A SHADE OF BLOOD
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Length: 8 hours & 42 minutes
Release Date: April 8, 2013
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?
I'm really enjoying how this story is evolving. It's pretty more intricate that what I first gave it credit for. The storytelling is done very well. Each chapter is told from a different perspective and each voice is singular. I am loving hearing each character's own voice and I love seeing how the characters see each other as well as themselves.
For instance, with Sofia, she seems shyly seductive through Derek's eyes, a beautiful teenage girl who was meant only for him. In Ben's eyes, he sees the best friend he's secretly loved his entire life who was meant for only him. And her own, she seems like a normal girl unsure in her own skin but who will stand up for what she thinks is right.
Even with all these differing perspectives, Sofia is represented well and in a way that it sounds as if she's three completely different people. The same can be said for all the other characters. This must be evident of some really great writing.
I love the learning more about the Shade, the various Novak siblings histories, and the continuing development of Bella's interesting take of vampire lore. The Maslins bring in an especially interesting element.
But let's talk about the big "da da duuuuuh" moment. Sofia's parental abandonment makes complete send now. Her mother is a cold bitch. Not only did she leave her family to become a vampire, she gifted her daughter to the ruler. Damn. No wonder her daddy is the top dog of the Hunters. Although, I am pretty sure he doesn't know that his wife is alive. Otherwise I'm sure all his attention wouldn't be centered on going after the Novaks. I am thinking there must be a twist where he got it in his head that the Novaks and their clan are responsible for his wife's death.
The character development has me invested. I can't wait to see what the future will hold in store for everyone involved.
FINAL THOUGHTS:: I am so glad that Sofia didn't latch on completely to Ben. He's a jerk. Sure, he comes wrapped in a pretty package (gorgeous jock, loyal friend, etc etc), but he's definitively a tool. He's liked Sofia, wait I'm sorry, been in love with her his whole life. But there not together. And why? Because he wants to be free to mess around with other girls until he's "ready to settle down". And not only that, using his high school God status, he prevented all the guys from asking her out. Wow... Oh, oh and when he's like, you don't even know how beautiful you are, I scoffed. Ahem, that's his damn fault. That's such a dick move; just shy of the psycho, "if I can't have her, no one can."
If Ben genuinely loved her, he would have let be free to make her own choices and let her go. Like Derek did... and boom goes the dynamite!
Without question, I'm on to the next one.
EMMA GALVIN & ZACHARY WEBBER are fantastic narrators. I love Emma so much. I was first introduced for her narration of the Divergent series. And Zachary, from Breakable, part of the Contours of the Heart series, by Tammara Webber. They did a great job, but I'm biased. Regarding Michael and Holter whomever was responsible for the elder Novak. Hated it!