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In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  12,279 Ratings  ·  466 Reviews
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
Paperback, 147 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1999)
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Aug 15, 2014 Violet rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Dec 16, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Well...So far this book is switching between the present, and 1701.
A vampire girl is telling you all the in's and out's about being a vampire. And disproving the myths we humans made out of thin air.
Then she starts to flash back to when she was alive, 300 years ago. She was killed when a very powerful vampire, who had been attacked by her brother, decided to choose her as her next victim. As payback for the what her brother had done to her.
After she was killed she then was forced to come
Mar 07, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Twilight lovers or vampire, magical being types
Shelves: book-club
This book was worth reading. I couldn't put it down, but I had to go to sleep. But the book over all was awesome. I think that the book might have god-modding, meaning that the character(s) acts like an invincible person. I say this because of the part where Risika battled Aubrey. I think that her brother, Alexander, shouldn't have hid himself from Risika. I recommend this book for Twilight lovers or vampire, magical being types. This book was over all good.
Heather G Gentle
Oct 21, 2009 Heather G Gentle rated it liked it
Can't get into the characters. Written a little strangely...but...

The premise is just interesting enough to have me want to see how the second book continues. If the second one isn't at least some improvement I'll probably skip the others..

And a very very quick read.

I don't do this often but I changed the stars on this one-- I just found out the author was 13 when she wrote this book-- that made me see it in a different light!
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 02, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Read this one in a day (it's only 147 pages after all) and though it was interesting it wasn't all that memorable.

In the Forest of the Night contains only 147 pages and those pages are filled with big fonts and lots of white space.

Risika is a 300 year old vampire who was turned and torn from everything she loved when she was only seventeen. The story flips back and forth between present day and the time when Risika was a mortal on the eve of her change.

I thought the past story was more engaging
I picked up In the Forests of the Night at the same time that I found Vivian Vande Velde's Companions of the Night and read both books within weeks of each other. This title, however, did not stand up well to competition. But rather than launch into the dissection, I'd rather point out that the book was published when Atwater-Rhodes was 13 years old, and for a vampire novel written by a 13 year old, it's pretty damn good, or at the very least, peppered with a rather lot of small endearments. Atw ...more
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

This is why I don’t read short books. Given, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has noteworthy talent when it comes to writing, especially at the age she wrote this particular story. However, I’m the type of reader who likes good long, hardy books. It took me all of two collective hours to read this book and I didn’t really get a lot out of it. Risika’s character was well defined however and Aubrey was an effective creep. But there was also a lot of te
Samantha Ortiz
Mar 24, 2012 Samantha Ortiz rated it it was amazing
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Night Fury
May 30, 2011 Night Fury rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: preteens
Shelves: vampire
I didn't understand this book. What point did it have? Mostly it just talked about a vampire chick and about her past, how she got turned in to a vampire, and her feud with her arch-enemy, Aubrey. I'm sorry, but despite Atwater-Rhodes age, her writing SUCKED. I'm the same age the author when she published In the Forests of the Night, and even I can write better than she can! (I'm sorry if I sounded full of myself there, but its what my sister said) You can tell she probably wrote it in a couple ...more
Pretty in Fiction
Nov 20, 2011 Pretty in Fiction rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Pretty in Fiction.

Title: In the Forests of the Night
Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Publisher: Laurel Leaf(An Imprint of Random House Books For Young Readers
Publish Date: May 9th 2000
Rating: 4.5

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes tells the story of Risika. She was turned into a vampire nearly three hundred years ago. And even though she hunts and kills, she can't seem to escape the morals of her past life. She grew up in the eighteenth century i
Sep 06, 2011 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, youngadult
Risika is an old vampire who is being followed by someone from her past who has a grudge against her.
300 years ago Risika was turned into a vampire against her will by the one who stalks her and his powerful allies. She knows the only way to survive is to kill him but is she strong enough to do it?

