Book Review- A Shade of Blood

Sunday, 16 June 2013
Title: A Shade of Blood
Author: Bella Forrest
Published: April 8th 2013
Series: A Shade of Vampire #2
Genre: Paranormal, Vampire, Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 3/5

This is a review of a sequel, if you haven't read the book or don't want to be spoiled, check out my review of the first book here.

I received a copy of the ebook from the author in return for a honest review.

This is the second book in The Shade of Vampire trilogy and if I'm honest I was a little bit disappointed. I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, but this one let me down.
There are however, some positives to this novel, it's not all bad.
This novel was lot longer than the last, which allowed better character development and allowed us readers to become better acquainted with the characters in the novel. I also appreciated that we learnt more about Derek and his background, through the use of flashbacks. We also learnt more about Derek and Sofia's family, which were a bit of a mystery in the first book.
In terms of the author, her writing style has improved since book 1 and the book flows smoothly throughout. The author's use of different P.O.Vs, allows more insight into the different characters and makes sure we follow all the differing plot lines as we move through the story.
I also thought the pacing of this novel was good, it kept my interest throughout and there were some good twists and turns which kept me on my toes.
Unfortunately there were also quite a lot of things I didn't like.
I really didn't like Ben in this book, he seemed horrible and completely different from how he came across in the first book. To me it seemed that he was supposed to be a love interest to compete with Derek but to me he seemed like a douche. He dated other girls because he felt that he wasn't ready to settle down with Sofia. He knew Sofia loved him and just expected her to wait for him while he dated other girls. To me that makes him a jerk.
In this book, when Sofia leaves it causes Derek to spiral down to depths of evil, which involve murder and almost rape but when Sofia returns she goes back to him and accepts him without any problem. This didn't sit very well with me as I'm sure most women would be affected by the actions of Derek and may reconsider their feelings for the guy. I don't believe that the explanation that Sofia will turn him good, that she will change him, is enough to forget what he has done.
Sofia also annoyed me that she forgave Derek so quickly and easily, and didn't stay angry at him for any length of time, she seemed unable to stay angry at him, even though the things he did were pretty bad!
Another part in the book that didn't quite make sense to me was the change that overcame Vivienne in this book. In book 1 she was cold and ruthless and seemed a dislikeable spoilt Princess, but in this book she had changed into someone we were supposed to like and feel sympathetic towards. This just didn't make sense to me, we were given very little evidence to show why this change had happened. 
Another problem I had with this novel was the predictability of many of the plot twists. I found myself exasperated over many of the revelations in this book, for example with Sofia's family, as they were very obvious while reading.
Overall I thought this instalment in the series was ok and I'm interested to see where Forrest takes the story next, but I thought this was a disappointing sequel in a series which I was really enjoying.

Check it out on Goodreads here 

May Book Haul!

Monday, 3 June 2013
This month I got 6 books, when I went shopping one weekend.
The first book I got was Martyr by Rory Clements, which was on a special deal in Waterstones for only £2.99. This is a historical fiction novel set in London.
The next novel I got on the £2.99 deal from Waterstones was The Ghost by Robert Harris. This is an action thriller novel which has been turned into a movie.
The next three books I got on a 3 for 2 from WHSmith. The first book was The Sight by David Clement-Davies. This novel is about wolves, and just looked like something different for me to read.
I also got Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which is set during World War II about 2 war pilots.
The third book I got on 3 for 2 was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. I've seen a lot about this novel in blogs and on Goodreads and I was really keen to check it out.
The last book I got was Doctor Who: A History of The Universe in 100 Objects by James Goss and Steve Tribe. This is a lovely hard back edition talking about 100 important objects in Doctor Who.

May Wrap Up

Saturday, 1 June 2013
Hi guys sorry for my long absence, I've just been really busy this month with exams but they're all finished now so I'm free to blog :)
Although I did a lot of studying this month I still managed to read 10 books in May.
The first book I read was Fear by Michael Grant. This is the 5th book in the Gone series and I really enjoyed it, I gave it 5/5 stars. It was just as good as the previous instalments in the series.
The next book I read was Light by Michael Grant. This is the final book in the Gone series. It was awesome, I gave it 5/5 stars and I thought it was a great ending to one of my favourite series.
I also read Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. This is the third and final book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, another one of my favourite series. I absolutely loved this novel too, and it also got 5/5 stars (there are quite a lot of high rated books this month, just to warn you!).
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was the next book I read in May and I was kind of disappointed in this book, it just wasn't as good as I was hoping. This is the second novel in the Lorien Legacies. I gave it 3/5 stars and I thought it was a bit of a disappointing sequel.
I also read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, which obviously is the 2nd book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I love this trilogy and I gave Catching Fire 5/5 stars. I had read this series before but I really wanted to read it again!
Next I read The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda. I didn't know very much about this book when I picked it up, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I gave it 4/5 stars and I will definitely pick up the rest in The Hunt series (or trilogy?).
Then I re-read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins which is the third and final novel in The Hunger Games trilogy. I quite liked this novel, although I was a little bit disappointed in the ending and a certain characters death (grrrrrr) but I still gave it 4/5 stars.
I also re-read Stealing Pheonix by Joss Stirling. I bought and read this novel a number of years ago before I realised that its actually the 2nd novel in the Benedicts series, but it works well as a stand alone novel too! I really enjoyed it and I gave it 5/5 stars.
The next novel I read was Double Cross by Malorie Blackman. This is the 4th and final novel in the Noughts and Crosses series. I really like this series and I gave this novel 4/5 stars.
The last book I read in May was The Dead by Charlie Higson. This is the 2nd novel in The Dead series, which is a Young Adult zombie series which I love. This book was really gruesome and gory but still awesome and I gave it 4/5.

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