Saturday, 24 September 2016

Book Review: A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire #2) by Bella Forrest

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 be forever a captive of it's 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? ... Or the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

A Shade of Blood starts from the where the last one ended... Derek gave Ben and Sofia the opportunity to leave the island and get back to their normal lives. What Derek doesn't know is, allowing Sofia to leave the island for good is only a trigger to set off his own self destruction. With Sofia no longer around, Derek has no good influences in his life and turns back to the vampire who ruins lives. He distracts himself by training the vampires for any possible wars with the hunters, but no one seems to be able to forget the girl who brought out the best of him, leaving him with no choice but to deal with the consequences of letting her go. My heart broke for Derek slightly and I embraced myself for the aftermath that he was about to display to his kingdom. A darkness surfaced around him and the only light in his existence had decided to leave him behind. 

Sofia and Ben go back to adapting to the real world, however, find themselves forever altered by their experiences. Sofia is still loyal as ever to Derek and Ben is determined to bring the Shade down after his tragic time with vampire Claudia was revealed. Ben also finds himself declaring his feelings for Sofia now he knows her heart belongs to another. I enjoyed this side of Ben as in the first book he didn't seem all appealing and had a lot of control over Sofia's choices, we got to explore his character more in depth and he won me over. The majority of book two's story is on Ben and Sofia's relationship, their school lives and finding a way to destroy the demons inside of their heads. When Sofia returns to the Shade due to her admiration towards Derek, which could also be known as Stockholm Syndrome... We learn much more about the history of Derek and the Shade. 

The suspense throughout made my heart ache and my stomach twist up in to knots as many secrets and past memories were revealed creating a sense of foreboding. By the time the jaw dropping plot twists appeared at the end and the introduction to new characters aka the Norvak's enemies, I was desperate for more and found myself on Amazon downloading book 3! This has definitely become one of my favourite series as there's so much revealed in each one and the fact that there are 33 books makes me want to fly through them and learn every single detail of what's to come! 

- Shelby xxx


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