A Shade of Vampire (Book 1-8) by Bella Forrest - Book Review

Book Synopsis:
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 The Shade, 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 selected out of hundreds of girls to take up residence in the tree-top 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?

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Book Review:
I took a leap and reviewed this book. Eight books later, I feel that I can safely walk away from Sofia and Derek’s story. (There are a total of 18 books in this series; however, not all 18 follow the same characters.) 

I love this story’s theme that a couple is stronger together than apart, and complement each other in unlikely ways. But, it was the science fiction element that originally appealed to me. The Shade is an island engulfed in constant darkness where creatures of the dark desire light. 

There is the obvious symbolism of good vs. evil in the light and dark scenario. However, Sofia and Derek prove that the smallest amount of light (good) can defeat the darkest of night (evil). 

I did have a problem with the storyline that stretched through eight books. I realize that some stories take a life of their own and turn in a different direction than what the author originally anticipated. However, I feel as though Sofia and Derek’s story was close to loosing control, and could have used more direction. It became very soap-opera in book form a few times. I feel as though with a little more discipline the writing could have delivered a better storyline, and when the storyline is good, who cares if it’s eight or 20 books in a series. 

A Shade of Vampire gets a 2.75 to 3 stars from me.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Andrea'.  All opinions are honest and my own.*~ 


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