Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows, #6)
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Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows #6)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,038 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Cooper Blake has everything going for him—until he wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn’t know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she’s a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.

No one from Cooper’s old life would understand what...more
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published January 22nd 2010)
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Steph Su
Mar 10, 2010 Steph Su rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of L. J. Smith, Vivian Vande Velde, Lois Duncan
Elementary writing; a storyline that goes nowhere; unsympathetic, underdeveloped characters. From the start we are thrown into a confusing world that is supposedly ours with a paranormal twist, but it feels more like a story that belongs on an episode of, like, Charmed, or Buffy. Fans of L. J. Smith, Vivian Vande Velde, and Lois Duncan will no doubt be able to overlook its similar flaws and find the book interesting, but this just wasn’t for me.
Sherry
Why do I keep reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes? She blew me away with "In the Forests of the Night," then lost me. "Hawksong" was a good first attempt at adding sexual tension to YA, but anything after that has been so bland and follows this formula: long exposition that takes up three-quarters of the book followed by an explanation that comes from nowhere and "happily ever after" conclusion. This book is no different.
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Rae
When I was younger I was a very big fan of the author, even had a fansite dedicated to her books. I loved her first novels but have not read anything by her in quite a while. When I stumbled over Token of Darkness I dind't think about it and just bought it. A big mistake on my part.

Honestly, I don't know if I just outgrew AAR or if this book is so much worse than her other books but it was a pain to finish. There is not one character in it that's actually likable or that you find any reason to...more
Cyna
Meh. This book leaves an overall impression of "meh" on me. It's actually kind of weird, because when I think of the specifics of the book itself, I can actually come up with more elements that I liked than ones that I didn't, but somehow, the overall response it evoked was one of bland indifference.

The concept here is something of a switch for Atwater-Rhodes' Den of Shadows books, in that it doesn't focus on that predator-prey dynamic between a human and a vampire, or the vampires and the witch...more
Jordan
When I was in middle school, I read a lot of books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and thoroughly enjoyed them. I guess because I read them a while ago and preferred a different style back then, that I didn't enjoy this book as much because my tastes have changed from when I first read her books. I liked her old stuff more in my opinion, but my age could have been the reason for that. I was disappointed by this book. The book sort of seemed like it was thrown together and it just didn't gel with me...a...more
Tammie
I've enjoyed reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's books. They are by no means deep or thought provoking, but they have been quick, entertaining reads. This one was just okay. It was interesting but definitely not one of her better ones. I really don't think that she has grown much as a writer over the years. Her first books were published when she was a teen and her recent ones still read pretty much the same.
Sam
It was an overall ok book. It had undeveloped characters, and not a very descriptive plot. but the idea was good. Maybe if the author put more time into it, it might have been better. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Corina
Token of Darkness

I have been reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ books since I was thirteen and while I have loved pretty much all of them I’ve always been able to weed out my favorites. I’m just drawn some characters more than others and I’ve got to say Token of Darkness is one of those favorites. This book was different than any of the others I’ve read so far and what I really liked about it was that the main character was a guy.

Rhodes always has a very good array of characters, humans, nonhumans,...more
Bookworm1858
Summary: Cooper can see ghosts. Actually he can see one, Samantha, ever since his car accident which has left him feeling depressed and isolated. When he meets Brent and Delilah, they notice the paranormal around him and work to free him from their influence.

Why I Read: I enjoyed other books by this author and saw it recommended on another blog.

My Thoughts: This story was a very fast read (less than 200 pages). I was interested that the main character was male, I mostly read books with female ma...more
Mishel Zabala
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I remember first coming across Amelia’s books in my high school library. I wasn’t as big a reader back then as I am now, but I remember reading every one of her books I could find. I really enjoyed her Den of Shadows series and I even think I read a few of the books from the Kiesha’ra series as well. I don’t recall much from the books but Amelia’s name stayed with me as I started to become a more avid reader. So I was pretty confident I would enjoy Token of Darkness despite...more
Chibineko
This was my first Atwater-Rhodes book in years, so I'm somewhat familiar with her writing style- or at least her older writing style. I'm happy to say that her writing has matured over the years as she's grown & this book was easily able to capture my interests.

Cooper used to be a star football player until the accident a few months ago. His body has started to heal but his spirit just seems to be in tatters. It doesn't help that ever since the accident he's not only seen strange black shado...more
Laura Martinelli
If I have to give Amelia Atwater-Rhodes credit for anything, it’s that her writing’s really improved since In the Forests of the Night. She could always plot fairly well (although she rushes her conclusions with too little build-up; more on that later), but in the Den of Shadows books, the prose really bordered on the purplish side. In both this book and Persistence of Memory, her prose style feels a lot more natural and flows a lot better.

The main thing that drew me to this book is the charact...more
Jael
Feb 14, 2010 Jael rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Supernatural/fantasy fans of YA
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes writing sure has come a far way in the past 11 years. She weaves another fantastic tale. It's not exactly a Den of Shadows book, since there are not vampires in this one. Like most of her books it has a pleasant twist towards the end, that is more creative than cliche.

