Title: A Shade of Vampire
Series: A Shade of Vampire
Author: Bella Forrest
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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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?
A Shade of Vampire was definitely a paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. I came out of this book feeling entertained and wanting to read book two straight away. I found myself excited to pick up this book whenever I had time and when I did I flew through it and finished it as soon as I could.
The beginning of this novel felt like a great introduction to Sofia because we learnt about who she was without having to read chapters and chapters of her doing mundane things before anything even happened. The action started right off in the beginning leaving me wanting to read more and more. She’s kidnapped from the beach on the night of her seventeenth birthday and wakes up chained in a dungeon. Exciting much?! The middle was interesting but did leave me asking a few questions in regards to Sofia’s actions or perhaps lack of action. The end had me asking ‘What’s going to happen next?’, and now I must find out what!
A Shade of Vampire is written in two point’s of view, Sofia’s and Derek’s. Usually I’m not a huge fan of this writing style because from experience I feel like it pulls me out of the story every time we switch POV’s and that there are things that I’m excited to find out are given away from the other character as soon as we switch. Well let me tell you now, Bella Forrest can write a very compelling story using this technique. Sofia’s and Derek’s voices were very different, I love it when that is pulled off. She managed to make me excited in reading both characters and wanting to find out what sort of things they were dealing with that they weren’t telling each other.
Sofia was a strong character, even though she was kidnapped and is now forced to parade around in front of the prince of vampires she still manages to stay strong and take everything as it comes her way without panicking. Derek was portrayed as a fearsome character, he is the law in The Shade. Derek is the prince of vampires and was supposed to sleep for eternity, he is more than angered when he finds he has been woken. Especially so when Vivienne, his sister and Lucas, his brother, start parading beautiful young woman around him; right after he has woken up from a four hundred year sleep and has had no blood since. He nearly rips Sofia’s throat out, until she somehow manages to calm him down. How long will that last?
A Shade of Vampire does have a few clichés, isn’t the most original storyline out there and doesn’t feel long enough to grow overly attached to the characters. But it is definitely a very enjoyable read, it’s hard to put down, and learning about ‘The Shade’ and how it came to be was very interesting. The world inside The Shade is something I would definitely like to read more about. Learn more about the hunters and their stories perhaps. All I know is I want to keep reading this series!
Overall I definitely recommend A Shade of Vampire to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance!
Read an excerpt below!
Excerpt from A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
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
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.
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.
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
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
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.
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