A Shadow of Light by Bella Forrest
Release Date: July 31, 2013
Format: eARC, 270 pages
Series: A Shade of Vampire #4
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Description from Goodreads:
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
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,
But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?
Since I jumped right into this one after finishing A Castle of Sand, I didn't really have to read much to get back into the book. I was IN from the very first page. Yet again, Bella Forrest has added to one of my favorite vampire series in a way that I never saw coming--and I LOVED it.
Picking up right where the last book left off yet again (Bella always does this, which is something I definitely like), we get into what is going on pretty quickly. I was surprised again by where this story went, and it was so fun to read. It was nice to have some time in the Shade and at Hawk Headquarters, but it was also nice that we didn't spend too much time where I didn't want to be. So basically, this story isn't what I expected it to be, but it's even better than I could have thought up myself.
The mystery that is Sofia continues to reveal itself, and as time goes on I like this girl more and more. She truly is a great MC, and I don't really mind spending time in her head. And Derek...he continues to redeem himself to me. I definitely like him more now than I did in book 3. My love for him grows and grows. I have a bad feeling, though...about the next book...but we'll see. I am soooo not counting those chickens before they hatch, because goodness knows Bella Forrest very well may turn everything COMPLETELY AROUND in no time at all. So for now, I'm loving these characters.
I didn't get much of a chance to get bored in this one--then again, I can't remember being bored with any of these books since the very beginning of book 2. From there on out, this series has been on the freaking ball, and I heart them. This series is seriously so addicting, I can't even.
The ending to this one had me starting the next one right away. Seriously, I'm pretty far into the next one now. And I just finished this book yesterday. Restraint? Ha! I have none. These books rock.
Overall, Bella Forrest has written another fabulous story to be added to a series that I love dearly. How she does it, I don't know, but her take on vampires is always riveting and just feels so RIGHT. Goodness, I love it!