A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
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A Shade of Vampire
Series: A Shade of Vampire #1
Author: Bella Forrest
Publish Date: December 14, 2012
Source: Received from author in exchange for my honest opinion
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?
A Shade of Vampire is a very quick read. It took me about a day, with my daily interruptions, to read this. I really liked the premise for this book, but it fell a little short for me.
As I said, I liked the story line, I just felt like it wasn’t fleshed out well. The Shade is this incredible place, that I didn’t think was described well enough. Even though it’s a part of our current world, it’s a world of its own, and needed to be built upon. I did love the fact that this book portrays vampires as awful predators. They aren’t all cuddly and cute, and they have almost no regard for human life. They use humans as a means to get things done for them.
Another problem I have is with Sofia’s character. The way she thinks about herself is the complete opposite of her actions. She believes she’s weak and useless, but she acts totally fierce and takes up for others. That inconsistency bugged me. The other characters are great. Derek is a complex guy. He may be the head honcho of the Shade, but he has deep feelings about where he stands. Does he really want to be a monster???? Lucas is scary as hell. He’s mean, and thinks he can take whatever he wants. He has no regard for anything, and he fights dirty.
Even with the issues I have, I will continue on with this series. The concept intrigues me, and I want to see where she goes with it.