Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: June 26, 2011
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
The Blurb: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 the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches drew spells of enchantment, Phasers threw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin. Charlotte has lived her life in the dark with her Guardian, content to having him to herself and reveling in his attention, until she's realizes she wants more...
Resident medical doctor and Vampire, Valek Ruzik fears the day his ward would come of age and blossom into a fine woman, and he is forced to confront his own motives as time is of the essence once his past catches up to him, and their lives become endangered...
As genocide and war threatens their secret society, the dictator in power is ready to wipe out Valek's race, but Charlotte will not allow that to happen. Fighting for the only one she's ever loved and truly believed in, she will do whatever it takes to save their love...before the sun comes up and light takes over.
The Vampire's Daughter is the first book in the Of Light and Darkness series by Shayne Leighton. The father figure theme that dominated the romance was disturbing to me. I wish that could have been changed or tamed down a bit, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the story. There was rarely a dull moment through the book. This book brings back the scary, dark, old school vampires who use instinct, intelligence, and sexuality to hunt their prey. I haven't read Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire, but the atmosphere of this book made me feel the way I felt while I watched the movie for the first time. It gives you a dark curiosity about their world. The Vampire's Daughter kept me intrigued, and I'm curious to find out what's coming next.
Check out my review of book 2, The Vampire's Reflection!
About the Author:
Shayne's first year out of high school (after meeting mentor, friend, and executive producer, Marcie Gorman), she penned, co-directed, and starred in the feature-length film, The Incubus a paranormal romance, which obtained distribution and opened in over fifteen theaters across South Florida among popular chains like Regal, AMC, and Cinemark. The Incubus has obtained a fan-base of over 60,000 girls online, and has garnered the attention of reporters from the Miami Herald, CBS News, and NPR Radio. Leighton also starred alongside Scream Queen, Tara Cardinal in the film, Legend of the Red Reaper. Now, 20-year-old Leighton is excited to release her debut young adult novel series, Of Light and Darkness, set in contemporary Prague as well as penning several other screenplays, a novel adaptation for Legend of the Red Reaper, an original pop/rock album, and acting in various film roles. Have you read my interview with Shayne Leighton?
To learn more about Shayne Leighton and her books, visit her website and blog. You can also find the author on Facebook and Twitter.
The Vampire's Daughter by Shayne Leighton was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.