This is not a particularly exciting book. It is a short novella about this vampire who wants revenge on those who turned her. You get a short chapter on her thinking about this followed by a brief bit
Sarah Marie
In the Forests of the Night was a book I had been looking forward to read. I am glad I checked this book out at the library instead of buying because I would've demanded my money back. The book was boring and short. I felt like I wasn't getting the complete story and that the book wasn't really even book. I wished the book would've been better, but I'm still going to try to read the other books in the Den of Shadows.
Kat Zantow
Oct 10, 2011 Kat Zantow rated it really liked it
Goodreads just recommended to me a book by Atwater-Rhodes, and I had a flashback to how much I enjoyed this book when I was in middle school.

What I remember: a strong female protagonist, shapeshifting vampires, general incivility in the vampire populace, and good old fashioned revenge.

This was a story I encountered long before the trope of 'stuffy moralizing vampire falls in love with teenage girl' nonsense. At least, I don't remember any of that. But I do remember scenes and moments. The same
Sep 05, 2016 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Midway through the Forests, the lead character - Rachel? Risika? MarySue? - poses the question: "What happens to the damned when they die?" Well, sweetie, they end up in novels like this. Atwater-Rhodes shows us more of a snapshot than a plot here, and it's the kind of pic that ends up gracing a MySpace profile. Credit for being marginally better than her second novel. Demerits for attempts at literary pretension without the skillz to back it up. (C'mon, Blake's Tyger? That's all you've got? Ca ...more
I hadn't realised the authors age (when she wrote the book) when I picked this one up. It was fine enough for a short novella but there wasn't enough of a story here. What it needed was another character to offset the predator mindset. The lead girl Rachel was well written for the type of person she was but the emotional impact would have been better with another person. I appreciated that a teenager in the 1700's wasn't unrealistically educated with the exception of her admitting she was outspo ...more
V Mignon
Jun 05, 2016 V Mignon rated it did not like it
Shelves: childhood-books, ya
I read this when I was thirteen. Even then, it was one of those books I read because I gained entertainment out of how bad it was. Despite these feelings about this set of books, I'm actually quite glad to read that Atwater-Rhodes is doing well. Big part of my junior high school life. I even had the magazine, where they interviewed her. Now I'm showing my age.

These books aren't very good, but I have fond memories of them.
May 30, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers and anyone else into vampires, witches, fantasy, etc.
First let me say that I took no account to the fact that Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was only thirteen when she wrote this book until after reading it. Why? I find it can create preconceived notions that may hinder one's true experience in reading the book. "Oh she's only fourteen, no wonder she wrote that" "Oh she's fourteen? Well I was going to give this book four stars, but since the writer is only fourteen, I'm going to give it five." This to me is unfair. While it is definitely commendable to get ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Sara rated it did not like it
I feel bad giving this book a low rating because I try to be nice to writer's, as I am one, and in the author's defense she was extremely young when she wrote this. But honestly this book was one of the reasons that I try my hardest to stay away from vampire books. The vampires turning into animals was a cool touch but besides that this book was way too full of vampire cliches and frankly that really turned me off.
Jun 28, 2013 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I first read this book when I was twelve years old. I found it tucked away in a dark corner of the school library - a small book, one of those that feels used and well-loved. After I read it, and loved it, I was amazed to find that this book was written when the author was only thirteen or fourteen years old. I am glad that I didn't find this out until after I read the book, because that meant that I did not create any prejudices, preconceptions or judgements due to the age of the author.

The boo
Feb 21, 2013 Lynne rated it it was amazing
“Love is the strongest emotion any creature can feel except for hate, but hate can't hurt you. Love, and trust, and friendship, and all the other emotions humans value so much, are the only emotions that can bring pain. Only love can break a heart into so many pieces.”
Risika, In the Forest of the Night, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

This is going to be another novel that is very difficult to talk about fairly. I first read this book right after it came out, and I have to say it changed me. I won't preten
Jan 20, 2013 Owen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this. It was written when the author was thirteen, and it is impressive that it was published, but the writing was very amatuer. (Did I spell that right?) I'm hoping she will get better. As for the plot, it was pretty nonexistent. It felt more like a setup or first half of a novel, but it kind of is considering it's only 147 pages; a novella. I'd say Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is one of my reading guilty pleasures, since she isn't an amazing writer but her b ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, past and present, witches
It has been since my junior or senior year of high school since I have read this book. I still enjoyed it and is one of my top favorites in the vampire/witches realm of reading. I had forgotten half of this book, but I remember it now.

