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.
4 Blood Suckin' Kisses
Wow. Upon recieving this novel from the Author Shayne Leighton, my expectations were average. I've recieved many novels to review from authors- and I havent been completely impressed by any. Until Now. The Vampire's Daughter was worth every second i spent reading it. As soon as you start reading you are drawn into the world that Leighton has created- and it's a great one indeed. THIS is what true vampires are like. HELLO EDWARD welcome to true vampire nature. Dark & Gruesome, that want BLOOD , regardless of who it comes from when they're hungry. I loved the way Leighton was able bring back the vampires we have grown up - the ones that haunted your nightmares as a child. They do not drink animal blood- nor do they sparkle. They hunt humans to feed, and when they're starving you best not be in the same room as them- even if you are their human lover. The author did a wonderful job showing Valek's struggle with being with Charlotte. How he tried his best to hide his true nature from her, especially when he was hungry- but sometimes it got the best of him. Thats The truth about real vampires (as real as they could get, anyways.)
I loved the development of the relationship between Valek & Charlotte. How he first began raising her as a father- but it quickly grew into something more as she grew into a young woman & he unaging. The story is, well, both Light & Dark. Their relationship vs The truth about their life- its a complex story that keeps readers drawn into the novel.
The innocent jealousy between Charlotte & Valek is believable. Charlotte with Aiden, Valek with Evangeline- Leighton is able to drop little signs that the relationship between Charlotte & Valek isn't as simple as it was years ago, when he found her on the streets abandoned & brought her home to raise. Their feelings slowly develop & the process is shown clearly to the reader- so it's not just SMACK in your face ... "Hey where did THAT relationship come from??!!? Thought she was his daughter :O " Nope none of that! (Thank god)
When we are introduced to the Relaationship between Aiden & Charlotte, we see charlotte's struggle. it's clear that Aiden likes her- and she appears to like him too- but that quickly disappears with Valek in the picture. All's fair in love and war? Hell yeah, you will quickly realize that that theory isn't too far off. Aiden, the next ruler of the regime, will do anything to make Charlotte his queen- while Valek would rather burn in the sun & destroy any that touch his little Lottie. It is indeed a great love traingle.
I do feel though that everything was set up little too perfectly. The moments Evangeline or Sarah are like "Oh they wont find us" or "This wont happen right now" , and then it happens as soon as they finish their sentance......what? its not all too believable.
I am defenitly anticipating the next novel in the series... and also, did you guys know that the novel is being made into a movie as well??! with the author, Shayne Leighton as Charlotte?! SO Cool. be sure to check it out! Here's the teaser trailer!