A Shade Of Vampire
A Shade of Vampire, Book #1
By Bella Forrest
ISBN #: 9781481280761
Author’s Website:  http://www.bellaforrest.net

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie


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? (Goodreads)


I started off thinking about three things before I read this book. First, this reminds me so much of Twilight. Second, vampires are so five years ago. Third, of course their names sound so elegant and so not modern.

As you can tell, I wasn’t exactly the happiest reader to begin with. I don’t even know why I started reading. However, A Shade of Vampire, I admit, is actually not a bad read. I actually enjoyed it!

Sofia has quite an interesting life. She’s an orphan crushing on her best friend, living the average mundane life until that fateful walk on the beach. That’s when life gets interesting and when you get to know Sofia more.

According to Derek, Sofia is both weak and strong. She’s beautiful and captivating. She’s the love of his life after all.

If you ask me, Sofia is okay. She’s far from the best protagonist, but she’s far from the worst. However, she does have a great voice, which makes the book a snap to read.

I can’t reveal much about the plot, but it has some juicy parts. (Or should I say bloody?) Some of the plot twists I guessed, but others were kind of surprising. If you’re looking for a totally whacked out plot, this is not it. However, A Shade of Vampire is right for you if you just want a half relaxing read with some romance in it.

Personally, I think A Shade of Vampire is a touch too cheesy. However, I am a self-acclaimed book snob. I didn’t like how cliché it was, with the girl first in love with her best friend, the orphan synopsis, and the vampires-are-so-elite thing. Then again, that’s what you get in most YA books, so not much can be said. If you’re not as book snobbish as I am, you’ll definitely love this read.

A Shade of Vampire is the perfect title. So judge this book by its title AND its cover. I guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth!