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Of Light and Darkness

Of Light and Darkness

4.5 17
by Shayne Leighton

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Charlotte is the only mortal in a society of beasts and nightmarish things. By night, she hunts other humans to satiate her Vampire guardian. By day, she struggles to find her place of belonging among the magic and monsters.
But when war conflicts her peaceful, however odd little life, she must fight for love and survival the only way she knows how...
with her


Charlotte is the only mortal in a society of beasts and nightmarish things. By night, she hunts other humans to satiate her Vampire guardian. By day, she struggles to find her place of belonging among the magic and monsters.
But when war conflicts her peaceful, however odd little life, she must fight for love and survival the only way she knows how...
with her blood.

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Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Of Light and Darkness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Daniela07 More than 1 year ago
Vampire Valek never had someone to share his eternal life with. Before he found his Lottie he was a very lonely man. But then a miracle happened, he stumbled upon a little baby girl. A human. And Valek couldn't help himself, he took her to his home and raised her, even though it was strictly against The Occult laws. No humans were allowed to know that magical beings really existed, too bad Valek was never the sort to follow the rules. As Charlotte (Lottie) matures, she begins to grow intimate feelings for her father-figure/big-brother Valek. She tries not to, but she can't help herself either. She's falling in love with the vampire who raised her. But does Valek feel the same way? Is it destiny that brought them together? Is it even right to feel this way for him? Unfortunately, Valek isn't the only one Charlotte has to worry about. Her childhood friend, Aiden, seems to find her equally interesting. But it's not love that's on his mind, it's power. Lottie is about to find out the real person hidden inside Aiden. Magical beings are never who they say they are. Meanwhile, light forces are gathering. Their plan: Get rid of all the Vampires. It's a purge. A genocide. And unfortunately, Valek is the main vampire they want dead. He started this war, now he's got to end it. Of Light and Darkness blew me away. It's a different sort of read, and I really enjoyed it. The love was incredibly twisted, I honestly don't know if I agree with it or not. Valek isn't Charlotte's real father, but he did raise her. And yet, it just didn't seem right. There was nonstop action throughout the book and for once in my life, I read a book where vampires were the ones being attacked and not vice versa. Definitely refreshing. The characters were only a bit of a problem for me. While Charlotte tried her hardest to be strong, she was insufferable. She was considerably brave in the beginning, but then she started getting whiny and I grew tired of her. I loved her determination and willpower, but her I'm-a-delicate-doll act got unbearable. She wasn't the strongest heroine in the book, she was more of a damsel in distress and if that's what Leighton wanted her to be, then Lottie's character and personality came out perfectly. Valek's character developed very well throughout the book. He started off with this brotherly love for Lottie, but as the plot thickened, his love grew passionate. I didn't have any problems with him at all. I loved how he wasn't the tough, invincible vampire that did whatever he wanted. His flaws were loud and clear. He couldn't go out in the daylight, he died every sunrise, and Lottie was like a chain holding him down most of the time. The plot was not that hard to predict. I knew how things would end, it was the in-between stuff that kept me latched. Mostly with the twisted romance, the kidnappings, the attacks, and such. The world Leighton created was brilliant. I loved how everything fit in perfectly and I wasn't confused half the time. I could get a clear picture of everything in my head without having to try hard and yet it wasn't so easy as to make me feel stupid. The pace was consistent, but there were some spots where it slowed down a notch. Overall, Of Light and Darkness is more like a fairy tale. It's a light, enjoyable read with a small love triangle keeping us on the edge. There were still some questions unanswered and I'm curious to see what happens next. I think Of Light and Darkness would definitely make a great movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved how magical this story was... I hope to see more work from this author. The vampires in this story are more like the ones described in older books. Not all of them are pretty and sparkly :)
DianeAlberts More than 1 year ago
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!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
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 Paranormal Romance. I really loved the modern paranormal fantasy storyline, where the Elves are the Central European Light Magic Regime. They rule the secret occult worlds, and it takes only one drunk Vampire of the darkness to piss them off. Oh yes, that would be my gorgeous vampire Valek. But on that same night Valek finds Charlotte, who he takes home to raise. This all happen about twenty years before, and Charlotte has grown into a woman and her feelings for Valek are changing. I really liked Charlotte. She's strong-willed, but a little naïve. She keeps pushing Valek on his rules, because she knows she loves him. It takes Valek a while to admit to himself that he's falling in love with Charlotte. When the blinders finely come off, these two definitely get their romance on. I love this dark romance between Charlotte and Valek. But there's also Aiden, who's an Elf. He's had plans for "his" Charlotte for a long time, and has waited patiently, wanting her, and now it's time to take what he wants. Aiden is one sick, sadistic, power-hungry guy. And Charlotte is his way to get it. I'm in love with Of Light and Darkness and will be anxiously waiting the next book in this series. I highly recommend this story as a must read! Good bye Bella and Edward lol!
TMS-Avid_Reader_Am_I_0828 More than 1 year ago
