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A Shade of Vampire, Book 1 Audiobook

A Shade of Vampire, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

THE BESTSELLING FANTASY SERIES EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT...

*Over 5 million copies sold*

"The passion of Twilight. The mystery of The Mortal Instruments. The magic of Harry Potter."

A Shade of Vampire will transport you to a world unlike any other...

Over 17,150 Five-Star Reviews (on Amazon US + UK/Goodreads).

"A new spin on a crowded genre. Unique, passionate, thrilling." – Faerie Tale Books ★★★★★

"...an utterly enthralling, highly exciting and beautifully sensitive story. Five stars and a standing ovation." – Books for Tomorrow ★★★★★

Wall Street Journal & Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. Recommended Read on USATODAY.com. Amazon Overall Top 3 Bestseller. #1 Bestseller in Vampire Romance, Paranormal & Fantasy.

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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 The Shade, an enchanted 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 selected out of hundreds of girls to take up residence in the tree-top 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?

LISTEN NOW to find out...

"I challenge you to read this book and not love it." – Get Lost In Fiction ★★★★★

©2012 Bella Forrest (P)2014 Bella Forrest

What the Critics Say

"...an utterly enthralling, highly exciting and beautifully sensitive story..." (Books4Tomorrow)

"I challenge you to read this book and not love it." (Get Lost In Fiction)

What Members Say

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    Katheryne MD, United States 12-22-15
    Katheryne MD, United States 12-22-15 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "The perfect book hors-d’oeuvre"

    This book left me hungry for more of The Shade vampires. It was a small but delectable story that introduces the listener to a whole new take on the typical vampire genre. It’s the perfect sized morsel to build your craving for romance and fantasy.
    The narration was outstanding and I have already downloaded book 2.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 01-11-16
    Lauren 01-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Story line was decent. Main narrator sounded odd."

    My only issue was the main narrator that played Sophia, it sounded like a crime tv narrative.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley Hartsell Irving, TX 12-10-14
    Kelley Hartsell Irving, TX 12-10-14 Member Since 2015

    Kelley

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    "an engaging story that has a bit of everything"
    Any additional comments?

    Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

    A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest is an engaging story that has a little bit of everything – romance, horror, adventure – and is sure to keep you reading through to the very end. It is a novella length story that sets the stage for the series and future books to come. It introduces our key players, welcomes us in to this dark world, and prepares us for adventure.

    Sofia is feeling very lost when we meet her, upset that her birthday wasn’t everything she had desired. Things only get worse when she is kidnapped by a vampire. Sofia meets Derek, leader of the vampires, upon his awakening, and her life changes once more. Derek is drawn to Sofia for inexplicable reasons, claiming her as his own personal slave, which infuriates his brother Lucas. Lucas is the one who found her, and he wants to keep her for himself.

    Sofia does a remarkable job of adapting to her new life, making friends in the midst of so much fear and despair. Her innocence and gentle heart tempers Derek’s blood lust. She softens him just enough to help him see that his decisions aren’t always for the best. This will then help Derek in the long run, making him a better leader. Bella Forrest ends A Shade of Vampire perfectly, preparing us for the direction that the next book is going to take, without using huge cliff hangers that can frustrate readers.

    The performances by the narrators in A Shade of Vampire are top-notch. I’m not familiar with Zachary Webber, unsure that I’ve listened to anything he’s performed before. However, I have listened to many books performed by Emma Galvin and Kate Rudd, and I’ve always enjoyed their work. Pacing and characterization is fantastic, with each performer drawing out scenes when necessary to increase the suspense, speeding it up when the action increases.

    I particularly love when stories written in the style Bella Forrest uses, with different chapters being different characters’ points of view carry that over into the audio version of the book, using different narrators for each character’s chapters. This acts as a great cue for me that I’m now in a different person’s head, especially since I am rarely just listening to an audio book. Audio books are my go to for entertainment when I am working on others things. I listen to audio books like most people listen to the radio.

    © Kelley A. Hartsell, December 2014. All rights reserved.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki rockville, MD, USA 05-27-15
    Vicki rockville, MD, USA 05-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "i struggled to finish"

    Narrators were fab! No problems there, as they were probably the reason i even bothered to finish. The story lacks a time line or even a sense of time. These perceptions are incredibly important to the believability of the characters and their situation. I have no idea how long this story is from beginning to end. The author has a decent dent into some good characters but is playing with fire in trying to pull a bella/edward insanely obsessive love story off. Stephanie Meyer seems able to pull of the believable love triangle well...this author is attempting a 3-men-1-woman craft that is more detaching than unifying. I will listen to one more to see if, like stephanie meyer, the writing and story and perception of time can become friends

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    mrs.lvprincess 11-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The female narrator almost ruined this book for me"

    loved it except for the female narration..it would have be perfect if not for her

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy Blackerby 01-17-15

    I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!

