Book Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
(Started: April 06, 2013; Finished: April 10, 2013)

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? (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Source: Sent by the author, Bella Forrest
It was my first time to read a full-on vampire story and with romance in between. I have read some before but vampires were just plain creatures and not the main focus of the story. It was a good tale, nothing too grand. It can be easily understood and has a clear path on where the author wants to lead the plot. I'm realizing that I might not be really a fan yet of the vampire romance hype unlike the others who can easily grasp such stories. It could have been better but I think it lacks depth which what I was looking for in every story. Though I really love the element of romance, I don't want a story to only revolve with it especially with books in fantasy genres like this. But I have to say that thank God it was not the erotic type because when I read the word harem, I was afraid that it might go to that direction. Fortunately, it does not because I might cringe to death since I think I am--eighty percent--a YA reader. Anyhow, I think the length was also somehow short that it left me hanging and I was aware that it will end while I was reading since I already noticed that the pages were thinning. So I was thinking maybe it will have an explosive twist towards the end that will shock me out of my wits. But it did not occur. I wish there was more to the ending than what had transpired.

Anyway, I think I will still read the next book to know what will happen next to the Shade. I'm looking forward to more conflicts--whether from an external force or from the Shade itself--and more action since they are vampires! Duh! They need to do some fight scenes every now and then, plus twists that could create more drama that will definitely excite the readers more.

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