The Vampire’s Daughter (Of Light and Darkness #1)
by Shayne Leighton | Decadent Publishing (June 2011)
Ebook, 292 pages | Paranormal YA

The Vampire’s Daughter is written from the third person point of view and mainly follows the life of the main protagonist Charlotte. Charlotte is a human girl that was rescued from an alley by Valek, a vampire, when she was an abandoned baby, now grown up Charlotte lures unsuspecting humans home to feed Valek, as by law he is unable to leave their small Occult town to hunt for himself.

This is a tricky book to review, as Charlotte the main protagonist loves her Guardian, father figure in a way that feels inappropriate. The only way to decide if I like the relationship between Charlotte and Valek is to think, I love my Father-in-law but could I find him sexually attractive and the answer is, no, some lines are just not supposed to be crossed.

She hated the fact Valek could hear her thoughts. In most ways he was like a father, but in other more annoying ways, he was much like an older brother.

Yes I am aware that there is no blood relation, so no actual incest takes place so with that in mind I gave The Vampire’s Daughter a chance despite my initial aversion.

Elves govern the magical creatures that exist and it is against their law for humans to know of their existence, with Charlotte living inside the Bohemian Occult city and knowing of their existence she and Valek are breaking the law openly and with the elves, creatures of light hating vampires, creatures of the dark it is all the incentive they need to arrest Valek.

Charlotte has many friends within the city mainly an elf, Aiden who has a soft spot for Charlotte, a living scarecrow, Edwin who has an ability to warn Charlotte when something bad is going to happen, a phaser Mr T noẑka, phaser’s are creatures who look human but are able to shape shift and Evangeline a beautiful witch, who helps Charlotte with spells but has taken a fancy to Valek, so the friendship is not always reciprocated.

When Aiden decides that he wants more than friendship from Charlotte he reports Valek to the elfin council and this is where all the action starts. The Elves storm Valek’s castle at dawn and take prisoners. We see another side to the elves as not all their motives are good or kind, they seek power over all the magical creatures and they fear vampires as the vampires are the only other creature strong enough to destroy the elves. Now the elves have struck, the vampires will need to retaliate before all their numbers are decimated and wiped out but first Valek needs to escape the elfin prison and save Charlotte.

Escaping from the castle with help from an unexpected source, Valek flees to an old vampire acquaintance Francis, where other vampires have gathered together in his safe house. Francis will not grant them admittance unless all the vampires are allowed access to Charlotte and with dawn approaching Valek has very little choice but to agree.

With a large group of vampires under one roof things get a little tense but with a common objective to save the vampire race from extermination a plan forms to hit back. A good read with action, twists and a very different type of romance.


There were a few issues I had with The Vampire’s Daughter, mainly the whole father and daughter inappropriate relationship made me cringe and for part of the book I felt that Valek was a weak character but apart from that I enjoyed it. It was definitely an accomplishment from Shayne Leighton to get any stars from me as after reading a few reviews I didn’t want to enjoy it, and for me to see past the fundamental flaw and enjoy it tells me that Leighton has a good talent for writing.

The Vampire’s Daughter has a different spin on light verses dark with vampire’s as the blood sucking demons they are suppose to be, tied up in a well written plot, if you can see the relationship as a vampire and a soul mate rather than a vampire and a daughter then give this one a try.


Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


  1. The Vampire’s Daughter
  2. The Vampire’s Reflection




A midnight book worm who loves dystopian and young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. As long as the leading man is dead sexy, she's happy. [Becs no longer reviews for the site.]


Gemma December 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

You know, your description of Charlotte and Valek’s relationship reminds me slighly of Louis and Claudia from Interview With The Vampire.

I love when books end up pushing you past your comfort zone and you end up liking a book. This sounds right up my street.

The book I’m reading the now is testing me, but I’m finding myself drawn more and more into the darker part of the tale. It isn’t all fluffy bunnies and romantic strolls, but its so much more compelling.

Great review Becs and really….. we all need books that push us! :)


Becs December 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Gemma you’ve made me want to watch Interview with a Vampire again as I must have missed that or just too naive when I did watch it.

I did feel uncomfortable when I read some of the scenes but it wasn’t very graphic, I think it was because Charlotte sometimes refers to Valek as her father and at other times she is kissing him. If she didn’t see him as a father it would have been fine.

I have read another series with a touch of incest in it but I LOVE that so maybe my boundaries are broadening.


Carolyn December 4, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hmmm, not sure I like the sound of this one. I’m pretty open minded when it some to subject matter but I will admit that incest pushes me to my limits too.


Gemma December 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

I agree Incest is one of my “usual” taboo subjects. Have to admit, they way its handled in one of the books I’m reading just now is handled in a mature manner.


Becs December 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

It wasn’t as bad as I anticipated so I’m not sure what that says about me 😉 at least it was a YA book and it only involved kissing and sucking her neck, I can cope with that.

Gemma, you are much harder core than me, I still get a little embarrassed at sex scenes in adults books. Blush! Although secretly, I love them!


Laura December 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I think I’ve with Carolyn, not sure I could have coped with the weird relationship dynamic, but I enjoyed your review :)


Becs December 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Thank you Laura, it was a tricky review to write and I find Carolyn is broadening my book selections, which is great.
It would not have been a book I would have read otherwise and I understand why you would not wish to. 😀


Leave a Comment





NEW VIDEO *spoilers*



Carolyn (Editor)
YouTuber. Animal Lover. Coffee Addict. Zombie Fan. Reader of all the books.

Laura (Reviewer)
Bookworm. Handbag addict. Mother. Lover of lovely things.

Rebecca (Reviewer)
English graduate. Avid reader. Movie Fan.

Louise (Reviewer)
Romance Junkie. TV Addict. Lover of All Things Robert Downey JNR.




Our REVIEW will be up soon, in the meantime, check it out on GOODREADS


Currently Reading









Top 10 2015



All content and illustrations Ⓒ Book Chick City unless otherwise stated. This means you shouldn't copy or distribute without our permission!