Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: A Shadow of Light

A Shadow of Light, by Bella Forrest (A Shade of Vampire #4).

A few hours later, just before the sun was about to rise, I was sitting in the submarine that would take me back to The Shade. I wanted to feel excitement about my return to the island that had been my home for centuries,  but all I felt was dread. Somehow, I already knew that what I would come upon wouldn't be a warm and happy welcome, but instead, complete and utter chaos.

I was right.

A Shadow of Light is the fourth book in the A Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest, and I've reviewed all of the novels thus far (see below for my previous reviews). Each book gets better and better and I can't wait for the next book in the series, A Blaze of Sun, which is scheduled to be released in October.

Official synopsis:
Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek's stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek's kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy... At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek - something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.

...Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart's deepest desires and secure her and Derek's future together, forever.

But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?
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The novel starts out with everyone trapped by the hunters, one of whom is Sofia's father, Aiden Claremont (known as Reuben now). He's having some issues with her vampire (formerly human) mother being there, as he's still attracted to her; Ingrid Maslen, as she's known now, however, wants to use this to her advantage. Sofia wants to escape so she can be reunited with Derek, who was also at hunter headquarters but has escaped, but it's not as easy as it may look.

The ending of this novel sets up the next book nicely, and is also very intriguing - there's a lot of talk of The Original, as in the original (first) vampire ever, which is a little Vampire Diaries but also interesting. Sofia and her father think they've found the cure for vampirism, but unfortunately it doesn't work quite as well as they had hoped; Sophia is "the immune" which means she can't be turned into a vampire, which is a bummer for her and Derek's relationship, obviously - she doesn't want to be 50 or 60 later in life while he's still stuck at 18, the age they both are now.

I definitely recommend this book but start at the beginning of the series if you haven't read the others - the novels all segue into one another and it's a bit confusing if you were to skip one or more of the books ahead of time.

4 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I was given an e-copy of this novel to review by the author. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Check out my reviews of all the novels in the series!
#1: A Shade of Blood
#2: A Castle of Sand
#3: A Shade of Vampire

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