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

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  10,103 ratings  ·  406 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...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 2000)
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Samantha Ortiz
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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...more
Barks & Bites
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...more
Kat Zantow
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...more
Solace Winter
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...more
Heather G Gentle
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!
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...more
May 30, 2012 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Ellen Shaw
I will start out by saying that I read this book after I read 'Demon in my View' (yes it still made sense)

With that out of the way, Demon in my View lead me to read this one, I only gave it three stars (as well as demon) because while the writing was exeptional (and somewhat cliche/overdone/juvenile at points) and there was a real story line, there wasn't enough!

I wanted this to go farther, I wanted there to be deep rooted explanations of all these people mentioned. Whenever a character was int...more
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
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
Julia Reynolds
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
Mar 07, 2009 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Shell Hunt
I had to give it a re-read. I first read "In the Forests of the Night" when I was a freshman or sophomore. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes used to be my idol. She published young, her publications weren't over-complicated and they consumed me. I could not read her books fast enough back then.
Yesterday I felt so reminescent, I wanted to feel that consumed again by her writing filled with vampires, humans and action.
In the Forests of the Night bounces back and forth between the 1700's and present, following...more
G. Hansen
This book is... strange. I read when I was only barely younger than the author (okay, I am still only about three years younger than the author, but I was reading it the same age she wrote it and only just down the road from where it's set) and I loved it totally. I still prefer her vampire/vampire hunter books to a lot of other vampire novels, but they're definitely peculiar and the early ones are the work of a very, very young writer--but a talented one. I started writing because of this book...more
Apr 27, 2014 Cassie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Cassie by: scholastic book club
I got this through the Scholastic book club mail order. I didn't think much of the book when I first looked at the cover, but after reading it through, I was hooked. My dad raised me on vampire stories and movies, and this was the first exposure I had to a female vampire who wasn't completely evil and heartless. I read this so many times and was thrilled every time. The fact that it was written by a teenage girl, with such poise and beauty, was stunning to me. I wish I had still had my copy, bec...more
Roger Hannagan
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I was extremely impressed to learn that the author wrote this book when she was only thirteen. It is very well-written and not just for her age. Despite the novel's short length and the fact that the story only spans a few days, the main character, Risika, was nicely fleshed out. We got to know her story about how she was changed into a vampire when the book would flash back to 1701, the last year Risika was human, and then we get her revenge story in the present time.

What I thought was great ab...more
Jun 12, 2010 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes vampire lore beyond Twilight
Recommended to Jenny by: found it at Costco!
This book is in a set of four books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes called the Den of Shadows Quartet. Each book is just over a hundred pages, and all are vampire based.

This is the first book in the set. It is a story about Rasika, a three hundred year old vampire. She is very powerful, very beautiful, very strong, and eternally seventeen. We hear her story through flashbacks to 1701 as she remembers her human life, conversion, and development as a vampire. An enemy from the past, a vampire named Aubr...more
In the Forests of the Night is a story about a 300 year old vampire, Risika, who deals with familiar characters arriving from her past human life. It is by no means a revolutionary tale, or a type of vampire story that you have not read before. On the most part, it is also pretty predictable, but at less than 200 pages, it is still an interesting well told story, which keeps an exciting pace all the way through.

Of course, what's really the most amazing thing about this book is that the author, A...more
Immortal Fiction
Dec 16, 2008 Immortal Fiction rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens and up
Shelves: local-library
I wanted to like this book and will likely continue with the series now that I know the author was only 13 when she wrote this. Wow! Compared to others I've picked up lately I found this difficult unengaging and tough to stay focused on. Perhaps that's simply because I am a lover and artist with a strong appetite for discovery and adventure whereas this book may be 85% anger, misery, pain and failure. I have enough of that in life ;p so my books need bring something of change from that to adven...more
This book is indeed a really quick read. You basically go through it like water, but I must agree there are a lot of questions that go unanswered. This book is about Risika a 300 year old female shape-shifting vampire who is seeking revenge. She is still realizing who she is, even though it isn't hard to figure out that she is special. The setting goes back and forth from present to her past. I did like that at least it explained how she became a vampire and why she seeks revenge. Which I believ...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...more
This book isn't exactly new, but it's my favorite book of all time, I've probably read it well over a hundred times, it never gets old. I first read this book in 8th grade, I was thirteen and nerdy. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was thirteen when she wrote this book. And at the time I thought the writing was the best thing since Shakespeare, of course, I've matured since then so I realise that its not the best writing in the world in fact, it's probably only a couple of levels above Stephenie Meyer, but...more
Maricar Dizon
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“I could have killed Aubrey. I could have used my strength to be like him. But I remember my humanity.”

Written at a young age of thirteen, this debut novel brought fame to the author. The story is about Risika, a three hundred year old vampire living a life alone at an old city. The book opens the pages of Risika’s past life, before she was transformed into a vampire and her life at present, when her past continues to haunt her. Be a hunter o...more
Ashley Manzueta
In The Forests Of The Night is about a girl named Rachel who gets turned into a vammpire because she signed the devils book. Her blood mother, the person who made her a vampire, gave her a new name because shes a new person. Her new name is Risika. Risika wants to kill Aubrey, another vampire made by the same blood mother, because he killed her twin brother. Aubrey also hates Risika because she hunts in his territory.

While I read this book a made a text to text connection. Aubrey is a person who...more
"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 reading this boo...more
Pretty in Fiction
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...more
Of all the Den of Shadows books that I read, this is the worse. I don't think there's a plot in this book, or at least I didn't see one. The following books are great, though....

Second time I read it: Okay, I just finished reading this a while ago and my opinion on it is quite different from what is written above. This book is a bit philosophical but it doesn't answer most of the questions. It's actually a really GREAT book and the narrator, Risika, has a very strong character that sometimes I c...more
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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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