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The Vampire's Daughter (Of Light and Darkness #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  298 ratings  ·  72 reviews
When one human stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of overcoming them in this coming-of-age modern fairytale may result in war between light and darkness.

Abandoned as an infant in Prague, naive and strong-willed Charlotte Ruzikova was raised by one of the last Vampires left alive. As a human, she knows no other home than the one nestled deep in th...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Decadent Publishing (first published June 26th 2011)
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Candace Charee'
Of Light and Darkness Is a beautiful magical story that captures you from the first sentence. Shayne has done a most terrific job of bringing you into the story and making you feel as if you were right there with the characters. This book will make you cry, laugh, be afraid and feel pure joy! It is honestly one of the very best books I have ever read! It is master crafted in such a way that gives you hope that there ARE great books out there since Twilight lol I give this book not 5 stars but 50...more
A high 3.5 stars, but not quite 4

This may be one of the more disturbing YA books that I've read but I did really enjoy it and Shayne had no trouble holding my attention from the word go. But it wasn't perfect, and I did have my issues with it. There were some mistakes I noticed, not spelling or grammer, but one thing being said at one stage and then this being completely changed later on. Like at one point, Valek doesn't want Charlotte in the room when he is going to "sleep" because he's most vo...more
Dawn Vanniman
Finally, a vampire that acts like a vampire. I mean, Valek needs blood to survive and he doesn't hid it and he doesn't hesitate to do what he has to do to get it. Valek rescued a human child about twenty years ago and now she's all grown up and doesn't look at Valek as a father figure anymore. She's realizing that he's quite the catch and is ready to take on the challenge of being with a vampire. Charlotte is no wimpy girl, she holds her own against werewolves, elves, vampires and witches.

The se...more
Okay so lets start of with their relationship. It was creepy with a capital C. Seriously this dude is like her adoptive dad, why the hell would he see her as anything other than his daughter. The story was good I liked the way it wasn't just vamps against vamps, there where elves, witches and even spider people (which I loooved). I don't know this story just didn't appeal to me despite it having some of my favourite creatures in. I found myself getting increasingly bored with the story, it was t...more
Natalie Star
A vampire finds an abandoned human baby - and takes her in to raise her?... okay that concept drew me in. This is Shayne's debut novel so I wasn't sure what to expect. I loved the story and enjoyed the characters. She is heavy on the descriptions and usually that throws me off when I am reading a story, but the way she writes sucked me in. There were no problems with the pacing. If you like vampire reads this is a must for you :)
Cassandra (The Book & Movie Dimension blogger)
Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

I was amazed by Of Light and Darkness since it was unlike most other paranormal books. The romantic dynamic is a different one but sweet. Charlotte has only known Valek her vampire guardian and then he is threatened so she goes against all odds to protect her life with him. Someone close to her wants something different though. Little does Charlotte know that someone. With its sensual feel and paranormal twists you'll be happy...more
Apr 05, 2011 diggers~gurl marked it as to-read
Michael Welch of the Twilight Saga was just cast to play Aiden in the upcoming film adaptation of this book. Guess I need to get to reading this one. :)
Amy Sheffer
I can't wait to read this book! It looks SUPER awesome!
Mystical Lit Lounge
An abandoned infant, found in Prague by one of the few remaining Vampires left in the world. A magical society ruthlessly hidden from mortals. A love that could destroy them all.

When Charlotte Ruzikova was found in Prague, she instantly captured the undead heart of Valek Ruzik, a reclusive Vampire. Valek raises Lottie as his own in the Occult, the land of magic that is kept hidden from all mortals by the Regime. Charlotte grows up to love the enchanted world filled with magical creatures. Althou...more
Valek Ruzik, vampire, was touring the night in Prague when he discovers an abandon human child. He calls her Charlotte and take her home where he raises her as his daughter.

Charlotte Ruzikova is now a grown woman and assists in bringing victims for Valek to feed from. You see the Wizards, elves, have enacted a rule that no Occult member can cross the town boards into the human realm. This leaves Valek unable to secure his own meal.

There is a power play going on that threatens all creatures that...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by: April
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

A very unique spin on the widely done Young Adult/Paranormal/Vamp genre, Of Lights and Darkness held my attention from beginning to end and never wavered in between.

