Of Light and Darkness

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613330319
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 891,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Shayne's first year out of high school, 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 100,000 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.

You can visit Shayne online at: www.shayneleighton.com

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Great Read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Great read

    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 :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    A must read-Don't miss this book!

    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!

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Love this Book! A Must Read!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

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    I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I just ordered the second book,

    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!!!

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    Reviewed by: April Book provided by: Publisher Review originally

    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.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Vampire Valek never had someone to share his eternal life with.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Goodbye Bella and Edward, hello Charlotte (Lottie) and Valek

    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!

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

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    I just love when, after having put aside a book for a while (bec

    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!

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Loved it!

    So worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Horrible grammer, spelling mistakes

    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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