Author: Bella Forrest
Star rating: 4/5
So what’s it about?
Sofia; lonely, disappointed and wandering alone on her birthday finds herself thrown into a world she had rather never known existed.
A Centuries old vampire is about to awaken and Sophia is primed to be his first meal. But Derek sees something in Sophia that he craves more than her blood – humanity.
With lots of twists, a terrifying threat, an unexpected love and a few escape attempts – can Sophia survive The Shade?
Love it or hate it?
I was pleasantly enthralled by the story. The characterisation is good. The world created for the vampires is intriguing and the potential for the series is very good. I liked Sophia’s feistiness and Derek’s desire to be more than he is. There is much to like and dislike about each character and this only lends to the enjoyment of the story.
The ending is well crafted and as soon as I had read the last line I began to yearn the next installment!
Read this if…
Tears began to stream down my face – partly because everything that’d been happening came crashing down on me, overwhelming me, and partly because of how much I ached for Ben as I spoke the same words that he had so many times before.
“I know an excuse when I hear one. Don’t you dare deceive yourself into believing that you’re the victim, Derek Novak.”
I could hear a soft gasp escape his lips the moment I said the words. I sighed with relief when his arm’s grip around my waist loosened. His lips remained pressed on any part of my skin it could brush against as he eased me down so I could stand on my feet again. I felt small and fragile standing so close to him. The moment my feet hit the ground, my knees buckled and to my horror, I found myself leaning on him for support. He slipped his arm around me and propped me up.
“You’ll be alright,” he whispered loud enough for only me to hear.