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Of Light and Darkness: The Vampire's Daughter Paperback – August 26, 2011

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"An absolutely unstoppable love story in an unputdownable book. So many twists and surprises I could barely take a breath!"
  - Shelly Crane, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of Significance and Wide Awake

"A true delight from start to finish! It is sure to leave you thirsting for more!"
- Diane Alberts, USA TODAY bestselling author

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"I love a vampire that does what a vampire is supposed to do...I highly recommend this story as a must read! Goodbye Bella and Edward!"
~I Heart YA Books (5 Stars)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613330316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613330319
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LEIGHTON is a national recording artist signed to SPECTRA MUSIC GROUP, as well as an accomplished actress and the bestselling fantasy novelist of the Of Light and Darkness Series. Over the course of her career, LEIGHTON has amassed a community of highly dedicated fans and followers. Her debut album (produced at Power Station Studios) released worldwide April 7th, just two weeks before embarking on her national 'Rock It Like A Redhead' tour, hosted by How To Be A Redhead. Shayne will also perform live at the kickoff of the 2015 Orlando International Fashion Week! Her first single INVINCIBLE, a reboot of the Pat Benatar classic, charted at #2 on the Independent Music Channel's Top 10 Countdown (LA), and #1 on ReverbNation (Miami)! LEIGHTON has been featured in print in LaPalme Magazine, Vogue Bambini, PureGrain Audio, Vents Magazine and more! LEIGHTON is also a sitting board member of April Is For Authors in Palm Beach, which hosted James Patterson as a keynote speaker in 2014. She also speaks to students at various high schools around the country about creative writing, and her career in the arts. Her anti-bullying music collaborative, REMEMBER, has been submitted to the 2015 Grammy Awards. LEIGHTON and her husband, actor and model Frantisek Mach, travel to the Czech Republic every year to visit family. Her time in Czech inspires her fantasy novels.

"This girl can sing!" ~ Mark McGrath of SugarRay

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I found this book to be quite refreshing. It was everything that I looked for in my reading, but with twists that were unexpected and exhilarating. I loved the fact that the vampires didn't sparkle, and did exactly what vampire should do, which is be a vampire. Shayne didn't try to make the vampires attractive to teenage girls, but they still seemed to be. I have always been attracted to the concept of immortal beings that are dark and misunderstood, but maybe don't really want to be understood. Shayne presented this concept in a brand new light. I have read numerous books on vampires and supernatural beings but I found this one to be the most unique out of all of them.

The imagery presented in this book is brilliant, I felt like I was in the Occult City with the characters in the book. The main character Charlotte was dynamic and became a little heroine in the end even if at times she was a bit of a damsel in distress. She knew how to hold her own, but she still liked the help of her love Valek. The only thing that really bugged me in the story was the premise of Valek being Charlotte's fatherly figure and then becoming a love interest. I soon moved past this little quirk because I felt that the rest of the plot made up for it. I also figured that this was just another one of those unique aspects of this book that I hadn't seen in others.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am eagerly waiting for the next one. Will you join the Occult City?

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My Summary:

Found by a vampire as a baby, Charlotte has lived in the mythical world all her life. Now as a young adult, she hunts for her vampire and questions the relationship they have. He has stopped being a father figure to her and started being something more. But the powers that be want him gone and another wants Charlotte as his own. Struggling to deal with the turmoil of the only world she's ever knows and her developing feelings for the one who raised her, Charlotte must figure out how to save all the ones she loves.

My Thoughts:

2 stars - not my taste but maybe yours

This book is a traditional vampire world with most of the common lore. I think I may prefer the more urban fantasy world of vampires compared to the traditional world. I don't care for the casual killing to survive that vampires do in the traditional worlds. I guess that makes me a western civilization girl, which is true.

The POV of the book moves between different characters. At first, the book spent a lot of time in Charlotte's head but then the POV started moving around a lot. At times, this confused me. I had developed an idea of a character and then I was in his head and it was really different than what I had thought before. Maybe I have 2 or 3 limit on points of view per book.

The idea of Charlotte being raised by Valek and then having him as a love interest was hard for me to deal with. I just couldn't get past it.

As for the plot, it wasn't predictable for me. That may have been because I was unclear about a few things. I didn't understand why in one situation, things were dangerous for Charlotte but then later in the same situation, it wasn't dangerous anymore.

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I honestly didn't think I would end up loving this book. Something about vampires being overly done. This writer has real talent and some imagination! I emailed her and wow she answered me back in a day. I am hoping it was her, but even if it wasn't what other writer does that? sweet girl, great talent, freaking awesome story, Thank you Shayne for making my days a lot less dull!!
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I just recently read Of Light and Darkness and I was blown away. I haven't ever read a Young Adult novel quite like this one. The heroine is a human, found by a vampire near death as a baby, and raised by him as her daughter. However, he doesn't age and she does. Over time her feelings for him begin to change. There is a lot of angst and pain for the two of them. All of this is going on while a powerful organization is trying to kill them.

I think this author has a strong, different voice and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Check this one out. You won't regret it.
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I had this downloaded to my Kindle and took it on a business trip. I could not wait each night to get back to my hotel to contibue reading. This held my rspt attention from the very first page. The objective of a good book is to transport the reader into another time and place and to identify with the story. Of light and darkness definitely fits this. Hopefully we can look forward to many more years of Ms. Leighton's talented scribes and music,
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Charlotte, a normal mortal girl, lives with a community of witches, gnomes, shifters, and fairies. She has been raised by Valek , a vampire, for the last 20 years. A series of events happen that change Charlotte's, Valek's and the community. Told from several POV. Very clean book. Even the fighting was clean. The rest of the review containers a few spoilers.

Charlotte wasn't my type of character. She was so focused on her love for Valek that little else mattered. She even went as far to find him humans to eat. And vampires eat humans, I get that. I also understand the rules of the Regime. It just didn't feel right to me. At some point, Charlotte's loves moves from daughterly to that of a lovers. Valek's starts to feel romantic towards Charlotte too. That did not work for me. I had a hard time getting past it. Plus the blood doll, I get that it was for survival but it is hard for me to get over.

The story built and built. Then it was resolved in the last 8% of the book. There was constant action throughout the book. The book wasn't bad, but wasn't my type of book.
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