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Persistence of Memory (Den of Shadows #5)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,391 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Erin Misrahe just wants to be like everyone else in her new school. But Erin has more to worry about than passing AP Chemistry or making friends. In times of stress, she has always been overcome by her alter ego, Shevaun, whose violent behavior wreaks havoc on those around her. Erin can never remember anything about these episodes, and she’s grateful to ha ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published December 3rd 2008)
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Oct 15, 2008 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For most of Erin Misrahe’s sixteen-year-old life, she has been constantly afraid of losing control. Erin has been diagnosed with schizophrenia at a very young age and her alter ego, Shevaun is highly dangerous and is prone to violent actions. Erin never remembers what happens when Shevaun takes over her body. In fact, Erin believes Shevaun to be a product of her mind but, in actuality, Shevaun does exist apart from Erin. Shevaun is a dangerous vampire who lived for quite a long time and has some ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Since she was a child, Erin has been plagued with mental illness. Her schizophrenic episodes have kept her in and out of various institutions for most of her life. Now, at age 16, Erin's therapist has decided she must re-enter the real world.

Public school is a little frightening - lots of kids, larger classes, more stimuli to trigger an outburst. Erin attempts normal teenage activities; making new friends and trying out for the fencing team, but nothing i
Nov 30, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think the reason I didn’t like this one so much as the previous four in the Den of Shadows series, is that I just didn’t connect with the characters as well. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved it – I just think that perhaps with all the “schizophrenia” going on I got a little too confused before the ending came along. But it still gets five stars… just.

I found the premise of Persistence of Memory really intriguing, to begin with; a girl struggling with schizophrenia, trying to re-enter the rea
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I decided to return to Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Den of Shadow Series. It took me awhile to realize she had return and now I have five additions to read! Persistence of Memory was an interesting story. Not as incredible as her earlier books that I fell in love with long, long ago, but still an entertaining enough tale!

Erin has problems, she's schizophrenic and has been since she was a child. But things have been getting more complicated in her life lately. Shevaun, her alter identity seems to be t
Jun 20, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardcopy, 2014
First of all I want to say this is number five in Den of Shadows series and I have not read any of the others but that does not matter, they are more companion Novels set in the same world, and I have been told some characters show up in different ones so that's neat, but this book on it's own gave me all the information I needed and it read like a book one not a book five and I am really glad for that since this book caught my eye and I got it cheap and really wanted to read it before having to ...more
I probably would have read this book anyway, because I read all of her other vampire-world books (I can't pronounce the name of her other series so I really can't even imagine trying to read it), but Amelia came to our local Toadstool Bookshop and what she said about this book really intrigued me.

She got her undergraduate degree in psychology (like me) and the psychological aspects of the story - a girl who has spent her life in and out of mental hospitals due to hallucinations and disassociati
Heather G Gentle
I thought this was better than this author's previous books. It had more "meat" in the story and actually had an ending...not to the point where you couldn't continue with a follow up but enough that it didn't make me turn the page wondering why it was blank.
I felt more attached to the characters in this book too-- the personalities and flaws were brought out so it made them more "real".

Overall easy, good and entertaining.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Well written, makes you think and...
This is the story of a girl who has a mental problem where she thinks she's someone else but finds herself waking up in a place she thinks looks familiar but has never been there at least from what she remembered. The girl meets someone she thought was only in her head. Turns out she's going to discover that maybe what she thought was an illusion is more real than she has ever imagined. She gets help from an old friend and thus he and the familiar person try t
Shell Hunt
Persistence of Memory really deserves 3.5 stars, but GR does not believe in halves.
This book is slow with a lot of silly dialogue and an overly strung-out plot. Really, the only real plot is in the last 100 pages. You don't miss ANYTHING.
Atwater-Rhodes continues her Den of Shadows saga with Erin, a teenager diagnosed with multiple personal syndrome or something. Her alter-ego, Shevaun is violent and tempermental, but is she really a figment of Erin's brain or is it something more? Be prepared t
May 01, 2016 Kenzi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Another Den of Shadows Wonder!

Erin is a well-thought out and made up character. As well as the others, but I'd have to say, the best aspect of the entire book, I will not lie is the beginning.

I know I'm generally more of an ending-happily ever after girl-but in this case, I've been cured. Honestly. I loved the first few chapters, because it had so much background to it and Erin proved to be one of those heroines one expects a lot of. I mean, when she drew the death scene of Romeo and Juliet's co
Jan 14, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-own, 1-fantasy
Vampire Shevaun and Erin Misrahe share memories. Diagnosed as a schizophrenic with psychotic tendencies, Erin has spent most of her life in psychiatric hospitals. Finally at sixteen, she is well enough to leave the hospital. She is even allowed to attend public school for the first time since she was six.

Shevaun realizes that she and Erin have an attachment after she has a frightening encounter with vampire hunters and shapechangers that almost leads to her death. Adjila, her constant companion
Feb 16, 2013 Corina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persistence of Memory

Dear god this Persistence of Memory was intense, but I absolutely loved it. As I’ve mentioned in many of my reviews before this, I have been reading Amelia Atwater Rhodes’ books since I was thirteen and I’m pretty sure this might actually be fast approaching my favorite. It was so different from the normal Den of Shadows worlds we’ve been in thus far and yet it had all the same elements we know and love.

I think my favorite character was by far Adjila. There was just somethin
Jan 27, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Fencing + Paranormal + Action + Romance = My kind of read!

BTW: If you're looking for a short read, this took me only two hours to read, if even that!

Alright, it has been a long time coming since I've actually enjoyed a book this much.

Would I suggest Persistence of Memory to a friend? Yeah! The characters are well rounded and unique, the story is well written and very unique, and the overall plot was well executed. Plus, I'm a sucker for paranormal and fencing!

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Jul 07, 2011 Morrigan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-read
No persistence for a good ending

Erin Misrahe is not a normal 16-year old that lives in Concord, Massachusetts. She just started going half time to public school and finally has a friend. After spending the better part of her life in institutions and mental hospitals for violent behavior, schizophrenia and dissociative personality, her doctors are finally trying to re-associate her with the world. Aside for a few anxiety attacks and being afraid that she may still hurt someone, Erin is doing fine
Lacee Pilgrim
Mar 30, 2012 Lacee Pilgrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Persistence of Memory
Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Target Audience: Young Adult
Pages: 356
Rating: 6.7/10
Genre: Adventure
Person: Third
Tense: Past

Blurb (quoted):

My Summary:
Erin Misrahe isn’t your average sixteen year-old high school student. Having spent most of her life checking in and out of mental institutions, she is in constant fear that her violent alter-ego, Shevaun, will pay her body a visit after almost two years of being symptom-free.
But as it turns out, Erin isn’t the only on
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars There's a vampire in my head.............., November 5, 2008

This review is from: Persistence of Memory (Hardcover) YA FICTION

I'm a bit surprised by all the negative reviews. I found the book rather interesting and unusual. At least with this story, you know right away its fantasy - not like with some teen books that are supposed to be realistic and yet are not. I don't read much in the way of vampire and shape-shifter lore, so I was trying to figure out what different types o
Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Young Adult Fantasy – December 9, 2008
3 Stars

Erin Misrahe is not a typical sixteen years old. She’s crazy. Has been diagnosed as such and has spent years in a mental institution trying to “recover”. Over time, and a good deal of trial and error, doctors have been able to get her medication under control enough to allow her to leave the institution and join the “real” world.

