A Shade of Vampire, Book 1 : Shade of Vampire

  • by Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, Kate Rudd
  • Series: Shade of Vampire
  • 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

THE BESTSELLING FANTASY SERIES EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT...
*Over 5 million copies sold*
"The passion of Twilight. The mystery of The Mortal Instruments. The magic of Harry Potter."
A Shade of Vampire will transport you to a world unlike any other...
Over 17,150 Five-Star Reviews (on Amazon US + UK/Goodreads).
"A new spin on a crowded genre. Unique, passionate, thrilling." – Faerie Tale Books ★★★★★
"...an utterly enthralling, highly exciting and beautifully sensitive story. Five stars and a standing ovation." – Books for Tomorrow ★★★★★
Wall Street Journal & Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. Recommended Read on USATODAY.com. Amazon Overall Top 3 Bestseller. #1 Bestseller in Vampire Romance, Paranormal & Fantasy.
_________________________________________ 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 The Shade, an enchanted 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 selected out of hundreds of girls to take up residence in the tree-top 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?
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"I challenge you to read this book and not love it." – Get Lost In Fiction ★★★★★

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"...an utterly enthralling, highly exciting and beautifully sensitive story..." (Books4Tomorrow)
"I challenge you to read this book and not love it." (Get Lost In Fiction)

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Unoriginal and no chemistry

I listened to this book based on the good reviews. I was very disappointed. The author has a very poor vocabulary and I felt like I was reading a novel for children instead of young adults. She uses the same words over and over in her descriptions. I felt taking a red pen to every time she used the word intoxicating. The author couldn't convey the supposed chemistry between the main characters either. It felt so cliche and unoriginal. I couldn't even feel for the character Sophia and all she was enduring. I wanted to slap her silly and tell her to get a clue and stop being such a victim. The whole idea of taking the abuse to "protect" others was so absurd in her case that I felt nothing but frustration. I wish the author had built her characters better. A little fire to fight back would have been nice. Sophia makes Bella Swan seem like a super hero compared to this girl.
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an engaging story that has a bit of everything

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A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest is an engaging story that has a little bit of everything – romance, horror, adventure – and is sure to keep you reading through to the very end. It is a novella length story that sets the stage for the series and future books to come. It introduces our key players, welcomes us in to this dark world, and prepares us for adventure.

Sofia is feeling very lost when we meet her, upset that her birthday wasn’t everything she had desired. Things only get worse when she is kidnapped by a vampire. Sofia meets Derek, leader of the vampires, upon his awakening, and her life changes once more. Derek is drawn to Sofia for inexplicable reasons, claiming her as his own personal slave, which infuriates his brother Lucas. Lucas is the one who found her, and he wants to keep her for himself.

Sofia does a remarkable job of adapting to her new life, making friends in the midst of so much fear and despair. Her innocence and gentle heart tempers Derek’s blood lust. She softens him just enough to help him see that his decisions aren’t always for the best. This will then help Derek in the long run, making him a better leader. Bella Forrest ends A Shade of Vampire perfectly, preparing us for the direction that the next book is going to take, without using huge cliff hangers that can frustrate readers.

The performances by the narrators in A Shade of Vampire are top-notch. I’m not familiar with Zachary Webber, unsure that I’ve listened to anything he’s performed before. However, I have listened to many books performed by Emma Galvin and Kate Rudd, and I’ve always enjoyed their work. Pacing and characterization is fantastic, with each performer drawing out scenes when necessary to increase the suspense, speeding it up when the action increases.

I particularly love when stories written in the style Bella Forrest uses, with different chapters being different characters’ points of view carry that over into the audio version of the book, using different narrators for each character’s chapters. This acts as a great cue for me that I’m now in a different person’s head, especially since I am rarely just listening to an audio book. Audio books are my go to for entertainment when I am working on others things. I listen to audio books like most people listen to the radio.

© Kelley A. Hartsell, December 2014. All rights reserved.

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- Kelley Hartsell "Kelley"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2014
  • Publisher: Bella Forrest