Author: Bella Forrest
Published: December 14th 2012
Source: From the author, in exchange of an honest review, thank you so much Bella!
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 cover is awesome!
My rating: 5/5
Wow I was flabbergasted by this story! I wish it was longer so I could appreciate it even more. It was a great mix of a growing and maybe no so sweet romance with a creepy and anxious background. We got on one side the pretty new little slave Sofia, she was kidnapped on the night of her best friend birthday and she will be given as a gift to the prince, Derek Novak, the future King and next ruler of one of the biggest division of vampires.
Human doesn't know that vampires exist, but Sofia will discover it and learn it the hard way. She will ''survive'' they harsh world while she's becoming the ''favorite'' slave of the Dark Prince. Soon she will understand that her only chance to live and survive in this new world is more than just becoming a good slave to Derek Novak, the dark royal prince. (Well at first I was like: hey, Sofia my girl, you have the best place in the world, you're the prince's favorite, and you have nothing to fear... Eh no...)
Danger is all around Sofia and especially when she least expect it! The author Bella Forrest has succeeded in creating a main female teen character: beautiful, intelligent and spontaneous, without adding childish retort, crying and bitchy interactions and most of all: Sofia has a head on her shoulders. Yes she makes mistakes, but I think it's what makes her real and charming. Plus she doesn't fall into the Stockholm syndrome (at some point).
Derek wants to overpower is urge of blood and think that Sofia might help him with that. But Derek has better and bigger problems to solve on his own. The prince has responsibilities, work to do and even enemy.
I find them both attractive in their role and they fit together, she's the light and life and he's the representation of everything dark and mischievous in are mind but they get along and find peace in their little hell.
I was greatly surprise by this book, the storyline is the perfect base for me, I was happy to read something YA but still not as fluffy, cute with pink flower and butterfly everywhere. This story was a major turn on for me because it was harsh, the hard way of life in this concept and the suspense about being the next victim is always present. The girl doesn't fall in love with the ''Bad Boy'' we always read about. She does what she have to do to survive in a world that it doesn't meant for her while she's the prey at every turn!
Series: Yes (hope so!)
Stand Alone: Yes
Proserpine Recommendation: If you want to read something different about vampires, you love pnr stories, crave to read about strong minded heroine, this book is for you! I totally recommend this book! Buy-Borrow, do something!
About Bella Forrest
I've been telling stories pretty much since I could talk. Instead of having my parents read me bed-time stories, I would prefer to share with them my own made up tales.
As I grew older, I developed a passion for the fantasy genre. I'm an incurable Potterhead.
My debut novel, A Shade of Vampire, was released on December 14, 2012.
The book became a Number 1 Christmas Bestseller in Vampire Romance, Paranormal and Fantasy on Amazon.
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Excerpt from A Shade of Vampire
I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.
He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”
I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.
My gaze settled on his face.
I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.
I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.
The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.
“Like what you see?”
“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.
He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.
“Don’t I have the right to be?”
He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.
“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.
My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.
I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.
He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.
As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.
“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”
I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.