Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire #1) by Bella Forrest

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?

I thought that vampire books had pretty much ran their course.  Then I picked up A Shade of Vampire and I was sucked right back in!  The world where the vampires live is really unique, with it being on an island and the clan's homes above the trees.  I wanted to travel their myself incognito - I wouldn't want to be bitten!

Sofia is a great character! Just your average teenager with angst, yet a compassionate side.  When captured, her main goal is to escape and go home.  She quickly learns though that the safest place for her until she can achieve her goal is with the vampire prince, Derek Novak.  A vampire who has recently awakened from a four hundred year nap and who is quite hungry.

Sofia and Derek's relationship is tumultuous but as the plot unfolds, it begins to strengthen, even though Sofia's goal is still the same; escape. Derek, on the other hand, doesn't let anything go that is his and Sofia is his slave.  He also has to learn everything he's missed in the last few centuries as well as deal with an impending threat.  

With exceptional world-building, compelling and memorable characters, and writing so good I was up late turning the pages, A Shade of Vampire is intriguing and mesmerizing! I can't wait for the next installment.  If you enjoy vampire fiction with a twist, pick up A Shade of Vampire today! It's SOO Good!!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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