Demon In MY View review by SMill
Demon in My View (Den of Shadows)
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Fantasy

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Age at time of review - 11
Reviewer's Location - Mitcham, Vic, Australia
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Think you know about vampires? What if everything you knew as fiction was true! In the anticipated sequel to In the Forest of the Night, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes introduces Jessica, a gothic human who is a descendant from an ancient and powerful vampire. Jessica, under the name of Ash Night, writes popular vampire novels, which are all turn out to be true. With no inside knowledge Jessica manages to portray all the violent and intriguing vampire/witch tales just as they happened. This is far from ideal for the secrecy of the vampire world. When Aubrey (remembered from In the Forest of the Night) shows up at Jessicas school, she knows undoubtedly that he is the charming, attractive character from her book. Her publications have caused a stir in the vampire world and Aubrey has come to kill her but finds he cant. Jessica meets Carolyn Smoke, a safe witch who tries to help her, and Fala, another vampire who is set out to kill her. As Jessica delves further into the darkness of vampires bloody streets she faces understanding of her past and great choices dictating her future.


Before reading the second book from Atwater-Rhodes I thought I knew what I was in for but I was surely wrong. Expecting another vamp vs. vamp novel I was pleasantly surprised to find this novel different. I really liked that this book was set from a teenagers point of view. I liked the aspects of school life for Jessica and how the author included the vampires into this setting. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes explained in great detail the emotions Jessica felt but could have added more description to the surroundings to enhance visual images in your mind. In comparison to the first book in the series I preferred Demon in My View as I thought it had a faster pace that kept the pages turning. This was another easy to read book that was constantly spooky and captivating. A great read for anyone who enjoyed reading the first book in the series.


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