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 started this book with a few intentions. I intended to read it over the week, reading in the small moments between being wife/mother/chef/taxi and referee. I planned to start on Monday and finish up by Friday.
– I failed, finishing it in 24hours.
I intended on sitting down with the hubby after the kids were in bed to watch the 4th Lethal Weapon movie. You know the one that starts with a chicken dance and ends with the awesome karate guy getting a beat down by Mel Gibson.
– I failed, I sat perched on the edge of the lounge enamored with the world I had been drawn into.
Truth be told, I intended on not liking this book at all, I had heard all the hype and I thought, nope, not for me.
– Again, I failed. This is totally for me. It is for me and you and everyone who loves YA vampire fantasy.
I will start by telling you I am not going to compare it to Twilight! I am not going to tell you if you loved Twilight then this is your next favorite read! What I will say is that this series has the promise to grab a hold of you and not let go for a long time, and with twenty-nine books and counting it could be a really really long time.
Let us start with the female lead Sofia. For a teen with an absent father, crazy mother and growing up mostly in someone else’s house, she is surprisingly well adjusted. She has her moments, like all teens and it is after her best friend forgets her birthday that she puts herself in the position for danger to easily find her, and that he does. Her kindness and empathy are true character strengths and is one of the things that attracts Derek to her in an ‘OK so maybe I won’t eat you’ kind of way.
Derek, prince, ruler, vampire god. He is more complicated, we don’t get to know all of his past but are afforded slight glimpses into what makes him tick. His attraction for Sofia is evident from the beginning. His internal battle could have been addressed further before he simply decides she is too valuable to him to eat though. A little more angst would have been nice, however the brutality of what he is and what exactly he can do is shown beautifully allowing us to be reminded of the true beast he is on a regular basis.
Vivienne is harder still to decipher. Derek’s twin sister’s affection for him is evident throughout the novel. Often catering to his desires, but also anticipating his needs, motherly even in her attention to him.
Lucas, Derek’s older brother, insane kidnapper and would be rapist killer of Sofia is a whole bag of crazy. He resents his brother for returning and for being revered by the other vampires and takes every chance he can get to undermine or attack Derek’s authority.
The writing is easy to follow even though overly bullet point descriptive at times. With a split POV and easy to fall for bad guy, A shade of Vampire offers us a chance to sink our teeth into something that promises to deliver us many helpings of the Sofia / Derek love story. I look forward to biting into my next helping with A Shade of Blood – book 2 in the series.
I give it 4 stars, with hopes that I love the next twenty-nine or so just as much.
Rebecca is a writer, mother, crafter and cake maker. With three children and a full time job, many of the characters bouncing around in her brain will just have to wait to have their stories told. You can find her tweeting here.