She befriends Marissa, a typical girl who inspires her to be just as typical
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Shirley :]
Sep 08, 2010 Shirley :] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persistence of Memory is an unusual and twisted book about a girl named Erin who is schizophrenic and has a personality disorder. After 16 years of being on a daily basis of psychological help by all the nations best psychologists and psychiatrist she finally begins to be 'normal' and is 'normal' for about 2 years. Until she starts to have those dreams. The dreams where she appears as Shevaun, her other personality. Her other half. However, Shevaun is a vampire. Erin's other half lives in Sete, ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Lilibeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
How refreshing. Somehow I managed not to skim more than three pages on this one. I think because, it was to interesting to accidently skip a detail of importance. As I told Alea from Pop Culture Junkie on a Twitter message, "it reminds me somewhat of The Host." Which seems, frankly, I was wrong about. Admittedly, the alternations in reality taken in stride are very comparable; but that has more to do with the concept of the book, not the background details, or the characters for that matter.
Tiffany Crowder
Nov 01, 2011 Tiffany Crowder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is a creative, yet twisted story of a life as a teenager; this book was published in 2008. The way Amelia Rhodes details the locations, and describes the characters is amazing. 17 year old Erin is just like any normal teenager expect for a strange Psychiatric Disability. She has been going to school in a hospital because of her disorder and when she starts a new semester at the high school, the hospital decides that she can take one of her classes a
Jul 29, 2010 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's fans!
I want to start off by saying that I love all of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s books. I have read both her Den of Shadows series and her Kiesha’ra series. In fact, much like with Twilight, I found her first book, In the Forests of the Night when it was her only published book. All of her books are incredibly short reads. I would have finished this one in only a few hours if I had not started it on a weekday evening and had been too tired to keep reading. I own all of Atwater-Rhodes’s books, except thi ...more
Nancy O'Toole
Sep 19, 2010 Nancy O'Toole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Persistence of Memory, the tenth novel by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, takes us away from the fantasy world of The Kiesha’ra Series, and back to the modern vampire world created in her first four books. Our main character, Erin, is a teenage girl who grew up believing that she was schizophrenic. She is prone to “episodes” where she seems to be taken over by another personality, a violent woman name Shevaun. At the beginning of the book, the heavily medicated Erin has not had an episode in a while. Her ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Persistence of Memory, written by Amelia Atwater – Rhodes, depicts a story of a 16 year old Erin Misrahe, being enrolled in a new school, and making friends – starting fresh after being several months free of her diagnoses; schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities), and has spent most of her life institutionalized. But as her struggles with her alter-ego Shevaun, who is in fact a vampire, creates a link with Erin. In terms of the theme of this book, Amelia Atwate
Erin Ashley
Honestly, I picked up this book because the title and cover interested me and on reading the blurb and finding out the main characters name was the same as mine I read on and decided to pick it up. I thought it might be a treat to read a book with my name in it as the main. After reading it and discovering it written in second person it took away some of the appeal, so it lost a star for that seeing as second person has never been a favourite of mine. The story line was consistent but sometimes ...more
May 02, 2011 Cyna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to start by saying I absolutely worshiped her when I was growing up, cause, y'know, 13-year-old author, wrote about vampires, etc, etc. Her fictional world shaped mine as a child, and still kind of does, to some extent. Anyway, that being said, Persistence of Memory was kind of disappointing.

I mean, the premise was promising - a girl who all her life has believed that she is schizophrenic and has a violent alternate personality named Shevaun, comes to find out that her alter is in actuali
Jan 30, 2011 Bex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-books
The story centres around Erin, a schizophrenic teenager, with a mysterious connection to an ancient vampire named Shevaun. While the story was definitely interesting, I found both the plot and Erin and to be a little underdeveloped. Erin had such a hard time dealing with the truth. I felt that this aspect of the plot was completely glossed over. Erin didn't really deal with anything. She was just like, "Oh, everything's changed...okay." It would have helped if Erin had a more distinct personalit ...more
May 09, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yo folks, long time no speak. Dropping by to tell you about Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Bought this on Saturday at a second-hand book sale dirt cheap.

Sixteen-year-old Erin Misrahe just wants to be like everyone else in her new school. But Erin has more to worry about than passing AP Chemistry

Persistence of Memory; Amelia Atwater-Rhodesor making friends. In times of stress, she has always been overcome by her alter ego, Shevaun, whose violent behaviour wreaks havoc on those ar
Dec 04, 2013 JennaL rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: frankly, no one

I wanted to like this book, but by the middle the constant switching between character minds started to make ME twitching, forget how the characters 'felt'. I can't tell if the manner in which the believed mental illness of the main character was poorly written or actually written TOO well. You quickly begin to feel as disoriented as the young lead, trying to untangle the constant 'and then THIS huge reveal happens' barrage.

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This is one of those books where I have to get my thoughts down on paper (or on screen, I guess) before I feel like they're at all coherent. As of now, I have no rating, only plans to show my thoughts. That being said, this may or may not be my most coherent review. You'll have to stick around to find out!

So, anyway, there were a good number of negative reviews for this one, even among Atwater-Rhodes's fans. When I first started reading the book, I couldn't quite understand where they were comin
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