Book Review: A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire #2) by Bella Forrest

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.

But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Release Date: April 8, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from author

I really enjoyed A Shade of Vampire, book one in the series, and was excited to receive a review copy of A Shade of Blood.  I love Forrest's voice, emotions, and characterization.  I thought I was pretty much through with vampire stories, but I guess I'm not!  

I found A Shade of Blood to be somewhat predictable.  I was able to predict events far before they happened.  While I prefer to be surprised, I still enjoyed the story.  My other complaint was that parts of the story didn't flow well.  

My favorite part of this story was Sofia herself.  I like her strength, and when she decided to trust her instincts, the story really took off.  I enjoyed the minor characters, especially Vivenne and Cora.  I thought that all of the characters were very well-developed.  

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the alternating points-of-view.  Not only were the two main characters the narrators, but some secondary characters as well, which really deepened the characterization for me.

What I liked outweighed what I didn't like, and I thought A Shade of Blood was a solid installment to this fun series.  I'm looking forward to book three!   

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