Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, Book 1) by Bella Forrest


On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.  An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

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Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 2081 KB
Print Length: 155 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Purchase Link:  A Shade Of Vampire

Sapphyria's Review:

Sofia Claremont is abducted on the night of her seventeenth birthday by a stranger while walking along the beach.  She awakens to find herself chained to a wall in a medieval type dungeon.  She soon learns who and what her kidnappers are.  She also discovers that she's to be presented to Derek Novak, the newly awakened Dark Prince, becoming part of his harem.   She is forced to live in this new world called The Shade with constant imprisonment. The Shade is an island protected by a witch that keeps the vampire residents within its glamour safe and also prevents the sun from shining.

Derek is the Dark Royal Prince that been in what was supposed to be an eternal slumber.  Unfortunately for Derek, he awakens 400 years later in the 21st century.  Unhappy and confused as to why he's been awakened, Derek learns that there is a war brewing; one that requires him to stand up and take his position as leader instead of cowering away in an eternal slumber.  When his "harem" is presented, Derek takes an uncanny shine to one girl in particular:  Sophia.  He's drawn to her like he's never been drawn to a human and vows to keep her safe.

Her abductor, Lucas, however, never lets her forget that she truly should belong to him and not his brother, Derek.  Lucas makes it very difficult for Sophie in so many ways.  There is conflict and an emotional war brewing that has Sophie on one side and Derek's coven on the other.  Eventually Derek has to face the fact that his brother is behind a lot of the dastardly deeds that have been happening within The Shade.  

Sophia is a fantastic main character.  She is written as a very strong young adult.  Sophia has depth and is very brave.  She's been kidnapped by monsters that are only in horror stories and forced to become a prisoner.  She endures losses, abuse, and threats made against her.  If you think about it, she also develops Stockholm Syndrome, which isn't a surprise, especially if Derek is as hot as he's described.  

Derek is an unusual vampire.  He reminds me of an ostrich with his fanged beak in the sand.  He doesn't want to deal with his position within The Shade.   He voices his displeasure at having awakened before he wanted to and having to meet his harem before a proper feeding.   His feelings about Sophia are conflicted - he wants to taste her blood yet protect her at the same time.  It shows that Derek has a small amount of humanity left within him.

A Shade of Vampire was a nice and easy read.  The plot flowed very well. We received as much back story as was necessary to have the novel make sense, yet it didn't go overboard, boring the reader.  The story keeps the reader engaged from the beginning all the way to the end.  The chemistry between Sophie and Derek is believable.   Their relationship has a rocky start but it slowly smooths out as the book progresses.  

At the end of Book 1, the reader is definitely left wanting more.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment.

Review Copy Compliments of author for an honest review.

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