A Shade of Vampire Series

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Good Lord, I am addicted to another one of these “vampire romance” series.  I stumbled on this series as part of my Kindle Lending Library benefits, and probably as intended, I was sucked in and bought the rest of the series.  And I am now eagerly awaiting the sixth book.

Here is the synopsis for the first book:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s 17th 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.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

What I like about this series is that is is more….realistic? than the other vampire series.  The other “we are vegetarian vampire” series.  Vampires are historically monsters.  They feed off of humans.  And this series is no different.  Derek Novak fully intends to murder Sofia at first sight.  But there is something special about her, something different.  And that is why this series, and those like it, appeal to teenage girls.  They want to feel special.

This series is darker.  It is more violent.  I would put it at 17+.  And there is also sex.  The heroine does not remain a virgin until her wedding night.  But it is not particularly graphic.  It is not Fifty Shades of Vampire.  Although an adult version wouldn’t be a bad idea.

I do like the magic interspersed throughout the story.  The magic of the island, the travel.  The prophecy.  The intriguing love triangle.  I love how the island has been cut off from the rest of the world for centuries.  That creates a completely unique element.

As the stories progress, I love the twists and turns it takes involving vampire hunters, Sofia’s family ties, Derek’s past.  I am looking forward to see how it ends.

My only complaints?  The books are too short, probably as intended, and Sofia is way too good.  Too perfect.

Here is the list of the books in the series.  I seriously devoured them in a few days:

  1. Book 1: A Shade of Vampire
  2. Book 2: A Shade Of Blood
  3. Book 3: A Shade Of Vampire 3: A Castle Of Sand
  4. Book 4: A Shadow of Light
  5. Book 5: A Blaze of Sun

I also read Bella Forrest’s Beautiful Monster.  That two book series was absolutely phenomenal.  Her writing is excellent, her ability to change the rules of her universes are extremely unique.  I also recommend those books as well.

If you are looking for an escape into an interesting teenage vampire world that is a bit different, give this a try.  But make sure you have some time because you WILL get sucked in and you won’t be able to put them down.

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