I will say that it seems to get good ratings, overall, on Amazon, but I’ll also be honest and say that usually Dy is pretty well right on with reviews (except when she hates on some of my favorite books, then she’s just plain wrong) Heh.

Two guys, one 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…

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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