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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!"
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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,758,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: Of Light and Darkness
Author: Shayne Leighton
Series: Of Light and Darkness #1
Publication Date: January 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Short Summary:

Raised by a Vampire in a secret society of Witches, Shifters, and Elves, Charlotte finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and wonder. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is slim, resulting in a war between light and darkness.

My Review:

I finished this book almost a week ago and I've just been beyond baffled on what to say about it. There were just as many good ideas,characters and interesting plot developments as there were bored-to-tears, that doesn't even make sense and why, oh why are we still reading about this moments. I thought if maybe I sat on writing my review that things would somehow become clearer and I would instinctively know what to put down in words, but I don't. I honestly have never had to try so hard to make a review happen. I mean, seriously, I usually just wing it and hope it flies.

Okay... deep breath...

This novel had a lot of moving parts in it which almost seemed to destract rather than enhance. There were a multitude of creatures, with some of them showing up half-way through the book, making me question if it was truly necessary for them to even be introduced. In a way, I understand that the author was trying to add more 'magic to the magical world' but it just seemed like overkill, even if the creatures were kind of cool.

This book was very.... dare I say it... A.D.D.
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OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS begins with a vampire finding a human infant left by a fountain in Prague. Instead of his normal reaction, he takes the baby into his home and raises her as his own daughter. Now Charlotte is nineteen and she knows only The Occult City, where she and her guardian, the vampire Valek, live. Charlotte is mostly content with her life, until she realizes her childish love for Valek has transformed into a more adult version. Now the Light is threatening all Charlotte holds dear and she must find a way to save herself and her world. OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS uses a lot of the standard / traditional mythos regarding vampires, witches, and fae. With alternating points of view, it can be difficult at times to stick with the story, but the plot is definitely interesting. I was put off by the fact Charlotte was in love with the vampire who raised her, effectively creating a pseudo-incestuous feel to the story whether intentional or not. While OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS didn’t leave me wanting to read the subsequent novels, it was compelling enough for me to finish.
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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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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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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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