A Shade of Vampire, Bella Forrest

Shade copy

The Plot:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s 17th 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?

My Review:

This book was recommended to me by my good friend, Amazon. I just love how it knows me so well!

After reading the plot, it sounded right up my alley so I didn’t hesitate to buy the first book in the series.

I’ve read a few books now in this genre, and I’m always slightly wary that I may be disappointed that the plot line is similar to something else I have read before. However, I needn’t have worried as Forrest has created yet another supernatural world with a unique story line.

The characters are intriguing, the plot has so much potential for twists and turns and new characters, and Forrests’ method of writing is very descriptive.

The story is fast paced and quickly gets to the action. I was surprised at how short this first book is, it’s almost too short as I read it in two days.

All I can say is that I’m glad there are four more books in the series for me to get into!

My star rating: 3/5

Advertisements

The Quarter Moon (Afterlife Saga), Stephanie Hudson

17408601

The Plot:

 With Keira finding death on her door she is suddenly plunged into a world of the unknown and has to face it alone…or does she? Soon this new life is filled with heartache, shadowed followers and cryptic messages, that only promise to lead her deeper into world of the supernatural like never before.

For Keira, even taking a breath without the other half of her soul is painful enough. So when given the choice to either accept what life the fates have decided she live, or to force that life behind her and accept the dangerous journey ahead, the answer is easy…

She will fight to save the man she loves.

But this fight includes Heaven and Hell in search of the truth, a truth that will rather set her heart free or be destroyed on the other side.

Are the fates really to be trusted?

 My Review:

I downloaded book 4 of the Afterlife saga the day it was released because as with all the other books in the series, book 3 was left on a cliffhanger!

This book felt very different to the previous ones, it was hard to keep up with again another avalanche of new characters and plot twists in every chapter. The quality of writing is superb as always. I have to say how much I admire Hudson and her style of storytelling. She puts so much effort into every detail of the story that she deserves phenomenal success. And she’s obviously done her research, as she beautifully describes so many different places and uses various languages to brilliant effect.

It’s easy to get lost in this world of demons, angels and gods, and The Quarter Moon is a good length to take your time over. You can’t help becoming enthralled in this book, one minute you’re laughing, the next you’re crying, and then you’re getting angry!

Hudson leaves us on another cliffhanger ending to The Quarter Moon, so now I’m going to have to wait for the fifth instalment of the saga. Can’t wait!

My Star Rating: 4/5

The Triple Goddess (Afterlife Saga) Stephanie Hudson

d7ba6086769be97c45afb25fbb415a10

The Plot:

Keira soon finds herself becoming a pawn in a game she could never hope to win and now the King on the board is a Vampire on a mission. With the only man to stop him miles away from the mountain prison in which she is kept, she must now choose which path to take in order to survive. With enemies at all sides closing in quick, she must tread carefully or she might find the only man to save her isn’t the White Knight she loves but the Dark King she loathes. But time with the Vampire King is dangerous and Keira soon learns that it is more than just the power of her mind she needs to keep locked but also the power of her heart… 
And Lucius might just hold the key to both.

My Review:

The Triple Goddess picks up where book two left off with Keira being kidnapped by Lucius, which at first, I was a bit gutted about because after reading the previous books I just wanted Draven and Keira to be together and live happily ever after! I should know by now that that will not happen anytime soon, but what Hudson is really clever at, is twisting the characters and plots so frequently that one minute you just want Draven to rescue Keira, then the next, you want her to end up with Lucius! Things are not as they seem and Hudson is a master at teasing the reader into thinking one thing and then changing everything you previously thought was true!

There are lots of new characters introduced in this book, Lucius and the incredible Pip being my favourite! I’m so taken with Lucius that he has entered my top 10 list of literary heroes and heroines. I did find all the new characters a bit hard to keep up with towards the end of the book but that is probably just me, mummy-brain.

