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Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows #3)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  7,576 ratings  ·  225 reviews
To the casual observer, Christopher Ravena and Sarah Vida look like normal high school students. But he�s a vampire who has sworn off human blood, and she�s a witch, a daughter of the most powerful vampire-hunting dynasty in history. Slowly, without meaning to, Sarah finds herself won over by his sensitivity, his gentleness, his kindness.

But his past and her future col...more
Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2003 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 11th 2001)
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Cait
My biggest problem with this book was that I thought I was getting a book about a teenaged witch in which witches hunted vampires but then this young witch learned that friendship! can! transcend! etc. And for the first third of the book, that's what I got, and so I was lured in.

Unfortunately, when the jaws of the actual book snapped shut, it turned out that I was trapped with a book that was really about the ~tragic~ ~immortal~ ~angst~ of twin vampire brothers and their desperate need -- expres...more
Sarai
Okay, so I did not finish this book. I picked it up because there were a ton of books by this author on the shelf, so I figured, okay, she must be pretty good. But I was turned off right away by the heroine as she went off to kill people and thought about how tough she was, and then right after she met Christpher he started leaving things in her locker (which I had someone do to me in college, and found it very creepy and an invasion of my personal stuff). There was no time for a relationship or...more
Andrea Brown
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I read Demon in my View years ago when I was in high school; I'm not entirely sure if my tastes have matured since then (most likely), or if it was just a better book, but I remember enjoying that one far more than this one. In the end, I can only say there was one redeeming quality about this book, and that is that Sarah does not immediately decide she's in love with Christopher at the end of the book, even though he seems to have taken quite a liking to her in the span...more
Baile Hanak
Why just two stars, you ask? This book had potential. It could have been a high-seller. Unfortunately, it simply fails to fulfill its potential. I liked the storyline: Christopher is a fascinating character, and his sensitivity is refreshing compared to the usual stereotypical vampire archetypes. Sara is..okay. As the protagonist, there should be a lot more feeling associated with her, but she was a truly dull, flat character. Yes, she falls in love with Chris, but the reader can't feel any of t...more
Zach
Nov 23, 2008 Zach rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoy mysterys
Recommended to Zach by: no one
Shelves: book-club
Shattered Mirror was an excellent and thrilling book. It was about a girl named Sarah Vida who was from a long line of witches. These witches also hunted and killed vampires. Things start to change when Sarah meets a charming new guy at school named Christopher who happens to be a vampire. She struggles with this problem very much through out the book, because it is against her families "laws" to befriend a vampire. She also struggles with trying to hunt a very ancient and dangerous vampire name...more
Corina
Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows, #3) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Cold as ice; strong as stone;
She faced the darkness all alone.
A silver goddess; a reflection
A mirage; a recollection.
No return; no turning back.
The past is gone, the future, black.
Serpents gather in their nest.
And she stands above the rest.
Shadows hunt; she hunts the shadow.
The moon is risen; she stands below.
She views her world through the eyes of others.
Black and white; there are no colors,
As she looks down upon a shattered youth.
A shattered mirror shows a shattered truth.


-Nikolas, Shattered...more
Ashley Manzueta
Shattered Glass is about a girl named Sarah Vida who is a vampire hunter and Witch. The setting takes place in Massachussetts. Her Family, The Vidas, are one of the most famous witch families known to kill Vampires. She moves to a new town and falls in love with a vampire named Christopher. Christopher is harmless but his twin, Nikolas, is not. The vidas has been chasing him ever since he killed one of their family members. Sarahs mother, Dominique, would be furious if she found out Sarah has be...more
Jennifer
"Haven't you ever once wanted someone you could talk to about something besides killing? Someone who has no idea about your power and is simply a friend?" pg. 45

