You Read What? Book Review: A Shade of Vampire

Author: Bella Forrest

Publisher: Self Published

Date Published: December 14th 2012

Format: E-book

Source: From Author for Review

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 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?

Number of Days It Took to Read: 2

Cover:

A Shade of Vampire

I like the bottom half but not so much the top. In fact, it would be a good cover if you get rid of the girl entirely.

The Writing Score:  3 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating:  3 out of 5

Review:

The book world is so saturated with vampire stories that I need a shovel and some Oreos to dig myself out of it. With that said, I’ve read some refreshing takes on the overdone topic and this one was…interesting. I wouldn’t say it was the most unique story but then again given the length and other technical aspects that I had issues with, I’d say that it didn’t live up to it’s potential.

This should’ve been a full length book. The idea of an island sanctuary for vampires and the abduction of humans to become slaves has a lot of potential and couldn’t been an action packed, romantic story that would have teens (and even adult readers) interested. However, it’s not a long piece at all (might even call it a novella) and, because of that, the characters weren’t fleshed out enough (one dimensional), the plot/story was too big in scale which led to a great deal of telling versus showing and there was a lot of cliched language.

I couldn’t decide on what rating to give this because I was intrigued despite the above issues. I thought a solid 3 out of 5 would be good since most books that fall into that category are dubbed “okay”.

But you be the judge! Bella Forrest has given me a link to a free sneak preview of the first six chapters of A Shade of Vampire. So click —> here.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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