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

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I was born to the name of Rachel Weatere in the year 1684, more than three hundred years ago.

The one who changed me named me Risika, and Risika I became, though I never asked what it meant.I continue to call myself Risika, even though I was transformed into what I am against my will.

By day, Risika sleeps in a shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts.By night, she hunts the st
ebook, 176 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1999)
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Silverin I haven't read it yet but the author wrote this book when she was thirteen years old! So it should be readable by someone slightly younger than that.…moreI haven't read it yet but the author wrote this book when she was thirteen years old! So it should be readable by someone slightly younger than that. Also it's a vampire book so obviously there's going to be blood and themes of death. Which means it really comes down to the reader's interest/tastes.(less)
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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
Samantha Ortiz
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The main reason of picking up this book was that it is written by a 13 year old. I didn't really have high expectations but still I expected it to be better than usual YA stuff still it is written by a young girl and they are the figure of creativity. 3.5 stars to this good including a bonus star for not including romance, handsome vampires and werewolves.

*Spoilers Ahead*

This book is about Risika, a vampire who doesn't want to be a vampire. Anther and Aubrey (Aubrey is a guy, by the way. Wikiped
Dec 16, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2011 Kat Zantow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lucie Bergsten
Feb 01, 2016 Lucie Bergsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really shows how someone who would of turned into a vampire would feel. The whole book goes back and forth from the present to the past. It gives different points of view of Risika (or Rachel)
from before she was a vampire and how much she's changed now. She lived in the 1700s before she was turned. After finding her brother is killed she's turned into a vampire and struggles with having to kill to survive. In the present she doesn't really stay to long with people so that they don't no
May 30, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2014 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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
Nikki (Tumblr.Books)
What a strange little book. I bought this for a few bucks on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised. Even more surprised when I found out the author was only thirteen when she wrote this.

It was a short read and I was able to finish it in just a few hours. I haven't read a vampire story in awhile so it was a nice change for me. This one wasn't all sparkles and glitter and a mushy love story. In fact there wasn't any romance at all.

It says this is a YA but it doesn't come across as one.
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
Sep 06, 2011 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, youngadult
Risika is an old vampire who is being followed by someone from her past who has a grudge against her.
300 years ago Risika was turned into a vampire against her will by the one who stalks her and his powerful allies. She knows the only way to survive is to kill him but is she strong enough to do it?

This is not a particularly exciting book. It is a short novella about this vampire who wants revenge on those who turned her. You get a short chapter on her thinking about this followed by a brief bit
Jan 20, 2013 Owen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Matthew (bookshelvesgalore)
I loved In the Forests of the Night, and I'm still amazed that it was written by a 13-year-old. Her writing is impressive, and the story contains some insightful social commentary. I will be reading more of Amelia's books.
Night Fury
May 30, 2011 Night Fury rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preteens
Shelves: vampire
I didn't understand this book. What point did it have? Mostly it just talked about a vampire chick and about her past, how she got turned in to a vampire, and her feud with her arch-enemy, Aubrey. I'm sorry, but despite Atwater-Rhodes age, her writing SUCKED. I'm the same age the author when she published In the Forests of the Night, and even I can write better than she can! (I'm sorry if I sounded full of myself there, but its what my sister said) You can tell she probably wrote it in a couple ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Midway through the Forests, the lead character - Rachel? Risika? MarySue? - poses the question: "What happens to the damned when they die?" Well, sweetie, they end up in novels like this. Atwater-Rhodes shows us more of a snapshot than a plot here, and it's the kind of pic that ends up gracing a MySpace profile. Credit for being marginally better than her second novel. Demerits for attempts at literary pretension without the skillz to back it up. (C'mon, Blake's Tyger? That's all you've got? Ca ...more
Alexis Valentino
The book I chose to read for this six weeks was “In the Forests of the Night” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I chose it because it seem interesting, also I liked it because it’s a vampires book. The setting was Concord Massachusetts, but by night, she hunts the streets of New York City. The characters were Rachel AKA (Risika), Ather, and Aubrey.

The book was about a girl name Rachel AKA Risika and she became a vampire. “By day, Risika sleeps in a shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts. By night, she h
Conan Tigard
Nov 12, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it rather intriguing that such a young author would write about something so morbid. But then I remember the days when I used to wear all black, didn't give a hoot what other people thought of me, and was intrigued by vampires, werewolves, witches, goblins, and such. What amazed me was how good of a writer Ms. Atwater-Rhodes is at such a young age.

The writing is simple, but good. Surely she will inspired other young writers to put their thoughts down on paper. This is not a happy little
2Robinson Tucker
Oct 21, 2015 2Robinson Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Forests of the Night

In In the Forests of the Night, Amelia Rhodes portrays a helpless teenager back in the 1600’s. She makes the teen feel hopeless and scared by introducing other characters who are evil. Rachel, Can’t believe any of the monsters she sees with her own eyes because it goes against her religion and everything she believes as a person. Rachel was turned into a Vampire. Rachel as a person must find out how she will get even with who made her this way. Rachel must get revenge
Jul 18, 2015 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I know I gave this book two stars which would seem as though that means that I didn't like it but I gave it two stars because I really feel as though I don't have enough information to give it more. This book reminded me of a pilot episode in a new series. I say this because it was introducing the characters and similar to a pilot episode at the end of the book the characters weren't fully developed, presumably because they'd be developed more overtime.

Now I don't want to be aggressively har
Mar 25, 2015 Kapria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2014 Julia Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2015 Emma Shainline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2014 Laura Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
DNF. I tried to give this book a fair shake but then i realized i was writing my review in my head already and not even engaged in the book anymore so i figured there was no point in finishing. Not all the sentences are simplistic but i kinda felt like i was reading a see spot run book. Maybe it was because it was written in 1st person present tense which isnt a format i really like. Add that to the fact that i was halfway in and there was still no plot? Pass.
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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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