In this enthralling vampire novel, V.C. Andrews returns to the story of a beautiful girl desperate to escape her secret family legacy - bred to be a lure for unwitting victims of her father's blood appetites. Determined to break free and embrace a life outside the shadows, Lorelei runs away from the only world she's ever known. In a quiet rooming house, she finds refuge among the tenants of elderly Mrs. Winston, and the beginnings of a new love with Liam, her landlady's handsome grandnephew. But Lorelei soon discovers that burying her past is not so easy: Sinister nightmares torment her, and even her waking hours are plagued with the fear that at any moment, Daddy could destroy all she holds dear. Can a child of darkness ever truly feel safe in the light?
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"Daughter of Light, book two in Andrews' The Kindred series, starts off where book one left off, with page-turning suspense." (RT Book Reviews)
The only thing that could have made this a better listening experience for me, is better, complex, writing, with multi-dimensional, multi-cultural characters, inspiring me to suspend my disbelief and maintain that suspension of disbelief. It is clear that V.C. Andrew's estate is trying to cash-in on the Vampire-Romance novel. Unfortunately, the only fantasy going on in this novel wouldn't even make it into an episode of so-called Reality TV series "Desperate Housewives."
I read Daughter of Darkness. As a middle-aged, Black woman, there were no characters with whom I could relate. The only appeal of Daughter of Darkness was the ages-old struggle between good and evil; a whisper of a promise of demons and angels. That story helped me develop some empathy for Buddy. And the desire to see Lorelei triumph over Daddy to save him. Daughter of Light doesn't even attempt to continue the struggle between good and evil or fulfill the promise that in the Light stands angels. I found the story annoying, condescending and tediously boring. So much so, I had to rewind the audible book several times, because I had stopped paying attention for hours. I found no redeeming quality in the story. And all the characters, including Lorelei, are stereotypes. The only thing the author could have done to make this a more enjoyable book for me would have been, to never write the 2 book series in the first place.
I think the narrator did the best she could with the material.
As stated before, I found no redeeming qualities in this book. I listened to the last words with hope that I would.
Nostalgia for V.C. Andrew, lead me to read Daughter of Darkness and Daughter of Light. That was not a good reason to commit to reading anything from the V.C. Andrew's collection written after her passing. No one will ever be able to replicate her style of writing, which drew me into the "Dollanganger" series (i.e."Flowers in the Attic" series). V.C. Andrew fans, learn from my mistake. I plan to return this book and forget about it.
I really dislike being stringed along with a great plot line and narration, only to end up with a solution that's way too simplistic and not very satisfying after all the tension and fear that has been building up over the course of two books. Why? Why make it sound like something really terrible is about to happen, only to end up with a Disney ending? Gag!
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