“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?”
Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. I love the dark, atmospheric cover and being a big fan of vampire books I was intrigued by the blurb – I just couldn’t wait to see where this version of vampires would take me.
The prologue was teasing, it vaguely hinted at something dark but didn’t quite give enough to answer the questions that had been raised in my mind. This did, however, mean that I was more eager to get on to the main body of the story so that I could find out exactly what had happened.
To begin with Sofia was telling the story and it appeared that she had just had a falling out with her best friend Ben, I soon found out that her feelings for him ran deeper than I first thought and this made her emotions much more understandable. What happened next was exciting and scary all at the same time, her abduction was the start of a dangerous adventure!
As Sofia’s nightmare continued I began to learn more about her captors but it wasn’t until the story switched to Derek’s perspective that I really got a good sense of who the vampires were. I was fascinated by Derek, it was clear he was powerful but I definitely got a hint of a softer side to him. At this point Sophia was a reluctant participant in anything relating to romance and I found it refreshing that she didn’t fall head over heels in love with the vampire within two seconds of meeting him. Lucas was a brilliant bad guy, every book needs someone who the reader can love to hate and he fitted the bill perfectly, as for Ben I didn’t really have any strong feelings about him as a character because there wasn’t really time to get to know him – I hope to discover more about him in the next book.
I loved the whole idea of The Shade, it added a different twist and the descriptions of everything made it all so easy to visualise, the storyline gripped me and I found that I couldn’t predict where it was heading. The only bad thing was that it ended before I was ready!
The epilogue was so intriguing and left me wanting more, this was a quick, dark vampire story with a mysterious edge. A must read for any vampire fiction fans!
I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.
He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”
I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.
My gaze settled on his face.
I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.
I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.
The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.
“Like what you see?”
“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.
He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.
“Don’t I have the right to be?”
He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.
“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.
My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.
I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.
He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.
As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.
“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”
I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.
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