Tuesday, May 21

A Shade of Vampire: Book Review

A Shade of Vampire

A Shade of Vampire #1

Bella Forrest

December 14th 2012
Young Adult | Paranormal | Romance
Official Blurb - 
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?

Obscure title but very nice looking cover.

Mental voices of Derek and Sofia felt the same. There was even one time when they were so similar I mistook one for the other. Only when the individual finally referred to the other did the character become apparent.

Derek Novak was a great disappointment. He didn't feel like some great vampire to be reckoned with. Especially since he is weak enough to let others disobey him. Also, for someone who saved his clan from dangerous hunters as well as being an ex-hunter he is really blind. Sometimes willingly blind to danger. Not the individual I would trust my protection too.

I didn't like how much sex and all things related was a pivot point to this story. Almost from the start Sofia and all humans are sen as toys to be exploited, played with. Repeatedly they are mentioned as beautiful and dressed like Victoria Secret models. It felt like this sort of treatment and views of their oppressors should have caused some real dislike from the victims. But time and time again the beautiful toys didn't seem all that upset by these views. Sofia has several offensive molestation encounters with a certain vampire and it was really disturbing. Yet the next second she is practically frolicking and then back to groping. *shudders* It just isn't right.

The characters failed to endear themselves to me. In some cases they failed to merit an individual voice.

So much of the story is still hidden. And the ending didn't leave us enough to go on for a sequel. Didn't inspire an unstoppable need to read more.

Quick read and a decent romance. Could have benefited from better character development.


Violence: Heavy (Molestation)