Book Review: A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire #1) by Bella Forrest

Book Review: A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire #1) by Bella ForrestTitle: A Shade of Vampire
by Bella Forrest
Series: A Shade of Vampire #1
on December 17, 2012
Genres: paranormal, romance, young adult
Pages: 296
Format: eBook
5 Stars

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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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"I challenge you to read this book and not love it." - Get Lost In Fiction ★★★★★

Note: Derek Novak and Sofia Claremont's story completes in Book 7 of the series: A Break of Day, and the characters embark on entirely new adventures from Book 8: A Shade of Novak.



I really, really enjoyed this book! This lovely young adult paranormal novel had all the right elements to make it a classic read for my vampire loving heart. The heroine was vulnerable, but strong and extremely likable. It had some dark elements and explored fear and violence. In the heaping pile of young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal books I’ve consumed, I’ve come to really have a soft spot for books that don’t just delve into sex, blood, and violence. This author did a lovely job of maintaining the obvious darkness that accompanies this genre (hello, duh, blood suckers), but it’s no overwhelming or saturated with unnecessary sex scenes.

The romance between Derek and Sofia might be a bit spontaneous, but I appreciate the elements that held the romance from teetering into the ridiculous. The plot twists, world building, and background the author provides wraps the story into a very engrossing, but entirely easy to gobble up story.

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Bella Forrest is the million-bestselling author of the “A Shade of Vampire” series.

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List of Bella’s books:


Derek & Sofia’s story:

A Shade of Vampire (Book 1)
A Shade of Blood (Book 2)
A Castle of Sand (Book 3)
A Shadow of Light (Book 4)
A Blaze of Sun (Book 5)
A Gate of Night (Book 6)
A Break of Day (Book 7)

Rose & Caleb’s story:

A Shade of Novak (Book 8)
A Bond of Blood (Book 9)
A Spell of Time (Book 10)
A Chase of Prey (Book 11)
A Shade of Doubt (Book 12)
A Turn of Tides (Book 13)
A Dawn of Strength (Book 14)
A Fall of Secrets (Book 15)
An End of Night (Book 16)

The Shade continues with a new hero…

A Wind of Change (Book 17)
A Trail of Echoes (Book 18)
A Soldier of Shadows (Book 19)
A Hero of Realms (Book 20)
A Vial of Life (Book 21) –> Releases December 22nd 2015. Pre-order now!


A Shade of Dragon
A Shade of Dragon 2 –> Releases January 6th 2016. Pre-order now!


A Shade of Kiev 1
A Shade of Kiev 2
A Shade of Kiev 3


Beautiful Monster 1
Beautiful Monster 2

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