100 Words: In the Forests of the Night

Last month I re-read Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ Den of Shadows Series. You can read my full review of this novel on GoodReads here!

Vampiress Risika, eternally 16, goes from girlish innocent in 1700s Concord, Massachusetts to cold-hearted killer in present-day NYC seeking revenge for her brother’s murder.

I remember liking “In the Forests of the Night” more eleven years ago. Sparse descriptions and alternating chapters leave nothing feeling urgent. A lot of leeway was given to the author’s debut at age 13 in 1999, which doesn’t prevent it now from being the weakest of this series.

Subtle foreshadowing is the book’s strength, but a longer finale could have packed a more emotional punch. A light, short read (150 pages). Bonus for a beautiful cover.

Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Publishing info: May 11, 1999 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers— ISBN 978-0385326742
Age Range: Recommended for ages 10+, but your mileage may vary! Minimal if any cursing, no more violence than any kid’s show, no sexual situations or drug use (only questionable bit might be that some vampire characters kill without guilt or thought for their prey.)
Olivia’s Rating: 2 out of 5 smiley pumpkins

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