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    "Looks like I found the start to a GREAT SERIES!"

    I love Emma Galvin!! Every Book I've listened to that she has narrated I'VE LOVED!! The other narrators are very good as well!! The story is amazing so far & I'm downloading book 2 as I write this review!!
    Was it worth the Credit???
    YES
    Will I listen to it again???
    ABSOLUTELY
    Will I recommend it???
    OF COURSE!!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    dustdevil93 OHIO 01-30-15
    dustdevil93 OHIO 01-30-15

    Just Read IT!!!!

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    "My first audio book ever"

    I enjoyed being able to listen to the story. Nice even pace. Loved the book. Will be downloading the next book right after this review.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 06-11-15
    Jessica 06-11-15
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    "good story, not a fan of miss Galvin."

    it wasn't unique new or fresh, but it was a good story, like comfort food for my ears. I was not a fan of Emma's performance. even when I got used to her voice I didn't like how she read with an upward lilt at the end of each sentence regardless of the punctuation. I'll read the rest of the series .

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    D. Johnson The Woodlands, TX United States 03-14-15
    D. Johnson The Woodlands, TX United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2015

    Music collector

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    "Unoriginal and no chemistry"

    I listened to this book based on the good reviews. I was very disappointed. The author has a very poor vocabulary and I felt like I was reading a novel for children instead of young adults. She uses the same words over and over in her descriptions. I felt taking a red pen to every time she used the word intoxicating. The author couldn't convey the supposed chemistry between the main characters either. It felt so cliche and unoriginal. I couldn't even feel for the character Sophia and all she was enduring. I wanted to slap her silly and tell her to get a clue and stop being such a victim. The whole idea of taking the abuse to "protect" others was so absurd in her case that I felt nothing but frustration. I wish the author had built her characters better. A little fire to fight back would have been nice. Sophia makes Bella Swan seem like a super hero compared to this girl.

    23 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Julianna 08-26-15
    Julianna 08-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible Narrator, Under Developed Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    First of all the female narration was awful. Her voice was odd and and had a weird tone. Sofia Claremont is a very strong female lead, so I wish they would have chose a voice to match. I also wish they had set up the back story better. Without saying too much, the characters become really intertwined but you dont know why. The author also should have explained Sofia's past . She is a character with a lot of depth but you dont know why. But this book does appeal to my inner tween so I will continue to read!


    What other book might you compare A Shade of Vampire, Book 1 to and why?

    If twilight was fifty shade--that would be this book. Vampires, brooding socialite elite, over protective, male rival best friend. It has all the elements of both books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No. I will continue the series because I want to see what happens, otherwise I would avoid this narrator.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Very resistible. I wish they had explained why they loved each other or showed the love developing. It was just one day BAM they couldn't live without one another with no real back story as to why. But I didnt read for the love story, I read for the vampires. So I am semi okay with this.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cumbria
    12/15/14
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    "Unbelievable"

    One of the top Audible Audiobooks I have listen to. I love 'The Shade of Vampire' to begin with, but listening to them brings them to life. The narrators to the book justice and why really make you feel like your live the life of Sofia, Derek and Ben.
    My favourite part of this audiobook was when Sofia Claremont returns to The Shade to find Derek taking revenge on Ashley because his beloved twin sister had been captured by the hunters.
    My Favourite character was Sofia, narrated by "EMMA GALVIN".
    Yes, I couldn't stop listening to it. LOVED IT...! x

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HappyDevonian
    5/13/16
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    "In fairness, it's probably for kids"

    Five stars if you're 14 I'm guessing. Fancied a vampire yarn like Robin McKinley's Sunshine but this is for youngsters. Who calls a lead man 'Derek'?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    5/1/16
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    "great books"

    Great book very good story line
    just starting book 2
    looking forward to the rest of the books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • monica
    4/3/16
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    "love it."

    twilight kind off read couldn't put it down already downloaded the second one can't wait to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy Richards
    7/13/15
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    "enjoyed this reading very much"

    enjoyed this reading very much different voices for different character too thumbs up all the way

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magdolna
    7/8/15
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    "Good book"

    Very good book,can't wait to read the other books from the serie. Ohh so Exciting :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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