Of Light and Darkness (Of Light and Darkness #1) by Shayne Leighton

Of Light and Darkness (Of Light and Darkness #1)

A stunning debut that is a fiercely imaginative, multilayered dark fantasy for fans of The Bear and the Nightingale. Raised among a secret society of Witches, Shifters, and Elves, human-born Charlotte Ruzikova finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and monsters. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is slim. After Charlotte captures the attention of th...

Details Of Light and Darkness (Of Light and Darkness #1)

TitleOf Light and Darkness (Of Light and Darkness #1)
Release DateJan 11th, 2016
GenreParanormal, Vampires, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal Romance

Reviews Of Light and Darkness (Of Light and Darkness #1)

  • Shelly Crane
    Okay, I want to preface this review by saying a big "Wow, I was surprised." I'm not really sure what I was expecting going in. From the synopsis and because it's a vampire book, I was expecting something super dark and broody. Oh, and Mrs. Leighton definitely gave us dark and broody. BUT she also gave us some of the sweetest romance I've had the pleasure of reading in a while. Which is awesome. It's an AMAZING break from the usual bad boy, jerk, ...
  • Kristerrn!
    Okay so lets start of with their relationship. It was creepy with a capital C. Seriously this dude is like her adoptive dad, why the hell would he see her as anything other than his daughter. The story was good I liked the way it wasn't just vamps against vamps, there where elves, witches and even spider people (which I loooved). I don't know this story just didn't appeal to me despite it having some of my favourite creatures in. I found myself g...
  • Candace Charee'
    Of Light and Darkness Is a beautiful magical story that captures you from the first sentence. Shayne has done a most terrific job of bringing you into the story and making you feel as if you were right there with the characters. This book will make you cry, laugh, be afraid and feel pure joy! It is honestly one of the very best books I have ever read! It is master crafted in such a way that gives you hope that there ARE great books out there sinc...
  • alexis
    ✦ Read as apart of Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2016 Reading Challenge for a romance about vampires ✦Of Light and Darkness was terrible, and not to mention creepy. Everything (the characters, the world building, the plot) was weak and predictable. The biggest turn off was the romance. While it is a love triangle, it was fairly obvious from the beginning that Aiden was going to end up out of luck. Not even half way through the book, ...
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.... "I stood and looked at the stars, intricate beading that mapped out our fate. Fate. The world used to mean something. Through now, I learn to only appreciate the tangible, the here and now, and things set before my eyes. My world of magic had become so void of possibility and I'd become my only friend over the vast years that turned on a dial like minutes. Expendable. Li...
  • Heather
    First off let me give a huge thank you to Shayne for giving me a copy of this AMAZING book for an honest review. Wow..just wow. This book left me speechless. It has been a long time sine I've found such an enticing vampire read--and I'm obsessed with vampires. BUT not only does this book have vampires but it has all different types of supernatural beings such as witches, werewolves, elves, shifters, etc. which makes it even more amazing. Charlott...
  • Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
    I wanted to fall in love with Shayne Leighton's updated re-release of Of Light and Darkness, I really did. Any NA urban fantasy pitched as featuring paranormal creatures, spellbinding romance, and suspense is bound to capture my attention. Unfortunately, while Of Light and Darkness was very earnest in trying to sweep me away into a fantasy world, it didn't quite succeed...It took me awhile to warm up to Charlotte and Valek as a romantic couple, m...
  • Dawn Vanniman
    Finally, a vampire that acts like a vampire. I mean, Valek needs blood to survive and he doesn't hid it and he doesn't hesitate to do what he has to do to get it. Valek rescued a human child about twenty years ago and now she's all grown up and doesn't look at Valek as a father figure anymore. She's realizing that he's quite the catch and is ready to take on the challenge of being with a vampire. Charlotte is no wimpy girl, she holds her own agai...
  • A Beautiful Book Blog
    I am giving this book 4.5 Star....Wow.. I absolutely loved this book. It was a complete thrill ride. I loved the taboo romance, the war between light and dark. I loved the dip into a fantasy world that felt so real page after page.This book had so many incredible layers to it. First Shayne writing was hands down AMAZING. This book was so beautifully written. The book contained so many dimensions. I loved the look into a man who believed he was th...
  • Laura
    Yet another disappointing vampire read. While Shayne has very lively prose, and is a decent writer, the subject matter of this novel is appalling; I would never give this book to any teen girl (or any woman) to read as it's one of the most anti-feminist (i.e. romanticizes lack of female empowerment, exemplifies female submission) YA books that I've read in a long time. Themes present within the book; female submission (CONSTANTLY) and sacrifice i...
  • Natalie Star
    A vampire finds an abandoned human baby - and takes her in to raise her?... okay that concept drew me in. This is Shayne's debut novel so I wasn't sure what to expect. I loved the story and enjoyed the characters. She is heavy on the descriptions and usually that throws me off when I am reading a story, but the way she writes sucked me in. There were no problems with the pacing. If you like vampire reads this is a must for you :)
  • Janean
    Let me preface this review by letting you know that I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.I took my time writing this review. It was something that I wanted to allow myself to stew on for a little while before I shared my thoughts with the rest of the reading world. This book, in and of itself, is not a bad book, however, I did have some major problems with it that caused me to not feel as strongly about ...
  • Lisa (littlemeadowreads)
