Shelter (Blood Haze: Book One)
on July 25, 2011
"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.)