Series: A Shade of Vampire #1
Publisher: Createspace on December 14, 2012
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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?
“At that, I broke down into tears. He was right. Whether I liked it or not, home had become wherever Derek Novak was.”
“I never once imagined that my life would play out the way that it did.”
My Musings: Now I’m going to share with you all something that is very shallow of me: I’ve been putting off this novel because I didn’t care for the cover. I know, I’m a shallow, shallow person. But I am so glad that I decided to give this novel a chance—despite the mediocre cover (in my opinion), the novel was anything but.
This novel follows Sofia as she is kidnapped from her vacation on the beach and taken as a slave in a vampire coven on an island. Sofia soon learns that the best way to stay safe, or as safe as you can be on an island full of vampires, is to stay in the good graces of Derek Novak, legend Prince of the Blood Shade coven. Sofia soon learns, however, that even Derek can’t protect her from the darkness that resides on the island.
“The moment our eyes met, he looked away, almost as if he were embarrassed over something. It was actually…cute—a word I never thought I’d use to describe Derek Novak.”
I liked Sofia’s character. She was spunky and bold, and she didn’t let her fear get the best of her. She was able to maintain her fear, and that made her an appealing character. She was brave, and she was always looking out for the other captives, even though she was in the same amount of danger as them. She really was able to open Derek up. And although she had some weak moments, she never gave up, and she never gave in. She was determined and she wouldn’t take crap from anyone.
“But somehow, deep inside, I knew…I knew that I could never harm her that way, simply because I would never be able to forgive myself. I may not have enough self-control to keep my self from feeding on others, but with Sofia, I couldn’t afford to lose control. She had become my one remaining link to humanity, and it was clear to me that her ruin would be my ruin.”
I also enjoyed Derek’s character. I was expecting him to be some cold prince of the vampires. And although he was that some of the time, most of the time, he was like a little kid getting used to today’s modernity after being in a sleep for four hundred years. Regardless of his tough exterior, he was a sensitive guy, and he cared for Sofia.
“With Sofia, it felt like I’d found my compass. I knew that as long as I had her, I had someone to keep me grounded, someone to direct my way. If only for Sofia, I had a reason to stay awake.”
He really opened up, and I feel as if he is one of the good guys. He was caring towards his entire harem, and he did seem concerned about them throughout the course of the novel. I hope that his humanity continues to shine through in the remaining novels.
“We spent most of it with me trying to introduce a new piece of technology to him, one at a time. Introducing him to the camera was pretty fun. We spent the night snapping pictures of each other and mostly just goofing around. It was the first time I could remember hearing him laugh.”
There wasn’t much outright romance in this novel, which I am not used to. However, it worked for the two main characters. They had to adapt to breaking out of the roles of predator and prey. They had a sweet friendship that they built over the course of the novel, and it was obvious that they cared for one another. However, reservations kept them from being together until the last possible moment. I loved this because it was realistic. Unlike Twilight (which I enjoyed), there was no sense of insta-love. Sofia had her reservations about falling in love with a bloodsucker, and her sense of self preservation kicked in. And rightly so. Especially when Sofia also had to deal with Lucas, Derek’s brother, constantly threatening her. But we won’t talk about him, because just thinking about him makes me angry.
I really enjoyed the aspect of this novel. I tend to shy away from vampire novels, excluding the Morganville Vampires series. However, I am glad that I ventured back into the world of bloodsuckers. Vampires are a subject that is very hard to make your own nowadays. However, with an island, shadowhunters, and slaves/harems, Forrest managed to put a unique spin on the topic. It was riveting, and I was shocked when I got to the end of the novel.
This novel, unfortunately, is very short—a mere 150 pages. And it saddened me greatly. I wanted more! I think that that may be the only thing that I disliked about this novel—it was too short for me. I cannot wait to see what else unfolds in A Shade of Blood. In A Shade of Vampire, Bella Forrest has created a unique world where humans are slaves to vampires—a charming read, its one you won’t want to put down.