Monday 29 October 2012

The Vampire's Daughter (Of Light and Darkness # 1) by Shayne Leighton - Book Review

Title: The Vampire's Daughter (Of Light and Darkness # 1)
Author: Shayne Leighton
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Publication Date: June 2011
Pages: 252
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Paranormal
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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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 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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

At the start of this book, I was quite interested in the storyline and main character, but sadly it failed to hold my interest till the end.

The story started out well-paced but then seemed to lose momentum and I found myself skim reading a little. More difficult for me though was the romance between the two main characters. It just never felt right - partly because of the way their relationship suddenly changed from father-daughter to lovers and partly because I just didn't feel the connection between the two of them.

For me this was a book that held a lot of promise but didn't quite manage to deliver.

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