A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
On the evening of Sofia Claremont's 17th 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.
And 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 take 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 is 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 Novaks?
*A copy was provided for an honest review*
This book was surprisingly great, and I say surprisingly because I'm not the greatest fan of vampires. Vampires never really drew me in, but his book wasn't huge on the whole "we're vampires, come to us so we can suck you dry of blood and kill you." No, this story didn't focus just vampires, but more of Derek ruling the Blood Shade and Sofia's time at the Blood Shade.
Let's start with Derek Novak, prince to the throne to rule the Blood Shade. Derek had a spell put on him, causing him to sleep for centuries. He wakes and finds that the shadowhunters, ones who hunt and kill vampires, are growing in number and taking out more of the other vampire covens. Derek Novak is your typical blond hair, blue eyed guy, but he's a vampire. Sofia Claremont, one of the girls brought as slaves to Derek, catches Derek's attention and he's instantly drawn in. For Derek, it was very insta-love, but it was great that he didn't push it.
Now let's go over to Sofia Claremont. It's her 17th birthday, and she's alone walking on the beach. She gets kidnapped and taken to the Blood Shade, where it's intended for her to be fed on by vampires. Derek Novak shows great interest in her, and they become close throughout the story. The only problem with Sofia that I had was how calm she was throughout most of this. She was just kidnapped and taken to a place where the sun doesn't rise and there are vampires all around who want to feed on you. Throughout all of this happening, she stays calm, and never once does she panic.
What I loved about this book was how it was in dual POV so that I could she both what Derek and Sofia were thinking about. I also liked Sofia's personality in general. She wasn't a character that was annoying to read and I loved it. Although, I did wish some of the minor characters, like Ben, were more developed. This was a very quick read, and it's really good. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series and I'd recommend reading it!