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Length: 194 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up
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The teen queen of horror fiction Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is on the prowl again! Continuing in much the same vampire vein that established her reputation, the young writer's sophomore novel also includes a touch of autobiography. Jessica Allodola is a high school senior who pens vampire tales under the pseudonym Ash Night. (Hmmm, sound familiar?) Because of her funereal clothing and cynical demeanor, Jessica is shunned by her sunnier classmates. No matter, she prefers the company of the undead she creates on her laptop, anyway. But Jessica is shaken when a creature from her novel, the suave vampire Aubrey (who fans will remember from In the Forests of the Night) shows up as a new student at her school. Not knowing whether he plans to seduce or harm her, Jessica plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Aubrey as she tries to discover the secret of his existence. As she delves deeper into the midnight world of her own novels, she encounters other supernatural beings, like Fala, an evil Egyptian vampire, and Caryn Smoke, a teenaged good witch. When she finally unearths the shocking truth that explains the tangibility of her imaginary world, Jessica must decide if she loves that dark world enough to leave the light forever.

Atwater-Rhode's writing, while still showing strong traces of Anne Rice and Stephen King, is maturing nicely as she cleverly constructs this story within a story. Her vampires, while thousands of years old, have adolescent mood swings and tempers, which will sit well with the under-16 crowd. Demon in My View will undoubtedly find its way into many backpacks and Trapper Keepers. (Ages 12 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

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Teenage author Atwater-Rhodes returns to the vampires and witches of In the Forests of the Night for this fast-moving sequel. This time, she focuses on Jessica, the high school student who put in a cameo in the previous installment and, under the pen name Ash Night, has since published her first book, a vampire story called Tiger, Tiger. What Jessica doesn't know is that the characters in her book actually exist, and they aren't too happy that she's spilled their secrets and unwittingly alerted vampire-hunting witches to the location of their undead village, New Mayhem. Out for revenge, the vampire Aubrey shows up at Jessica's high school in the guise of a new student. But Jessica's dark aura unexpectedly attracts him. He pursues her, unsure if he wants to kill her, protect her or change her into one of his own kind. Jessica feels equally drawn to him, and drawn to the idea of becoming stronger than human. The writing is often pat ("It had not hurt to die . Why did it hurt so much to live again?"), but the fantastic fights will keep readers turning pages quickly. Atwater-Rhodes exercises impressive control over the complex lineages she has imagined, and she comes up with creative solutions to advance her story. Readers will drain this book in one big gulp. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha'ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry; and Wyvernhail. Visit her online at

