Tuesday, 12 March 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 love reading about vampires, so i was excited for this too. It sounded quite different from others, revolving around vampires who reside on an island, where sun doesn't shine ever. Sofia is kidnapped and taken there, where she meets prince Derek who has just woken from a long sleep, and if she doesnt impress him, she could become his next meal.

I found Sofia a cool protagonist; she was brave, confident and courageous but at times i found it a bit unrealistic. I would be quite terrified if i found myself on an island full of vampires where i m to be a "slave" but she never showed much fear. I liked Derek and the romance between him and Sofia, even though it was a bit too quick. I liked how Derek cared about her and listened to her.

Ben was a cool character though i didn't really get the point of him in the story. I absolutely detested Lucas and he was a cool villain. There were a lot of other characters that i wanted to read more about but sadly they didnt get much development.

Overall, i thought the book was pretty good but could have been a lot better if it was longer. There could have been more development of plot and characters as i thought some things happened quite fast. The cliffhanger was interesting so i m curious to see what happens next.

Here is an excerpt to give you a taste:

I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.
He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”
I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.
My gaze settled on his face.
I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.
I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.
Big mistake.
The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.
“Like what you see?”
“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.
He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.
“Don’t I have the right to be?”
He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.
“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.
My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.
I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.
He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength. 

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  1. Great review! I totally agree with you. It was a pretty good read, but had a heck of a lot more potential. I thought the romance was sweet, but the reactions some characters had to certain situations were a bit unrealistic.

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