But the story follows Cooper. After surviving a horrible car accident, he woke up in the hospital able to see Samantha, a ghost. After meeting Samantha and trying to find out more about her (she's an amnesiac...more
Nancy O'Toole
Cooper's life is shattered after being involved in a violent car accident. When he wakes up in the hospital, he finds himself disabled, permanently ending his time on the football field. He also discovers a girl with blonde hair named Samantha that apparently only he can see. Samanatha believes herself to be a ghost, but has no memories of what her life was like, or why she's bound to Cooper. All she knows is that she desires to to have a human form again. Cooper begins to research ways to help...more
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
I really liked this book. It was nice to see Atwater Rhode's take on witches, sorcers and other beings because she usually writes about vampires. I liked the characters of Cooper, Samantha and Brent. I thought that Cooper's struggle to deal with the accident was real and interesting to read. I myself had been in a fairly bad car accident but I did not experience anything like Cooper had after my accident. It was was also interesting to read about Cooper's new powers to switch people into differe...more
Amanda
Another bit of light reading from the author Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I got it with Persistence of Memory in a 'two books in one' deal.

Cooper Blake has everything going for him - until he wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn't know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she's a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.

No one from Cooper's old life would under...more
Thecla
I'm a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews, and I'm baffled by comparisons to her early work where the reviewer suggests novels like In the Forest of the Night and Demon in my View were better than Token of Darkness.


Very few YA Fantasy books are able to break the mold and become something more than just a YA Fantasy book. Token of Darkness is no exception. Generally, it is fairly conventional in terms of plot and pacing, but it did do several things I appreciated, things that Atwater-Rh

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Cody Connolly
I bought this book at the last minute at one of my trips to my Borders sale. I thought the story seemed interesting, and I really liked the cover art. I don't read many books about ghosts, but the ones I have read were very intriguing and often had different story formats.


When I first started reading the book, I soon realized that this book is labeled as YA, but fits much easier in the Middle Grade section. This disappointed me. The book was then super easy to read, and it became a bit of a plac...more
Becca
I finished this book, leaned back in my chair, and thought; “Okay, why didn’t I enjoy that as much as the others?” The simple answer? THERE WERE NO VAMPIRES. That might seem like a rather petty reason to give a book four stars instead of five, but I’m used to having vampires in the Den of Shadows series. And I do have a less superficial reason for giving Token of Darkness four stars instead of five – to be honest none of the characters were as engaging or sympathetic as the other characters in t...more
Kate
After Cooper was in a terrible car accident a few months ago, a ghost named Samantha has been following him around. She helped him through his physical therapy, and now he wants to help her - Samantha wants a body so she can feel human again. Cooper heads to the library, the paranormal section, to get more information.

There he meets Brent, a telepath who knows witches and sorcerers. He knows there's something weird about Cooper and offers to take him to Ryan, a sorcerer who helped him learn to c...more
Carol
High school football star Cooper is severely injured in a car accident over summer vacation. Returning for his senior year he is a changed person. He won't associate with his former friends anymore, he doesn't sleep because he is haunted by recurring nightmares, and he has an invisible friend. Actually, he thinks Samantha is a ghost. She has been by his side since the moment he awoke in the hospital. She is a troubled spirit with amnesia, yet Cooper would have given up on his recovery without he...more
Amanda
Token of Darkness is a perfectly crafted paranormal story - you've got mystery, suspense, twists and more.

Like most of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' novels this one was a quick read, yet still wonderfully written. She manages to capture every moment flawlessly, so that you can picture every scene, every character in your head. That's one of my favorite things about her writing, the fact that she makes every moment and every character real. This book was no different, it had the same superb storytellin...more
Alisha
Oct 18, 2010 Alisha added it
No one (who delights in this particular genre) will argue that Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is a master at what she does. Regardless of the 'convention' ways of writing at the time, she consistently creates works of fiction that challenge the accepted ways of doing things, both in the genre and in her books. Token of Darkness is no exception.
In one short book, Atwater-Rhodes managed to create an entire world of arcane fiction, and tackles the challenging concept of elemental spirits as well. While the...more
Stephanie
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Jaimie
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The BookWhisperer
This is one of several books that I have read by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and she never fails to produce very interesting stories. I really enjoy an author that is capable of leading the reader through a story, and still surprise them with an unexpected ending. Token of Darkness includes four key characters that were all equally likeable. This book was 197 pages of non stop action; that will surprise you when you find yourself at the last page. [return][return]The only downfall I find to this auth...more
Camila
Overall the book kept me entertained from start to finish .. It had sone really good sense of humor and i deeply enjoyed that. I was stuck between giving it a 3 and a 4.. I like that it wasnt the type of book that i could guess the plot line from the very beginning ... My problem with this book is that i wish the relationship between the characters would have been explained more throughly. Like i wish i knew more about cooper's background and his friendship with samantha. Also with delilah and b...more
Jenny
There's a whole lot more to this plot than just a simple ghost story. I was impressed with Atwater-Rhode's complications that she flawlessly can seam together without making you go 'what?'. Cooper was also the kind of character you could sympathize with, and I particularly liked the bantering between him and Samantha. Some of the fantasy ideas were a bit much for me personally, and I would have liked things to not just end but provide me with some closure. I know, I know, I'm always complaining...more
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