Monday, September 9, 2013

A Shadow of Light by Bella Forrest


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?


A Shadow of Light by Bella Forrest
4 out of 5

So at the start of this novel, Derek tries, yet again to make it without Sofia.  Sofia is trying to get back to Derek… Kind of feels like the 2nd book, right?  But then it changes into something that will keep you trying to figure out what is going to happen next!


Sofia is too na├»ve… I mean, she will believe anyone because she believes that there is good in everyone.  But not everyone in this novel is good, and for some reason Sofia doesn’t get that.  Why is she shocked after multiple betrayals?  Boy, does she need to wise up!

Derek has become quite the whiney emo vampire, something that I would never expect from him.  I didn’t like him as much in this book because of that, which makes me a bit emo too :P

I think Vivienne is my favorite character. She does what she has to to save those she loves; she tells the truth of what is going to everyone; and she doesn’t moan, whine, or complain about her circumstances… That makes her a very appealing character.

Everything Else

I personally hate multiple POV’s, and this book didn’t encourage me to like them much (I miss how the first book was pretty much just Derek and Sofia, and not a BUNCH of other characters).  Most of the POV’s kept switching every other chapter between A LOT of characters.  Blah!  If you don’t pay attention, you might get lost between chapters to where you aren’t sure if it is Aiden, Ingrid, Sophia, Claudia, Derek, etc. 

On my list of most hated characters ever, I have now added Aiden and Ingrid.  But I think I disliked Aiden the most.  He, of all people, should have been more likeable as a loving father; but instead, I found him to be a manipulator and a liar. 
I did like the idea of the immune.  It was definitely something new and unique.  I kind of liked that, just because it set it apart from the other vampire books.  And I like that it isn’t just Sofia that is immune.  There are others, and we are just at the tip of the iceberg on that subject.

Though there is a lot going on in this book, there are 2 main goals that seemed to be the premise that will carry on through the rest of the series:  defeat the original and find a cure. 


Overall, this is a good book, and I do recommend it.  But make sure you read the other books in the series before you read this one… otherwise you will be lost!

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