I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a honest review for a reading site. If I really didn't like the book, then I wouldn't bother reviewing it here, so my opinion is indeed honest.
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?
First things first; Sofia makes for a very likable heroine, which is good as the book features her POV in alternating chapters. She isn't a coward, but she doesn't wander around putting herself in a endless loop of dangerous situations and she knows when to back the hell away. She isn't anyone's doormat, but she realises that sometimes she'll be better off keeping silent. In other words she doesn't irritate me by being a dumb, horror movie-like bimbo, whilst still having vulnerabilities to go with her backbone, so you'll never be sure that she'll walk away from the incoming disaster in one piece.
Sofia also manages to squeeze in a bit of romance. So if you like romantic angles in your books, the author has you covered. I don't mind a bit of romance in my non-romance books - as long as it doesn't start to distract from the main story and, I always go on about this I know, as long as we can avoid the usual cliques, e.g. love triangles. A SHADE OF VAMPIRE ticks all of those boxes for me, so it's all good on that score.
The only compliant I can think is that I don't like Ben, but that is down to my personal preference and has nothing to do with the actual writing. Hmmm; I also wish that that book was longer? I'm trying to think of some form of constructive criticism, but I really can't think of anything.
I think that A SHADE OF VAMPIRE successfully straddles the line between a young adult and adult book; the plot mixes drama, horror, action and romance together successfully, and the book is less then 200 pages long, so it makes a fast, engaging read - perfect for a lazy afternoon or a train/plane journey [the sequel is apparently twice the length of this book].
I'll definitely be checking out more books in this series...
1) A Shade of Vampire
2) A Shade of Blood
3) A Castle of Sand
A Shade of Vampire can be bought using the following links...