Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Embraced by the Shadows by Mayra Calvani

Embraced by the Shadows  by Mayra Calvani


In a bazaar in Istanbul one evening, ten-year-old Alana Piovanetti glances into the shadows to find a man watching her. He smiles, and over time she convinces herself that it was just her imagination that placed sharp fangs amongst those flashing teeth.

Twelve years later, Alana is surprised when she is chosen to manage a new restaurant opening in her home city of San Juan. She has neither training nor experience to justify her success. But La Cueva del Vampiro has the kind of ambiance she adores, for Alana has always had a penchant for horror and the dark side of life. Yet she is also plagued with dreams of dark sensuality, dreams that take on shattering reality when she meets the stunningly handsome, charismatic Sadash.

For Sadash is the man she saw in the shadows so many years before…and Sadash isn’t human….


Alana Piovanetti was ten years old the first time she saw him, or at least she thought she did. In the shadows, revealing his fanged smile, as time went on she disregarded that night as a product of her overactive imagination. Over the years there were several events that seemed illogical; seemingly real dreams of panthers and tempestuous men. It became difficult for Alana to determine fact from fiction.

When Alana takes a job at a Vampire themed restaurant and night club, she happens upon an alluring stranger. Sadash was handsome and familiar, and time would reveal that Alana has known him all along.

Embraced by the Shadows is wonderfully written.  The story unfolds revealing layers of the past and present. The characters are complex, sometimes likable and sometimes not (just like real people! LOL).  I was a little bit disappointed at the end, I felt like I wanted to know a little bit more about how things turned out.  Perhaps there will be a sequel???

I give this book:

About the author:

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. She’s a reviewer/columnist for Blogcritics Magazine, Midwest Book Review and Latino Books Examiner. Her articles, stories and interviews have appeared on numerous publications both in print and online.

In addition, she regularly offers writing workshops at SavvyAuthors.com. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She lives in Brussels, Belgium. Visit her website to see what's happening with Mayra. For her children’s books, visit Mayra's Secret Bookcase.


Donna M. McDine said...

Hi Stacey:

Thank you for taking the time out to read and review Mayra's book Embraced by the Shadows, much appreciated.

Be well,

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Sounds an interesting story...
On other matters: glad to have been of help, Stacey. All the best with the challenge - let me know how you get on!

Cricket said...

Hi, this sounds like an interesting book. New subscriber.

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