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The Den of Shadows Quartet (Den of Shadows #1-4)

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In the Forests of the Night
Three hundred years ago Risika had a family—a brother and a father who loved her. Three hundred years ago she was human. Now she is a vampire, a powerful one. And her past has come back to torment her.
Demon in My View
Jessica isn’t your average high school student—she’s an acclaimed published author of vam
Kindle Edition, 610 pages
Published (first published August 11th 2009)
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Sep 01, 2009 Scoozer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-rtn-swap
I would give this book a 2.5 if I could. It was one book with four separate novellas. The first two stories were not good. They were poorly written and developed. I would give them 2 stars. The last two novellas were better, but not great. They showed a lot of promise and had intriguing characters, but the story was not developed and didn't go anywhere. The author would flirt with romantic interests, but never delivered. She never showed a resolution for any of her characters, just raised questi ...more
Apr 04, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series, frankly, was incredible. I started reading and was totally grabbed by the first story. The second one continued with some great characters from the first. The third brought in mostly new characters (that I still loved). And the fourth was totally entertaining.

I didn't know if I was going to like the stories so much, since they didn't follow one main character like most other series do. But I think this worked out really well, considering the fact that each book seemed to bring back
Feb 15, 2010 Briana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review here:

In the Forests of the Night
In the Forests of the Night is the first actual vampire book I've read - sparkling 'vegetarian' vampires so don't count - so I wasn't entirely sure how I would take to it.

When I started reading this, I found it very interesting to realize Amelia was only 13 when she wrote In the Forests of the Night.

I liked Risika as a character. The inner battle going on within herself between who she was before and who she
This was a really interesting series. It was mostly about the vampire hunters falling in love with the vampires or vampires falling in love with the hunter.

In the Forests of the Night-
It was not the best one out of the four. It was kinda dull and I felt like it was going over the same information over and over again. I found the characters interesting because the author tried to make Risika weak and Aybrey the strongest living vampire. But Risika was scared most of the time throughout the story
Misty Baker
When I first picked up “The Den of Shadows Quartet” I was nothing more than mildly curious. I have never been a big fan of short stories, my feeling is that if you have spent the time to think out the twist and turns of a plot, then be big enough to write and entire book, but pushing all of my preconceived skepticism to the back of my already full brain I decided…What the hell…give it a try…it’s got vampires how bad can it be?

And then I read the first story…

“In The Forests of the Night” was tofu
Sep 16, 2009 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am definitely in love with this series. I really hope that Amelia will choose to extend series from a quartet and go farther with it.
Oct 10, 2012 Corina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal YA novels
The Den of Shadows Quartet

“The night is full of mystery. Even when the moon is brightest, secrets hide everywhere. Then the sun rises and its rays cast so many shadows that the day creates more illusion than all the veiled truth of the night,” Jessica – Demon in my View

With the enigmatic picture the above words paint how can anyone not get sucked into the tumescent world of Demon in my View? Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, author of The Den of Shadows Quartet and many of my other favorite books has been
Aishwarya Nair
Nov 01, 2011 Aishwarya Nair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is called 'The Den Of Shadows Quartet'
I decided to read this book, because somebody in my form class
recommended it to me.

This fits into my Bingo board under the category:'A book with a female main character'.

It is a great book on the life of vampires, and Amelia is the best writer of the Genre that i have ever read.

This book features four different stories,but some of these characters are also featured within these other stories.
The first of this collection is called: In the Forest of
Sep 01, 2011 Mateja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
A short review:

The Den of Shadows Quartet offers interesting stories that are skillfully written but with two-dimensional main characters that I found hard to like as their personalities lacked any true (positive) emotion. The books were relatively short with endings that offered little resolve and left a part of the story unsaid.

Now I'll review each book individually as the main characters are different in each book, though thy are set in the same world.

In the Forest of the Night: 3 stars

Bridgette Collins
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was thirteen (I think) when she published Into The Forests of the Night and I personally believe she read too much Night World then tried to pull off some of the stories, just not as well as the fabulous L. J. Smith.

I'm going to go backwards here and start with Midnight Predator. Midnight Predator was an okay copy of Black Dawn. Let's compare:

Black Dawn
A girl becomes a slave in a vampire/shape-shifter infested fortress

She is semi-friendly with a girl who is bitter and ha
Sue Bursztynski
I liked the idea very much - teenage girl annoys the vampires by writing them into her novel, not realising they're real. The trouble is, it wasn't funny as I'd assumed it was going to be. No matter how horrible the vampires are, the heroine thinks of them as her friends. She tells off the vampire hunter for killing her friends, who are, let's face it, serial killers. My students love it and who am I to argue with them, but I couldn't finish this set of novellas, I'm afraid. Maybe I should have ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author to me and I have to say... I was dissapointed and don't really like her writing style. In the first book she is just flinging out vampire terminology like we are all professors of it. That made it fairly confusing to start with. Plus the information itself was fairly useless too. None of the books ended well enough for me either. The last book in the series was the best and could've been great but of course it fell flat at the end too. I'd have to be heavily convinced her ot ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you love vampire novels (and even if you don't) then you NEED to read these books.
It so hard to believe that Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote these when she was a teenager. The writing is rich and mature. The stories unique and enthralling. And the characters are strong.
In order from most loved to least loved (but still loved) here is how I enjoyed these books:
Midnight Predator
Demon In My View
In the Forest of the Night
Shattered Mirror

I have read all of these quick novels multiple times and will c
Mar 11, 2016 Kayte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Overall, I really enjoy these books! Each book is reviewed separately on Goodreads too.
Julie Bertrand
This is a interesting book. It is a collection of 4 smaller stories that are all linked together one way or another. All four are mostly involving Vampires, witches and hunters as the main characters. It was not my favorite book and I found the first two stories poorly written and a little more childish. overall the book is geared to a younger reader in there teens. I cannot see myself reading the book a second time but I would definatly recommend it to someone interested in vampires.
Mar 25, 2016 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few spoilers...

