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150 Pages of Awesomeness!,
This review is from: A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition) (Kindle Edition)
There's no simple was to put this except to say that I loved this book, it's 150 pages of awesomeness that I couldn't put down and devoured in 2 hours and now I want more. The synopsis says it all as we meet Sofia on the eve of her 17th birthday, wandering the beach after having her heartbroken by seeing her best friend & crush in the arms of another woman - but that's not the worst of it - she has been followed and after a strange meeting with a pale stranger, is kidnapped.
She awakens, chained in a dungeon only to find out that she is meant to be part of a harem for a very important person and has no option but to accept that fate.....for now. The VIP turns out to be Derek Novak, Dark Vampire Prince of the perpetually dark island they are inhabiting and he has just awoken from a very long sleep to hopefully fulfil a prophecy and become his peoples saviour - so where does Sofia fit in? Well, the thing is.... When Derek & Sofia meet, there is a connection and as always, that connection is going to set off a chain of events that could shape - not only their own - but everyone around the pairs, futures.
So, yes, I loved this! I'm usually a bit harder on short stories because there isn't usually enough space to put a lot of depth into the characters and a lot of the story is basic but let me tell you, I was not disappointed in any way by this. I was immediately pulled into the story, I loved the set up - it started with a sorrowful moment where our heroine lamented about having no one, her crush/boyfriend just broke her heart, we get a feel for who she is, her troubles & insecurities which I connected with straight away and then we are spirited off to a new domain that has a slightly `olde' worldly feel to it. In the world of the vampires, they have a different caste system and regularly take humans from the main land as slaves or pets, which is how our MC finds herself there. The person who she is meant for is has been in a self- imposed sleep for a long time because he had become disillusioned with his life as a vampire and all the pressure of being a leader, he had expected not to wake up but when he meets Sofia he awakens in a different way and its lovely to watch unfold. I like how Sofia sort of unravels him and gets under his skin so I was really invested in their relationship. I liked the world the vampires had created for themselves, I liked what they were ultimately trying to do with this world but they did seem a bit old fashioned in their ways which is understandable considering they've practically cut themselves off from the humans and only see them as slaves or food. With Dereks old valued ways & Sofia's moderness they are definitely going to clash but the way they came together was slow & sweet and you can feel the beginnings of a really special relationship being formed that I'm very excited about especially when it seems they're both players in some sort of prophecy which I just love. I loved the threat also in this, it felt very real and very sinister and very fitting for the first book. I thought this was a brilliant introduction to the world of--------- and im really curious to see where it all goes, it seems we have a few players placed on the board, our main characters are ready to become something great, we have enemies waiting in the wings to come into play, we have a possible love triangle and what seems to be a fated kind of love wrapped up in a big prophecy - what more could you want? What I want though, is more ! 4.5*s
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2016, 16:42:56 GMT
You might like to try the Four Seasons Supernatural series (4 books) by T S Harvey. Definitely more adult than this but if you like Supernatural / Romance you might enjoy it! It's also written in dual perspective so it's a similar style.
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