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Embraced by the Shadows

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In a bazaar in Istanbul one evening, ten-year-old Alana Piovanetti glances into the shadows to find a man watching her. He smiles, and over time she convinces herself that it was just her imagination that placed sharp fangs amongst those flashing teeth.

Twelve years later, Alana is surprised when she is chosen to manage a new restaurant opening in her home city of San Juan.
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Published 2006 by Twilight Times Books
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All of her life, Alana Piovanetti has had a taste for the macabre. As a young child, Alana was fascinated by blood. Alana and her best friend would play pranks at school, pretending to be possessed.

When an opportunity to work at a vampire themed restaurant and club arises, Alana jumps at the chance and is hired as the club manager. She can now go to work dressed as a vampire.
Alana has had strange and vivid dreams; dreams of flying, dreams of panthers, and dreams of a man. The dreams disturb Ala
Alana Piovanetti was 10 years old when, at a family vacation in Istanbul, she saw a man with fangs in his mouth. Since that day Alana has been having the strangest of dreams, all surrounding creatures of the night taking her into wild rides. Fast-Forward twelve years and Alana is a recent college grad looking for a job, just like any other person in her beloved Puerto Rico. Landing the job as manager of La Cueva del Vampiro, (a hip, new vampire-themed restaurant/nightclub in San Juan) turns Alan ...more
Nov 03, 2011 BookHookup rated it liked it
What did you think of the premise?
Heidi: I liked the different take on vampires. The use of telepathy and mind control. And they could fly. Any good vampire should know how to fly. It was also refreshing to read a story that took place in a country that spoke Spanish and not English. There is however one thing about the vampires that left me a little.. unsatisfied. I don’t want to say what though, but if you read the book, I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about ;) But let me say that w
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Nov 09, 2011 Dark Haven rated it liked it
3 1/2 STARS

As a child of 12, while on vacation with her mother in Turkey, Alana Piovanetti is mesmerized by an oil painting of fallen angels. A man in the shadows reminds of her of the angels on the canvas or did she just imagine his face? Sadash an ancient vampire, turned during the time of the Ottoman Empire, is enraptured by the child. A child he follows through the years.

Nearly 10 years later Alana has graduated from college and returned to her island home of Puerto Rico to live with her
Oct 23, 2011 Kelsey rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
The prologue introduces us to a mysterious vampire, Sadash, lurking in the shadows watching a girl with long red curls. We are instantly aware that he is mesmerized by this girl. Now twelve years later, Alana, who was the little red haired girl, is having strange and morbid dreams. Sometimes they are about a panther and other times about a creature caressing her with his long fingernail. Her best friend and roommate Valerie informs her that she is also sleepwalking. Alana knows she should be che ...more
Jan 15, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
Sadash, the vampire, first notices Alana Piovanetti while she vacations with her family in Istanbul. She is very young, a child really, but he is drawn to her. Three hundred years ago he would not have hesitated to drink of her blood - all of it. Not now, however. Since that long ago time he has vowed not to take advantage of a child. He watches as she gazes at a painting of a red-haired angel being thrown out of heaven. Her coloring is very much like that angel. Later in the story this painting ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Celeste rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, paranormal
The premise:
I liked the fresh take on vampires and the bonds they created. I could really feel how drawn Alana was to Sadash. However, I totally agree with Heidi; I also felt with all that chemistry between humans-turned-vampire and their makers, it could have been more old fashioned romantic. You definitely have to read to know what we mean since we don’t want to spoil.

The characters:
I was definitely intrigued by the characters but never loved any of them. I thought Alana was quite mean to Vale
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
I received this as an ARC through e-mail about a week ago and accepted it enthusiastically because it sounded like a good book. And it was for the first few 50 pages.

The beginning really drew me in. The scenario took place in Puerto Rico which was new and welcoming from my part. I like reading books in different scenarios so thats a plus for the unique setting. In the beginning we meet Alana our protagonist and her bestfriend Valeria. They have this undying bond with one another that is beyond n
Mindy Stewart
Nov 14, 2011 Mindy Stewart rated it it was amazing
When I first started Embraced By The Shadows I knew that this wasn't going to a typical vampire book by all means. From the beginning I could tell that this book was going to go deeper and darker then any other vampire theme book that I ever read.

In many of the books that I have read have the human and the vampire falling in love then they have a battle between good and evil. In Embraced by the Shadows Alana is trying to figured out something that she not sure that she saw but still haunts her t
Dec 08, 2008 Bitten_by_Books rated it really liked it
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Alana Piovanetti is the intriguing protagonist of Mayra Calvani’s Embraced by the Shadows. Alana is not your typical 22 year old. Just having graduated college in Boston, she has returned to Puerto Rico and has somehow managed to land a job managing La Cueva del Vampiro, the newest and hottest nightclub in San Juan...

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Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking he
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