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 vampire universe, a world where vampires aren't for children. Comprised of a main series, a standalone prequel, and several short story collections, she has plans to continue expanding with a trilogy and several standalone novels.

In her spare time, Joleene is a freelance book cover designer and for-fun photographer. She maintains several blogs, full of odd ramblings, and occasionally updates her website at In what little time is left ,she watches anime, plays PokemonGo, and works on her crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband, family, and pets, she is never lonely, in fact, quite the opposite. Should she disappear, one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.

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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.

Also in Series: Amaranthine

About the Series: Amaranthine Freebies
I love freebies - and what's better than freebies with bite? This collection features short stories and supplemental material from the paranormal world of Amaranthine. Dive deeper into the universe and get to know some of the side characters, find out how Katelina's island vacation went, and much, much more.

Also in Series: Amaranthine Freebies

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Reviews of Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor

Matthew Rattsifer reviewed 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)
Carol reviewed 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)
Nicole Thornton reviewed 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)
Craig Fallon reviewed 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)
Unicorn Productions Books reviewed 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)
David N Bending reviewed 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)
Martha Schlegel reviewed 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)
Jessica Peach reviewed 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)
amberblase reviewed 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)
Bonnie Mutchler reviewed 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)

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