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on Aug. 05, 2011 :
“Shades of Sin” is a different sort of paranormal novel – while it has all the same sorts of races, they are mostly just mentioned. The focus is on Chevelle, whose mother was a slave to a mob boss (Corbin) in Chicago, and when Chevelle was born and it was obvious that Corbin wasn’t the father, he murdered her mother and raised Chevelle to be his new slave. Chevelle is a precog, which means she can see the future. When she was 17, while preparing for a party, she looks ahead to see what will happen, and finds that there will be a man at the party who looks almost exactly like her – she has a brother! But Dominiqué is not the only one whom she meets that night – she also meets a mysterious Asian man, who has come to assassinate Corbin, and insists that she help him. With Corbin dead, she is taken away by the Asian man, who is her new master. He tells her an incredible truth – she is dhampir, as is he – what means that she was born of a human woman and a vampire father.
They eventually go to Japan. Filled with rage, Chevelle tries to learn to live life outside of the oppressive world where she was kept as a slave. Since she is so young, she has the teenage hormones, and confusion over her role in the world, on top of all the anger she has bottled up over the years.
Shades of Sin is the name of a band with which she sings; all the members of her band also have special abilities. Two are half fairy, and the final doesn’t know what he is, because he was an orphan.
I quite liked this book – it was at times a bit difficult to read; reaching an understanding of what Chevelle had to go through is often horrifying, and there is so much more to it as well. However, it was well written, and the descriptions are just enough to help you picture the people and places without limiting your imagination by being overly explicit. I can recommend this to anyone who enjoys the paranormal genre; as to which type of paranormal book this is that’s a tricky one. Other than the supernatural races’ commonness in the world, it is very much like our own. The book isn’t really a romance, although it has elements of romance; it’s definitely not a thriller or suspense - I would say it is mostly a coming-of-age novel, with a twist. I think most everyone would like this.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 25, 2011 :
I just got finished reading Shades of Sin and quite enjoyed it. Chevelle was a nice break from the standard male vampire (although, technically, she was not a full vamp) and - in many spots - definitely not a damsel in distress.
The characters held my interest, as did the plot. I found that the ending (no spoilers here) was done in such a way to leave me satisfied as both a 'definitive end' to the story as well as leaving things 'open' enough for a sequel, the latter of which is the path that I am hoping the Ms. Forsythe chooses.
Moreover, this book brings back the vampire canon of old with some unique twists that will not likely have vampire enthusiasts disappointed. All in all, it was a very good read and I would recommend this to friends and family as a book well worth the asking price.
(reviewed the day of purchase)