Shelter (Blood Haze: Book One)

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Two guys, one vampire girl, and two dark secrets that threaten to tear her world apart. More
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About Tara Shuler

Tara Shuler is an American author. Her first book, Shelter - Blood Haze: Book One, was released on April 26, 2011. Book two in the Blood Haze series - Storm - was released May 01, 2011.

Tara enjoys reading books and watching movies in the genres of paranormal romance, action, martial arts, fantasy, and science fiction, and her writing is indicative of those tastes.

Her next book, Betrayal - Blood Haze: Book Three, is due to be released in late May 2011.

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Review by: fantasybkchick7 on May 05, 2013 :
This book was a fast read. It flows along at a smooth but fast past. It definitely was not what I expected at all when I started reading it. I know this is fiction and all but this story was so unbelievable to me. Just hours after the main character Alice meets Kai at a party they are suddenly so in love with each other and are telling each other that they love them. Alice's mom being fine with Kai living with them just after meeting him and not caring that they are sleeping in the same room. I mean really? The first half of the book drove me crazy, especially Kai. He was so obsessed about Alice, calling her constantly and wanting to know what she is doing all the time. I know he has been through a lot in his life but come on. He was overly clingy and in my opinion stalker like. The second half of the book was better and I hope the next books are better. I did like Max, he was not afraid to be who he is. I feel that this story lacked character development and just a good plot. I will read the next book because I want to know what happens. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lauree Waldrop on Sep. 17, 2012 :
Neither the plot or the characters were engaging.
(review of free book)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on Feb. 09, 2012 :
It reads like a first draft book that needs a lot of editing and rewrite. The story jumps time and thoughts are scattered. With a strong rewrite this could be an excellent story. I would love to read it again after work has been done, but right now it's just not enough.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Jan. 31, 2012 :
Not sure about the paranormal but not a bad read for the Tween set. 17 year old April is going to school for the first time after being hime schooled her entire life. Not only does she have to worry about the mean girls and homework, but how to deal with all the humans in school, since she is a vampire. Would have like to see the characters a little more fleshed out but all in all was not a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Angelic Anzaldua on Nov. 07, 2011 :
i won this ebook through librarything membergivaways. I love this book although short i loved the charecters, the plot, and the love triangle. it was filled with love, sorrow, friendship, and was never boring i will be picking up the next book in this series.....
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michele Minor on Nov. 06, 2011 :
Alice is a young girl who happens to be a vampire and she is also attending high school with humans for the first time this year since her mom wants her to interact with humans. She was scared about interacting with humans until she meets another vampire at a party given by one of her classmates. At first she doesn’t know that he is a vampire until he reveals himself to her and there is another one of her classmates called Max that is also interested in her. It turns out that Max is a vampire hunter in training who is supposed to kill vampires in order to protect humans. This makes for an interesting love triangle with two vampires and a soon to be vampire hunter. The sequel would be interesting to read in order to see who Alice ends up with.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Emily Tuley on Oct. 09, 2011 :
After going back and reading this book again, I have to say that I have changed my mind in the review I had previously given. The book was to fast paced, the clinginess of the vampire boy seemed to only annoy me and make me want to close the book and forget I ever read it. Though before I sang it's praises after several conversations and rereads over the book I have to come back and correct myself. Though it's an unique take on vampires and their lives it also lacks the depth of a book and seems more to me a short story broken up.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Sep. 25, 2011 :
Shelter was very interesting to me. I didn't really like the first chapter too much because I couldn't really hear Alice's voice in it. It was in first person point of view but it wasn't like a narration and it didn't souund like someone talking about the history of their race or species or something. It sounded more like a manual.

Other than that the book was just right. I really liked the connection between Kai and Alice, it was so sad but wonderful at the same time. There were parts in the book that were really simple but had the effect of getting the reader to choose sides or sympathize with the characters.

