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?
I still enjoy YA vampire stories. I was a fan of Twilight and I still am. I don’t think it ruined all YA vampire stories, but I do believe it was a stepping stone for other authors to expand and develop the universal theme of an otherworldly character interacting in a human world. A Shade of Vampire is one of these stories. While the writing style wasn’t was I expected, as first person narrative doesn’t come up as often in YA novels, it helped with the story when our main character Sophia, is kidnapped to become a slave to a royalty vampire. There Sophia is, wallowing in her own world about how her best guy friend doesn’t notice her, and WHAMMY, a vampire shows up, does the creep, and before she realizes she should RUN AWAY SCREAMING, the vamp drugs her and the real drama begins.
Sophia was an interesting character. I don’t know if I like her or not. Sometimes, as readers, we forget that the characters are being thrown from ordinary life into these harsh supernatural realities and we get upset when they act weak. If I was in Sophia’s position, I would have been curled up on my side, bawling my eyes out, in a total state of shock. Yes, our generation is fully immersed in paranormal and otherworldly movies, books, TV shows, and what not. But if it actually happened, I know I’d be just as shocked and slightly petrified if I found out any of it had credibility in the real world.
The pacing of the story was fast enough to keep my interest, as I enjoy reading scenes that have characters interacting with dialogue and action equally. The love interest wasn’t too instant; the author gave them redeeming qualities that appealed to one another so it felt like an actually budding romance amid the crazy background. The setting of this novel seemed original as I hadn’t read a vampire story about the race finding refuge on an island, where their homes were essentially tree houses atop high redwood trees, and the sky being cloaked in a constant nighttime. For such a different concept for setting, I felt it wasn’t focused on nearly as much as it demanded. For being 150 pages, it was a substantial amount of information in a short period of time, and I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series, as it boasts TWICE the amount of pages as the first book, 318. I would have given A Shade of Vampires 4 stars if it had been longer and elaborated on the setting a bit more.
If you haven’t given up on YA vampire stories and are looking for a new, quick reading series to start by an indie author, check this one out!
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