This felt like a rough draft of a rough draft. Everything was so rushed, that the author had no time to properly introduce any of the characters, or to do justice to some good ideas she had.
The main characters are flat and unbelievable:
- Sophie is a 17-year-old human girl who gets kidnapped on her birthday. She makes one attempt at an escape, witnesses a brutal act without reaction, and then settles into her new life in the harem without any fuss or protest.
- Derek is a 500-year-old vampire, who was turned at 18, with 100 years of life experience and 400 years of sleep - still manages to act like a teenager. Like many other centenarians before him, he falls in love with a child. Apparently, being awake for 100 years did nothing for his maturity level.
Completely disappointed, and will not read any more of the series.
Writing was pretty simple through this book. Maybe because it was so short, but there wasn't a whole lot of detail. I would have liked to have known more about the Shade and the characters. I don't like fluff but it did need more filler.
Obviously, Lucas is the bad guy here. I did sort of pity him when he asked Vivienne why Derek was always her favorite. He did seem to get the short end of the stick with nearly everything. But I have to wonder why he is the way that he is. I hope through the rest of the series there is some back story there. I can't believe he's just evil. Derek was, well, pretty bland for being one of the main characters. Also, was 'Derek' even a name 500 years ago? That's one of the things that made this story unbelievable. Like the author didn't want to put in the effort. Sofia seemed to take the whole being a slave thing pretty easily. So did the other girls. They didn't put up much fight at all. At least Ben did, but that was towards the end and I still didn't care for him.
Didn't much care for the setting here. There wasn't much description, so I'm not really sure about it. It gave off this castle vibe, so had modern technology and those two things just don't mesh in my mind. Also, how did they get TV if they can't get any other reception? Is it all DVDs? These little details just bothered me about the place.