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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Shelter (Blood Haze Book One) by Tara

Shelter (Blood Haze: Book One) A Paranormal Romance
Rating 3 out of 5
Shelter (Blood Haze: Book One) A Paranormal Romance
Summary: Alice is a vampire. A vampire that has been home schooled her entire life. That changes when her mother decides that she should spend her last year attending public school, much to her dismay. However, her life changes when on her first day, she's invited to a party and meets Kai and older guy, and very much a recluse like Alice herself. They quickly become attached to each other and Alice discovers that Kai's home life isn't the best. His mother abuses him and eventually kicks him out of the house. Alice's family takes him in but Kai is possessive and finds it hard to let Alice go out with friends. When Max, another new kid in town starts to show feelings for Alice, Kai storms off for weeks. When Kai and Alice go to Max's New Year's Eve party in an attempt to smooth things over. Things do not go as planned. Max is a hunter. And he's determined to get Kai out of the picture so he can have Alice to himself.

My thoughts: While this story has a good plot line, I think the story is pretty poorly executed. To begin with, there is a lot of telling instead of showing. The actions of Alice, the main character read something like this: My phone rang. I picked it up. It was Will. I answered it. I said. He said, etc.

Also, I was highly disappointed with the vampire part of this book. While Alice and her family are vampire's, the actual story line revolving around this aspect of their lives is really downplayed. In the beginning we are introduced to what vampire's do, how they act, how they feed and how they age. The beginning back story is interesting and had me intrigued but it quickly became a little flat and boring. We're launched into Alice's story abruptly with no understanding of what really lead her mother to make the decision as to why Alice was to start attending school alongside humans. We just know Alice was home schooled and suddenly, with her last year, her mother is sending her off to school and that is that.

And why must all of the human character's Alice encounter minus the two snobby girl's that seem to hate her for no apparent reason have poor self esteem. And why would these two characters be so inexplicably drawn to Alice and seem to want nothing more than to bend to her will? And why are all of the guys that are romantically interested in Alice possessive to the point where they're aggressive and almost abusive with her? It's not attractive.

If you're really interested in a vampire story, this really isn't a strong one until the end. Then the only thing we're really subjected to is the world of vampire Hunters and the Vampire's they want to kill. The second story might probe deeper but I doubt I will read the second to find out.

I received a copy of this book from a Library thing giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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