A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire #1) by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)

Title: A Shade of Vampire

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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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 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?


I will tell you upfront that vampire novels aren’t my thing. But because I don’t want to limit my preference by genre, I went ahead and read this book. I didn’t expect to really love it but I did!

On the night of her 17th birthday, Sofia was kidnapped and was whisked away into The Shade where vampires live and the sun never rises. She became part of Derek’s harem and she must do whatever her master pleases. But what if, along the way, she falls in love with her very own captor? Will this result in doom for her?

“No. In my eyes, she was most beautiful because at a time when she had every right to be terrified, she managed to show comfort to another person who needed it.”

The story is told in both Sofia’s and Derek’s point of view which I like very much. It gives us a more dynamic view of the story. Though I wish that there was more to Sofia’s story before she was kidnapped. I would’ve liked it better if a lot of Sofia’s life has been told first before she was kidnapped by the vampires. But I think more about her will be revealed in the next books in the series.

“What’s on your mind, Derek? she whispered.

“You…” I saw no reason to lie “…how I can’t imagine life without you.”

Nothing much or grandiose happened in the first book, though. The end was a downer to me but I do understand that this is just the intro to the series and more and more great stuff will happen as I continue reading the series.

“I know an excuse when I hear one. Don’t you dare deceive yourself into believing that you’re the victim, Derek Novak.”

The novel is out of my comfort zone but I really like it! I’m glad I picked this book. For everyone out there, if you are into vampire novels, A Shade of Vampire is a must-read.

Now I’m off to hunt a copy of this book’s sequel.