The ending with Max was a suprise. Even after reading the story the 2nd time I didn't see where in the story the ending could've been guessed. I really enjoyed reading it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Aparna Sethuraman on Sep. 25, 2011 :
Shelter is a one- time read.The auhwthor has made a good attempt at writing a young adult novel and it has all the necessary elements a love triangle, action, romance.. What irks me is the way the main character falls in love with someone she has just met and knows nothing about.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Peg Adams on Aug. 28, 2011 :
I enjoyed reading my first vampire book. I was gifted this book to review as an ebook and have stayed away from the culture of vampires. I now realize how many parallels there are between humans, vampires, vampire hunters and any ostracized ethnic culture. It is apparent that the world of vampires can be a representation of all that is stressful in coming of age. Shelter, Blood Haze is the first of the series and enticing in the difficulty of choosing to take care of the underprivileged, unloved and needy or the adventure and seduction of the strong and protective.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: donna gill on Aug. 16, 2011 :
Great book can't wait to get my hands on the next part.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chelsea Carson on Aug. 16, 2011 :
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. The copy I read had several grammar errors that took away from my enjoyment while I was reading. Although the characters were interesting, they didn't feel like real people to me. I disliked that Alice was so weak with her decisions. She swayed every time she was tempted with something different. That really bothered me. Kai was similarly weak. He wanted sympathy but then made himself unsympathetic - something difficult to do because of his circumstances. Max almost strikes me as unabalanced. He's murderous one second and completely passive the next. I had trouble understanding him.
The plot had twists and turns and interesting developments; I liked that. I think most teen girls would enjoy reading Shelter. It's an interesting take on a common idea. Definitely worth a read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Abby Bookshelf Confessions on Aug. 14, 2011 :
Two guys, one vampire girl, and two dark secrets that threaten to tear her world apart.

this is a good book..another twist from common vampire stories..this time the girl is the vampire..and two human boys-human?(find out the secret!)
it's a great take on vampire phenomenal--twilight fans-read this book!
stories like this tend to get the attention of teen readers..and i'm one of those..a good story and a new one-in it's sense...
remarkable and fascinating-a one-read-book!

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...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: CynDaVaz on Aug. 08, 2011 :
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.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tanya Contois on Aug. 07, 2011 :
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read and I can bet that anyone who is a fan of the Twilight series will fall in love with the Blood Haze series by Tara Shuler.The cliffhanger at the end of the book worked, I'm eager to read the next book in the series so that I can find out what happens to Kai.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gunn Angelskår on Aug. 04, 2011 :
I work in a library, and would recommend YA readers liking Twilight series to have a look at this book. At least after they have a better check out of the language.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mary Davison on July 30, 2011 :
I really liked this book! I can see young readers reading this book. It would hold their interests and used appropriate vocabulary that would allow a full range of readers, including those with reading difficulties. As an adult, I would like to read the next the book in the series!

I received this book through library thing as well!
Happy Reading! Cheers!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tweezle on July 30, 2011 :
I enjoy YA fiction and found this to be a captivating and interesting read. I liked the different take on vampires - not being portrayed as immortal and had families and children. To me this was an interesting baseline for the story.

I enjoyed the characters but found myself getting frustrated with Kai's immaturity - a total difference from the self-confident Max.

This is a captivating read and will appeal to those that enjoy Twilight and other YA paranormal romances. Be warned that this is a cliff-hanger (UGH! Now I NEED to know what happens next!) that contains no sex, but some offensive language.

