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Token of Darkness

(Den of Shadows #6)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,535 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Cooper Blake has everything going for him - until he wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn't know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she's a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.

No one from Cooper's old life would understand
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published January 22nd 2010)
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Jun 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Token of Darkness will be a little bit different than the books before it within this series. WHY? Oh, because...there are none of my favorite vampires in it and there are no vampires at all. Even though it disappoints in that area it is still a really good book. I gobbled it up within an hour - maybe less? I don't know I don't time myself on these things. I really liked Cooper's character in this book - he was probably my favorite in the entire book. Whereas Samantha and Brent sort of helped ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Another book that I had taken a long break from. I like the author but lately haven't been catching up with the rest of the books in this series. So this is a 3.5 for me.

Finally, finally got around to it and found while the writing was good to okay, the characters were well, the same way. Either okay or good I guess? I like the cover.

Near the ending there it was kind of cute. Though I was reminded of the Ghost and the Goth books for some reason. Basically, an okay to good quick read and will try
Rebecca May
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I finished this book, leaned back in my chair, and thought; “Okay, why didn’t I enjoy that as much as the others?” The simple answer? THERE WERE NO VAMPIRES. That might seem like a rather petty reason to give a book four stars instead of five, but I’m used to having vampires in the Den of Shadows series. And I do have a less superficial reason for giving Token of Darkness four stars instead of five – to be honest none of the characters were as engaging or sympathetic as the other characters in ...more
Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕
dnf @ page 66

I just can't get through this book. I think if I was still a teenager I could get through but I can't. I used to be obsessed with Amelia's books but as I've gotten older, I've realized how basic they are and it's pretty disappointing when there's authors like Rowling and Maas who write amazing young adult novels at an adult level.
May 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Why do I keep reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes? She blew me away with "In the Forests of the Night," then lost me. "Hawksong" was a good first attempt at adding sexual tension to YA, but anything after that has been so bland and follows this formula: long exposition that takes up three-quarters of the book followed by an explanation that comes from nowhere and "happily ever after" conclusion. This book is no different.
Steph Su
Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of L. J. Smith, Vivian Vande Velde, Lois Duncan
Elementary writing; a storyline that goes nowhere; unsympathetic, underdeveloped characters. From the start we are thrown into a confusing world that is supposedly ours with a paranormal twist, but it feels more like a story that belongs on an episode of, like, Charmed, or Buffy. Fans of L. J. Smith, Vivian Vande Velde, and Lois Duncan will no doubt be able to overlook its similar flaws and find the book interesting, but this just wasn’t for me.
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Meh. This book leaves an overall impression of "meh" on me. It's actually kind of weird, because when I think of the specifics of the book itself, I can actually come up with more elements that I liked than ones that I didn't, but somehow, the overall response it evoked was one of bland indifference.

The concept here is something of a switch for Atwater-Rhodes' Den of Shadows books, in that it doesn't focus on that predator-prey dynamic between a human and a vampire, or the vampires and the
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Token of Darkness was a one day read. It went by really quick and I'm at a loss to say if this was a good thing or bad thing. While parts of the story were very intriguing, I felt like things were wrapped up too quickly. Once the true problem presented itself, one of the characters basically said "let's do 'x'!" and all is well again. But again, I must say that it was still a good story in general, I just wished the length was more.

It's been months since Cooper's accident
May 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
When I was younger I was a very big fan of the author, even had a fansite dedicated to her books. I loved her first novels but have not read anything by her in quite a while. When I stumbled over Token of Darkness I dind't think about it and just bought it. A big mistake on my part.

Honestly, I don't know if I just outgrew AAR or if this book is so much worse than her other books but it was a pain to finish. There is not one character in it that's actually likable or that you find any reason to
When I was in middle school, I read a lot of books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and thoroughly enjoyed them. I guess because I read them a while ago and preferred a different style back then, that I didn't enjoy this book as much because my tastes have changed from when I first read her books. I liked her old stuff more in my opinion, but my age could have been the reason for that. I was disappointed by this book. The book sort of seemed like it was thrown together and it just didn't gel with ...more
Yin Chien 인첸
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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I've enjoyed reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's books. They are by no means deep or thought provoking, but they have been quick, entertaining reads. This one was just okay. It was interesting but definitely not one of her better ones. I really don't think that she has grown much as a writer over the years. Her first books were published when she was a teen and her recent ones still read pretty much the same. I originally started reading these because my teenage daughter was reading them, but she is ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it
It was an overall ok book. It had undeveloped characters, and not a very descriptive plot. but the idea was good. Maybe if the author put more time into it, it might have been better. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 Stars

