I agreed to review A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest because I was curious about the low page count. Could a book this small tell a decent story? I also haven’t been interested in too many vampire books because I’m just overwhelmed by the selection and have no idea what to pick. A Shadow of Vampire was my answer. Some readers may be turned off by the small page count (around 80 pages depending how you format your eBook) of this novella, thinking that there couldn’t possibly be a substantial story within it. But as someone who reads A LOT I welcomed the opportunity of a quick read. A Shade of Vampire was something that I could read in a day or two, because of my crazy life and an escape offered by author Bella Forrest. So I took a chance.
After agreeing I was informed that this very book took the #1 spot during the Christmas holiday in the vampire genre on Amazon shortly after it’s release. So this alone has to speak for what readers may want, sometimes. A quick read during a busy time. Bella Forrest was successful at writing this very quick read that included drama, history of her characters, and a blooming love story that is close to The Beauty and The Beast story. Sure it could have branched out into a hefty book but when dealing with an audience who has been exposed to so many vampire books Forrest gave credit to her experienced audience. Instead of drawing out a lengthy beginning she puts readers in the belly of the beast.
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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?
Sofia is an optimistic young woman in a deathly situation. She is nearly killed by Derek the Prince of the Shade but instead offers some very powerful words that will change his perspective and save her life. Sofia can think of nothing but to escape but realizes that being with Derek is the safest place she can be. Others like her are not treated as kindly as Derek treats her. Sofia goes through a lot in the Shade. Derek’s brother who is captivatingly evil often stalks Sofia, and had me on nails of the amount of danger he cast over her. Sofia’s best quality is her thoughtfulness, which shines in her gift to Derek.
Derek is a brooding and confused man who is torn between duty and what he wants. He wants the best for his family and has proven that he is the rightful leader of his clan but doesn’t like the recognition. Sofia sparks something within him that wants to change and stand up for what he wants. His best scene is when he falters with his need for blood and seeks Sofia to help him cope. He’s sort of Stefan and Damon tied up in one.
My favorite bits of the book are when Sofia has to teach Derek about technology because he’s been asleep for so long. It offered a lightheartedness that the story needed amongst the drama. Bella Forrest decided to write this book using both perspectives; because of this I got a better sense of both Sofia and Derek. Derek sees how his brother lurks over Sofia and it made my skin crawl. Sofia sees Derek as someone who wants to change and cares for his family. I did favor Derek’s perspective more only because it captured the danger that Sofia was in best.
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