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Top Customer Reviews
This one is slightly more darker, and with more action but not enough to take it away from the romance/chick lit genre. However what I really enjoyed the most out of this book was the humor. There was plenty of it. It's Garnet Lacey's wit that draws you to the story, and also makes you like her as a character. She's not your typical romantic heroine either, which also makes for her appeal. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments in the book -even coming from the bad guys in the novel as well.
The main story plot is pretty good and well written. The story arc with Garnet and the Vatican is very interesting. The romantic plot isn't too bad (mind you, I'm not one for romances so I am biased in this aspect of the book). Although I have to say, Garnet and Sebastian as a couple...it's a little off. I didn't find any chemistry between them, and didn't find them a great couple to begin with. Garnet and Parrish is the same way. Perhaps a little work is needed on giving the couples a little more chemistry to make the match more enjoyable to read, instead of just being together for the sake of having a main couple for the novel. I found it a little odd how Sebastian and Garnet instantly become an 'item' after a night..it baffles me still. Yet perhaps how my idea of how a couple should start off is much different than how the author pictured.
The story arc with Lilith is interesting and got me wanting to read further into this series I'm intrigued as to what is going to happen.Read more ›
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And Garnet is madly, passionately, devotedly in love with whichever vampire happens to be with her at the time. She trusts the one she's with, mistrusts the one she's not and has sex with whomever's closest.
"Tall, Dark & Dead" has a few problems, and Garnet's fickle heart is least among them. One is the overall presentation of witchcraft. Garnet pretends to be a new-agey witch poseur to throw pursuers off her track, and yet the actual performance of her craft is drawn from those very same neopagan sources.
The story obviously needs a villain, and author Tate Hallaway (a.k.a. Lyda Morehouse) demonizes the Catholic Church to provide one. Perhaps it's just me, but when her protagonist is a member of a religion that prioritizes religious tolerance, it seems unwise to slam another faith so blatantly. In this case, the church employs psychics to hunt and murder witches, and is considering creating an army of Catholic vampires to strengthen the hunt.
Problems aside, I enjoyed "Tall, Dark & Dead" much more than I expected. Even the problems mentioned above were amusing in a good-natured but exasperating kind of way. Hallaway is a graceful writer who knows her way around a sentence, and she's building a strong supporting frame for Garnet Lacey's world. I hope the coming sequel, "Dead Sexy," works out the kinks and focuses on Hallaway's strong points.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor
Sebastian Von Traum is a vampire through alchemy and the Vatican wants him dead and to possess his formula. Sebastian's son and dhampyr, Matyas, is aiding them as he wants a Papal exorcism for his mother, who hovers somewhere between vampirism and death. Garnet will have to summon inner reserves she doesn't even know she possesses to keep Lilith under control while staying alive and out of the clutches of the Vatican witch hunters.
TALL, DARK & DEAD is an interesting blend of fantasy and romance. The story is a bit darker than most romances but Tate Hallaway's humor balances it out. The character of William adds comic relief necessary to break the tension. William is Garnet's friend and therefore willing to assist her with her quest to protect Sebastian but his naiveté regarding the supernatural (despite working in an occult bookstore!) is refreshing. Garnet's familiar, Barney, also adds a touch of humor as her familiar is allergic to magic!
One fascinating aspect of TALL, DARK & DEAD is the struggle between good and evil. The Vatican would normally be associated with good while witches would be evil and yet Tate Hallaway has turned this concept around and made the witches good while the Vatican supports killing. Garnet struggles with these weighty issues as the goddess Lilith inside her wants to destroy while Garnet is a peace-loving vegetarian.
TALL, DARK & DEAD is not to be missed by lovers of paranormal romances! Tate Hallaway has created a rich world that will leave readers screaming for a sequel.
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
I will admit that I was originally attracted to this book solely by the cover. However, upon reading the first few pages, I was hooked on the mystery and supernatural aura that lingered around both Garnet Lacey, and her many...freaky friends. Tate Hallaway has entered the paranormal/supernatural/vampire romance genre with a bang, and brought along a crew of wicked cool pals who will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. Her descriptions of vampiric exchanges leave you cringing, and grabbing your jugular; while the romance never dies, living on in each page. An engrossing addition to the genre that will keep you reading long into the night.
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
I did have one area where I had to not only suspend belief, but actually turn my brain off; the Vatican witch hunters. I had a hard time believing that the Vatican wanted to exterminate witches, but had no problems with vampires. If the book had used a different entity/villian, it would have been more believable.
My understanding on reading the book was that Garnet WAS a witch with knowledge and power at one time, but who decided to stop practicing her craft. I'm sure Lilith, the goddess also didn't bother with her possessee's unless there was something she wanted. I liked Sebastian, but felt the strongest character with the most thorough character development was Matyas...Sebastian's son.
Tate's writing is not as good as Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Mary Janice Davidson and some of the other writer's in the genre, but I enjoyed this book and I plan on reading the next one.
This book features Garnet - a witch that has a goddess living within her.
Parrish an ex-boyfriend thats return
And Sebastian whom is Tall, Dark .. & Dead :)
There is always something going on and its quite action filled, never a dull moment and the chars are rather wonderful - I liked William, which I think many people can relate too, just trying to find the right belief thats suits him.
Now this book can get confusing quite easily if you skip parts, which I love in a book that every moment is important and never dull.
I gave this book 3 stars for 1 reason ... I could not at all get into Sebastian. He was suppose to be Tall, Dark, which he was and sounded quite wonderful but he was cold and quite unlikable. He never showed much affection towards Garnet, except for occasional jealousy.
Actually half way thru the book he was romancing and hung up more on his dead wife then Garnet herself.
This is a good book to read and all but it really has no real passion and romance in it that I found, although it is a wonderful book and lots of action and never a dull moment, it is not a book to close your eyes and sigh over a truly romantic novel.