Book Review: Of Light and Darkness (Of Light and Darkness Series #1) by: Shayne Leighton

Publication Date:  January 11, 2016

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis:  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 slim, resulting in a war between light and darkness.

Charlotte knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches draw spells of enchantment, Shifters throw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin.

As genocide and war threatens her life and her home, Charlotte will not allow her one true love to be destroyed. Fighting for her adopted coven of rogue monsters, she will do whatever it takes to save them...and she'll do it before the sun comes up and light takes over forever!

Review: OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS begins with a vampire finding a human infant left by a fountain in Prague. Instead of his normal reaction, he takes the baby into his home and raises her as his own daughter. Now Charlotte is nineteen and she knows only The Occult City, where she and her guardian, the vampire Valek, live. Charlotte is mostly content with her life, until she realizes her childish love for Valek has transformed into a more adult version. Now the Light is threatening all Charlotte holds dear and she must find a way to save herself and her world. OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS uses a lot of the standard / traditional mythos regarding vampires, witches, and fae. With alternating points of view, it can be difficult at times to stick with the story, but the plot is definitely interesting. I was put off by the fact Charlotte was in love with the vampire who raised her, effectively creating a pseudo-incestuous feel to the story whether intentional or not. While OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS didn’t leave me wanting to read the subsequent novels, it was compelling enough for me to finish.

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