Vampire-hunting witch Sarah Vida is starting a new school, and struggling to deal with the myriad of complications her paranormal life throws at her. She can only have certain types of friends and forget about being friends with vampires. It's against the rules, which are some of the strictest ones I have heard of before. Sarah's life is...more
Jen
Apr 17, 2008 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult vampire fans
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
I don't necessarily find vampires sexy, and this book seems to have been written for people who do. (Assuming those people think 2 vampires feeding on one girl is sexy, that is.) I expected a Buffy-type adventure with some romance thrown in, and in that I was disappointed. There is no romance, surprisingly enough; more of a friendly acquaintance - and the initial fun bits of vampire butt-kicking quickly degraded into the heroine doing lots of soul-searching and wondering if she was going to be s...more
Claire
I don't know why I keep trying to read this author's old books. They always seem to disappoint me. There's no world-building, no attachment to the characters, and the plot is usually inconsistent. I admit, I couldn't make it through all of this one. I got bored and just wanted Sarah to get killed already. The writing style is crass and it's very obvious that a younger person wrote this. Not to mention there pages are tiny and the words are huge. I don't recommend this book to anyone.
Megan
I found myself trying to identify with the characters, but failing miserably. Rhodes gives us tons of backstory and everything, but the characters still feel incredibly flat. Plus the whole, "mad awesome strength" "not human" Mary-Sueness of Sarah just got to me after awhile.
Not to mention, the whole story felt rather rushed. Before I could even try and get into the story, it was over. Overall, I thought this book was incredibly forgettable.
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
So far, this was my least favorite story out of the bunch.

I don't think it's due to the fact that the main character isn't a vampire, i just didn't really care for any of the characters in this story.

I do enjoy the poems before each story though, and i really enjoyed Christopher's poetry in the beginning/middle of the story.

I just wasn't drawn in to these characters as much as i was with the characters from the first two...
Allizabeth Collins
I have grown to enjoy Amelia Atwater-Rhodes writing style. Her characters are a sort of guilty pleasure and her novels continue to exceed my expectations. I did enjoy this book and will continue reading her work; I do recommend this to the young adult community.
Christian
Jun 03, 2007 Christian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Shelves: vampires
My world was black and white for months after I read this novel. It's short and bitter-sweet. Plus, if you have a fancy for twins, then this is your thing. The poems scattered here and there are a bit corny I must admit, but they add to the story line nicely.
Kaci
I'm on chapter 25 of this book and I'm not sure I'm going to finish it. It's been a real struggle so far, which is a shame, seeing as I normally love Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's novels. While all of her stories have an element of being rushed, I can usually overlook it. In Shattered Mirror, it is glaringly obvious. The plot develops too fast, all of the characters' relationships develop too quickly... In a lot of monumental scenes, I was left going, "Huh?" because it was like I was skimming -- excep...more
KC
This was my favorite book out of all of the ones she has written that i've read. It was that good! I highly recommend it.
Gretchen
I hated this book. It was hard to believe and the climax was false and sickeningly bloody.
Nairabell
Sarah Vida is the daughter of the powerful witch and notorious vampire hunter Dominique Vida. When she starts at a new school she soon falls in with Christopher Ravena and his sister Nissa. Sarah immediately identifies them as vampires and can tell that they don't feed on humans so she allows herself to become good friends with them, and soon begins to develop feelings for Christopher. But hunters can't befriend their prey and soon Sarah finds herself with a choice - her family or her heart? And...more
Jessica B
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I think I liked Demon In My View more, but this was still a really good addition to the Den of Shadows series.

The plot was very original, and executed well. There was lots of action, and the Sarah's journey was very well documented. Even so, I didn't have much trouble putting it down, although there were parts where I couldn't.

I think part of the reason it was semi-easy to put down was that I didn't love any of the characters. Sarah, Christopher, Nissa, and Nikol...more
Hannah
Sarah Vida is a witch and the daughter of the most powerful vampire hunting dynasty’s ever. Christopher Ravena is a vampire who has sworn off human blood. Sarah has been brought up to kill vampires, so why doesn’t she want to kill Christopher? Christopher wants more then a friendship with her, but if her mother ever found out about him he would be dead. Enter Nikolas one of the deadliest and extreme vampires. He is out to kill any Vida witch he can and Sarah’s family wants him dead for killing o...more
Nix
I'm kind of conflicted about this book. It was really engrossing, and then it was just plain gross.

