The Indie Spotlight – Review and Excerpt: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
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Today please welcome Featured Author, Bella Forrest to The Indie Spotlight. Her novel, A Shade of Vampire, Vampire is a cleverly written novel that follows a young girl’s journey into the realm of the unreal, a world that is, to most of us, non-existent. Enjoy our review of this vampire tale and an enticing excerpt.
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?
A Shade of Vampire is a cleverly written novel that follows a young girl’s journey into the realm of the unreal, a world that is, to most of us, non-existent. She is taken captive by an infamous vampire Derek Novak who turns out to be quite not what she was expecting.
There were several things I loved about this book. The secret vampire world of the Shade was absolutely fascinating, it was amazing to see how the author visualized a secret vampire destination would be organized. The history behind this world was enthralling, and it was interesting to see how a world with no pretenses, no limitations, and no rules to hide behind would function.
Moreover, I whole-heartedly loved the light and dark imagery in this novel. The author really tried to portray Sofia as a speck of light infinite darkness, and that came across really well. In this aspect it has a major link to a famous play, Romeo and Juliet, which too uses brightness and darkness to symbolize good and evil respectively. The concept of a vampire owning a personal ‘slave’ was quite repulsive to me, however, and it was relieving to see the idea of owning someone else go from a novelty into a disgrace for the main protagonists in the book
However, the romance aspect in the novel wasn’t as spectacular as I expected it to be. The protagonists felt too much for each other in an extremely small time frame, depriving the reader of a chance to root for their relationship or understand their characters better. Sofia’s reactions to certain things were too unbelievable for my liking; romantically, the story was very predictable. Seeing as the book was written from a two-person perspective, it gave us a well rounded look into the plot, which perhaps made up for the lack of characterization for both protagonists.
Despite these flaws, the book was an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast-paced romance, and fans of paranormal fantasy will love this one.
3 out of 5 Controllers
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.
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About the Author:
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 avid reader and a hopeless Potterhead.
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