A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest (Review)

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Synopsis: On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s 17th 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?

Genres: Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural

Cover: I’ll be completely honest. I’m not crazy about the cover, but the cover was not what drew me into reading the book! It was the title and the summary. The cover in my  opinion is a little tacky with the dark hue and the menacing forest with a girl in a white dress, representing Sofia, standing in front of it. The cover definitely was not what made me pick it up. But it doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover right? Ha.

My Thoughts: One summer night, Sofia Claremont is lost in her thoughts on her birthday as she strolls on the beach . Unfortunately for her, the one night she’s alone, she is kidnapped by a vampire who whisks her away to an island called the Shade where it is always night. Sofia is then put into slavery and presented to vampire prince, Derek Novak, who has been asleep for the past several hundred years. When he wakes up, he will be hungry, and Sofia with several others is offered as his first meal.

When Derek does wakes up from his slumber and lays eyes on Sofia he does not wish to see her as a meal, but he cannot resist the monsterly urges inside of him. As he is about to devour her, Sofia persuades him to stay calm and to make him realize that sucking her blood is not what he wants to do. Although she was doing this simply to save herself, her words flow into Derek’s heart and he is absolutely captivated by her. After those first words are exchanged, Derek declares that Sofia will live in his quarters simply because he is infatuated with her, but of course does not admit that.

The more time Derek spends with Sofia, the more she sees how tempting it is to fall for him and she does want to but feels like she should not. She is constantly caught between the decision of finding more ways to escape the Shade or giving up and falling completely in love with Derek. As for Derek, falling for Sofia is much easier. Sofia to him is the light in his life that keeps him from drowning in the darkness that threatens to make him become ruthless, bloodthirsty , and evil.

As time passes at the Shade, trouble arises. The kingdom was already anticipating the gathering of the vampire hunters from the outside who want to tear all the nocturnal citizens of the Shade apart, but there is also danger inside their protective walls. Sofia is threatened by someone very close to Derek and he sees to it to make sure that not a hair on her is hurt. Also, Sofia discovers that her best friend, Ben, whom she is in love with (or thought she was), is also a captive of the Shade and he urges her to escape with him. Although Sofia does want to escape and not be a slave to the Shade, she seems to have trouble deciding whether she should leave Derek who has been trying so hard to keep her safe. But even if Derek is prince, can he really use his title and power to keep Sofia on the island, and keep her protected from it all?

This novel gave me a lot of nostalgia. I refuse to connect it with Twilight like I’ve seen many readers do, but it does send me back to that thrilling period. I had a passion for the paranormal and the supernatural, but it started to drift away and it was really because I could not find an excellent paranormal book to actually captivate me.This book really did the trick.

Derek and Sofia’s relationship is intense and brewing with tension. I instantly fell in love with it. Although Derek falls for Sofia almost instantly, it takes Sofia some time to fall for Derek, or at least recognize the potential for it. Sofia had a leveled head and realized how sick it would be for her to fall for Derek and that’s what I loved. She was a realistic character: scared and confused.

Forrest has a wonderful technique with switching point of views in the book and it really allowed me to connect with these two characters and, occasionally, some others. It’s always nice when the reader can get a glimpse at everything. And in Shade of a Vampire, the reader, literally, can not miss a beat.

Shade of a Vampire is the perfect book for anyone who would like to read an exciting and fast paced supernatural romance. It’s also a series so don’t worry, the story continues after the menacing cliffhanger that Forrest concocted at the end. Shade of a Vampire is really a book readers should consider sinking their teeth into…not literally.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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