Book Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's 17th 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
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from author

Of all the vampire books out there---and it seems like I've read more than my fair share of them---I thought it's had my fill of vampire romance. Guess what? I haven't. I found A Shade of Vampire to be a great surprise, and a very fulfilling read.

Reading the summary, I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I thought that it could be very dark, given Sofia's kidnapping and the fact that the characters live in perpetual night. But, it was not too dark at all. The emotions between the characters kept things light and compulsively readable.

Sofia is a great female lead, strong but still vulnerable at times. I loved how she took the other girls under her wing and how she cares for others. Through all of her ordeals, Sofia never lost her kind, caring spirit, which was so nice to read about.

There was a nice twist at the end which left me anxious to read the next book in the series.  I liked the shorter length of this book---the world building was just right and the pace of the book was great.  There were no slow parts to it.

I thought I was through with vampire romance, but I guess not...I've found a new series and author to follow! 
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