Title: A Shade of Vampire
Author: Bella Forrest
My Rating: 2 conch
By At: Amazon
Summary from Goodreads: 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?
The Review: I will always love vampire stories, but I’m sorry to say that I don’t get all of the hype around this book. To me, it read like a first draft that I’d review in a critique group – and I think this story would have benefited greatly had a critique group been a part of its process. Between the zero character development, poor story structure, and really rough dialogue, I struggled to finish it. Having to name everything (The Sanctuary, The Cells, and many more) was distracting enough and then I just felt so…disappointed...that we didn’t get a chance to really know the characters and enjoy the setting. I do think the idea had potential, and in a perfect world, I’d love to see a totally updated version of the story. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to happen as there appears to be numerous sequels (which I’m not planning on reading). For the life of me, I can’t understand how Sophia went from the scared, I-must-run-away girl to “I’m in love with my captor”. And Derek – the 400 year old vampire – while he had the potential to be intriguing, I fear that the author missed a chance to make him that mysterious, old fashion, odd-speaking prince. So much more could have been done. Sigh. Had some of these issues been flushed out a little better, perhaps I could have jumped on board – at least a little more. But unfortunately they just weren’t. The whole book fell flat and all of the rave reviews tricked me. I suppose it just wasn’t for me. And thus, I must give A Shade of Vampire one of my lowest ratings ever.
The Good: Potential. It’s there…just poorly executed (and very disappointing).
The Issue: Reads like a rough first draft at best and just a tough story to get through in its current form.
The Rating: 2 conch. Sorry to say that I wouldn’t recommend and I won’t be continuing the series.