Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 8, 2013
When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.
Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.
High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.
But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?
When I read A Shade of Vampire I fell in love with Sofia, Derek, Vivienne, and everyone else. It was one of the best young adult paranormal romance books I’ve read since Amelia Atwater Rhodes books and you all know how much I love her. I didn’t think there was a way to top the interactions going in the first book, but I was wrong. A Shade of Blood is twice as intense and a dozen times more emotional.
A Shade of Blood picks up immediately where A Shade of Vampire leaves off and the uncertainty bubbling inside of Sofia is palpable. Does she stay? Or does she go? Should she choose her past with Ben or her future with Derek? All these questions are answer within the first couple of chapters and seeing the sheer pain between Sofia and Derek made my heart ache.
The two things I love most about this series, aside from my love of Derek and Sofia, are the intricate plot and the character development. Even the characters I can’t stand have something that humanizes them. Something that can make me understand why they are the way they are.
I don’t want to give a lot away, but Derek gets very dark in this book and we see a lot of the person that he was before he took his little witch induced nap. We also learn a lot more about The Shade, how things were built, how it runs, and what needs to be done in order to preserve it. Forrest does an amazing job of showing us the inner struggle Derek is facing when it comes to Sofia and his kingdom. He’s so torn up inside that you just want to hug him.
Sofia is the same way. Seeing her go through the motions with Ben made me upset, but seeing how much she thought about Derek, how her heart was always with him despite what he had become in this book, made my heart warm. Her emotions over whether or not to trust her love for Derek or believe what everyone said about him growing tired of her was painful. I wanted to throttle them both and be like you love each other don’t be dumb!
There is a really sweet scene between them, several actually towards the end of the story and god they made me smile. I swooned a bit, not going to lie.
Another thing I love is seeing what’s going on from different characters perspectives. Seeing into Sofia’s head, Derek’s head and Lucas’s show us what is going on at different parts of the story so we get a rounder picture of how things are playing out and oh my god. There are two huge twists in this story that I did not see coming. The first comes from Ben’s point of view.
Mind officially blown is all I can say. I mean looking back on things I guess it makes sense even though I had someone else completely different in mind for the secret we find out, so yeah super surprised. Another really amazing scene was between Ben and Vivienne which also happens towards the end of the book. But the biggest twist of course comes at the end of A Shade of Blood.
Forrest creates this world, molds and shapes it into a tangible sphere of imagination where anything and everything is possible. It sucks you deep into the depths of The Shade where vampires rule and humans are the prey, but one girl’s stands to change it all. I’m enamored by the connection between Derek and Sofia as well as the intertwining pasts and futures of the characters around them. Hats off to Bella Forrest and good god give us the third book soon!
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.