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Persistence of Memory (Den of Shadows) Hardcover – December 9, 2008
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Grade 7 Up—Erin Misrahe, 16, has spent almost half of her life in and out of psychiatric wards. With the help of serious drugs, she has managed to stay out of the hospital for more than two years and is attending classes at a local high school. But the dreams of blood and violence and being a completely different person have started again, and it seems that her alter ego, Shevaun, may be something more than just a figment of her imagination. With the help of her shape-shifter friends and Shevaun's longtime lover, Erin and Shevaun fight to separate their minds and memories and try to figure out what happened to connect them in the first place. What sets this novel apart from the current rash of teenaged-vampire-angst fiction are the two narrators—Erin, grown used to, and even comfortable with, the idea that she is mentally ill; and Shevaun, willing to do anything to protect the family she's cobbled together. Secondary characters are equally compelling, and the world that Atwater-Rhodes has created is believable and intriguing. Hand this novel to the multitudes going through Stephenie Meyer withdrawal and they won't be disappointed.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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Thanks to her arsenal of pills, 16-year-old schizophrenic Erin has kept her violent alter ego, Shevaun, at bay long enough to start public school and make friends. Shevaun, however, is not a construct of Erin’s mind, as she’s always believed; Shevaun is a 500-year-old vampire living with her witch lover, Adjila. When Erin wakes up in Shevaun’s body for the first time in 18 months, Adjila becomes aware of this strange connection and determines to sever it. First, though, they must find Erin and discover why the link exists. Erin’s perspective, skewed through her perceived mental illness, is an interesting one, and Sassy, her shapeshifter friend, adds a refreshing dose of humor. Atwater-Rhodes sets up an intriguing idea—that supernatural powers can be misdiagnosed as mental illness by the mundane world—but ultimately fails to fully explore it. While the link between Erin and Shevaun is fascinating, the particulars are so convoluted and rapidly introduced that the explanation is confusing, as is the resolution. Still, the author’s fans will likely enjoy this supernatural tale. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley
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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!
Persistence of Memory is not as good as her previous series. The main girl is crazy and exchanges places with a vampire. A buncha crap happens. It's not as interesting, and the characters aren't as original either. In fact, I didn't care about the characters at all. There doesn't seem to be a defined plot, the characters aren't personable, and everything is just jumbled together. I'd avoid this one if I were you.