Book Review: A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire 2)

Having been delighted by the Christmas best-selling 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? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

A Shade of Blood
 by Bella Forrest
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe it’s finally here! After reading the first book, A Shade of Vampire, I was totally hooked in the ravaging, suspense-filled vampire world Bella Forrest has created.
A Shade of Blood picked up from where A Shade of Vampire left off – Sofia torn between choosing to stay with Derek on The Shade or leaving with her long-time bestfriend Ben and finally escape the world she wanted nothing more than to forget about and destroy the first time she got there.

A Shade of Blood is told from the different and new perspectives of the different chief characters. I love reading and seeing through their eyes. This gave me a better connection to the characters and this helped in knowing and understanding them better and in a deeper sense. We’d get a glimpse of their emotions and thoughts and this would make readers relate more to them. I admit I was especially intrigued reading from Lucas’ POV. He’s one of the characters who hides a lot of things and never seem to be the person others expect him to be. I felt sad for him to tell you the truth. There was just this air about him that he truly feels sad inside but he won’t let anyone know this for fear he’d seem weak and the gods forbid, more human. He’s an unpredictable character and I think that is what makes him appealing even if he is quite evil.

A Shade of Blood is dark and thrilling. This book would reveal a lot of new things we may never expect. It is full of twists that would make you gasp and would catch you unawares. I love that a lot of the past would be finally out in the open. We’d see Derek in a whole new light and know why he has become what he is. Some history of The Shade would also be revealed and we’d get more acquainted with the world of vampires. Derek is just as gorgeous, charismatic and breathtaking. Expect a lot of swoon moments between him and Sofia that would make you giddy and act all girly. I love how Derek makes me feel. He’s very sincere and always backs up his words with actions and he has this gentle, broken side to him. He’s infuriatingly smug but when he cares for someone he would do anything it takes to protect them and keep them alive and safe. He’s the perfect vampire to fall for.
“Whose blood do you want to drink then? Or would you rather just bleed to death? If it’s the latter, you might as well just let me feed on you. That way, your bleeding to death could at least serve to satisfy my hunger.”
The only complaint I have about the book is that it lacked real action. It felt like we were just nearing the climax and suddenly and frustratingly and much to my disappointment it was already the end. The book just felt too short. (But considering I always consider good books to be “too short”, I can’t really say.) There was this whole buildup and level of excitement and bam, the end. You can’t leave readers hanging like that and expect us to wait patiently until the next book comes out. That’s just torture.
Seeing that that is the only complaint I have, I’d say that A Shade of Blood is a perfect follow-up book. Everything was beautiful and I love every twist and turn of the story. There are still a lot we don’t know about and I can’t wait to see how the characters would handle everything that comes their way. I’d love to see a stronger, fiercer side to Sofia.

I can’t wait for the next book to come out and once again be completely submerged and perplexed by the world of The Shade.

'Sometimes, that’s the way it is with people. You think you can tell what they are based on the patterns that you see, but when you take a look inside, they’re nothing like you expect them to be.'

“I’m going to win you back, Sofia.”
I planted a gentle kiss on his cheek. “I don’t understand why, but somehow… you never quite lost me.”

Keep the books coming -

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