A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest | Book Review

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
Publisher: CreateSpace Independant Publishing
Format: ebook (courtesy of the author)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
Publication Date: 14 December, 2012
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?

The idea behind A Shade of Vampire is pretty catchy and kept me reading through to the end. A vampire prince who goes under a sleeping spell to escape vampirism, and a girl kidnapped to be his personal toy once he wakes up--but who he falls in love with instead. The island they live on, their government, and they way they live, all had me wanting to find out more about this coven of vampires. I was interested in learning more about Derek as well, and in seeing where his relationship with Sofia would lead. Despite the insta-love factor, I was rooting for them to be together, even when an unexpected variable was thrown into the picture. What can I say? I'm a sucker for tortured souls.

But while the ideas behind the story were catchy, I couldn't help but be disappointed in the way things unfolded. The great ideas were all there, but I couldn't shake the feeling that the story wasn't yet finished. The biggest factor in this is the pacing. The story begins at a pace that gives us detailed descriptions of what happens through Sofia's eyes at almost every moment of the day. Then somewhere in the last half of the book it suddenly skips days, then weeks at a time, hurriedly glossing over what could have been some of the more interesting parts of the story (Sofia's training sessions) in just a few pages. After that, it slows down again and settles back into the every moment descriptions, but the time in the story no longer computes with the time frame in your mind. The book is short--just under 150 pages, which I read it in about 4 hours. And with Bella Forrest's descriptive writing, I think there could definitely have been more of the story told, while keeping the same pace throughout the entire book.

Other little things were bothersome, such as some of the more predictable moments, and a few overused cliches. It is a story that can suck you in if you let it, and it does have some very bright moments. There is a seriously awesome part where Sofia tells Derek to stop feeling sorry for himself because he's not the victim. I almost cheered when she said that, because it's something I sometimes wish I could say to so many characters from other books. Overall, I think this is the type of book you would pick up if you have some free time and want a quick read.

Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like vampires in rich settings, and you don't mind a story that's over quickly.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Some gore (the usual vampire stuff), an attempted rape, kidnapping, and murder.}

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  1. This one sounds like a guilty pleasure read. Yum!

    1. It is! There isn't any sex, but there are plenty of steamy parts. :)

  2. I recently got a e-copy from the author and the setting sounds great! :) I think I will enjoy it despite the minor flaws. Great review.


    1. Awesome! I think it's definitely a book that's enjoyable, even with the flaws. Hope you like it! :)

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  4. I loved it and I thought it was way too short. I couldn't get enough of Derek. I'm desperately trying to find the sequel as an epub file... but I'm not having too much luck with that. :( (I accidentally deleted the comment.)

    1. Oh never mind, I just saw that the book was only released today -.-'


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