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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Den of Shadows

 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, author of the Den of Shadows series,
 and various other books.

Series Title: Den of Shadows
Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Laurel Leaf

In the Forest of the Night Summary: 
In the Forests of the Night is a lush, moody tale of vampires, witches, and shape-shifters. It's the story of how one female vampire comes to terms with her inner nature and reclaims her rightful powers.

Demon in my view Summary:

Jessica Allodola, much like the author who created her, is a high school student and published novelist. But Jessica's literary bent remains unknown, since her highly popular vampire tales are published under the pseudonym Ash Night. It's just as well: Jessica's classmates tend to shun her, poke fun at her, and talk about her behind her back, even while they're buying her books in droves. There is something about Jessica that just naturally makes people want to turn away. It's not her looks -- her dark hair, green eyes, and lithe body make an attractive package. No, it's something else, something indefinable but palpable. 
For the most part, Jessica has come to terms with her lot in life. Though she tends to be defensively antagonistic at times, in general she just keeps to herself. Even her adoptive mother can't break the barriers Jessica has built around herself. But then two new students show up at her high school, and interest in Jessica is suddenly running high. The first new student is Caryn Rashida, a young woman whose interest in Jessica isn't quite what it seems. The second new student is far more disturbing, at least to Jessica. His name is Alex Remington, and he's devilishly handsome and so charming that all the girls seem to be swooning. But he has his eye set on Jessica, who finds him very attractive but disturbingly similar to one of the main characters in her novel, a young vampire named Aubrey. 
As Alex and Jessica cross paths with a frequency that is more than coincidental, Jessica begins to note other similarities between Alex and Aubrey; certain traits that only she is aware of because they are included in her latest manuscript, a manuscript no one has read but her. She begins to wonder if the story in her vampire novel is somehow coming true. As Jessica explores the ever-blurring lines between fiction and reality, things take a decidedly violent and dark turn. When Jessica finally learns the real truth, she will be forced to make some difficult decisions that may well end her life. 

Shattered Mirror Summary:
Sarah Vida is a witch and a vampire hunter — and a loner. Christopher Ravena is a vampire trying to pass as a normal high school student who wants to know Sarah better. Drawn to him despite her better judgment, Sarah’s forced to admit that there’s room for gray in her otherwise black-and-white world of good versus evil — until she meets Nikolas, Christopher’s twin and one of the most hunted vampires in history.

Midnight Predator Summary:
Though she was once a happy teenager with a wonderful family and a full life, Turquoise Draka is now a hunter. In a deadly world of vampires, shapeshifters, and mercenaries, she’ll track any prey if the price is right. Her current assignment: to assassinate Jeshikah, one of the cruelest vampires in history. Her employer: an unknown contact who wants the job done fast. Her major obstacle: she’ll have to hide her strength and enter Midnight, a fabled vampire realm, as a human slave. 

Book Review:
I really liked this series. It was a good solid series. Not amazing or anything but good. My favorite books in this series would have to be Shattered Mirror and Midnight Predator. I thought that over the course of the series the books got better. Overall it was a pretty good series. I was surprised that I liked this series considering that three out of the four books were practically love stories. Normally I wouldn't like books like these, but I liked them anyways. This series was a unique one. I liked how this series is unlike any other that I have ever read. Overall a solid series. Only one "bad" book out of four. Thats pretty good. Especially considering that they were written by a high school student.

Rating: B+

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