This happens to be Shanye's debuting novel and I think she hits on the head. The combination of a romance of a Regency style gentleman and his ward has been done before in the likes those of the Jane Austin, Georgette Heyer and so many more. But Shayne has given it a different twist when she adds a vampire and his adopted human child, to the storyline as the main characters: Valek and Charlotte. They relationship is complicated at best during the struggles to defined it through out the book. It is more realistic as it is not all rainbows and sunshine. We know that Valek needs blood from humans and Charlotte is usually the lure that brings the human victim home to Valek. When we add the other characters like the Phasers, Elves and a Witch. Look out as things get really interesting in this little section of magical woods in Prague. And then it could be said that there is a tad bit of jealous towards the human daughter of the Vampire Doctor. The details that are used for the background, the characters and such are well thought out that makes them more human-like in their interactions with each other. I found that the pace was steady enough without feeling rushed. There is a bit of a cliff hanger that hints of a second book. I could see this being adapted for a movie with out to much work. Over all I would give this 4 out of 5 stars. ***NOTE*** Please know that I received this book from the author in exchange of my honest opinion and has no bearing to anyone in the making of this book. This is just my opinion of what I thought of the book.
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Jennifer99 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I just ordered the second book, The Vampire's Reflection! I can't wait to see what happens in the second book!! I absolutely love the way the author, Shayne Leighton brings you right into the story! I can't wait to see what she has in store for the characters in the next book!!!! It's so hard to pick a favorite character in this series because they've all got something to love about them!!!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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 a little known city called the Occult City where vampires, elves, witches and all facets of the paranormal reside – segregated from humans. As an infant, Charlotte is discovered by Valek, a vampire and doctor of the Occult City, abandoned in the dirty streets of Prague. Valek takes Charlotte in – breaking one of the most stringent laws of the city by harboring a human – and nurtures her, raising her with love and fatherly adoration. As Charlotte grows older, she goes out to hunt humans to feed Valek and is a main staple in the city and is well loved. Both find their relationship changing, however, as Charlotte grows into womanhood. Innocence is replaced by deeper feelings and when lives become endangered, there is an added intensity that adds an entirely new dimension to the story. I truly loved the writing style of Shayne Leighton in Of Light and Darkness. The way in which she brings the characters to life is fairly extraordinary. I found myself very attached to both Valek and Charlotte. Unlike many YA/Vamp/Paranormal stories on the market today, this one is not portrayed as the romantic/glorified version of otherworldly beings. There is a bit more darkness and realism, if you will, packed within this story. Valek is kind and very doting to his Lottie (Charlotte), he has tried to shelter her from seeing his monster side when he feeds and goes into his death sleep. He is a man with morals, compassion and is rather nurturing and unselfish. Charlotte is a very endearing and likable character. She is filled with spunk, bravery, and loyalty. The chemistry between the two main characters is very nearly perfect. I know some may be a bit turned off by the idea of a more intimate relationship forming between a father-type figure and the child/young woman that he raised and nurtured. However the way in which Ms. Leighton approaches and writes this aspect of the story is very well done, as well as adds a uniqueness of plot that I have not previously read in other novels. In addition to the romance aspect in Of Light and Darkness, there is an excellent element of suspense that kept me engaged throughout. I found myself absorbed not only in the story itself and its many characters, but my emotions were also strongly engaged as I found my heart racing in intensity and worries engulf me throughout. With strong descriptions all throughout, readers will quickly and easily find themselves hooked on Of Light and Darkness, as I was. The ending was the perfect mix of satisfaction, yet openness to make me anxious for the next book in the series. For lovers of YA and/or Paranormal stories, I highly recommend this one. I anxiously look forward to not only reading the next book in this series, but additional works by this author as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! Never did I think that this book was exactly THE NEW Vampire/teenager romance. I'll just say that this was even better than Twilight. Every part of this book kept me reading. Finished it in one day, I could not put it down. I was tired of vampires until I found this book. READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! You will not be disapointed! It is book 1. I am so excited! I can't wait to read book 2!
Nancy_TumblingBooks More than 1 year ago
I just love when, after having put aside a book for a while (because I had very little time to read), I can simply pick it up and continue reading it without being confused about what was going on. Trust me, with some books I'm actually scared to do that. I had no such worried with Of Light and Darkness and just knowing that I wouldn't feel lost when I picked it up again made me love it even more. Reading this book felt a bit different than reading other young adult books, it felt mature and it reminded me a bit of Anne Rice, in a good way! I felt like the author wasn't just feeding into the whole "teen girls love vampires" thing, but she actually brought back what vampires USED to be... what I remember them to be in older movies (anyone remembers Lestat?) before they sparkled in the sun with Tinker Bell's pixie dust. It was highly refreshing to read a book that wasn't overly romantic and overly teen-ified. It felt like a book for us older teens (in our 20s). It really gave more credit to the reader as being an intelligent person capable of putting himself/herself in a fictional character's position and understand them, rather than being fed line after line of romantic crap with not much purpose to it. I guess it doesn't even need to be said as I've pretty much summed up my love of the book, but I really liked all the characters (VALEK and CHARLOTTE!!!) and the whole thing just clicked for me, it was a great book and it redeemed the reputation of vampires everywhere!
Kaylajohns More than 1 year ago
So worth buying.
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The mistakes in this book are ridiculous. One on every other page. Made it hard to concentrate and comprehend because you are constantly trying to figure out what words are sppose to be. Storyline is generic. Nothing exciting. Horrible ending.
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