Shayne Leighton creates a lively and vivid world within the pages of this story, interwoven with dynamic characters and an intriguing story line, I was held captivated on many levels the entire way through. Set in the area of Prague, there is...more
I was drawn to this book for a couple of reasons. My love of vampires for sure, but also the setting of the story. Prague just seemed like an interesting place to tell a story like this one. The main character Charlotte is lovely, selfless and intelligent. She is rescued as an infant by Valek, a lone vampire who found her abandoned in the city, in some bushes. He cares for her, teaches her everything she knows, but doesn't hide what he is from her, to a point. Valek has an air of mystery about h...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
What came to mind, as I read Of Light and Darkness, was that the two leading characters—Valek and Charlotte—kicked Bella and Edward’s butt lol! When I think of a human teenage girl in love with a vampire, this is the way it would be for me: dark, wicked, and very sensual. Charlotte and Valek was all that and more, I want more of these two. I love a vampire that does what a vampire is supposed to do. Thank you, Shayne Leighton, for writing Valek’s character how a vampire should really be in a Par...more
Yet another disappointing vampire read. While Shayne has very lively prose, and is a decent writer, the subject matter of this novel is appalling; I would never give this book to any teen girl (or any woman) to read as it's one of the most anti-feminist (i.e. romanticizes lack of female empowerment, exemplifies female submission) YA books that I've read in a long time. Themes present within the book; female submission (CONSTANTLY) and sacrifice in light of male wants/needs, female sexuality/inno...more
WOW !!!! Thank you sooooooo much Shayne for bringing back the vampires that we all grew up listening about . Shayne manages to criss cross every recent vampire interpretation that we have heard or read about in recent times and successfully teleports us back to the 'Dracula' days kind of vampires . And she does it with a panache . Valek and Charlotte are just so cute . Their love story,shy and soft . It is definitely one of the best Vampire based love story i've come about . A must read for Vamp...more
I got this book from Barnes and Noble and read it last year and it was a pretty good read. It is about a girl named Charlotte who is raised by a vampire named Valek. Charlotte grows up to be a beautiful young woman who wants the vampire all to herself. A dictator in power threatens to wipe out Valek's race but Charlotte won't let that happen. In a battle between light and darkness, She'll do whatever it takes to save the only one she has ever loved before the Sun comes up and light takes over. I...more

This was a beautifully constructed book. The characters were very uniquely fleshed out, each with their own personalities and motives.

Admittedly, I hesitated once reading some reviews balking at the fact that she fell in love with her former father figure, but I feel like their relationship came very naturally even though it took time for their feelings peak to that point where they were romantically involved. It wasn't predatory, or anything like that. Personally, I didn't have a proble...more
Kelly Maldia
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...more
Cherie Phillips
Really great book and it's the authors first release. It's well written and everything has been given really great discriptions without carring on too much. This is the one of the few YA books I have read in some time but I liked the cover discription and thought I would give it a try and I was not disapointed. For me the only let down was the fact there wasn't a whole lot of interaction between Charlotte and Valek but I guess thats what keeps this series planted firmly in the YA genre.
3/4th of the way through and getting bored. I was initially interested but suddenly with the advance of this new vampire coven I feel the writing is starting to fall flat and I keep putting this book down. I then pick it up again, read another chapter, and set it down again. I'm rapidly losing interesting in not only the characters but the storyline as a whole. Hrm, I think I'm just going to drop this book for now. Maaaaybe I'll pick it up later to finish it off. Maybe.
Diane Alberts
A true delight from start to finish, it is sure to leave you thirsting for more. Shayne brings an invigorating twist to the vampire world that is not to be missed!

I love the fresh eyes to the paranormal world, and the creatures she introduced us to as well. Can't wait to read more about Valek and Lottie.

Don't miss this book!

A book is amazing with a mixture of dark and light emotions.

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I enjoyed this read, it was really cute and reminded me of some novels I read as a child. Nice, characters, nice mix of innocence and worldliness, together with a good dose of fantasy.
Laura Vanhook
I liked it. it seemed to abruptly end but it was a great steady pace all the way thru.
an unlikely human to vampire raising led to a powerful devotion.
Karla(Book Addict)
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Emily Miller
What a sweet story! Not your typical view of vampires!
Sarah Dizon
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Jun 22, 2011 Krysten marked it as to-read
Love this cover.
This book started off well enough. Imaginitive characters (this does NOT include the main character) are introduced at the very beginning and the setting is very atmospheric and magical. But, once all the groundwork is set in the first and maybe second chapter, this book completely falls flat. The main character, Charlotte, has no likeable qualities what-so-ever and throughout the book, I couldn't understand why all of the characters fell all over themselves for her. Even the most self-serving v...more
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“The occult town was vibrant, busy with fiddles playing themselves on street corners, and enchanted paper lanterns hanging mysteriously string-less in the dead of night. Lycanthropes chattered with each other in alleyways between the hotels and inns. Fairies stalked in the shadows, preying on unfortunate cats and mice. Hearty Elves with round bellies and rosy smiles worked late into the night, pushing their wooden carts filled with baked goods and meats.” 0 likes
“Charlotte sighed and, resting her chin on her knees, watched the fire again. Mr. Třínožka placed a hand on her shoulder, which made her feel even warmer. He smelled to Charlotte like one of those butterscotch candies you forgot about in your pocket for a year. The older, the sweeter.” 0 likes
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