Book Review: Almost Everything

Growing up is difficult enough but for sixteen year old Anastaija Parker, being half witch, half vampire brings more then her share of problems. Especially as Ana is a banished vampire princess attempting to distance herself from musician and former love interest Nikolai, who just happens to be a vampire slayer. Ana’s mother is none other then the reigning Witch Queen which makes things awkward as vampires and witches do not get along. During an unexpected meeting with a prince of the Southern Region who demands retribution for a broken marriage contract, Ana accidentally offers Elias Constantine, caption of the guard as a replacement, an offer that was immediately accepted.

While the arrangement will prevent a war, Ana is understandably upset that her off-hand remark led to such an outcome. Still, that may be the least of her problems as Ana’s earlier actions of preventing the vampire Hunt has sentenced all vampires in her father’s Northern Kingdom to death by starvation and madness. When Ana’s best friend’s mother is kidnapped to serve as a victim for an unsanctioned hunt, the vampire princess has no choice but to find a way to offer herself as the sacrifice. Though Ana tries to plan for all contingences, nothing like this has ever been attempted before and if it works, it will be at the price of her soul or maybe her life.

Hallaway’s third in the Vampire Princess series offers plenty of fast-paced action and some inventive new twists that will forever change the relationship between witches and vampires. While the additional character development is good, Ana’s relationships with love interests, Nikolai and Thompson seem unnecessarily dithering. Trust is a large part of the story as Ana distrusts her mother’s motives right up to the surprising conclusion.

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