16 September 2010

Almost to Die For | Mini Book Review & Commentary

When it comes to books, I'm prudish and suffer from Casper Syndrome. Yes, I totally made that up the other day. What is Casper Syndrome, you ask? I tend to like my ghosts (and other paranormal beings) like Casper the Friendly Ghost; friendly, trying to do good, and basically just in need of friendship and/or love. Call me a goody-goody paranormal optimist if you will. *wink wink*
Which leads me to why Almost to Die For was a bittersweet read for me...

The good: There is no denying what a light easy read this one is.
The bad: The first three chapters were so drab, that I basically skimmed them.
The ugly: This story contains nudity, demons, mentions to sex and sexuality, and is peppered with curse words.
The tasty: Great characters, a wickedly delicious concept, and a cool unforseen plot twist ending, made it hard to put down.

So basically, this book affected me like Marilyn Manson's cover of the 80s tune Tainted Love; I didn't want to like it, I didn't buy it, but I couldn't help enjoying it.

Authoress: Tate Hallaway
Tagline: "When it comes to inheriting the throne, it's all in the blood."
Pages: 241 (Paperback)
Publisher: New American Library
Genre: YA Witches Vamps

My star rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Review © copyright of Tales of Whimsy.com
Thank you to Kim of
The Book Butterfly for making this review possible.

27 comments :

  1. Great, honest review! I'm not sure this one is for me, but it certainly sounds intriguing :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sorry it wasn't as good as you'd hoped it to be, that happens sometimes :C Love the casper though!

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a cute minireview :D
    And yes, ghosts should be like Casper, as for other paranormal, still considering those

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love your minireviews :) I like the cover!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I like your mini-review style. While I'm intrigued and may pick this one up at some point, I think I'll slot it just a little lower. Sometimes I have trouble getting past loads of curse words. Some? okay, but my limit is on the lower side - just personal taste. Like the review. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wonderful review, Juju! I don't normally go for paranormal stuff, so I'll probably pass on this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it while it lasted, though!

    ReplyDelete
  7. great review and love the cover-- have your read bad girls don't die..its a great ghost story and the cover is pretty cool.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love the Casper Syndrome!! I think I have it too.
    And I'm definitely with you on the paranormal optimist.
    I just love your style, girl :P

    ReplyDelete
  9. i love books with awesome characters and twists and turns that keep me reading!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love your review! Nothing wrong with being a paranormal optimist ;)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Tainted Love...don't touch me please, I cannot STAND the way you TEEEEAAAASSSE! Oh, JuJu, now it's in my head too!

    I also like my ghost stories with Casper ghosts!

    ReplyDelete
  12. heh, that's totally how I felt about Marilyn Manson's cover of Tainted Love, too. Maybe I'll have to see what this book is all about.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Haha, I totally have Caspar syndrome! It's why I'm not a big fan of fairy books, I think. But this one looks awesome--I may have to check it out!

    ReplyDelete
  14. omg Casper is way to cute, lol, great review JuJu you do so good pulling us in.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I like this review, short and straight to the point though I still want to read this one for myself.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you for your honest review, Juju. This one does sound intriguing, but I think I'll wait a while before picking it up. =)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I loved the review! (I also agree with your ghost views!!)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Lol, you made me smile :) Great review! I have this one on my tbr list :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. This post made me grin from ear to ear. Great review, it's already on my wish list.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I like my ghosts friendly too so I love the name Casper Syndrome lol. Scary ghosts are too difficult to fight and that freaks me out. I love this author's Garnet Lacey books so I'm looking forward to this one.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Then I should say that I have the Casper syndrome too! I like my ghosts nice and helpful! Btw, nice review format!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Despite the first 3 chap being not so entertaining it doesn't sound to bad.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Short, sweet, and too the point....great "mini-review", Juju! Not quite certain it's the one for me, but definitely can appreciated the unexpected love of a title that's a bit off the normal path choice....happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
  24. "Casper syndrome" I love it! You crack me up! I think I'd probably fall into the same category, though a really well-written "bad" ghostie could be fantastic. This sounds like a guilty pleasure read actually. :o) Loved the review!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I've been seeing this book around the blogosphere and because I am on a book ban at the moment, I gotta let this one go. But you made that a bittersweet experience :)

    ReplyDelete