Author : Bella Forest
Genre : Fantasy
Published Date : December 14th 2012
Publisher : Createspace
Source : Author, in exchange for a fair and honest review
Rating : ✿✿✿✿✿
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 first time I started this book, I actually didn't know what to expect. The cover didn't give me any picture of the story, and the only thing I caught from reading the blurb was that this book was going to be about vampire, and the vampire's concept was the savage one—which is a plus for me—complete with their own harem of human. Sounds good? That was why I give it a try.
A Shade of Vampire told us about Sofia Claremont, who on her birthday, ran away from her own party because her best friend had forgot her birthday—when he promised that this year, he would certainly not. Little did she know, that a leisure stroll she took on a beach will soon became her greatest nightmare when she met a pale and menacing guy who would make her see no sunlight forever.
Derek Novak lost his four hundreds years of life when he fell onto a long, magic-induced sleep put by a strong witch who held a key to his clan survival. But when he woke up to a strange surrounding—which was once his home—and was greeted by four human, the smell of their blood overwhelmed him and his instinct took the best of him.
But when Sofia didn't flinched on Derek and captured his attention, what will they both do to keep things the way it is, when life was lost and they were the cause?
The plot of this book was quite great, and the way the story was told was engaging as well. It also gave us a decent amount of description and explanation, yet still managed to keep us thrilled from page to page.
The twist, that was presented later on the story, I personally thought it was quite interesting, and a great way to keep the reader glued to the book. Sure, it was somewhat foreseeable if we had read it once and got back to it, but it also added the nice touch that made us thought "Why didn't I see this coming?" when we read it for the first time.
The world building of this book was well-developed, and it was very imaginable, although there were too many named structure with an obvious-and-not-so-memorable name, such as The Cells, Sanctuary, The Vale, etc. Aside from that, the description of this book's setting and structure were given in just the right amount, making it easy to imagine, and yet not being boring and all monotone.
Sofia Claremont, our main character, was quite confusing at first and her thought was a bit inconsistent. But as the story goes, I found her personality to be quite appealing and interesting. It was nice to read that she was a strong girl that would stand up for herself—and how she was able to showed us that she was indeed a strong girl—yet still managed to show fear and other emotions as well, making her believable and truly human.
Derek Novak, our other main character as well as Sofia's counterpart, on the other hand, had only one minor inconsistency. He was first shown to be a gentle person, then he became a ruthless—I-have-no-mercy kind of ruthless, then gentle again. But after that, his personality shown a constant characteristic, and it was actually great.
One thing that I'm not quite fond of this book was its inconsistencies, really. That was the big issues of this book.
Like, for example, in one sentence, it was said that Sofia's hands were bound, and on the next sentence, she ran her hand through her body. And I'm just like, "Uh, just, how?"
The personality of the character, like I mentioned earlier, shown inconsistencies as well, although they were not all glaringly obvious and not that annoying.
Overall, if you love reading about fantasy, or you want to pick up another vampire read that was quite a bit different, you could give this one a try.