Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire #2) by Bella Forrest

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?

This is the second in the series from Bella Forrest.  I loved the first book, A Shade of Vampire, so I was really excited to read this one.  It's not your average vampire books and I think they are geared more toward the teen set, but I love them anyway.

In this installment, Derek lets Ben and Sophia go.  Shocking in itself as most human slaves never leave the island.  And for the majority of the book, Derek tries to forget Sophia and his dark tendencies begin to take over any remaining human ones.  Also, since he was asleep for over four hundred years, he figures now is as good a time as any to show everyone that his word is law.  He begins making everyone (the vampires) train for battle and begins punishing those who defy him.

Meanwhile, Sophie can't get Derek out of her mind, even though she and Ben decide to start a relationship.  They try not to talk about their time in The Shade, but it haunts both of them.  Ben finally shares what really happened when he was Claudia's human slave, and urges Sophia to join the Hunters with him.  He seeks revenge and knows that is probably the best way to get it.  

But then Sophia gets a visit from someone on the island and she has to make a choice.  Return to Derek, on an island where the sun never shines, or try to move on with her life, even though she can't get Derek out of her mind.

Suffice to say, A Shade of Blood ends with a cliffhanger and I just eagerly ordered the next in the series.  It's so addicting, and the twists and turns, along with the beautiful writing have enamored me with the series.  If you are looking for a new series to read with a twist of paranormal, a dash of romance, get this series. It's spectactular!

I purchased this book.  All opinions are my own.  Wendy

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