Author: Bella Forrest
Series: A Shade of Vampire #2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Published: April 8th 2013
In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…
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?
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A Shade of Blood is a great second book in the A Shade of Vampire series and the first full length novel. The book is told from 4 POV’s: Sofia, Derek, Ben and occasionally Lucas. It begins with Derek offering Sofia the opportunity to go home and to take Ben with her. After some consideration, she decides to leave the island and to return to her old life.
Sofia initially struggles when she gets home. She has nightmares plaguing her whilst she is asleep. She knows that they are connected to Derek, but doesn’t understand how. Ben also has demons that he has to deal with and in the end the two best friends turn to each other for support. Sofia has always had feelings for Ben but she is unsure of how she feels now that she has had Derek in her life. She spends a lot of time dealing with her feelings and trying to find out what she truly wants in her heart. She is such a kind girl she doesn’t want to cause conflict with anyone and so she is quick to agree to things to keep the peace.
After Sofia left, Derek struggled living in The Shade. His evil side came out and it was interesting to see how he dealt with the loss of the human that holds his heart. He focuses on getting his kingdom into order and rules with an iron fist. No-one is safe from his wrath. I liked seeing this darker side come out; it really gave me a glimpse into the person he used to be. He has been a vampire for a long time and doesn’t tend to have compassion as he lost his humanity a long time ago.
We also see more about Ben, and what he has had to deal with. Sofia has always been his best friend and he assumed that she would always be there for him. We see the horrors of what he endured whilst living with Claudia and the resentment he has for all Vampires. I felt really bad for him and I could understand his hatred but he puts Sofia under so much pressure when she clearly is not ready.
I enjoyed the spin in this story, and how the characters struggle to find the path they want to take. There were a few twists thrown in that I had my suspicions about which led to an exciting ending!! If I had to pick anything, I would say it lacked a bit of action, but I think there will be plenty in future books!! Even though there were four POV’s in this book, I don’t think it was over done. It allowed me to learn the secrets that have been kept hidden from so many people. I think that Bella wove the story together beautifully, and left me gasping in the end. I look forward to continuing the series with A Castle of Sand.
I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.