Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review of A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest (#1 Christmas Bestseller in Vampire Romance)

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Purchase Links:  Amazon |Barnes and Noble

Book Excerpt:

 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?

My Rant:
Amazing…. Here is another book I just completely love.
This book had that Twilight feel with a twist. Ms. Forrest completely rekindled my love for YA Paranormal Romance books. Once I started this book I could not stop and I had to read it in one sitting.  Sofia was an interesting character. She was strong and completely vulnerable. In the book you are drawn to her. She lays all her feeling on the table for her best friend Ben, who is a complete hunk you being to drool over. The author gives you such a vivid description of the characters that it helps you to build a picture of them in your mind.  Picturing Ben was like drinking water after being in the dessert for days. (wink). As the story progress you begin to feel sorry for Sofia because her best friend has no idea that she is in love with him. 

Sofia : "It was with Ben that I never felt invisible…..except when Tanya was around"

Awwhhh how heart breaking is that. Sofia has to stand around why Ben is dating some other women while she stirs over her affections for him. Before you can honestly begin to feel sorry for Sofia, Lucas steps on the scene with an air of confidence that just suffocates that hell out of you. I mean he is sexy but he is also an arrogant and sadistic jerk. 

Sophia:” A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?”
Lucas:” Don’t I have the right to be”

The plot begins to thicken when Lucas kidnaps Sofia. I am terrified at this point because I am not sure which way this story is going play out  but I am intrigued to continue reading  to find out. The author displays Sofia as a lamb being led to slaughter and as the reader you are caught in the web of various emotions.  I begin to panic because I am afraid that Sofia will never see Ben again and she has completely traveled to deep down the rabbit hole that she could not find her way out. 

The moment you begin to feel the despair, Derek is awaken and there is chemistry between her and him that is unmistakable. At this point I am like Ben who ….lol. Yes I have already forgotten about Ben as soon as Derek made his appearance and boy did my heart just flutter relentlessly. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do especially when she upgrades to a gorgeous immortal Derek was so the alpha in this story. On one side he could be just as sadistic as his brother because as we all know with alpha males you don’t touch what is theirs but he was also so kind, caring and romantic that you begin to fall head over heals in love with him.   

The tension between Sofia and Derek drove me insane, in a good way. Sparks begin to fly between the two and before they could dive deeper into the romance Ben steps back into the picture and a villain begins to torment Sofia so the progress she and Derek makes with each other takes a step back due to all the drama, confusion and action ripping beat down. 

At this point I am talking to myself:  “ Ok Ms. Forrest, I know I am being whinny right now but I need Ben gone. LOL, look he is a tiny little human and stands no comparison to the wonderful immortal Derek. I just winkled my nose …… Ben be gone”
I begin to sob as soon as Sofia decides that she will leave with Ben and never ever see Derek again. I am so emotional I can’t think straight.  I want to smack her right now. How can you leave Derek are you out of your mid girls snap out of it. 

To my surprise the author takes us on a ride that has various twist and turns and you are not sure how things are going to play out.  Until Derek and Sofia Kiss. OMG they kissed. I am jumping up and down right now; I am so gitty with excitement and then you are left with an ending that drives you mad because you want to know more. Like right now, I need to know more.  

My Recommendation: 

I heart this book. I rated this book 4 out of 5 purple rant hearts. I completely adored this story and would recommend it to anyone that loves a good YA Paranormal Romance. 

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

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