A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
Release: December 14, 2012
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 The Shade, an enchanted 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 selected out of hundreds of girls to take up residence in the tree-top 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?
In A Shade of Vampire, we meet teenage Sofia Claremont, normal girl with a crush on her best friend, Ben. She lives with his family, and they take a trip to Cancun during summer. When she wants to confess her feelings to Ben, he sees his ex-girlfriend and decides to rekindle their relationship. Upset, Sofia decides to walk the beach where she meets, and is kidnapped, by a vampire and taken to The Shade, an unknown, unmapped island in endless night, to be in a harem for Derek Novak when he wakes up from his 400-year slumber. Instead, Derek takes a liking to her, never wanting to harm her.
I believe the last vampire story I read was Twilight. Right now, I’m a bigger fan of Twilight than A Shade of Vampire – but the series is only beginning and I have hopes that I’ll start to like it.
I feel like it has potential to grow.
What I liked:
- The characters were nice and easy to understand. I didn’t outright hate a character I wasn’t supposed to hate.
- The world was very developed and easy to picture. The Shade, although it did seem a bit much with all the titles, was described very vividly.
What I didn’t like:
- The dialogue. It wasn’t realistic, it seemed pretentious.
- The situations. I hate to say they were unbelievable because I never care about believability, they were just strange and too planned. The story seemed too structured and rigid.
It’s a short start to the series and easy to get through.
I will continue with the story because I really want to see how it goes.