Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows #6)
No one from Cooper’s old life would understand what...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Football star Cooper Blake's life changed the day he woke up in a hospital bed with a damaged body and a ghostly companion. The ghost, Samantha, can't remember much about her life or how she died. She just knows she needs Cooper's help. With dark shadows closing in on both of them, Cooper desperately seeks a way to save them both.
Other ghostly tales:
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade,
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong and
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder...more
A good quick read, somewhat more mature than A-R's previous stuff, but still entertaining.
The characters don't really reel you in at first, but somehow grew on me in between chapters.
The alternating points of view may have helped with that. If anything, more of a backstory or description of specific characters and their past would have added to the story, such as Delilah's and Brent's, since it's hard to grasp their real lives and relationships without it....more
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
The main thing that drew me to this book is the charact...more
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
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
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
This one, particularly, had a lot of moments where I just wasn't sure if I was supposed to know who these people were or not. Are they minor characters from earlier books? I feel like Atwater-Rhodes assumes we know a lot more about her world than she tells us in her books.
Really good book!
Cooper wakes up from a horrible car accident - and finds a beautiful, mysterious girl there in the hospital with him. Unfortunately, no one else can see Samantha. Dark shadows surround the two of them. They need to figure out what the shadows are, who Samantha is/was, and if there is any way to help her.
Could be a good choice for those who like horror, but want something shorter and less horrific than Stephen King or Dean Koontz.