Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: "A Shade of Vampire" by Bella Forest

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"A Shade of Vampire" is the first in a series of books about a young woman, Sofia, kidnapped by vampires and stuck in the middle of a prophesy. I suggest you read the description here for a good synopsis of the book.

I, well, I've read reviews praising this book as a herald to the next vampire book dynasty. I've also read reviews panning the book as the worst piece of drivel ever written. I find both viewpoints a bit extreme.

The plot here is a bit convoluted, though if you read more books I assume that the various threads will become more clear. The author, Bella Forest, clearly has a bigger picture in mind as she writes, because the outline of a larger story arc looms over this book. Sometimes this works well, and sometimes it falls flat, leaving you wondering what's going on.

The characters are all over the place in terms of depth and scope. Some feel like stock good guys and bad guys, and some have a real depth to them. Ms. Forest has an aggressive publishing schedule; I wonder if she needs to slow down and maybe edit a little more.

In the end, I will read the next book, but I hope the writing evens out.

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