Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Review - A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So I was looking for an interesting PNR series to get into to help me finally get out of the reading slump I've been in lately. A Shade of Vampire sounded like just the book I needed. The reviews have been pretty amazing and its part of a series (which I prefer over standalones). I was intrigued by the story line in the very beginning and curious to see where it would go.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, this one just didn't live up to all the hype. The story was very fast paced which I can definitely appreciate over a long drawn out novel, but the fact that it was rushed left me unable to really connect with the characters and feel like part of the story.
Sofia was just a little too passive for my liking. She accepted her kidnapping and role as a slave with a grain of salt, as if shrugging and saying, "it is what it is." I need a heroine with a backbone, who's going to fight tooth and nail for her freedom, not someone who's just going to roll over and take it. Her actions didn't resemble those of someone being held captive nor did her feelings for Derek develop at a believable rate.
I can't really say too much about Derek, he didn't leave much of an impression on me one way or the other, but Lucas (his brother) definitely did. He made a great villain although I would've liked to see a bit more malice and mischief on his part. Maybe as the series progresses we'll get to see more of him and whatever trouble he manages to get into.
I found Corinne (the witch's) character to be a bit odd. She didn't really make sense to me and I was more confused by her presence and intentions than anything else. I understand she's a descendant of Cora, the witch who made The Shade possible and helped Derek with his 400 year nap, but she just felt kind of out of place.
I can't complain about the writing style because it was definitely well written in the sense that there were no typos, descriptions and imagery were right on the mark and the authors words flowed instead of feeling forced. My issues just lie with the development if that makes sense. I'm definitely not going to say "don't waste your time on this one," I think you should give it a fair shot and see what you think, especially since so many people seemed to love it. I'm undecided at the moment whether or not I want to continue with the series, but I'm leaning towards coming back to it at a later date.