Book Review: A Shade of Vampire ( A Shade of Vampire series) #1

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Author: Bella Forrest
Release date: December 17th 2012 and New and Lengthened 2015 edition
Dates read: September 21st – October 16th 2013 and September 18th – 19th 2015
Book format: Ebooks
Star rating 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis on 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?

First review
I was given an ebook download of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I really don’t want to say ‘similar to Twilight’ because as a whole it wasn’t. But some bits were fairly similar. A vampire falling in love with a human, her blood tempting him, and another vampire wanting her.

I quite enjoyed this book, it was a quick book, despite having 27 chapters. It was written in the P.O.V of Sofia and Derek, the two main characters at the focus of the story, in which it tells the story of how she falls in love with him, despite having feelings for her best friend and fellow captive Ben.

The story was very face-paced and I felt that it ended too abruptly, however it makes me interested and anticipated to read the next part.

Second Review

I recently got a free month subscription to Kindle Unlimited and saw that the entire of Bella Forrest’s A Shade of Vampire series was on their for free but considering it’s been 2 years since i first read A Shade of Vampire, i thought why not head back in with the new 2015 lengthened edition to restart my memory.

Looking back on the review that i made when i first read the book was slightly wrong after having actually re-read the book. Yes Derek Novak does fall in love with Sofia but literally not until the final chapters so the comparison i made to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight is wrong. A Shade of Vampire has a much better romantic inkling to it due to the fact that Derek is drawn to Sofia because of her sense of self. Even in the face of terror, she chooses to comfort others which reminds Derek of who he used to be before he was turned, unlike in Twilight in which Edward is only drawn to Bella because of how tasty her blood smells.  The only comparison to Twilight that i will make is with Lucas wanting Sofia to himself, much like James with Bella.

Lucas seems your typical guy who doesn’t like not getting his own way. Being the older brother of Derek it seems fitting that he would be ruler of The Shade, but alas it is destined that Derek will over rule The Shade much to his father’s and Lucas dismay and disgust. Lucas feels like he owns Sofia because he was the one who found her on a beach in Cancun while she was on holiday with her best friend Ben and his family, and so sets on a path to terrorise Sofia while she is in the care of Derek, murdering another Harem and friend Gwen and threatening Sofia that if she tells a soul she’ll regret it. In my opinion Lucas is a creepy guy who is definitely someone i wouldn’t come across, even if he was human.

Although Lucas appears throughout the book, the book itself is set out in the P.O.V of Sofia and Derek. I like this style of writing as it allows the reader to get a look into both characters minds rather than having to take a guess at what the other character is thinking. I’m now going to read the rest of the series and delve myself into a vampire world that i could lose myself in.

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