A Shade of Vampire {Review}: Bella Forrest

A Shade of VampireA Shade of Vampire
Series: A Shade of Vampire #1
by Bella Forrest
Published by CreateSpace on December 14, 2012
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 149
Format: eBook
Source: Read It Review It on Goodreads
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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?

A Shade of VampireA Shade of Vampire
Series: A Shade of Vampire #1
by Bella Forrest
Published by CreateSpace on December 14, 2012
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 149
Format: eBook
Source: Read It Review It on Goodreads
AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

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?

What an amazing debut title for this series! I want more!

When I accepted this book from a Read It Review It post on Goodreads, I was not expecting much. The book is only around 150 pages long, so I was all set for a teaser novel to get the reader introduced to the characters and maybe spark a little interest in the rest of the series. What I got was a full-fledged, heart-pumping, made my jaw drop novel packed into a smaller package. The length of the book makes it a quick read, but this is not one to skim over. There is so much juicy goodness between these pages, you won’t want to miss a moment.

Main Characters:

Sofia Claremont – I absolutely love Sofia. She has been pining after her best friend for as long as she can remember, but never had the self-confidence to tell him her feelings. Her personal insecurities, however, are hidden behind the calm, confident persona that she portrays to those around her. Throughout the book, we are able to see her internal struggles and fears, making her believable and real.

Derek Novak – After coming home to find his mother killed by a vampire, he spent 4 years of his life hunting the creatures that took his innocence away. At eighteen, when his now vampire father changed him and his siblings, he was forced to become the very thing that he hunted . His life became a series of conflicted emotions, a struggle between what he believed and what he had become. When his sisters vision named him as the Prince of the vampires, slated to save his kind from their enemies, he wanted no part.

 

There are two POV’s depicted in this book – Sofia and Derek. I was so excited to see Derek’s POV! It allowed us to get inside his head and made him so much more loveable. The switching views were extremely well done. Instead of replaying each scene from the other view, or only having another viewpoint when they were apart, the viewpoints changed as each character entered a various scene. It allowed us to see each characters reaction to the situation and built the story line quickly.

“I found myself intrigued by Derek – even more so than I was before. He was a paradox, a walking contradiction. How he could perform such a violent act with no hesitation in one moment and be as gentle as he was with me right afterwards, was something that left me completely unnerved.” – Sofia

Ok, I know I already talked about Sofia, but I just fell in love with this character. Talk about kick-butt protagonists! Sofia is able to take everything dealt to her and push it right back out. She was kidnapped by a stranger and made to be a slave of a vampire prince in the midst of a vampire sanctuary where humans are no more than pets, play things, for their masters. She also had to deal with her unbidden feelings for her own master. Through all of this, she was able to remain calm and confident, even though her conscience was screaming at her to run away.

“Somehow, deep inside, I knew…I knew that I could never harm her in that way, simply because I would never be able to forgive myself for it. I may not have enough self-control to keep myself from feeding on others, but with Sofia, I couldn’t afford to lose control. She had become my one remaining link to humanity and it was clear to me that her ruin would be my ruin.” – Derek

Derek Novak melted my heart. You can tell that he was one of the “good guys” before being turned into a vampire. He was a mere eighteen years old when he was turned and some part of his remaining humanity still holds dear the values he had. But that part of him wars with the monster that he has become. Not just a monster, but the Prince of monsters. He has lived with the power of his position for so long that it has become something he learned to accept and use. When Derek Novak speaks, people and vampires alike listened – and obeyed. But when Sofia enters his life, she challenges him, makes him remember his humanity and reminds him that he has the control over his choices.

I could not put this book down. It was fast-paced, gripping, and romantic in a strange butterflies-in-your-stomach way. I cannot wait to get the next book in the series – which comes out in April 2013. If you would like to sign-up to receive updates on this series from the author, you can sign up for updates at www.forrestbooks.com.

About Bella Forrest

I guess my life as a writer started when I was five; I’d sit under the kitchen table with my box of multi-colored wax crayons (I miss those) and create picture books. Creative writing was always my favorite subject and I used any free time I had to sit down with a notepad.

Not much has changed, except that now I have developed vampirish habits: my writing “day” typically starts at 1am.

I’m an avid reader, a big fan of cookie ice cream and I’m often travelling. When working I have to disconnect the internet for fear of being endlessly distracted by websites such as www.icanhas.cheezburger.com.

Oh, and unlike the beautiful girl on my cover, I’m camera-shy…

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About Meagan

Meagan is a Reviewing Wonderland founder and featured reviewer. Because reading books does not go far in paying the bills, Meagan is also an established certified public accountant (I know, right) and spends most of her time working or spending time with her family.
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3 Responses to A Shade of Vampire {Review}: Bella Forrest

  1. Trish Hannon says:

    Sounds great. And a well written shorter book gets the thumbs up from me over longer, books that are stretched far too thin. And as I’m a cover junkie – have to add, WOW! I love that cover!
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  2. Wonderful review. This sounds like a great book.
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