Risika is a three hundred year old vampire that was born in 1684 as Rachel Weatere. She had a brother, half sister and a dad when she was human. Her brother Alexander had a curse as he called it for reading people. The curse that he prayed to find a way to control
Mandy Sickle
The story is about Risika a three hundred year old vampire who doesn’t get attached to humans who lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Before she was turned her name was Rachel, she lived with her family and she was happy she loved her family. Her twin brother had his own struggles issues with controlling his abilities with fire as well as the voices. When Rachel encounters her brother one night in the dark her life changes forever when she meets Aubrey and Ather.

Ather transforms Rachel into a vamp
Solace Winter
Feb 12, 2014 Solace Winter rated it liked it
This book has high praise, probably because the author wrote it when she was thirteen. It's a young adult novel with no young adult themes. It's young adult in the fact that it was written by a young adult. Sure, there's a lack of romance or sexuality in it, but it doesn't make it young. It's full of blood, death, and the acceptance of becoming a murderer. The writing is obviously done by a young woman.

There is little actual development in characters, or plot. It's a rush of less than 150 pages
Jan 10, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
DNF. I tried to give this book a fair shake but then i realized i was writing my review in my head already and not even engaged in the book anymore so i figured there was no point in finishing. Not all the sentences are simplistic but i kinda felt like i was reading a see spot run book. Maybe it was because it was written in 1st person present tense which isnt a format i really like. Add that to the fact that i was halfway in and there was still no plot? Pass.
Julia Erlanger
Aug 17, 2014 Julia Erlanger rated it really liked it
This book has a special place in my heart. When I turned 13, my very best friend at the time gave me this book. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote this book when she was 13. I read it – it was the first vampire book I had ever read, except for the Great Illustrated Classics version of Dracula (I was sheltered and not allowed to watch Buffy, I was too young for Anne Rice, and paranormal romance wasn’t a thing yet.). I adored it. I decided that if she could do it, I could, and that I would be a writer wh ...more
Nikki (Tumblr.Books)
Jun 12, 2015 Nikki (Tumblr.Books) rated it really liked it
What a strange little book. I bought this for a few bucks on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised. Even more surprised when I found out the author was only thirteen when she wrote this.

It was a short read and I was able to finish it in just a few hours. I haven't read a vampire story in awhile so it was a nice change for me. This one wasn't all sparkles and glitter and a mushy love story. In fact there wasn't any romance at all.

It says this is a YA but it doesn't come across as one.
Matthew (bookshelvesgalore)
I loved In the Forests of the Night, and I'm still amazed that it was written by a 13-year-old. Her writing is impressive, and the story contains some insightful social commentary. I will be reading more of Amelia's books.
The main reason of picking up this book was that it is written by a 13 year old. I didn't really have high expectations but still I expected it to be better than usual YA stuff still it is written by a young girl and they are the figure of creativity. 3.5 stars to this good including a bonus star for not including romance, handsome vampires and werewolves.

*Spoilers Ahead*

This book is about Risika, a vampire who doesn't want to be a vampire. Anther and Aubrey (Aubrey is a guy, by the way. Wikiped
Lucie Bergsten
Feb 01, 2016 Lucie Bergsten rated it it was amazing
This book really shows how someone who would of turned into a vampire would feel. The whole book goes back and forth from the present to the past. It gives different points of view of Risika (or Rachel)
from before she was a vampire and how much she's changed now. She lived in the 1700s before she was turned. After finding her brother is killed she's turned into a vampire and struggles with having to kill to survive. In the present she doesn't really stay to long with people so that they don't no
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I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I matriculated through the public Concord-Carlisle school district from kindergarten until my graduation in 2001. The best part of school, from fifth grade until the year I graduated, was definitely chorus. I love music, and I love to sing, and though I never had the courage or the talent to participate in any of the high school plays as a performer, I en ...more
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