Author: Bella Forrest
1st in a series
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*Note: I think this book is appropriate for anyone 16+*
"A Shade of Vampire was a good quick read that had me gripped from the first page!"
A Shade of Vampire is written from the perspective of seventeen year old human, Sofia Claremont and vampire Derek Novak in alternating chapters. On Sofia's seventeenth birthday she is abducted by Lucas Novak, Derek Novak's brother to be part of a Harem in the Blood Shade. The Blood Shade is a fantastic world that the vampires have created with the help of a witch to protect the vampires from hunters and humans. Humans do not know vampire's exist or that the Blood Shade exists. The world author Bella Forrest has created is an amazing unique world that I haven't come across before.
Derek Novak was put under a spell hundreds of years ago to sleep forever as he didn't want to rule over The Blood Shade however he is awakened from his sleep, as now is the time he must fulfil his role as the prophecy says. One that he is not pleased about! Sophia is put forward as one of the girls in Derek's new Harem. Derek has an instance connection with Sophia, he sees her different from all the other girls. From there, there is twists and turns in their relationship, with both fighting with who they are as people.
One thing I liked about A Shade of Vampire is the vampires are your typical vampires, no sparkling in the sun vampires, proper beautiful and Strong yet scary vampires who have harems of women and men and use them as blood banks.
There are also great secondary characters in A Shade of Vampire. We have Derek's, evil brother Lucas, who wants Sophia for himself, Corrine, the witch who doesn't like what the vampires do but has a loyalty to them and Ben, Sophia's human friend who she cares for deeply.
Overall A Shade of Vampire was a good quick read, with a good storyline, a great world and a romance I was cheering for. I can't wait to see what happens to Sophia and Derek next!
Excerpt from A Shade of Vampire
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.
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.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.
As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.
“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”
I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.
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