My favorite was definitely shattered mirrors bur i enjoyed all the book. saying that, Im not gonna lie i didn't make it the whole way through midnight predator. But i will be going back to read it when i have some time. here is my opinions on the books

In the forest of the night:
apart from shattered mirrors, this was my favorite one learning about a power line of vampires (always fun). i loved the ending (love a cliff hanger). Risika is a kiss ass vampire who puts p
Nov 11, 2015 Linnae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I believe if you're going to read the whole quartet let me just warn you. The first book is a bit dry. I kept asking why there wasn't enough detail and plotline, to top it off character development seemed to come a bit too quickly for my liking. The second book was more intriguing and definitely had better character development as well as a better plotline in general. The last book of the quartet is probably the only reason why this book is still in my library. I loved the characters, ...more
Review originally posted on Books & Bottles.

I judged this book by the cover when I fell in head over heels puppy-love with the cover art. It was the only reason I bought the book, and have kept it for at least five years.

This is the second time I've read the book. I vaguely remembered enjoying the short stories the first time but none were memorable enough to stick in my head. I've had a pile of dejected books waiting to go to a better home for a while now, but I can't bring myself to get ri
Dec 05, 2015 Vicky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Scoozer's" review completely mirrored my own. Her review: "I would give this book a 2.5 if I could. It was one book with four separate novellas. The first two stories were not good. They were poorly written and developed. I would give them 2 stars. The last two novellas were better, but not great. They showed a lot of promise and had intriguing characters, but the story was not developed and didn't go anywhere. The author would flirt with romantic interests, but never delivered. She never showe ...more
Mandy K
Cover: I absolutely love this cover! It's so beautiful.It looks even better in real life. Ah, love it.
StoryLine: The Den of Shadows is a collection of four novels, all based in the same world, but with different stories. The first three involve reoccurring characters, but the forth has all new characters.
The first is the only one told in first person, the rest are all third person. The first book is about Risika, a powerful vampire, taking control of her life.
The second is about Jessica, a girl
Sep 19, 2010 Bianca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I'm rating this book on the the story I gave the most stars to.

•In the Forest of the Night (2 stars)
I felt the dialogue was repetitive and it kind of annoyed me. Risika was an awesome character and her life story drew me in. The switch between her part life and current vampire life showed how much she grew as a person and being of the night. The plot twist for a short story made the ending bittersweet.

•Demon in My View (1 1/2 stars)
Jessica was really headstrong and made everyone out to be the e
Laura Martinelli
I picked up this edition as I’m missing two of the books in this series. And wow, did it bring me back. I originally read the series back when I was thirteen, so picking it up again after some time was refreshing.

In the Forests of the Night- While the writing is really stilted in this, it works well with Risika’s narration and you get the sense that you are reading the memories and current events of a three hundred year old vampire. The plot moves a little too quickly for such a short book, but
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
i reviewed this book in the individual pages, so i'll combine them all here....

In the Forests of the Night
5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.
I love first person.
The chapters alternating between past and present was fascinating.This was a super quick read, and most definitely enjoyable.

I look forward to future stories about this character, if there are going to be any...

Demon in My View
4 stars

I was a little bummed that this story didn't follow the same story as the previous book, but still beca
Jun 28, 2013 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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These are my abridged reviews of the series. The links to the full reviews are here -

In the Forests of the Night:

Demon in My View:

Shattered Mirror:

Midnight Predator:

In the Forests of the Night:
I first read this book when I was twelve. I found it tucked away in a dark corner of the school library - a small book, one of those that feel
Jun 08, 2012 Zoë rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going to use this space to review each story as I go.

This is starting to remind me so much of the Night World series by L.J. Smith.

In the Forests of the Night: 3 Stars
Alternates between present and past events. Risika was very enjoyable to read from and a pretty good version of vampire lore. I loved reading about her past and really felt her pain and anger. Had a bittersweet ending which I felt was the perfect way for it to end. I also enjoyed reading every fighting scene she had.

Demon in My Vie
Dec 14, 2012 Izz_insane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay I have to admit I read this book in 2 days. I liked all of these books very much; they had a nice quality to them that really made me ride the high once I opened the first page. I especially loved the poem at the beginning of every book. I also liked that it reflected what the book would somewhat be about and then at the end going back and reading the poems it all made a great impact on the book.
I devoured all the books with great fervor; and with that said I loved all of them some more tha
Definitely could have earned another star, in my eyes, if it had a little more consistency and joined the characters together better in each book. I lost track of characters and lives. I understand they are all entwined but more follow through is needed.

Each book contained a new set of characters and a well imagined plot. The fist novel veered off from my expectations. It was written in first person and when I had adjusted to the writer's style she changed it up. I was drawn into the second thir
~Perisi Kitty~ .
Sep 18, 2010 ~Perisi Kitty~ . rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So it took me a while to finish the book due to the fact I wanted to savour the good literature in the book. I really enjoyed this book even though Im not into the whole immortal creatures but it was good nonetheless. I have to admit the worst, boring short story was 'The forests of the night' it was awfully dragging so I ended up reading that short story for last. Overall the three other stories were great and different. Some had a few twist but some were predictable. What I didn't enjoy was th ...more
Jul 16, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely love how they put all the stories in one book!
Its one of the books that i truly enjoy rereading from time and time. I would recommend to anyone who likes reading anything supernatural.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Den of Shadows (9 books)
  • In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows, #1)
  • Demon in My View (Den of Shadows, #2)
  • Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows, #3)
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