November 17, 2012

Of Light and Darkness - Review

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

Book 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.
My Review
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review. Valek Ruzik is one of the last of the vampires left. While out hunting one night he comes across an abandoned baby girl. For some reason he decides to take her home to raise. Charlotte grows up in a world where she is the odd one. There is witches, elves and many more creatures that live here. They are all safe as long as they don't leave the area around their home. As Charlotte grows older it becomes her duty to bring her adopted dad Valek home food to eat since he can't leave. His food of course being humans. As she gets older and more beautiful she soon realizes that it may not be fatherly love she feels for Valek. When a dictator decides to wipe out Valek's kind for good, the two find themselves in a fight for their lives and more.

Valek is a vampire that never hides the fact he needs human blood or that he is what he is. This is a great thing in the fact he seems more old school vampire vs the new sparkly ones. He is tries to protect Charlotte from everything including himself as he fights his feelings for her. Charlotte is an amazing female lead. She grew up with a vampire knowing what he is and it didn't turn her away from him. He always protected her from all evil things as he could. She does start to feel bad about bringing him home humans and I like that the author does show how she is conflicted in her emotions. It makes her more real. 

You really get a feel for the world you are reading about in this book. The author builds it up all through the book. You would think it would be creepy reading about a love growing between a vampire and human who are raised as father and daughter but it is not an issue. Why not you may ask because they both know all along they are not kin and have no secrets. It is an amazing story to read. There is fight scenes so if action is you thing have no fear. You also get betrayal, heart ache, you get to see just what all Charlotte is willing to grow through to help Valek. She will do anything for him and proves how much she loves him. It is a fantastic book and I look forward to more by this author.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam

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