That pun was really, really bad.

Anyway, I found this more interesting than the last book in the series, but also considerably more gruesome. Cutting your name into people's arms is just kind of . . . well, it is sadistic. Seriously sadistic. Like, you know, the mental disorder.

In any case, I kind of liked how the line between black and white, and good and bad, was blurred. I liked Christopher, b...more
Andrea Hussey
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Val
I enjoyed the first two books in Den of Shadows series, but this main character lacked a certain something for me. Jessica who challenged and taunted those who sought to harm her, and Risika who refused to back down, no matter what the cost. Sarah? Uhh, the book was about her struggle in her family/old beliefs vs friends/different world view.

But she wasn't connected with her family. She didn't seem to particular be close or love them. She felt like a disappointment to her Mother, upshowed by her...more
Katt
I don't remember but I think this was maybe the first book I've ever read that has vampires... So as a very impressionable ninth grader who hasn't seen the much of anything nor read much books either, Shattered Mirror was amazing and worthy of 5 stars. I think I ended up reading this book 3 times before returning it to the library. At the time, I thought this was one of the best books I've ever read (clearly I hadn't read enough books esp. Anne Rice's nor have I ever watched Buffy at the time)....more
Noelle Kain
Review: Shattered Mirror

My feelings toward this book were similar to those I had for its predecessor. I think the author’s voice has improved since her first book, and it has a way of drawing the reader into the story. That’s such a valuable skill as a writer, but I failed to connect with the characters again. This may be because I’m reading it as an adult and not a teenager, or it may be because I’m a little sick of vampires.

Let me reiterate, a friend gave me this series to read when I mention...more
Becca
My only real problem with all of Amelia Atwater Rhodes' books - not just this one - is that I always wish she had taken the time to make them a little longer, a little more in depth. Because they are Just. So. Damn. Good. That being said, Shattered Mirror was not quite as enjoyable as it's two predecessors, perhaps because *cough* *cough* it didn't have Aubrey in it *cough*, or perhaps because there generally seemed to be less of a vampire vibe, but in any case it was still amazingly enjoyable....more
Kate
I like how these books are not dependent upon each other as a series, but instead explore different lines of the vampire and witch family trees.

I have to say, however, that the author seems to suffer from a disease I too suffered when I wrote stories in high school--the ridiculously fanciful & inappropriate name syndrome. My concept of naming characters was based on names I thought were interesting and beautiful at the time: Jasmine seemed to occur quite often, as well as many versions of K...more
T.
Sep 14, 2008 T. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Twilight/Vampire lovers
Recommended to T. by: myself
Shelves: ya-lit
I discovered this book as I was creating a list of Vampire titles for those who were finishing up the Twilight Saga. I finally picked up this book because it looked like a small book and I was curious about the romance between a vampire and a vampire hunter (in this case, a witch and not a bad one at that). Atwater-Rhodes weaves a creative tale that kept me reading and wanting to find out what Sarah does.

Like Twilight's Bella, Sarah is a bit clumsy and (unlike Twilight) doesn't seem to be the "...more
Rebecca
Shattered Mirror is an entertaining read. I quite liked reading Shattered Mirror, the characters were all pretty good. I had no complaints when it came to the characters.
The story line itself wasn't a bad one, I have to say though I felt that it was a little dragged out in some places but nonetheless it was quite a good read.
There were a few elements of mystery scattered throughout the story which was quite good, it kept me entertained and continuing to read the book.
Overall, I quite liked Shatt...more
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“I'm standing in a slaughterhouse where the cattle are begging to become hamburgers. I have a right to be jumpy.” 92 likes
Cold as winter; strong as stone;
She faced the darkness all alone.
A silver goddess; a reflection.
A mirage; a recollection.
No return; no turning back.
The past is gone, the future, black.
Serpents gather in their nest,
And she stands above the rest.
Shadows hunt; she hunts the shadow.
The moon is risen; she stands below.
She views her world through the eyes of others.
Black and white; there are no colors,
As she looks down upon a shattered youth.
A shattered mirror shows a shattered truth.
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