Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
Synopsis (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?
My Thoughts: I'm going to be honest, I didn't really care for Sofia at first. She struck me as ... hmm, immature is the best I can come up with, although that's not quite right. Demanding things of her captor who was clearly not the nicest guy on the block nearly put her in the Too Stupid To Live category. Fortunately, she managed to turn things around and started acting like a person who'd actually survive being kidnapped and whisked away to the Island of Forgotten Vampires.

Speaking of which, I was intrigued by the idea of a island sanctuary where vampires ruled and humans were little more than slaves. I didn't like all the things that were done to the human slaves but the idea of a hidden world tucked away that is so unlike our modern world in some ways (and so like it, in others) tickled my fancy. I can only guess that Sofia's actions will find a way to force the vampires to coexist in peace with the humans, because the way things stand now are unacceptable to her and she's a girl on a mission.

I liked the dynamic between the Novak siblings (power struggles are do delicious when the eldest is found lacking, aren't they?) and I liked that Derek was willing to give Sofia time to come to grips with what had happened to her. A nice twist or two and help from unexpected sources kept the action moving along nicely. Sofia and Derek's journey is just beginning and there's a lot more story to tell.

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A Shade of Vampire was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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