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In the Forests of the Night

(Den of Shadows #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  13,994 ratings  ·  551 reviews
By day, Risika sleeps in shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts. By night, she hunts the streets of New York City. She is used to being alone.
But someone is following Risika. He has left her a black rose, the same sort of rose that sealed her fate three hundred years ago. Three hundred years ago Risika had a family- a brother and a father who loved her. Three hundred years
Paperback, 147 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published May 11th 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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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
A short sweet novelette on the vampires and their grandiosity. Plus a Tiger-loving vampy, a whole lot of talk about power and its origins, Triste witches sect (very high up on their respective horses, judging by Alexander).

A really nice sweet short read written by a 13-year old authoress. Worth flipping through the rest of the series, if only to see what this unholy bunch comes up with next.

Forever is too long to live in fear. (c)
I did not know then that she had been raised to speak a langu
Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 07, 2017 added it
Shelves: ya, 2017, fantasy
This book reminded me of Jane Eyre and the three pictures she painted during her holidays in Thornfield- imaginative, powerful, romantic..and created by a teenager. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was thirteen when she wrote this short book and you can feel it. It's a sketch, a secret notebook, an escape from daily routines and ordinary life, an exporation of the power of words.

A 300 year old vampire, Risika/Rachel can just about see her mirror reflection. She hunts as a creature of night -to feed, not to
lady lady
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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. Wikipe
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
“I am one of them.
I am also Rachel.
I am Risika”

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Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Vampire Fiction Readers
Risika, born Rachel Weatere in 1684, and now a vampire in contemporary Concord, is haunted by her past in this moody teen thriller. The daughter of colonial Puritans, Rachel was changed into a vampire and renamed Risika by the powerful Ather. Her hatred is reserved for Aubrey however, who murdered her twin brother Alexander. Flashbacks from that earlier time alternate with scenes from the present, as the book leads inexorably to a showdown between Risika and Aubrey.

Written by the author when she
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Love is the strongest emotion any creature can feel except for hate, but hate can't hurt you. Love, and trust, and friendship, and all the other emotions humans value so much, are the only emotions that can bring pain. Only love can break a heart into so many pieces.”
Risika, In the Forest of the Night, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

This is going to be another novel that is very difficult to talk about fairly. I first read this book right after it came out, and I have to say it changed me. I won't preten
Shelly Brown
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I seriously would give this book a higher score if it was possible. This is still one of my favorite books in this genre.
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
Solace Winter
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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
Jul 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: youngadult, fiction
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
Kat Zantow
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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!
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so good! Little short read, but full of action! And also jumps between 2 times, back in the 1700s, (view spoiler) and the present time, (view spoiler) It never occurred to me that (view spoiler) I love the (view spoiler) ...more
Yup, still love it. This book is like home to me, there's no way I can write an impartial review. I'm so happy I'm still able to love and enjoy it after all these years.
Should not have reread. This book is really terrible, but I liked it when I was a kid.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just wanted to revisit a favorite from when I was a pre-teen. :)
Olivia Hennis
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Ellen Shaw
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 20, 2013 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
Night Fury
May 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Lucie Bergsten
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Brigid ✩
Jun 07, 2008 rated it liked it
i thought this book looked interesting, and then when i read on the back that it had been written by a thirteen-year-old, i became even more curious (being a teenager myself, who wants to get published). i read it pretty fast; it was good. was it amazing? not really. but it was impressive that she wrote it at such a young age. have i written anything just as good or maybe something better than this? probably. i think there was just some coincidence where the author's english teacher just HAPPENE ...more
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
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