Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

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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 quite 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 an 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?” (from the back of “A Shade of Vampire”)

Continue on to read my review of this book!


For review, I was sent a copy of Bella Forrest’s book “A Shade of Vampire”. I should preface this review by saying that I’m not the biggest fan of vampire books, at least modernized vampires (I tried to read Twilight before it had even become popular and wasn’t able to get past page 10.) I’m also not the biggest fan of the fantasia genre, though I have read some pretty great books from this category.

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All that aside, I really enjoyed this book! Quite a bit actually. It’s the first book I’ve read for pleasure in quite some time (given all my required school reading). This book isn’t too big at all, I’m a slow reader and it probably only took me roughly 10 hours combined to read it. This is actually kind of a “book 1” of sorts for a story that can continue, as we are left with a bit of a cliff hanger. Though thankfully not one of the annoying ones that makes me bothered with the author, just enough to make me excited to read “book 2”!

The characters are all unique, interesting to follow and pretty well developed. Forrest does a wonderful job of describing the island in detail. I was able to visualize it myself, which is always good in fantasia books where locations are not often based upon any known reality. If this boom were made into a movie based on the authors specifications, I imagine it would look much like what is in my head.


All in all, it was an enjoyable book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes vampires, fantasys, or fast reads. This book has some content which I think should t be read by those who are too young, like under 14.

You can keep up to date on when Book 2 comes out at www.ForrestBooks.com and on FaceBook

What is your favorite vampire book, if you like them?

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