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Jessica (HDB)

I'm a bookworm of the highest caliber! If you see me, I'll probably be reading. There's nothing I love more than finding a good book, and then sharing it with the world!

Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton

Of Light and Darkness - Shayne Leighton

Truth be told, I'm still on the fence about Of Light and Darkness. I had to take some time after finishing to step back, and really think about my feelings regarding this book. This is marketed as Urban Fantasy, which is one of my favorite genres. I love the strong heroines, and that thin line they walk between romance and suspense. For the most part, this book held exactly what I had hoped for. There were just a few nagging things that kept me sitting right on that fence.


Let's start with Charlotte. I actually really enjoyed Charlotte as a character. She was strong, intelligent, and full of that type of fire that tends to get a character into trouble. I enjoyed the fact that she was able to think for herself, instead of getting caught up in the concerns of the rest of the town. Actually, I liked Valek too. He was convincing as that charismatic, but on the edge of blood lust, vampire. I felt his draw, and understood why Charlotte was so attracted to him. Although I never really felt that there was an actual chemistry between them, romance wise, I at least understood her fascination.


In fact, the romance aspect of this book is where I had most of my issues. It just wasn't that believable. Even though I eventually became comfortable with the idea of Charlotte and Valek involved in that capacity, despite their beginning as a master and a young ward, I never felt the sparks between them. The fact that Charlotte pined for Valek, but was shocked by his baser instincts, didn't make sense to me. If she had studied up on vampires, she should have known that Valek's darker side existed. You can't have the light without the dark.


While the world building could have been a little bit more in depth, it's also the part that really kept me reading. Charlotte's home is a place on the fringe of what we, as humans, know exists. The concept of cities full of paranormal creatures, bordering the human world really spoke to me. I loved it! Especially because Charlotte was one of the few who could hop back and forth. Add in political intrigue, and a brewing war, and you have the type of story that I can really sink my teeth into. I just wished it was a little more solid.


So, as you can see, I'm pretty much firmly on the fence about Of Light and Darkness. I'm hoping that there might be more coming, and maybe this will all just be the foundation for something more solidly written. Still, I see a lot of promise in this story and I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who would fully enjoy Charlotte's escapades! Give it a shot.