    *3.5 stars Of light and darkness is an interesting book. The title already implies that a contrast between light and darkness will play a role in the story; like any good title it does portray its story pretty well. It is the story of a human girl Charlotte who was found by the vampire Valek when she was a baby. She grows up in an occult city where she is the only mortal among mythical creatures, like elves and witches. Firstly, I got a free copy...
  • Rachael Hansen
    An amazing read! It had everything you could ask for in a book! A good story line, magic, romance, and drama. Of Light and Darkness shows you the darker more grim side of the life of a vampire in a semi isolated magical world. Light and dark does not necessarily mean good and bad. I can't wait for the next book in April! Spoiler warning!!! To avoid spoiler do not continue to read this review. You have been warned 😊 I'm still not sure how I fee...
  • Justmybookishlife
    First off I went into this book from the publishing company not know much at all and wasn’t disappointed. It was a real vampire book, some part where dark and bloody but there was just enough and stuck to typical vampy stuff...they definitely didn’t sparkle.Charlotte was a breath of fresh air, most YA books can have such childish female leads but she was your normal character who made some mistakes but also learned from them. She had her bada...
  • Elizabeth Mathis
    Shayne Leighton's stunning New Adult debut is a fiercely imaginative, multilayered dark fantasy where Alice In Wonderland meets Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire in a story about a girl caught between two societies . . . two magic sides . . . and two loves.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 bel...
  • Deborah
    Valek is a vampire who finds a baby abandoned on the streets of Prague, now he shouldn't have been anywhere near Prague in the first place since the Regime's first law states any Occult Creature must never expose himself to any mortal and this obviously includes entering a human city but Valek's here and he can't ignore the baby so he takes her home.Charlotte has never known anything else, she's been raised amongst the supernatural and for eighte...
  • Suzanne
    A high 3.5 stars, but not quite 4This may be one of the more disturbing YA books that I've read but I did really enjoy it and Shayne had no trouble holding my attention from the word go. But it wasn't perfect, and I did have my issues with it. There were some mistakes I noticed, not spelling or grammer, but one thing being said at one stage and then this being completely changed later on. Like at one point, Valek doesn't want Charlotte in the roo...
  • Mandy
    I received Of Light and Darkness in return for an honest review from the author. Charlotte was abandoned as an infant rescued by a vampire who raised her as his own. Charlotte grew up in a secret occult world for the last twenty years. Since that night almost twenty years have passed now and Charlotte is a grown girl with more than just maternal feelings for Valek the vampire who raised her. When one of her childhood friends decides an elf decide...
  • Morgana.Book.Extravaganza
    Title: Of Light and DarknessAuthor: Shayne LeightonSeries: Of Light and Darkness #1Publication Date: January 2016Genre: Young Adult/ParanormalMy Rating: 2.5 StarsShort Summary:Raised by a Vampire in a secret society of Witches, Shifters, and Elves, Charlotte finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and wonder. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is sli...
  • Rachel
    My review for the revised version of Of Light and DarknessI had read the first copy for; Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton when it was titled; Of Light and Darkness the Vampires Daughter though it was a start for the story. I felt there was something missing I just couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. The flow was there some time there was a few parts the seemed a little slow but not to the point of wanting to stop. When I found ...
  • Heather B (Owlnestly Reviews)
    Owlnestly Book ReviewsI found this book to be quite refreshing. It was everything that I looked for in my reading, but with twists that were unexpected and exhilarating. I loved the fact that the vampires didn't sparkle, and did exactly what vampire should do, which is be a vampire. Shayne didn't try to make the vampires attractive to teenage girls, but they still seemed to be. I have always been attracted to the concept of immortal beings that a...
  • Cassandra
    Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a BlogI was amazed by Of Light and Darkness since it was unlike most other paranormal books. The romantic dynamic is a different one but sweet. Charlotte has only known Valek her vampire guardian and then he is threatened so she goes against all odds to protect her life with him. Someone close to her wants something different though. Little does Charlotte know that someone. With its sens...
  • Fathima
    WOW !!!! Thank you sooooooo much Shayne for bringing back the vampires that we all grew up listening about . Shayne manages to criss cross every recent vampire interpretation that we have heard or read about in recent times and successfully teleports us back to the 'Dracula' days kind of vampires . And she does it with a panache . Valek and Charlotte are just so cute . Their love story,shy and soft . It is definitely one of the best Vampire based...
  • Chantal Gadoury
    This book is phenomenal. Shayne captures a world that is entirely new and original. The love story is deep and profound, and lingers with you long after you've turned the last page. The characters are so developed, I felt Charlotte and her friends could almost be mine. From the very beginning, the readers are transported to a beautiful European village, and everything is majestic and entrancing. I never wanted to put the book down. I can't even b...
  • Booknut
    Unbelievably wonderful! I am NOT a fan of vamp novels - ever since the fateful Bella/Edward gag - but this has re-awoken the old-fashioned vampire-who-knows-his-own-demons and yet has some sort of morals or feelings. I loved every minute of it. My fav character is Sarah. If there was ever a movie I bags being her; a witch with curly brown hair (like mine!) and the ability to kick some serious bad guy ass! I loved, loved, loved it!!Only criticism?...
  • Lisa
    This was pretty good! There were a couple of parts that I felt kind of meh about but the ending was definitely eventful. And some things were left unsaid making me want to read book 2 someday.