Review: A Castle of Sand by Bella Forrest

Posted 24 September, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

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 Castle of Sand by Bella ForrestA Castle of Sand by Bella Forrest
Series: A Shade of Vampire #3
Publisher: Self Published on June 26, 2013
Source: Author
Pages: 296
What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin...

Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.

Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.

And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowls of an Egyptian desert... a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.

Here Are My ThoughtsCheck out my review of A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire #1)
Check out my review of A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire #2)

Favorite Quote(s):

“Let the sandcastle collapse. In its place, I will build a fortress–one that the waves of nature and time could never destroy.”

Favorite Character: Sofia.
First Line:

“My blood was pounding within me.”

My Musings: Wow! I’ll have to say that these novels keep getting better and better! Bella is weaving an incredible tale that keeps pulling me in and begging for more.

A Castle of Sand leaves off where A Shade of Blood did. I can say that this is the most action packed installment thus far. There was lots going on and lots to keep up with. That was added to with more points of view. I feel like the alternating points of view gave the novel a sense of wholeness and made all of the action less confusing. The story was plotted out with what seems like great intricacy, everything weaving together perfectly.

I really enjoyed the characters of Derek and Sofia in this novel. In this novel, like those past, Sofia continues to be a head strong leader. Even more so in this novel. However, we do get to experience some of her insecurities, which really humanize a her. But she doesn’t let them get her too down, and still steps up as a leader at various times during the novel.

“‘Why the frown, beautiful?’

Before I could follow the sound of his voice, Derek jumped on the bed, his knees straddling my hips as the cushions bounced beneath us. Kneeling over me, he held my waist with one hand and ran his palm from my forehead down to my mouth.

‘What are you doing?’ I asked in a voice muffled by his palm playfully rubbing over my mouth.

‘I’m trying to erase that scowl on your face.'”

This novel contained my favorite side of Derek–the playful one! In this novel, we got to see the not-so-stressed Derek. And he was adorable. He had a sense of humor and a quirkiness that I just adored. But on the flip side, we still experienced the ruthless Derek. Times ten. There were some moments where I was in flat out shock–I knew he was a tough cookie, but didn’t know just down tough he could be.

“My life was no longer about myself or the prophecy i had to fulfill. It had just become entirely about Sofia.”

The two of them together is the type of romance that can make any girl jealous. They complement each other perfectly and are totally themselves when they’re together. They gave me butterflies!

Along with the busy plot that this novel contained came knowledge and shock. I’m not going to spoil anything, but you will learn a lot about Sofia’s family. Some things are predictable, some are not. There was a great balance that kept me guessing but not completely in the dark.

A Castle of Sand was another fantastic addition to the story of Sofia and Derek. With non-stop action and heart stopping adventures, A Castle of Sand will keep you wanting more.

4 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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