I received this book from the author through LibraryThing for me to honestly review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Specksus on July 29, 2011 :
I like that is has a slightly different take on the vampire tale, that they are just a kind of more evolved type of the human species. It kind of bogs down and becomes like every other teen love story, girl loves boy but also fall for another boy even though she "loves" the first boy. The story gets kind of predictable. Kai gets very annoying and needy and Alice is fickle, the only way to avoid feeding on Max is to make out with him. Why has she suddenly lost the ability to control herself after 17 years? I could see the outcome a mile away, both of them fighting over her and the great revelation about Maxs' identity. I had a hard time really getting into the book and ended up just skimming. It wasn't a bad book it just seemed liked I had read it many times before.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alexandria Thompson on July 28, 2011 : (no rating)
I was asked to review this after getting it from librarything give away. As it is i just couldn't get passed the 50 page marker. It started off far too slow and the first chapter was full of vampire information that would have been better off told in short burst through out the story rather than in two paragraphs.
All in all the idea of the vampire lore change up was nice, but the pace could have been better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: alkimyst on July 27, 2011 : (no rating)
This urban fantasy vampire novel would fit very well in a young adult reading list. The story is set in a teenagers' world of high school, house parties, the popular crowd picking on the outcast/less-than-perfects, etc. But even within this very familiar environment the books focus on teenage vampire love and acceptance paints a fresh picture for readers to immerse themselves into. There is fast paced action and enough nice intimate details to keep a reader engaged and wanting to know what is going to happen next to the young vampire couple and the hunter determined to get in the middle.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Lee on July 26, 2011 : (no rating)
I began reading, barely got past the first page.
Regardless, I attempted to read more and finished chapter one.

Too much dialogue in my opinion. Some dialogue heavy scenes can work if the dialogue moves the story forward and develops characters and their relationships etc. But, a lot of it is pointless to this story as it doesn't do any of those things.

Alice, I don't really like that much from what I've read. I find her a little annoying. I don't know why, maybe the predictability in her thoughts and actions. Because of those things, I find it hard to read further, which is unfortunate as I thought the premise to be very interesting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Molly Rabbitt on July 25, 2011 : (no rating)
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)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jen Seger on July 25, 2011 : (no rating)
"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.)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk on July 25, 2011 :
Received this book through librarything. As a SF&F lover, vampire novels are slightly outside my own comfort range (though thanks to the liking thereof of my wife I'm often confronted with it...). I liked the slighlty new (at least to me) approach towards vampires and the how and what of them.
The book is an easy read (though there are some typo's / mistakes in them that can be annoying...) but.... I do understand the need to cut large books into parts and I also understand the marketing value of having a cliff-hanger at the end of a book but... this book was very short (read it in under an hour) and actually only one thing happens, girl falls in love, boy falls in love (and again), girl finds out boy 1 is vampire and boy 2 is vampire hunter. Girl runs away, comes back, book stops... Even the teenagers / YA's it is aimed at must (or should?) require a bit more substance (or have I grown that old already?)

Next time, please finish the plot properly before ending book 1!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Toto Talbert on July 24, 2011 :
this book had potiential but it just didnt do it for me #disappointment
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on July 23, 2011 :
The basic notion had potential, but it read like it was (a) written by an angsty 16yo or (b) a unreviewed, unrevised first draft.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Milora Atreides on July 23, 2011 :
Shelter was an easy quick read. The most positive thing I can say is that I really wanted to find out what happens to the characters in the coming books, since it does end on a cliffhanger.
The negative side is that I found it hard to read some of the book. The story needed a little more expansion. Too much happened too fast and there was no down time from the action.
I'd like to continue the series though, so I think that says something about Ms. Shuler's ability to create interesting, likable characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katie Nichols on July 19, 2011 :
I received this as a member giveaway on Library Thing--so thanks Tara! This book was quick and easy to read however, being the pessimist that I am, do not believe that someone can be "so in love" with someone they just met to the point where they are all clingy and crazy about it--almost to the point of being obssessive. And to have 2 guys fall in love with Alice at the same time was reaching...then again, we are talking about a book about vampires.
I thought that the main character was naive a bit but Kai was ANNOYING. I have never met a guy like that, even though I know he had been through a lot. I have known several women like that though--so kudos to Ms. Shuler for turning the tables.
I would be interested in seeing how things turn out for all of the main characters. I think it was great to have a cast out friend who was a little overweight.
Anyway--the character development was good and the writing wasn't phenomenal, but there was nothing wrong with it at all. I think my biggest problem was the unbelieveable love story.
Sigh--I long for the days when I believed in fairytales.

