Review: A Shade of Vampire #7, A Break of Day by Bella Forrest

21466236Blurb from Goodreads

The greatly anticipated conclusion to Derek and Sofia’s journey!

Everything Sofia believed to be true has crumbled before her very eyes…

In this explosive finale, secrets will be revealed, loyalties tested and trust broken.

Are you ready to return to The Shade?

Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published July 11th 2014 (first published July 7th 2014)
edition language: English
series: A Shade of Vampire
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
Despite I loved the series, Derek and Sofia’s final story was such a disappointment. Actually, the series much to my surprise slowly but sure meet its down fall. I can’t help to not notice things that I disliked in each sequel after book 4.

Looking back now, I think I can bear reading a lot of POV, if it means that I can get the clarity in the story. I don’t know, maybe Bella Forrest read my review or other Shaddicts have the same thoughts as mine about those POV, but this book is told mostly from Sofia and Derek’s POV. Just like the first book, A Shade of Vampire. The problem is both Derek and Sofia barely know anything. Reading their final journey to find True Sanctuary was like walking in the dark. They don’t have any idea what they are facing and what they have to do. It was just so frustrating!

I usually enjoy reading something that still unclear along the story as it sometimes means it’s unpredictable and there’s twist in the story. Not in this case. Derek and Sofia just go with the flow and mostly end up asking each other “What now?” Or “Now what?” Hence I felt like there isn’t clarity and certainty of where the story will go.

As Derek and Sofia keep in blind most of the time, other characters have the answer of their questions. It reveals slowly along the story. Unfortunately, before the answers finally reveals, I was already frustrated with them and the story. Thus it made me bored to death. I was so eager to finish it. Not because it’s so engaging but because so I can put it down for good so that I can move on to other books.

There are also things that really annoyed me while I read. Just like Derek and Sofia, I have questions about so many things. Some of them are finally answered but some other are just left behind. Even the characters who have answers, can’t answers those questions. And they are so casually tell me they don’t have the answers because it happened a long time ago or never happen before. They left it behind the reasons and I just couldn’t accept it.

I think this book isn’t about vampires anymore, as most of the time they rely on the witches/warlock. So you see, whenever things get hard, the witches/warlock come to help them. And suddenly it solves easily. It made the war that I really looking forward felt anticlimactic. And there is also thing that comes out of the blue, much for the characters convenience. I just don’t know what to call it, too coincidence or too easy?

According to Goodreads, 2 stars means it was an okay book. I think in a way it was an okay conclusion for Derek and Sofia. I liked the ending, for sure, too bad there are also a lot of things I disliked. I think I need a break from this series, though after this one there is a spin-off of Kiev’s story. And who knows whether there will be another spin-off of the vampire saga or not.

Result: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Review: A Shade of Vampire #6, A Gate of Night by Bella Forrest

18967087Blurb from Goodreads

Welcome back to The Shade…

Derek and Sofia are finally enjoying a well-deserved break. Staying at a resort with good food, sun and sea, Sofia is thrilled to witness Derek’s re-introduction to the human world.

They would almost be mistaken for a normal young couple, if it were not for the red-eyed monster lurking in the shadows and watching their every move, waiting for his signal to pounce…

Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published March 11th 2014
edition language: English
series: A Shade of Vampire
genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
When I first met Sofia and Derek more than a year ago, I couldn’t help not to fall in love with them and their story. And since then, I really enjoyed reading the series and it’s always on my top reading priority. But after 6 books I’m not sure anymore.

It’s because I don’t know what the main focus in this series anymore. And there are always new bad guys in each book. First there were Lucas and Gregor Novak, and then Borys and Ingrid Maslen. Next was Emilia, a daughter of The Elder. Now there are another Elder’s children, Kiev and Clara and later there are more villains reveal for next book. As the antagonists change, the focus of the story is also changes. The problem is the protagonists don’t know what and who they have to face. Thus, I don’t know either. It’s like they (and I do too, as a reader) keep in the dark. I actually don’t mind being don’t know what will I read in order to get surprise along the story, but in this book it’s just dragging and in some part I’m bored. I also have problem with the way some of the characters tell their POV. They talk the same thing over and over.

However, I liked the twist at the end of the book. I think it is good enough for me to keep reading this series, though I’ve changed my priority now. It isn’t on my top reading list anymore. Not after this dragging and kind of boring story.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

17255435Blurb from Goodreads

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth 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?

ebook, 89 pages
Published (first published December 14th 2012)
edition language: English
series: A Shade of Vampire
genre: Paranormal, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
So, I decided to give this vampire story a try after my friend recommended it to me. After the sparkling vampire, I think I haven’t read vampire story again. I read it here and there in books I read, but never about vampire completely. The closest vampire I got is when I read The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. When I saw there is A Shade of Vampire giveaway on Goodreads, I thought it won’t give me harm if I read it by winning the giveaway since it’s free! And if I didn’t win, I don’t have to read it. It’s a win-win solution for me. Then, Bella Forrest told me that she would like to give a copy of it. I was kind of think that I really can’t miss it because I rarely win Goodreads giveaway.

Now, I’m glad in many ways this book made me read it. Actually, I didn’t expect much about it. I tried to read it like I never read vampire stories but my mind keep remember one particular vampire I didn’t quite like.

This is a story about Derek Novak’s vampire realm. He and his family is the most powerful coven but they have to stay hidden because there are hunters who keep hunt them. In order to live their life, they need human so they captive them. Sofia Claremont is one of girls who abducted to become a harem of the vampire leader, or Elite as they called. She then assigned in Derek’s ownership.

I was intrigued by the prolog and chapter one of the book. It made me even drawn to read when I found about Lucas, Derek’s brother, who I first thought is Derek. Derek, as the main character didn’t introduce from the beginning of the story, instead he take a step to the story in the middle of the book after most of the important characters are introduced.

When I read him, I thought here come another reluctant vampire and he is a reluctant leader too. As the story goes, it reminds me of another vampire stories, there are scenes that quite similar to the other vampires books. Surprisingly, Bella Forrest wrote it in her own way and it works for me. I love how vulnerable yet stubborn Sofia is. Her thoughts and acts to Derek and her surrounding are quite reasonable for me. Hence, I believe her. Derek, a walking contradiction as Sofia says, also believable to me. He treats Sofia kindly but still has a predator trait on her as well as a menacing leader to his people and when he shows his true nature, it indeed a menacing-dangerous trait to everyone. Aside the characters I also love the way Bella Forrest created its worldbuilding and setting.

Although there are things left me questioning the story, it made me want to read its sequel now, to know the answers and to read more about Sofia and Derek.

Result: 3.5 stars of 5 stars