Well honestly I have no words for my long hiatus but I’m back now. Worry not I was indeed reading excessively so I didn’t return empty handed. I had some free time one day before class started and I was browsing through Kindle on my tablet. I stumbled upon a surprisingly good series although I must admit it was about vampires. I know. I know. Vampire novels are so overrated and over done but this was still an interesting story.
Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest took me by surprise as I was not expecting it to be such an engrossing story. Let me start of my saying this book series has at least thirty books to it and no I did not read all thirty. The first seven were my prime focus because it follows the love story of the two main characters: Sophia Claremont and Derek Novak. The following books are mainly spin offs focusing on characters’ stories.
On the night of Sophia’s seventeenth birthday she is vacationing with her “adoptive” family and it kidnapped by a mysterious man. She finds herself on a strange island where the sun never shines and it’s inhabitants are vampires. While she isn’t the only human, many others were captured and brought as well, her life is at stake. The same night as her arrival vampire Derek Novak awakens from a four hundred year sleep. Their fates immediately intertwine as Derek realizes Sophia just may be his salvation and Sophia realizes she is more than just a pawn in a game.
Now on to my personal views. I enjoyed the book simply because it was something different compared to what I’ve been reading lately. At times it could get a little cheesy and it seemed as though the characters were professing undying love to each other rather quickly. There are a few unanswered questions or things that don’t get a very lengthy explanation, those things are further explained however in the other books. The ending was a bit abrupt and quite the cliffhanger. That wasn’t a problem for me as I immediately looked up a free PDF version to continue reading. All seven books are available online by the way. I found them by simply typing in “Shade of Vampire book 2 PDF” in google. The first link should direct you to a website called www.ivampiresbook.com.
The author’s writing style at times was a bit too simplistic but overall I enjoyed it. The book is written in a dual POV from both Sophia and Derek, so if you’re not into dual POV then I wouldn’t suggest this for you. I have heard many compare this book to Twilight however there is no semblance to Twilight whatsoever besides the vampire/human love story thing. As much as I did enjoy the Twilight series Sophia has a much more fiery personality when compared to Bella and Derek is more of a strong tortured soul rather than a passive aggressive character like Edward. The two books are polar opposites in my mind.
This probably wouldn’t rank as one of my favorites but it was still a good read. It started out as a way to pass time in between classes and whatnot but I quickly became engrossed in the characters. I would suggest this book if you’re in between books or looking for something quick to read (I finished all seven books in about two weeks or so)