(and the people on the cover are hot!)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: carod on July 17, 2011 :
Shelter (Blood Haze: Book One) by Tara Shuler is a YA vampire romance. The heroine, Alice, is a vampire who is attending a human high school for the first time after being home-schooled all her life. She is unsure how to act around the human teens and is shy and uncomfortable. However, soon she meets two mysterious guys and high school becomes a lot more interesting.

Tara Shuler writes her characters against the stereotypes of most vampire romances. Her heroine is strong and her male characters are more vulnerable (not the alpha male types we are used to in paranormal romances). The teenage social angst and confused romantic tangles are written in a believable way. The characters are interesting and multi-dimensional.

My only problem with the novel is the beginning: the story begins with a long expository passage describing what vampires are and how they live. It reads like a high school essay on vampires. I prefer the world building in a fantasy novel to be revealed more naturally during the development of the story and in dialogue with the characters. The exposition is more of an "information dump" which appears to reflect the inexperience of the author.

The is a promising beginning to a YA vampire romance series. The characters and situation have room to develop and the ending leaves the reader looking forward to the sequel. No inappropriate language or situations so I would recommend this book for younger teen readers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Booketta on July 15, 2011 :
I won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways. A vampire story that is short and easy to read. Aimed at the teenage/YA audience. There is some similarity to Twilight, both heroines are the new girls at the local high school but that is where the similarity ends. I liked the characters. Kai is a tortured soul but his behaviour is explained as the story continues and Max does sound to good to be true. I shall have to wait to find out if this is so, in book two. An enjoyable, light read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shari Eggleston on July 12, 2011 :
The plot is very straight forward. I agree with a number of the other reviewers that the young adult audience this book is meant for will probably enjoy it. That said:

Shuler's take on the vampire legends is very interesting and I liked it. Through out the book I went back and forth between enjoyment and not liking it at all. I found Kai irritating and too clingy most of the time, then he'd do or say something and I would like him. A very fast read, I read it in about 4 hours. I can recommend this for your teen age girls. I read a number of books of this type when I was a teen and really enjoyed them.

There is a cliff hanger ending and I really would like to know what happens in the next book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on July 08, 2011 :
This story is intended for young teens, not adults who have read True Blood, and the like. The story caught my attention when Tara Shuler made her vampires different from Twilight, etc. I had a hard time with the dialogue and Kai being so clingy, it was just annoying to me. Overall though I thought it was an interesting quick read that any teen would love to read, with only mild language and no sex scenes.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Belinda on July 08, 2011 : (no rating)
I found it hard to keep my interest in the book, with the bad grammar, misspelled words and changging fonts/fomats. The plot or lack there of, was too immature and predictable. I am not interested in reading any more of this series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: justmax on July 07, 2011 :
Shelter is the story of 17-year-old Alice Wright who just happens to be a vampire. Alice is torn between two guys, one a vampire, one a vampire hunter-in-training. One is passive aggressive, one is just plain old-fashioned aggressive; in other words, perfect boyfriend material - if you happen to be a complete, self-loathing twit, that is. But they're both gorgeous so what's a girl to do? Well, she might think about running very, very, fast in any other direction but, hey, I guess that's a story for another, better book.

So what did I think about this book - not much. It was poorly written, the prose bordered on purple, and it strained my willing suspension of disbelief way beyond the breaking point. In other words, if you will pardon the pun, it sucked and not in a good vampire way
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Angela on July 06, 2011 :
This was awful. The entire book was full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (which I would normally blame on bad editing, but the writing in general wasn't particularly great either). The characters were all so annoying and juvenile. The plot, or lack thereof, was so unbelievably predictable.
I REALLY disliked this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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