Finally I got a book series read before I got too tired from work to do anything!
So I got sent this series for Christmas from my fangirl twin bestie and parabatai from across the pond Stephanie, with then recommendation that I’d love the series…
And I did!
I’m going to do this review a little differently. Normally I would split them into sections and review each book bit by bit but I’m going to give you the blurbs first and then do a complete review of the series…(in my head that made much more sense!)
Also the blurb’s I’m using are from Goodreads so the actual book blurbs may differ….
A Shade of Vampire (Book 1)
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.
A Shade of Blood (Book 2)
In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…
When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.
Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.
High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.
But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?
a Castle of Sand (Book 3)
What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin…
Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.
Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.
And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowels of an Egyptian desert… a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected
A Shadow of Light (Book 4)
Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek’s stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek’s kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy… At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.
Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek – something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.
…Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart’s deepest desires and secure her and Derek’s future together, forever.
A Blaze of Sun (Book 5)
Welcome back to The Shade…
“Of course you know who I am. I’m a daughter of the darkness just as surely as you are his son…”
Ever since his brief encounter with Emilia at The Shade, Derek’s thoughts and dreams have been haunted with images of the mysterious, beautiful brunette. Plagued with guilt, he struggles to understand why he is so drawn to this dark stranger from his past.
When Emilia suddenly appears again on the island, Derek is both terrified and intrigued. But this time, he is determined to involve Sofia and discover who this woman is.
If only Derek and Sofia knew, Emilia is a mystery that should be left undiscovered…
A Gate of Night (Book 6)
Welcome back to The Shade…
Derek and Sofia are finally enjoying a well-deserved break. Staying at a resort with good food, sun and sea, Sofia is thrilled to witness Derek’s re-introduction to the human world.
They would almost be mistaken for a normal young couple, if it were not for the red-eyed monster lurking in the shadows and watching their every move, waiting for his signal to pounce…
A Break of Day (Book 7)
The greatly anticipated conclusion to Derek and Sofia’s journey!
Everything Sofia believed to be true has crumbled before her very eyes…
In this explosive finale, secrets will be revealed, loyalties tested and trust broken.
Are you ready to return to The Shade?
To be honest these were the first self published books I’ve ever really liked. That sounds so bad too!
These books though were addictive from start to finish.
The first book was a little too short though. Even though it offered insight into the type of people Sofia and Derek were it didn’t give you a sense of how much time had passed. I thought that time had only gone on for a few weeks at least but in reality it had been three months but seeing as this was her first ever book it was still written really well.
Derek is a troubled vampire, struggling to either go into the light or let darkness take him over. He’s been in a sleep for the past 400 years with the help of a witch. He thinks the sleep is eternal, that he will never again have to unleash the monster that he once was. Then along comes Sofia Claremont, whose kidnapped on her 17th birthday and taken to the Shade, where she is to become apart of Derek Novak’s harem… But what she doesn’t know is that her and Derek together will complete a prophecy, that they are stronger together than they are apart and that she will ultimately turn her back on all that she knew to save the Shade, the vampires and humans she’s become friends with and Derek.
Of course like all YA fiction the heroine has to lose people along the way. This happen in book 2 (no spoilers from me who it is!) and quite a few times throughout the book, but that’s what makes the heroine of our book stronger, that’s what makes her fight.
She also has a crazy mother who is determined to ruin her life just like Sofia ruined hers. So, as a deal her mother made a long time ago, Sofia has been promised to pyscho vamp Boris Maslen. Honestly that guy is mental! He’s already had Vivienne (Derek’s twin sister) a long time ago as part of another promise so Derek isn’t going to rest until Sofia is back in his arms.
There’s the Elder vamps, pyscho witch turned vampire who brainwashes Derek into believing that he’s in love with her, there’s a cure to Vampirism (It’s pure genius how Bella came up with it!) and a few kidnappings along the way, a marriage, other realms and a whole host of other stuff it was hard to imagine Derek and Sofia EVER having a happy ending!
Honestly though these books were amazing and just like I do with other books I went through some feels (Not as much as some books but I did have a few minor feels) and sometimes I got frustrated with the characters just like I usually do with other books haha.
Any weaknesses to these books I hear you ask…
Well sometimes they could be a little sappy with their love and in one book Derek really annoyed me because it was almost like he’d become too complacent when he should have been fighting instead we had his inner monologue a bit too often regarding Sofia but other than that I can’t really fault the books.
I do really really wish a big publishing agency would pick up these books because they are amazing and I want other people to like them and for Bella to have even more book sales and for her to be on a par with HoN and Twilight and VA and Bloodlines and every other vampire book that I’ve read and haven’t read.
So go check out these books! If you like Vampires you won’t be disappointed!