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, even more than the author's first, which was itself excellant. Jessica, the main character, seems a pretty average, unpopular teen at first glance. But she's actually published a vampire novel under a pen name. When a new boy enrolls at her school, he reminds her a great deal of Aubrey, the vampire villian from her novel. It turns out that he really is Aubrey, come to kill her. However, things become complicated when the two fall in love. Both of these characters appeared in In the Forests of the Night, and I was glad Miss Atwater-Rhodes chose to write more about them. Jessica was only briefly mentioned in the first book, but I thought right away that she would be a neat character. And I never liked Aubrey much in the first book (although he was definitley a cool villian!), but meeting Jessica certainly improved his personality. I highly reccomend this wonderful novel to fans of horror and vampire novels. The author is extremely talented, and I think it is wonderful that she has become a published author while she is still a teenager. I hope she continues to write more wonderful books like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read and enjoyed Amelia Atwater-Rhodes first book, but i did think her writing needed a bit more development. This book definitly shows an advancement in her writing. I had been awaiting the release of her second book for a while, so you can imagine what an *ss I felt like when I realized that the book came out a month before I found it. Though I had to restrain myself from reading the entire book within the very evening that I got it, it was a lot of fun to read and -alright, I'll admit it- exciting at times. It has action- let's just say it wouldn't have as many stars if didn't have a couple fights- and the romance was vague- just the way i like it if there has to be any at all.
But she still hasn't reached the pinnacle of her writing ability, though she has the potential, which is why i didn't give her only 4 stars. I think she has still has the tendency to be a bit superficial- not going too in depth- and her originality is well done but not spectacular. I even found in a few cases that actual text in the book was nearly identical to another book i've read (my favorite)- I know this for a fact since i've read that favorable book 9 times. (No, its not one of The Last Vampire books.) But, either way, its a very good book, and better and worse than the last book in different ways. Rock on, Amelia.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "bratgirl512" on August 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' second book is a great one. Somewhat different from the first, the book includes alot of ideas linking her first book to her second. In the book Demon in my View, it tells about a girl, Jessica, griefly mentioned in her first book, is a teenage outcast. Nobody likes her in her her school untill two new students enroll into Ramsa High. One is an annoying girl who thinks Jessica's inner child needs a friend. The second student is a dark, handsome, mysterious boy, who looks an awful like Aubrey. He is a vampire in Jessica's book Dark Flame. From his pendents from his tatoos, he is exactly like Aubrey. He is sent on a killing mission of the author, untill he falls deeply in love. What will happen? Read Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and find out for your self.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shell on June 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Written By: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Cover Art By: N/A
Published: 2000
Published By: Dell Laurel-Leaf
Pages: 176
Extras: Expert from "Shattered Mirror."
Cover Art Review:
I can tell it's Aubrey on the cover because of the tattoos. He's holding a black rose. It's alright cool but not as cool as the cover for In the Forests of the Night.
Overall: 3 (1-10) It has a _very_ loose tie to the story, but it is some what insterting to look at.
Book Review:
I think it's all agreed that Atwater-Rhodes has good spring-board ideas. However, her chacters, plot line, and how she ties up the plot all fail. Aubrey, a good chacter when he was in the author's first book, has apparently gone through the "plot device" machine. Instead of using his extremely supernatural powers to kill Jessica and cover it up, he spies on her as a high school student. Why? This is not explained.
Jessica is best described as a Mary Sue. For anyone who doesn't know, a Mary Sue is the author inserting herself into her story and making herself perfect. Even a Mary Sue's "flaws" are calculated. Jessica has a body "to die for." (The author wastes a paragraph where Jessica stands in front of a mirror basically worshipping herself.) She's a good writer (so good that only after a week of being out, people are reading her book and she believes that "Alex" is an crazy fan) and a good artist to boot. Yet everyone at her school "flees" from Jessica and some are even violent towards her. (Yet all we (the reader) see are a few looks and a group of girls leaving after Jessica snaps at them.) When the new girl Caryn approaches her, Jessica doesn't even try to make a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "rebelyankeegurl" on March 28, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes does not write great fiction--at least, not yet. She does, however, have something definitely in her favor: story-telling skills. She can weave a pleasant little story, like a minstrel that hasn't yet become a bard, but will someday.
Jessica Allodola is a high school senior who hates her foster mother and her peers. She also hates Ramsa, her town, and most of the people in it. But the one thing she doesn't hate is the vampires she writes about. Jessica is a published author; her first book, "Tiger, Tiger" came out a week ago in the story under her pen name, Ash Night. So things are going fine for Jessica, until two characters from her book pop out of nowhere and start watching her.
Aubrey is a vampire, one of the most feared of his kind. He has come to do away with the author Ash Night, because her book describes in humiliating detail the only fight he ever lost. In order to get at her, he enrolls in high school. He's angry enough to kill her on sight, but her attitude and complete ignorance of the truth of her stories draws him in almost against his will.
Caryn Smoke is a witch, a healer, to be exact. The Smoke line hasn't killed a vampire in ages, but when Domonique Vida sends Caryn and her mother to keep an eye on Jessica, they go. Caryn enrolls in school and tries to watch Jessica. Unfortunately for Caryn, Jessica's dark nature is the complete opposite of Caryn's sunny one, so they don't get along.
Jessica is at first ignorant of the truth behind her tales. She recognizes Aubrey on sight, but refuses to believe that "Alex"--Aubrey's high school name--could really be who she thinks he is. Until he identifies her as Ash Night, and Caryn reveals her true identity.
Jessica falls for Aubrey, and he for her, but trouble ensues.
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