Token of Darkness is the sixth book in The Den of Shadows series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
This is a great YA, paranormal fantasy series with ghosts, vampires, witches, shapeshifters, supernatural elements, mystery, suspense, danger, action, drama, and a little angst.
Cooper Blake had a promising career ahead of him as a football player- but all that chanced in an instant when a car accident shatters all his dreams. Wen a mysterious girl turns up out of the blue, Cooper has a lot to
Patricia Lynne
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first few pages of the book hooked me and wanting to know what Samantha was kept me turning pages. I enjoyed the POVs, but I think all three characters could have been fleshed out more. There were interesting hints, but it never really got into them. The big reveal to Samantha felt a bit anti climatic, as well as the shadow monsters. They seemed really menacing at the beginning, but by the end it was like they were just accepted as there and no real resolution. I liked the fact it was a ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Cooper survived a horrible car accident only to be left with injuries, scars, and Samantha. He's the only one that can see her, so they assume she's a ghost. She has no memory of her life and they aren't sure why she's stuck with Cooper. They also see shadows that seem to hover around them.

Brent runs into Cooper in the library and they realize they have something in common. Brent can hear what people are thinking and has been working on controlling it. His ability draws the attention of
With novellas you have much less time to flesh out your characters. Some authors are very good at doing this, but I feel like Atwater-Rhodes never fully develops her characters. All her books have several main characters, and her books leave me wanting to know more about them. I did like the characters in this book for the most part. There wasn't really an antagonist in this book, and there also was not much explanation for the "scavengers".
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Seems like this series is set for a younger audience and reading level than her previous young adult novels. I enjoyed it but it didn't wow me like the author's previous two series did.
This is a quick read, not quite reaching 200 pages. It's something I would have sat down to start and finish on a Saturday afternoon as a teenager. As an adult with stuff getting in the way I had to put it down a few times.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is probably my least favorite so far of the series. This book seems to far a part from the other. The beginning is very slow and it takes quite a bit to actually get into it. The last 50 pages is where most of the story is. The explanation and wrap up is quite messy and appears far fetched even for this fantasy world. It was a short read so not bad, I just feel like it lacked in characters and actual development in the story.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Total departure from the rest of the Den of Shadows, involving elemental beings, psychics and telepaths, and sorcerers and witches, with no reference to vampires, hunters, shapeshifters, or Single Earth. It’s interesting and weird and original and has the Atwater-Rhodes classic darkness and trauma, but it’s so different that it took adjusting to. The body swapping was particularly weird, tbh.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did miss my vampires but I still loved this book!

Idk why but I guess it’s just something about the writing maybe I always enjoy these books when I read them

And I just realized that she has another series out starting with Bloodwitch that is supposed to include my favorite Jaguar so
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick enjoyable read. This has to be one of my favorite stories of hers.
Trina Collins
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: twenty-eighteen
I honestly have no idea how this book connects with the rest of the series
Rachel Paller
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This one didn't do anything for me. It was a good story but that's about it.
Jill Davis
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay...this book in the series has nothing to do with the series. Completely different characters and plot. Not that I didnt enjoy it, but didnt make sens3 to be part of the series.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting. From the very beginning I didn't want to put it down. I never saw the ending coming, quite shocking and awesome.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews, and I'm baffled by comparisons to her early work where the reviewer suggests novels like In the Forest of the Night and Demon in my View were better than Token of Darkness.

Very few YA Fantasy books are able to break the mold and become something more than just a YA Fantasy book. Token of Darkness is no exception. Generally, it is fairly conventional in terms of plot and pacing, but it did do several things I appreciated, things that

Mishel Forte
Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: won
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I remember first coming across Amelia’s books in my high school library. I wasn’t as big a reader back then as I am now, but I remember reading every one of her books I could find. I really enjoyed her Den of Shadows series and I even think I read a few of the books from the Kiesha’ra series as well. I don’t recall much from the books but Amelia’s name stayed with me as I started to become a more avid reader. So I was pretty confident I would enjoy Token of Darkness despite
Nancy Meservier
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Cooper's life is shattered after being involved in a violent car accident. When he wakes up in the hospital, he finds himself disabled, permanently ending his time on the football field. He also discovers a girl with blonde hair named Samantha that apparently only he can see. Samanatha believes herself to be a ghost, but has no memories of what her life was like, or why she's bound to Cooper. All she knows is that she desires to to have a human form again. Cooper begins to research ways to help ...more
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