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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review: Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Title: A Shade of Vampire (#1)
Author: Bella Forrest
Publication:  December 17, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Author
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Audience: 15+ 
Rating: 5 of 5

Synopsis: 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? 

My Thoughts: Sofia takes a walk on the beach that will change her life. She must make the best of a horrible situation. Using her natural skills Sofia is able to quickly determine who she can trust and this may save her life. Sofia faces one major problem and being a captive makes it difficult for her to avoid it. 

Derek hate what he is. He has spent the last 400 hundred years avoiding his destiny. When he meets Sofia he is drawn to her, for some unknown reason. For her he will fight what he has become to be whom he wants to be. Derek must make a choice family or true love. 

Bella Forrest has created a beautiful story that I love love love. This is a very quick read and I was hooked from the beginning. I love that the story is told from both Sofia and Dereks points of view. Bella has given each character so much depth that I feel like I know them. My favorite part of the the story would be the end. The decisions that both Sofia and Derek make are life changing. I cant wait to read the next book  A Shade of Blood. Hopefully I will get to this in the next few months. This is a great read for young adult, romance and paranormal lovers. This would also be a great read for reluctant readers. 

I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.
He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”
I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.
My gaze settled on his face.
I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.
I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.
Big mistake.
The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.
“Like what you see?”
“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.
He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.
“Don’t I have the right to be?”
He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.
“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.
My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.
I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.
He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.
“Sofia Claremont.”
As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.
“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”
I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

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Author Bio: 
I've been telling stories pretty much since I could talk. Instead of having my parents read me bed-time stories, I would prefer to share with them my own made up tales.
As I grew older, I developed a passion for the fantasy genre.
I’m an avid reader and a hopeless Potterhead.
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  1. After seeing the cover I wasn't sure this would be a good read. I also thought it was an adult Vampire book. But after reading your thoughts I totally changed my mind. Now that I know it's a YA book and also a quick read I'm going to check it out. I also loved that you mentioned it's a great read for reluctant readers because I was 100% reluctant. :D

  2. I love this series. <3 I was sad that the first book wasn't that long but the others have more then made up for it. I am starting book 4 today. ;-) Book 5 comes out later this month and i can't wait. If I could pre-order it I would.

  3. I have yet to read this book, but I have it on my shelf. Great review!

  4. i love me vampires and i think your review makes this book sound so amazing i defenitly want to read it thank you so much.