February 13, 2013

Review: Persistence of Memory (Den of Shadows #5)

Persistence of Memory (Den of Shadows #5) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: December 9, 2008
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Book Description:

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 have been spared them for a while.

But when a protective friend comes back into Erin’s life, he insists that Shevaun is a vampire who actually exists apart from Erin. Shevaun has dangerous allies, like the handsome witch Adjila—and they’re determined to sever Shevaun’s connection to Erin once and for all.

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Dear god this Persistence of Memory was intense, but I absolutely loved it. As I’ve mentioned in many of my reviews before this, I have been reading Amelia Atwater Rhodes’ books since I was thirteen and I’m pretty sure this might actually be fast approaching my favorite. It was so different from the normal Den of Shadows worlds we’ve been in thus far and yet it had all the same elements we know and love.

I think my favorite character was by far Adjila. There was just something about his quiet intensity that I loved. He was so controlled in everything he did except when he thought Shevaun was hurt or in trouble. Their connected was palpable and I loved seeing that despite the fact that they live in a gray area and aren’t quite good or bad they still had the capacity of love.

That’s something that Rhodes has always been very good at. She creates these fascinating characters that you want to hate, but can’t because as mean as some of them are, they all have their glimpses of humanity where you see why they are the way they are or how they see the world and you can’t help wanting to know more.

I also loved Erin and Sassy, who am I kidding I liked all the characters. The plot was the best though. I don’t want to give it all away because I think anyone who is a fan of Rhodes’ work should definitely check this one out for themselves, but I really loved how she touched on some sensitive subjects. There’s a lot about psychological disorders in this story and what people who have them feel like and go through and it’s just incredibly interesting.

The connection Erin and Shevaun have is literally mind blowing and though I was slightly confused during one chapter once I got to the end I understood what was going on and it all made sense. This was seriously one of my favorite Den of Shadows books and I can’t wait until the next one in the series!

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Author Bio:

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 enjoyed being involved at other levels; the music and drama community at CCHS was the highlight of my high school career. I was also on the fencing team for two years, an experience that actually inspired a couple storylines, and regret that I did not continue with that sport.

I now live in Massachusetts with several pets... as well as, of course, my family. I am a student at the University of Massachusetts, with an English/psychology double-major. I hope to work either as an English teacher at the secondary level, or in special education. I have strong opinions about literacy, education, and how our educational systems are treated- strong enough that most of my friends know not to get me started on the subject.

My non-writing hobbies are eclectic, and cover everything from rather domestic pastimes like cross-stitch and cooking to aquarium keeping, playing piano, gardening, carpentry, Harley-Davidsons, driving, and arguing- there are few things I enjoy more than a good debate with someone who knows how to argue, which might have something to do with a best friend who works in politics. I love to learn, so if I have down-time and nothing to do, it is not at all unusual to find me pouring over some book, website or video designed to teach me some new skill, from belly dancing (something I desperately want to learn but have not yet been brave enough to sign up for classes on) to JavaScript.

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