Summary: What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin…
Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.
Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.
And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowls of an Egyptian desert … a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.
Source: I received a copy of the book for Kindle from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
Bella Forrest has done it again! I love this series! A Castle of Sand was amazing and the story just keeps building and getting more complex. If I thought there was nowhere left for the story to go, I was definitely wrong, because I can’t get enough. The plot is incredibly interesting and completely unpredictable. I’m already waiting impatiently for the next installment.
I’m amazed by the character growth in A Castle of Sand, especially characters like Ben and Claudia. None of the characters in A Shade of Vampire series stay stagnant. They all grow and change in their own ways. Sofia really grew in A Castle of Sand. While she was struggling with her uncertainty of the future and her place in The Shade next to Derek’s side, she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself and the issues she cared about. She has moments of weakness, but she’s never a spineless heroine in love with a vampire and I totally admire that about her. Derek grew as a person, too, standing up to his father and attempting to do the right thing. His moments of weakness were few and far between and Sofia really was his anchor. Seeing the two of them compliment each other so well was awesome.
The conflict in A Castle of Sand was great. Tensions between the Naturals of the island and the vampires were high, especially vampires that were loyal to Derek’s father. The blood supply was running low and something had to be done. Sofia’s past was important in A Castle of Sand as various groups, both human and vampire, were looking for her as a part of their game. Ben became a vampire hunter and integrated himself into that community. Lucas became more dangerous than ever after aligning himself with enemies. Sofia wasn’t safe on her own island due to Derek’s father.
I didn’t know how A Castle of Sand would end or what would happen to the characters I cared about. It was an edge-of-my-seat read the entire time. I was worried about Sofia’s safety and also worried about her future with Derek, while also worrying about the entire future of the Shade. It was nerve-wracking!
I can’t wait to read more of the series and I highly recommend it. It’s a wonderful YA vampire paranormal romance series that is high in both romance and paranormal action and plot, appealing to every part of me. I can’t get enough of these books.