A Shade of Vampire (Monthly Review)

51v6ohmpbml-_sx331_bo1204203200_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 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.

Okay, so I was a fan of the Twilight books. Particularly the plot. When it came to A Shade of Vampire, I saw the ad on Facebook and decided to check it out on Amazon. I read the good reviews, and the bad ones and I’ll admit, my first approach to it was judgemental and critical. But as soon as I was into the second chapter, I was hooked. As I continued to read, I found my criticism slowly ebbing away and giving way to excitement. I literally couldn’t put it down and even purchased the second in the series immediately after finishing the first.

Here’s what I liked about it. Every chapter kept me going. I was intrigued to see what was going to happen next. I was entertained by the differences in perspectives and how the two main characters, Sofia and Derek, could experience the same thing and see it in completely different ways. Derek views Sofia as brave and intelligent. Meanwhile, she’s terrified but stubborn and defiant. It wasn’t necessarily that the writing was exceptionally amazing in and of itself… but it was well paced, the world of the Shade developed and the imagery used perfect.

I also liked that the vampires are actually vampires. They hunt humans, they attack them, they even enslave them. The humans are not just in danger. They know they are and they act like it.

What I didn’t like was that some of what happens in the story seem slightly out of character, even given the growth and development of the characters. And while it was clear the writing was edited well for flaws, there were aspects that could have been better. Several of the negative reviews have been valid, such as why Sofia so quickly falls for Derek after the first chapter builds a hinted relationship between herself and her best friend Ben, or how he wakes up from a very long sleep without truly questioning many modern aspects. However the book does go into detail about the reasons and let’s be honest: Sofia is a teenager. She’s apt to fickle emotions, hormones, and brash decisions.

Overall, it was a captivating tale and I, for one, am totally drawn in by the author. If you were a Twilight fan… not to sound cliche, but I definitely recommend it. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you want to check out A Shade of Vampire, it’s available on Amazon for 99c.

If you would like to submit a request for a review, send to kldimago@kldimago.com. Next month: Infernal Bonds by Holly Evans.


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