Friday, August 17, 2012

In The Forest of the Night (Den of Shadows #1) by Amelia Atwater-Rhrodes

In the Forest of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Age Group: YA
Pages: 147
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publication Date: 5/28/2000

By day, Risika sleeps in shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts. By night, she hunts the streets of New York City. She is used to being alone. 
But someone is following Risika. He has left her a black rose, the same sort of rose that sealed her fate three hundred years ago. Three hundred years ago Risika had a family- a brother and a father who loved her. Three hundred years ago she was human. 
Now she was a vampire, a powerful one. And her past has come back to torment her.

I was blown away by this book.  Though it isn’t necessarily my favorite book out there, the fact that a thirteen year old could write at this level just astounds me.  For a short book it had an amazing amount of depth and description. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes did an amazing job with the characters.  They were all vivid and had such depth to them.  She tells us how a vampires mind works, and how and why they react. This book wasn’t about good or evil, like most stories lately, but simply about the nature of vampires, which I found quite fascinating. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next.

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