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Amelia Atwater-Rhodes made me fall in love with reading when I was twelve years old and I've been completely addicted to her books since. So below is a review of the Den of Shadows Quartet, Music that reminds me of each main character and a giveaway! Have fun at this stop and sound off in the comments and tell me which book made you fall in love with reading!
Den of Shadows Quartet by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Age Range: Young Adult
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Cover Art: Miranda Adria
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 ViewJessica isn’t your average high school student—she’s an acclaimed published author of vampire fiction. Now two new students at her high school strongly remind her of her favorite characters. But those characters only live in her imagination—right?
Shattered MirrorChristopher Raneva and Sarah Vida may look like a normal high school couple, but he’s actually a vampire who’s sworn off human blood and she’s an incredibly powerful, vampire-hunting witch. As if that weren’t enough to prevent their love, his past and her future collide when they get tangled up with Nikolas, one of the most reviled vampires ever.
Midnight PredatorOnce a happy teenager, Turquoise Draka is now a vampire hunter. Her current assigment is to assassinate Jeshikah, one of the cruelest vampires in history. But to do that, she’ll have to enter Midnight, a fabled vampire realm, as a human slave. . . .
“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 bewitching me for years. The very first non-school related book I picked up when I was thirteen was In the Forests of the Night, the first book in this quartet, and I immediately fell in love with it.
I’ve always had a bit of a thing for vampires and the supernatural world, it was just something that called to me and from the second I stepped into Rhodes’ world I knew I was hooked, line and sinker. Out of all four stories in The Den of Shadows series my favorite is of course Demon in My View. There isn’t much I love more than a strong female character and Jessica brings new meaning to the words.
She is tough as nails, beautiful, smart, and sarcastically witty in the best way possible. One of the things I love most about Jessica is she’s far from perfect and she doesn’t fit into this cookie cutter mold that most main characters fit into. She isn’t popular, or beloved by guys or anything else that writers today use to make their characters more three dimensional.
There are no love triangles or guys falling over their feet to line up and date Jessica. The characterizations in this book are real and relatable. Jessica’s life is the opposite of perfect. She lives with her foster Mom, Anne, the students at her high school hate her, and vampires who don’t understand why she’s writing about their lives are after her.
You would be amazed at what Rhodes is able to cram into a 139 page story without filling the story with subplot yet still keeping things moving at a fast and interesting pace. I’ve read a lot of books and the imagery created here is unmatched. I have yet to find a paranormal writer who I enjoy more than Rhodes.
If the plot isn’t enough to get you interested, there’s Aubrey. My god I love Aubrey. Her male characters are always so regal without being obnoxious. They have this way about them that just sort of make them float off the page. Whenever I read one of her books I feel like I genuinely know her characters, I feel what they feel, live what they live. Her descriptions are vivid without being over the top and the picture I’ve created in my mind of Aubrey, just wow, Supernova for sure. (If you didn’t read Death and the Girl Next Door, you probably won’t get that reference.)
I want to describe him as a lethal injection. He’s bad for you, dangerous, mysterious, but at the same time intoxicating. Once he’s inside of you, you can’t get rid of him and he slowly takes over your system until there’s nothing left, but darkness. It sounds terrifying and sexy and just amazing. Another great thing about Rhodes books including Demon in My View is that not all the stories end the way you think they will.
Happy ending, sad, good, bad, it’s all relative to the story being told and Rhodes tells an amazing story. I haven’t been disappointed yet and trust me; I’m picky so that takes a lot. If you have yet to delve into the world of The Den of Shadows I suggest you do it immediately. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!