I don’t want to reveal anymore of the plot, but I do think that this series gets better and better. In my opinion, this is the best book of the series so far. There’s much more of a plot line, and because of the lack of presence of Draven, less sex. It kind of reminds me of New Moon in the Twilight saga, as the main male character is pretty much removed and a new leading man is introduced.

By the end of this book I couldn’t wait to pick up the fourth. @afterlife saga has done it again.

My star rating: 4/5

Do you agree? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Two Kings (Afterlife Saga), Stephanie Hudson

67a0b627d9f2eab69da51018af563d58

 

The Plot:

After facing her nightmares head on, Keira soon finds her troubles have only just begun and if she thought mortals were dangerous then being hunted by the world’s most powerful beings will spin her further into a web of supernatural destruction.

Keira can’t help seeing the handsome man before her, she can’t help the dreams that consume her and neither can she stop him from wanting her. But the controlling man that follows her every move, isn’t the man she’s dating but the man that’s hunting her. Now it’s down to the only man with enough power to keep her safe and he doesn’t play well with others. Nor does he take kindly to people trying to take what belongs to him and Keira belongs to only one man….

Dominic Draven.

Will the fight for their love be enough to survive the new world she is forced to live in and more importantly, can she survive being with the King of the Afterlife?!

 

My Review:

This is the second book in the Afterlife Saga and picks up nicely from the first.

Hudson introduces new characters in The Two Kings, namely, the Vampire King, Lucius, who is hell bent on stealing Keira away from Draven.

I think there is much more going on in this book as opposed to the first, and I really enjoyed it. There’s kind of an undercurrent of anticipation throughout the book, you just get the sense that something bad is going to happen to the main two characters. The horror element is also upped in The Two Kings, adding a more ‘adult’ feel to it.

Like any good story, Hudson manages to keep the reader enthralled with new twists and turns in the plot in almost every chapter.

Like the first book, there is again loads of sex in this one, and again, sorry to repeat myself, a little bit too much for me. However, this in no way dampened my enthusiasm for the book.

Hudson has stepped it up a level for me with The Two Kings, and successfully built on the original book to be well on her way with an addictive saga that can easily rival Twilight. Good work @afterlifesaga. Needless to say, book three was on my Kindle before I’d finished book two.

My star rating: 3.5/5

Let me know your thoughts on The Two Kings by Stephanie Hudson!

Afterlife, Stephanie Hudson

09af99c192ccd211649d384e7073442e

The plot:

Afterlife… just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or Afterlife…the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

 Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous Gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her. All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide…should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

 My Review:

Ok, so I picked up this book because my friend, who is a fellow major Twilight fan, recommended it to me. In her words, “it’s Twlight but with loads of sex in it”. So, with no further encouragement needed, I headed off to Amazon to download it onto my Kindle pronto.

First off, it is similar to Twilight. For me, a little too similar to be honest. The first half of the book found me constantly thinking “oh, she’s like Bella”, or “they sound like the Cullens”, which put me off a bit because in my head I was imagining the Twilight characters in the Afterlife plot.

The story really started to come into it’s own towards the end of the book, where the parallels between the two began to drift a little.

I really like the way Hudson puts so much detail into her characters and plot. She defiantly writes with passion, which I really admire.

I don’t want to give away anymore of the storyline than the synopsis, so all I will say is that I found the story and the characters more than engaging enough to want to read the next book. As a heads up, I would think twice about handing this to your 14 year old daughter, my friend was right, there is loads of sex in this book, and at times quite graphic. In my personal opinion I think there’s a bit too much sex in it as I found myself starting to skim read the sex scenes in order to get to the real plot line. There’s no denying though, the sex does amplify the relationship between Draven and Keira, which in a way makes them more endearing I think.

Overall, this book is not as good as Twilight, however, it is a really good book and if you like that kind of literature, I’m sure you will love this.  I found myself downloading the next book within minutes of finishing the first, so that says it all really doesn’t it? Well done @afterlifesaga !

My star rating: 3/5

Have you read Afterlife? I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you have!