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Persistence of Memory

(Den of Shadows #5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,653 ratings  ·  163 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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published December 3rd 2008)
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Oct 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
For most of Erin Misrahes 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
Rebecca May
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I think the reason I didnt like this one so much as the previous four in the Den of Shadows series, is that I just didnt connect with the characters as well. Dont 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 real
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
White pill, blue pill, yellow pill, purple pill; its like swallowing a rainbow every bedtime.

I'm really digging these Den of Shadows books. I like all they all about different people but still somehow seem to flow. I don't know if that makes sense yet because I just started drinking my first cup of coffee.

Now for some spoilers.

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Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyable read.

I think that the books in the Den of Shadows series are a bit short, so some of the depth is missing, but I still enjoy reading them through once.
Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕
I wondered when Amelia would dive into mental health. RTC.
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"Real life is stranger than any delusion you could come up with."


I feel like there is SO MUCH information that we are not given here. I kept thinking that maybe I skipped a book in a series (but these Den of Shadows are semi-unrelated) or flipping back pages thinking I skimmed over something important. It was very distracting and kept taking me out of what could have been a really cool story. Think like Evie in the second Mummy getting those flashbacks of her past life? But with more vampires.
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
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather G Gentle
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 Stars

Persistence of Memory is the fifth book in The Den of Shadows series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
This is a great YA, paranormal fantasy series with vampires, witches, secrets, alter-egos, fitting in, pressure, shapeshifters, supernatural elements, mystery, suspense, danger, action, drama, and a little angst.
Erin is the 'new-girl' at her high school. All she really wants to be like everyone else. But Erin has a really big secret, and if she's not careful things are going to get pretty
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this one is my least favorite so far out of the series. The story sets up for something great and for me falls flat towards the end. I do like the introduction of more mystic with the Triste witches and the shapeshifter. It is also a great concept with the understanding of the mind and physic ability connect with our understanding of mental illness. I think this would have been better if they shortened the beginning a few chapters and instead used that to fill in the blanks towards the ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the book is 4 stars the end maybe a 2 or 3. Erin believes she is mentally ill. She has blackouts and sees things. But what Erin doesn't know is that there are supernatural forces at work that are contributing to her condition. As stated before the beginning was enjoyable. Finding out what was going on in Erin's life and how she was learning to deal with it were interesting. So was the explanation of how these episodes started but I did not like the end. It feel flat and felt too ...more
This book really brings me back to my earlier years. I loved reading the Den of Shadows quartet and the Keisha'ra series back when I was in the 9th/10th grade. I didn't realize more books had been written. I love Atwater-Rhodes' writing style. Her stories (while on the shorter side) always seem to flow so nicely. I really need to go back and re-read the previous Den of Shadows books. Her books always draw on and reference characters and events from earlier books, and I could tell that she had ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely weird, as Atwater-Rhodes attempts a crossover between the Den of Shadows and the Kiesha-Ra, which I always read as two separate fantasy worlds when I was younger. I kind of dont like that theyre all one. And the main character of this book being very very not sane makes this a super confusing read for me. Ambitious, but definitely not her strongest piece. ...more
Moriah Hughes-Barlow
Vampires, witches, and...hyenas?

This is the 5th of the Den of Shadows series and it doesn't disappoint. I'm enjoying the different interactions between the different "species" and the different personalities.
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
Jenny Thompson
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Atwater-Rhodes couldn't seem to decide just how monstrous she wanted Shevaun and Adjila to be. Sometimes they were ruthless killers, and then other times, they were definitely not.
Trina Collins
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a unique story. I really enjoyed it.
Jill Davis
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite so far. A lot of creativity. Fast read and interesting characters.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Read like minor characters with an incidental story in a larger narrative.
Amy Webster-Bo
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
really good book
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I am happy how it turned out. But I never realized until I finished that it was the 5th book in the serious. It was really good though.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Lacee Pilgrim
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 isnt 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 isnt the only one
Jul 07, 2011 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
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Nancy Meservier
Mar 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Persistence of Memory, the tenth novel by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, takes us away from the fantasy world of The Kieshara 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
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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 ...more

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