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Product Details

  • Series: Blood Haze
  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461167027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461167020
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tara Shuler is the author of the Blood Haze series of paranormal romance novels, as well as the Requiem Chronicles series, which features demons, fallen angels, and witches. The first book in the Requiem Chronicles series, Requiem for Darkness, is available now.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys cooking, art, and music, and she is an avid reader of paranormal books. You can learn more about Tara at her website, TaraShuler.com.

More About the Author

Tara Shuler is the author of the Blood Haze series of paranormal romance novels, as well as the Requiem Chronicles series, which features demons, fallen angels, and witches. The first book in the Requiem Chronicles series, Requiem for Darkness, is available now.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys cooking, art, and music, and she is an avid reader of paranormal books. You can learn more about Tara at her website, TaraShuler.com.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to all teens and adults of all ages.
Jamila McQueen
More typos than there should be in a published book, too fast with the whole "love" thing, not enough character development, just plain awful.
Ethan's Mommy
I was left with a slow read and even with the obvious set up for the next book in the series, I would never buy it.
Zerberbaby

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rose on May 17, 2011
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Alice is a young vampire in love with two dudes. The story is kinda cute but I wanted to read more about the love stories developing. I felt like she met Kai and after spending an hour with him it was true love. Same for Max. A little more storyline for each relationship would've been nicer.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V. Cano on May 23, 2011
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There is something about vampires that is so thrilling, it's no coincidence that the majority of the newer Young Adult books have embraced them to the degree they have. This book, the first in a series, is one of the many that provide an entertaining view into the vampire's relationship with humans in an urban setting.
The story itself is interesting, with various aspects that are new to the vampire genre, changing things up a little from the usual solely-blood-drinkers and night-time-loving bunch. The plot was fast paced and amusing, never allowing the reader to grow bored. Some aspects of the story seem a tad forced, like the two main characters falling so irrevocably and quickly in love. But, it worked for Twilight, so who's to say it doesn't work here?
The characters are really what make the book different. Alice is fun and someone with a strong core, not a whimpering female, which is refreshing. Kai also breaks away from the typical male character. He is vulnerable and weak, yet oddly charming in his way. Max on the other hand, is what we expect, rugged, strong, possessive. A well balanced triangle. Some of their actions, however, are a bit jarring. One moment any two of them are fighting and the next everything is forgiven. I think their reactions sometimes are a bit exaggerated, but it doesn't interfere much with the story itself, just with the believability of them as characters.
All in all, this is a fun beginning to what I'm sure will be an engrossing series. If you like paranormal romances, or just a good, easy read, then this book is perfect for you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ethan's Mommy on November 13, 2011
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It's definitely meant for a young, young pre-teen reader. Worse than Twilight, and I never thought I'd say that about anything! More typos than there should be in a published book, too fast with the whole "love" thing, not enough character development, just plain awful. Can't even finish it, and will be deleting it from my kindle. Free isn't even a good enough price to get me to attempt to finish this droll book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joan A. Hoffacker on November 17, 2011
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The characters were shallow, but for a teen book I can live with that. What irks me the most is the ending, or lack thereof. This is a novella length story that ends in a cliffhanger. So unless you plan on spending more money to get an actual ending don't buy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sorandra on July 6, 2011
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"Shelter" provides an interesting interpretation on vampire lore. These vampires are not immortal, they simply age well. They do not perish from holy water or fear garlic, and a bullet to the heart will do just as well as a stake. Most importantly: vampires are a race, not a communicable disease. Our protagonist is Alice, a seventeen year old vampiress who is forced to enroll into human high school for her last year of school. She is reluctant to enroll -- after all, humans are purely food.

Alice immediately falls head over heels for whiny, downtrodden Kai. Alice is a sweet soul and is immediately attracted to the wounded underdog, who she does not realize is entangling her into a potentially emotionally abusive/controlling relationship ("Promise you'll never leave me," he says early in their relationship. On day two, he texts, "I love you," and he is prone to calling her obsessively and violent bursts of jealousy. All in all, he makes a horrifying example of young love for the pre-teen set). Almost immediately, she meets another sexy, magnetic, new student Max, who is also inexplicably drawn to Alice and who charms her with his heart of gold. As a reader, I felt zero attachment towards these characters. They never felt realistic, they were always unnatural caricatures.

Shuler has composed a short, fast-paced story that makes for a quick read. This book is suited towards a younger audience, who will find the heated kissing scenes scintillating and who will not judge the characters for their lame dialogue or their frighteningly rapid attachments.

(Disclaimer: I was provided with a free ebook by the author for the purpose of this review.)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cyn on November 1, 2011
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Much like how I feel about the Twilight series, there was simply far too much teen angst and silliness for me to enjoy this at all, unfortunately.

There's wasn't any depth to the characters or the plot. About 95% of the book was taken up with the characters' romantic interests with each other, the overplaying of emotions (screaming, yelling, shrieking, hissing, snarling, and other bodily reactions that were far too dramatic), and the contrived conflicts involving the silly little love triangle.

If you pick up this book, be warned that's primarily what you'll encounter. I don't know if the second book is any deeper, but if you think there's going to be a good dose of vampires and action in the first story, you'll be sorely disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By the golden witch on July 7, 2011
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Interesting premise, which is why I applied for the member giveaway at librarything for an arc copy.

Unfortunately, it was mostly dialogue and a lot of telling over showing along with the popular current YA vampire-related storyline as of late: having to choose between two or more boys, one of whom carries with him a huge horrible secret that will destroy them all. I couldn't even get to the 50 page mark without feeling extremely disappointed and a little dejected. This book seemed like it had some promise to it, and had things been rearranged in terms of plot construction and character building, it might have turned out to be a little different than so much of what's out there right now.

I will say, though, that the author's take on popular vampire lore was rather interesting and I did want to hear more about that. It felt like that was skipped over in favor of getting to the boy-choosing. I really liked the differences she injected in vampire lore and wanted to see where it was going in terms of her characters and the world she was building for the reader. Unfortunately, that was cut short, and that's really a shame.

Short review is short, but that's all I have to say on it. If you've read other similar books with similar plots, you might want to skip this one. Just a suggestion.

(posted to librarything, goodreads, and shelfari)
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