Friday, March 8, 2013

**REVIEW** A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Today I have a new Indie Author and let me tell you this girl shows
some serious talent and promise!  I need a copy of this for my shelf!!

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?
Release Date: December 14, 2012
Review Copy: Ebook
**provided by author for Event
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  I am a complete sucker still for Vampires.  Sometimes I do tire of them but I always end up back picking another vamp book up.  It kind of amazes me that there are so many and yet they all manage to have their own unique twist.  Bella has come out 
with a great debut novel and showed some serious potential.  The writing wasn't over the top but it was enjoyable and I never found myself lost.  

The book is told from two different point of view, Derek and Sofia's.  I am such a fn of multiple POV's.  I find it gives more depth to a story.  With this you get to see inside Sophia's worries and Derek's broading attitude.  They were two very different people that helped shape the story.  When Sofia is taken her entire world changes and she has to become more and be more than she ever has before.  Meeting Derek upon his awakening was not ideal but they figured it out.  The two of them have a lot to figure out and a lot to fight for but it seems between the two of them they may just be able to work it out.

Sofia was a character that I was unsure of to start.  When the story starts she is moping over a guy.  That guy may be her best friend and someone she has a crush on but the fact that she had slunk away because of him forgetting her birthday had me worried.  Turns out I was worried for no reason.  I ended up liking her not too long after she was taken to the shade.  Instead of admitting defeat she stood strong and showed compassion and strength for the other girls.  Despite her horrible situation and the fact that escape is not attainable she keeps up hope and takes her position in Derek harem and tries to help the other girls remain comfortable.  Sofia really grows a lot in this book and though at times I found myself irritated with her acceptance of some things she really is easy to like.

  The romance and relationship part of this scared the crap out of me when Derek seemed to go all Edward when it came to Sofia.  I can handle an Edward/Bella relationship every now and again but it has become over done for me now.  Fortunately even though Sophia found herself attracted to Derek she didn't fall all over him and wish to become a vampire and live happily ever after.  No she kept her distance and questioned what it was that she felt and why she would feel it.  They developed something as the story went that she at first considered a friendship and then began to consider him and his world home.  A place that she was comfortable.  Derek was a bit more quick to the gun and was possessive like a typical vampire.  Though it did seem that he did wind up genuinely caring about Sophia his instant ability to starve for her and then hold back was a little much.  I did end up kind of falling for him myself but that was near the end and only because some of his actions.

  A Shade of Vampire was an evenly paced read that I found myself pulled into easily.  I was actually reading it while waiting for something and found myself done before it was even my turn and before I even realized that I had read that much.  This series shows a lot of potential and I do look forward to seeing where it goes.  There are many ways it can continue after how it ended and a few hopes I have but I guess I will have to wait and see.

I never once imagined that my life would play out the way it did.  To be fair, I guess I could say that life never really unfolds the way we expect it to.- Sofia

I couldn't remember ever feeling more beautiful than I did at that momen, and yet, I felt nothing but absolutler dread.  I had a sinister feeling that it was likely not to a young girls advantage to look stunning at The Shade.- Sofia

But I was the preditor.  She was my prey.  And even as I admired her for that ine simple gesture, I was battling to prevent myself from relishing the sweet delicacy she was to my kind.- Derek

She shifted on the bed, her blanket getting tossed to her side, showing a generous amount of skin on her soft legs.  My gut clenched and a swallowed hard.  Nights with Sofia.- Derek

NO matter what alpha male act I might pull off in trying to intimidate her, I knew the truth.  She was no longer mine.  At some point during all those nights I'd spend with her, I'd become hers.


Bella wanted to do something specific and has something a little different
to give away.  Personally I think whoever wins this will be super happy! 
Oh and Bella has been wonderful enough to make this INTERNATIONAL!


  1. Great review, Tiff:) I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, as I was contacted by Bella and asked to review this book, too :) and I accepted, cause you know, I'm a sucker for vampire novels, too! Plus, Bella seems like a great lady, so how could I say no? :) Looking forward to reading it!

  2. I liked your review. I like vampire stories sometimes, but like you I sometimes tire of them. This one has a different spin with the kidnapping and the stronger female character. Sounds like an quick but enjoyable read.

  3. Ahhh, another vampire book! I actually want to read some more, since I took a really long, several-year break from vampires. That candle is so cute! :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. I actually have this one on my Kindle, ready to read because of all of the fantastic reviews I have been seeing. I wasn't too sure about it at first, because as much as I love vampire books, the great ones seem to be few and far between these days. I am actually looking forward to it even more because of the two POV's. When done right, they add so much depth to a story. So yes, I am looking forward to this one. Thanks for the great review!

  5. Wonderful review, hopefully I will read this one soon. I had taken a break from reading vampire novels because they seemed to be everywhere for a time and this one does make me want to read one again, more specific, this book. Thanks for sharing your review


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