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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  10,862 ratings  ·  420 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 Library (first published January 1st 2000)
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Samantha Ortiz
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Bark's Book Nonsense
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
So this book wasn't bad, but it wasn't outstanding either. The story started out slow, but its pace picked up after the first few chapters. I applaud the writer for being young and being able to publish a book at such a young age, but you could tell the story was written by a beginner just based on the writing. The writing was mediocre at best. I will admit that the author had some good moments especially when talking about how emotions are powerful aspects in life; Vampire or Human. But this bo ...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
Emma Shainline
To make this story a 4, I feel the lexile should be a little higher, lots of really young kids could probably read this and understand the majority of it, and some things in this book is little to gory for younger kids. There was a fair amount of details, but I feel as if there wasn't enough. To make it more interesting and have more people read it, I think there should be more details so it's easier to visualize and enjoy the overall story. I would recommend this story to people who enjoy super ...more
Laura Lewis
I admit, I haven't read this in years, mainly because I couldn't for the life of me remember the title or author.

I'm not going to speak much on content since it's been quite a number of years since I last read this, and I've read quite a number of books since then. Besides, there are plenty of other reviews that go deeper beyond the synopsis.

What I will say though is that this is the only book I found myself happy to re-read when I was a young adult/teenager. The storyline was intriguing, the ch
Maxwell Heath
Given that this was the author's first book, and furthermore that she wrote it at the age of thirteen, it's not too bad. The main conflict mostly works, and the narrator is developed competently. Her character arc of struggling with her inhumanity and unwilling transformation into a monster is quite interesting, and I'd really love to read a more in-depth exploration of this concept. Also, the chapters set in the past were generally well-written and form a quite enjoyable part of this book. Howe ...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
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
Erin Bouthillette
To make this book a 5 star book would be to make the chapters longer so there would be more details so it would be more interesting. The lexile level was to low and the book was an easy read and I think that kids could be able to read it. The lexile level of the book was 770 and that is a low lexile level for me since my lexile level is in the 1000. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in vampires and who have a low lexile level, since the book was too easy for a person who h ...more
Kat Slavik
I adore Atwater-Rhodes, and did even more in years past. Admittedly this is probably the worst of her books, but she wrote it when she was 13, published it a little over a year later so that's not too surprising. And it's better than anything I wrote at that age (if for no other reason then it has an actual ending). The style is a little awkward and clunky at times, especially compared to her later books, and while Risika/Rachel is fairly developed no one else is, including her stalker, who whil ...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
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
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
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Den of Shadows (9 books)
  • Demon in My View (Den of Shadows, #2)
  • Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows, #3)
  • Midnight Predator (Den of Shadows, #4)
  • Persistence of Memory (Den of Shadows, #5)
  • Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows, #6)
  • All Just Glass (Den of Shadows, #7)
  • Poison Tree (Den of Shadows, #8)
  • Promises to Keep (Den of Shadows, #9)
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