Review: A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire, #2) by Bella Forrest @AShadeOfVampire

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Having been delighted by the bestselling debut, A Shade Of Vampire, readers are begging for more. 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? … or the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Blurb and cover from Goodreads

4 out of 5 stars

Like I said, the first book ended in a cliffhanger and I kind of had to read this one after I finished. The cliffhanger is resolved relatively early on and not the way I (or pretty much anyone) would want it resolved, so I had to keep reading to see if things would change for the way I wanted.

The plot:

This book was torture because I got so wrapped up in the characters and how things were going to turn out and it seemed everything was going the exact opposite of the way I wanted it to. Suspense was done very well here, but I came very close to giving it up several times because I was getting emotionally overwhelmed, but in the end it, my persistence paid off. There’s a massive twist in here about both Sofia’s parents and I confess I didn’t see the one about her mother coming. And yes, this book ends in a cliffhanger, too. Sorry, the author seems to like them.

The characters:

From the beginning, I wanted to demand “Why, Sofia? WHHHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?!?!” But when we finally get her answer, I thought her decision made perfect sense and even though I spent the first half of the book hating it, I respected it. She goes through a lot of self-discovery in this book and has to decide what she wants, who she wants, and what she’s willing to do for who she loves. This book had a lot of growing pains, but they were necessary.

Derek kind of goes nuts in here. Without Sofia, he’s heartbroken and unaccountable and becomes something of a cruel, brutal wretch. There were lots of parts where I thought someone really needed to beat the crap out of him and some sense into him, especially at this one part toward the end of the book. That part made me mad. But I still care about him as a character and wanted things to work out for him and Sofia.

Ben ticked me off to no end. I pitied him greatly for everything that happened to him in book 1 and all the psychological and physical consequences he’s suffering, but I still felt he didn’t have a right to act the way he did. He and Sofia give their relationship as boyfriend/girlfriend a go and while he showed he could be sweet and caring, his inner monologues show what a twisted double standard he has for himself and her. He expected to have his meaningless flings with the high school hussies while Sofia was supposed to wait for him to end up with her. And let’s not forget to mention all the crap about him trying to seduce her on prom night. Then he goes and says he hopes Derek isn’t “taking advantage of her.” Oh, you mean like you tried to, sweetheart? You DO NOT get to play the boy-slut then get mad because she chooses someone else. IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY!!!

Lucas goes AWOL after the end of A Shade of Vampire, now on the run for his life. He’s still obsessed with Sofia, but needs to seek sanctuary with another coven before he does anything about it. Thus his villainy takes a backseat for this story.

I do recommend this series for lovers of YA PNR and despite the cliffhanger, the ending was satisfactory and I have downloaded the next two books.

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