Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest [REVIEW]

TITLE: A Shade of Vampire
(A Shade of Vampire #1)

AUTHOR: Bella Forrest
PUB DATE: Dec 14 2012
Summary from Goodreads:

"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?"


“No. In my eyes, she was most beautiful because at a time when she had every right to be terrified, she managed to show comfort to another person who needed it.”

When a book is labeled “vampire” my immediate reaction would oftentimes be to set it aside… Really after all the Twilight-hype, vampire books just got a little nauseating to hear. So when I was invited to read A Shade of Vampire, I was skeptical to accept. But there was this nagging feeling that had me agreeing to read it in the end.

Well, color me surprised! This paranormal story was unexpectedly enjoyable. Although it may have its fair share of clich├ęs [which is can be unavoidable sometimes], the plot has this kind of pull that makes you want to keep reading.

Much as I hate to admit [because I don’t like when girls say they’re not pretty enough and all that nonsense], I came to admire Sofia. She’s not one of those girls, who have unnerving attractions to untrustworthy vampires, which I think means they have death wishes or something. For once we have a smart enough protagonist to not fall for that “love at first sight (even if he’s a vampire)” kind of crap – hallelujah!

But even though I’m a little dejected over this romance formula, Derek isn’t exactly that much of a bad guy. Oh, he’s deadly alright, he – and pretty much everyone else – knows it. But I had this steadfast sense of curiosity over Derek’s character: A righteous vampire? Oh, this was definitely going to be worth looking into. And yes… I just loved the history and development of his character.

I love that although A Shade of Vampire was short, the time span and pacing was comprehensible and precise considering it consumed only a few pages. In spite of the page count, Bella Forrest was able to conjure event progression that doesn’t seem rushed and/or forced. This is such a rare treat! I will, without doubt, be looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

* Thank you Ms. Bella Forrest for providing a review copy of A Shade of Vampire.

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