Saturday, February 23, 2013

Author Interview and Book Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Title: A Shade of Vampire
Author: Bella Forrest
Series: Book One
Published: December 14, 2012
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Book Description:

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?

About The Author:
I've been telling stories pretty much since I could talk. Instead of having my parents read me bed-time stories, I would prefer to share with them my own made up tales.

As I grew older, I developed a passion for the fantasy genre, but more specifically vampires.

I had my first idea for a novel when I was sixteen, and haven't really stopped since.

My debut novel, A Shade of Vampire, was released on December 14, 2012.
The book quickly became a Number 1 Christmas Bestseller in Vampire Romance, Paranormal and Fantasy on Amazon.

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Why the paranormal genre?

Because I personally find the paranormal/fantasy genre the most fun to write. I have quite a vivid imagination, so I love being able to let it run wild without the constraints of reality.

Whom or what would you say was your inspiration to first become a writer?

I get asked this question a lot, but I honestly can’t remember an initial inspiration. I’ve always written pretty much since I could hold a pen.

If you could be any paranormal being what would you choose and why?

I’d want to be something that could fly and wasn’t hideously ugly.

Cookies or ice cream?

Damn! Why do I have to make this choice … cookie-flavored ice cream.

Spring or autumn?


Time traveling, yeah or nay?

Yeah, why not?

What are you currently working on?

The sequel to A Shade of Vampire.

E-books, hardback or paperbacks?

Nothing like a good old hardback.

Favorite author?

I adore too many authors. I don’t have a favorite, but two of my favorites are Jane Austen and JK Rowling.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

I’d love to visit New Zealand. (Probably a sign that I’ve watched The Lord of The Rings too many times).


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My Thoughts and Review on A Shade of Vampire:

I never know what to expect from an author that I haven't read from before. Sometimes you get a favorite and sometimes not, but, that is the fun in trying new things. To maybe discover something that you normally wouldn't have.

I can say that I am truly pleased with this author. Not only was this short story very well written but the storyline flowed very nicely as well.

It is really hard to come up with something new and unique when it comes to vampires. Lets face it, most of it has been done before and usually done to death. And while I wouldn't say this was unique when it comes to vamps, I would say that the concept of the Blood Shade is definitely original and kept my interest.

This was pretty short, just under 150 pages so we really don't get a whole lot of world building but we do get a great idea of what the Shade is like and a pretty good feel for the characters.

This ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger and really made me wish the next book was out because I found myself rooting for Derek and Sophia and really wanted to see them together. I would definitely pick up book two to find out what happens next.

I give this one 3 Stars!


  1. Great review and interview. This sounds like a really good short story.

  2. Great interview and I will take a bowl of cookie flavored ice cream please

  3. Awesome interview—and now I'm craving cookie ice cream. :-)

    This sounds like a cool story, I think I need to meet Derek and Sophia now. Great review!

  4. I have been seeing this book around and I am curious, but I am so tired and bored of vampires these days that I can hardly force myself to pick one up, and then add in a cliffhanger and I am at a loss...

  5. Oh yeah. I want to read this one.

    "something that could fly and wasn’t hideously ugly"

    Haha - what? Why wouldn't you want to be hideous and ugly? :P

  6. I've been seeing and reading so many great things about this one! Always looking for new vamp reads!