Shades of Gray

Rated 4.73/5 based on 11 reviews
Not suitable for tweens. Hunted by a coven of vampires, Katelina has only one person she can trust: Jorick. But when her knight in shining armor turns out to be one of the monsters she has to examine her perceptions of good and evil to survive. More
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About Joleene Naylor

Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a compliment to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels collection, and an Amaranthine Encyclopedia.

In what little time is left she watches anime and updates her blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely, and should she ever disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.

Ramblings from the Darkness at
You never know what you’ll find in the shadows…..


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About the Series: Amaranthine
Pulled into a world of darkness, Katelina's fate becomes intertwined with that of Jorick, a dark, enigmatic vampire. To stay by his side, she must navigate intrigue, terror and bloodshed as they are drawn from one battle to another. Dreams of peace seem elusive, and are complicated by mysterious vampires, old relics, and an ancient master. Join Katelina and Jorick in a world where vampires don't sparkle and night is eternal.

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Review by: Matthew Rattsifer on May 16, 2016 :
I love the characters and all the situations they get into. I wish some of these characters were real so I could know them. Excellent book. Looking forward to reading more.
(review of free book)
Review by: Carol on Jan. 6, 2013 :
Good to see a book where the vampires are scary and part of a frightening society.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Nicole Thornton on May 28, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this story. More grittiness to the characters and writing than have come across in a while. Looking forward to reading the rest of her series.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Craig Fallon on March 28, 2012 :
It's a pleasure to find a vampire book where the vampires are more monster than sparkles. Still a few things prevent me from giving it a 5 star review. I thought the characters were a bit one dimensional. I also found a few typographical errors. I wish Katelina was a bit more self-sufficient. I also found it a bit unbelievable that Jorick would appear just in the nick of time every time.

Still, I enjoyed the story well enough to eagerly begin Legacy of Ghosts, the second book in the series.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Unicorn Productions on June 23, 2011 :
OK, first of all, I'm not a fan of vampires and I'm stuck to Ann Rice's first 3 books (and I prefer the movie of Interview anyway, but I read also the Vampire Lestat and Queen of Darkness, then I had enough of the gore and quit). BUT Katelina's "voice" is so strong and funny (and in third person, yay!) that I really rushed through this. The right amount of gore, sex and humor, so to speak. And I look forward to start the second book of the series and all the short stories I skipped so far.
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
Review by: David N Bending on June 6, 2011 :
Tremendous read! Your storytelling makes the reader believe they are involved all the way through. Brilliant!! Can't wait to read another book by you.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Martha Schlegel on April 5, 2011 :
This was a fun read. I loved the story and the characters. It was action packed and romance! Can't wait to read the next book to see where it takes Katalina and Jorick!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Jessica Peach on Nov. 15, 2010 :
this is a brilliant example of fiction involving the paranormal. it is something i strongly believe in and more books like this should be published, well done. i couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: amberblase on May 18, 2010 :
This was a great read. I had a hard time putting it down. I love how Joleene Naylor crafted her world and made it believable. There were rules and divisions of power in this vampire world. It's refreshing to see a vampire who actually cannot come out in the day (for example). And Jorick was hot. I don't know why but the idea of a man who's been watching a woman to protect her (and not in a creepy stalker sort of way) and falls in love with her from afar is very romantic to me. He was never forceful or demanding, but he definitely had a sexy quality about him. Katelina is one lucky girl. LOL

There is sex and violence (both well done), so yeah, it's not for the faint of heart. There are very evil vampires after Katelina, and Naylor did an awesome job of getting me to root for her. Definitely looking forward to the next one!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Bonnie Mutchler on May 13, 2010 :
Shades of Grey is a fabulous book after my own heart, with believable vampires and characters you care about. It has action and romance and anything else you would care for. I can't wait to read the next installment and spend time again with Jorick, Katelina, and all the gang.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Ruth Ann Nordin on March 8, 2010 :
This is one of those books that starts off with a bang and keeps going. I couldn't think of one dull moment. Even parts that could have dragged on kept my interest because they advanced the romantic sub-plot between Katelina and Jorick, which led to the question, "How far will someone go to protect someone they love?"

The book starts when Katelina recalls finding Patrick (who is sort of a boyfriend but not really) dead in his apartment. Then she gets a phone call from someone telling her that he knows who killed Patrick. She debates on whether or not to go to an isolated spot to find out--and she finally decides to go. From there, her life drastically changes because all of the sudden she's thrown into a world filled with good and evil vampires, and some want to see her dead.

I really enjoyed this book. I found the author's sense of humor wonderful, but even with humor, there are some serious moments. The key is to blend the two, and I thought the author succeeded very well with that. I would recommend this for readers who prefer more mature themes. For me, this was a definite plus. Sometimes I get bored of light reads and need something with more substance. It tackled just how evil some vampires could get, and that made me appreciate Jorick even more. Parts of it were spooky, like the house Jorick took Katelina to that had very odd people in it. That was my favorite part, especially when he warned her not to leave her bedroom until he came for her. Of course, I wanted to know why, and the author didn't disappoint me.

The story did end with me wanting to read more, so I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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