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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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book was much better than the first! Book one intrigued me enough to keep me reading, but this one brought out so much more of the story line. We learn about the history of the Shade, get a glimpse into Vivian and Derrik's pasts, we see beyond the beautiful penthouses and into the caves.
Did I mention a MASSIVE cliff hanger...?
Yes, the book is good, but the ending is mind blowing. No way can you finish this one and not immediately start book three!!
I'm fully invested in this series now. It's still a bit too young adult for my liking but the story is interesting enough that I just don't care. I can't wait to see how things play out in the future. There are so many wild cards. Ben, Lucas, the Hunters, the other Vampire Coven's... at some point they've all got to meet in the middle, and what will become of Derrik and Sofia then?
3 of 3 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.....