Review: A Shade of Blood by Bella Forrest

Posted 18 July, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Shade of Blood by Bella ForrestA Shade of Blood by Bella Forrest
Series: A Shade of Vampire #2
Publisher: Createspace on April 8, 2013
Source: Author
Pages: 322
In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.

But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Favorite Quote(s):

“Before he could stop me, I forcefully shoved a piece of my sandwich inside his mouth. Derek sat frozen in his seat, his bright blue eyes staring in shock at me, the toast beginning to get soggy inside his gaping mouth. He looked like he was about to spontaneously combust.”

“‘I love you, Sofia,’ I whispered. ‘And I honestly believe that I could never love another woman for the rest of my life. For the first time in the past five hundred years, I am sincerely thankful for my immortality, because without it, I never would’ve found you.’”

Favorite Character: Sofia. She’s a tough cookie!
First Line:

“A cold wind howled as it whipped though the giant redwoods surrounding us.”

My Musings: I recently read and reviewed the first novel in this series, A Shade of Vampire, and I absolutely adored it. So when Bella Forrest accepted my review pitch for book two, I was beyond happy. I was so excited to see where Forrest decided to take this story, especially after the cliffhanger of the first novel.

In this novel, Sofia and her best friend Ben were offered a once in a life time chance—a chance to leave The Shade. But they soon realize that their lives would never be the same. Both haunted with nightmares of their time in captivity, the two of them turn to each other to dull the pain. But soon that isn’t enough. Ben is plagued by vengeance against the vampires that broke him; Sofia can’t help but long for the vampire prince who stole her heart. So when opportunities for both of them arrive, they take steps to fulfill their destinies.

I loved Sofia even more in this novel. Just like in the first installment, Sofia was headstrong and brave. She didn’t take crap from anyone, including Derek. She had no fear, even when faced with people who could kill her in the blink of an eye. Although she’s plagued with indecisiveness during this novel, she still stands up for what she believes is right. She was a very selfless character who had a positive effect on those that she came into contact with.

“‘Are you still the man I left behind, Derek?’ I dared to ask. His arms around me tightened, clinging to me. ‘No.’ My heart dropped. I didn’t quite expect him to be so blunt in his honesty. ‘Then who are you?’ His lips pressed against the back of my head, before he held me by the shoulders and forced me to face him. Behind his blue eyes, I saw a galaxy of questions unanswered, doubts unsettled, guilt and shame deeply felt. ‘Who do you want me to be, Sofia?’”

Derek scared me in this novel. In the first book, it was hinted that Derek was a terror before Sofia. In this novel, we experience that first hand. I hadn’t realized just how much Sofia humanized Derek. Without her presence, Derek turned to the dark side. He lost most of his emotions and turned into a ruthless ruler. He definitely hit rock bottom in this novel. It was amazing to see what effect Sofia had on him; the only thing that we saw in the first novel was him with Sofia. Seeing him without her was definitely a humbling wake up call.

“‘I should be flaming mad…’ ‘And I’m assuming that this is you being not mad?’ She began pacing the floor in front of me as she shook her head. ‘I’m not mad, but I should be.’ ‘Why aren’t you?’ She stopped pacing, heaved one deep sigh and stared at me with burning emerald green eyes. ‘Because it’s you…How can I get mad at you when you’re standing right there…looking at me like that…distracting me?’”

I can’t tell you enough how much I love the dynamic between Derek and Sofia. Sofia posses the unique ability to put him in his place. Although she was human and he was vampire prince, you couldn’t tell that by reading the scenes between them. He treated her as an equal. She forces him to be a better person. She’s brave in that she stands up to him, even though it may incur his wrath. She knows what limits of his to push, and also knows when not to. It was nice to see him displaying some human emotions with her: nervousness, anxiety, fear, and sadness.

This novel was written in different points of views. There were some from Sofia, Derek, Ben, and Lucas. It was nice to see the events that were happening from different eyes, especially when the characters were split up. It enabled the reader to see what was happening outside of The Shade, both from the side of the hunters and other vampire covens. Although I still despised Lucas. And I always will.

“She didn’t notice the way men looked at her whenever we were out. It was part of her appeal. That and the fact that she was mine.”

Ben was a character that I’m not sure about. I know that he really cares for Sofia, but I felt as if he was too driven by revenge. He also came off as a bit possessive to me. I felt as if he were pursuing Sofia because of the fact that she was enamored with Derek. Yes, I believe his feelings were real, but I don’t believe that he would have acted on them without being provoked by her feelings for Derek. It was disappointing to see, especially when Sofia constantly narrated about how different that he used to be. I really hope that we eventually gain back the old Ben in the series.

There were lots of things going on in this novel. Between escapes, capturing, and just a whole lot of action, this novel never had a dull moment. Like the previous novel, something was always happening. But in this novel, we learned more about the past of The Shade. It was nice to see into what exactly happened thus far, and it enabled to see what could happen in the future. It really gave the novel more world-building and established a set stage for the upcoming novels.

A Shade of Blood was an enthralling installment to the Shade of Vampires series. A descriptive tale of love, betrayal, and revenge, it’s a book that you don’t want to pass by.

4.5 Stars
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About Bella Forrest

I guess my life as a writer started when I was five; I’d sit under the kitchen table with my box of multi-colored wax crayons (I miss those) and create picture books. Creative writing was always my favorite subject and I used any free time I had to sit down with a notepad.

Not much has changed, except that now I have developed vampirish habits: my writing “day” typically starts at 1am.

I’m an avid reader and a big fan of cookie ice cream. When working I have to disconnect the internet for fear of being endlessly distracted by websites such as


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