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No human has ever left the Shade alive. Now, after weeks of captivity on the sunless vampire island, Sofia is given the choice: stay, and remain with her beloved Derek Novak as his human slave; or return to her life with Ben and have some chance of normality. Can she live with the choice she must make?
Book 2 continues the series exactly where book 1 left off. If there’s one thing that jars me a little when reading this series, it’s that there are no clearly defined beginnings and endings to each of the novels. Each book seems far too short and ends abruptly, leaving you hanging, wondering what is next. Sheer genius of Bella Forrest, I think. I know that as readers, we like tidy little packages with all the ends neatly ribboned off, but when you’re reading a series, there has to be a reason to move on to the next book, and Bella Forrest certainly knows how to provide that. So, I’ve made peace with this series by viewing it as one long book that has been broken down into smaller chunks. And it’s one of those fast-paced series you have to read from cover to cover!
Book two featured a greater variety of character’s POV. I particularly enjoyed this, since it gave depth to many of the characters that I felt was missing in book 1. Strangely enough, I relished Lukas’ POV, it was just fresh and unusual to see things from the POV of the villain.
The emotional intensity from the first book was heightened in this one. I felt that Derek’s ‘fall’ following Sofia’s decision made him more ‘human’ and ‘inhuman’ at the same time. The chemistry and intensity between Sofia and Derek remained intact and there was some lovely character development all round, including for Ben.
This is definitely an addictive series.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is definitely a YA series however I am definitely hooked. The deep and emotional connection between the strong and confident Sofia and the brooding, dark, vampire Derek is intense and I love it. This audio was twice as long as the first and twice as good. The narrators once again did a fabulous job. The author really took you into the depth of emotions that the characters have developed and allowed them to make decisions I didn’t see coming. Those decisions lead to longing and heartache and have made me purchase Audio number three.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
hate some of the voices...but story is holding me..
very childlike but guess that's the point
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I loved Anne Rice and her books, I read Twilight because of the hype, not as good but the vampire story from a different angle...This book is badly written, juvenile, wrong choice of narrator and aimed at the 12 - 14 years. I persisted with it to the second book, so bad, I cant even finish it, returning it . Don't waste your time...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Bella Forrest or narrated by the narrators?
There's nothing wrong with the writing but I just can't stand to listen to Emma Galvin's annoying voice anymore! I've tried to get into this 2nd book but her voice is so bad that I can't seem to even pay attention to what's happening anymore.
What could Bella Forrest have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Get rid of Emma Galvin. Re-Record the first few books without Emma. Keep everyone else but please never hire E.G ever again!
How could the performance have been better?
Hire someone that is believable and not as annoying as Emma Galvin.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The other narrators are perfect I could always listen to them and Zachary Webber is perfection.
A shade of blood is intense and compelling, i love Derek and Sofia's love story, the only complaint i have is how Sofia can kiss ben and proclaimed that she loves Derek but she left him, she is a bit annoying in her insecurities and skepticism towards Derek love for her.....