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Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows) by [Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia]
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Grade 7 Up—Cooper Blake's life is in ruins. A summer car accident shattered his body and ruined his football career. He can't—or won't—talk to anyone about the pain, the nightmares, or his inability to sleep, and he is feeling disconnected from his family and friends. And then there is Samantha, the attractive, sassy girl who has stayed by his side since the accident. She has been his confidant and cheerleader, urging him to fight through the pain of physical therapy. There is only one small problem—Cooper is the only one who can see her. Samantha has no memories before he woke up in the hospital. She just knows that she wants a physical body. Cooper also sees dark shadows that seem to feed on the living. Samantha's desire for a body sends him to the occult section of the public library and a chance encounter with Brent. Brent takes Cooper to a sorcerer who may be able to help him deal with the shadows and discover Samantha's true nature. Cooper also runs into Delilah, the captain of his school's cheerleading squad and a budding sorceress in her own right. Together they seek answers to Cooper's visions and Samantha's origins, and in the process expose themselves to dangerous forces beyond their understanding. Atwater-Rhodes has crafted another chilling tale with enough plot twists to keep readers guessing. Some may find the ending a little too neat, but most readers will burn through this slim novel in one or two sittings.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
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After waking from a damaging car accident, Cooper finds himself haunted by a mysterious girl he can only assume is a ghost. Samantha doesn’t remember what happened, and Cooper doesn’t know why she is with him, but both are pursued by malevolent shadows that others cannot see. Estranged from his football friends because of his injuries and this new strangeness, Cooper relies on two acquaintances—Delilah, a witch; and Brent, a telepath—to help him figure out where Samantha came from. Helping Samantha, however, may be more dangerous than any of them realizes. Cooper’s appeal as the clueless, traumatized do-gooder and the mystery regarding Samantha’s origin keep the pages turning. There’s an unexpected twist to Samantha’s true nature and the reason for her link with Cooper, but the explanation is rushed and the resolution not particularly convincing. Fans of Atwater-Rhodes’ paranormal teens will enjoy this tale of elemental powers and body swapping, but others may wish for more follow-through. Grades 6-10. --Krista Hutley

Product Details

  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 22, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035JEPC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I have been reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' books since I was thirteen and while I have loved pretty much all of them I've always been able to weed out my favorites. I'm just drawn some characters more than others and I've got to say Token of Darkness is one of those favorites. This book was different than any of the others I've read so far and what I really liked about it was that the main character was a guy.

Rhodes always has a very good array of characters, humans, nonhumans, men and women, but typically her stories are based around one characters perspective and that character is usually a woman. Don't get me wrong, I think that's awesome, it one of the reason's I've always loved her books. She's got all these strong heroines that kick ass on a daily basis and aren't afraid of what goes bump in the night.

But it's nice to see her as a writer stepping outside of that box and exploring how a guy sees things and what the inside of his head is like. Cooper Blake is a great character. I loved how we got to see inside his head and see the issues he was dealing with both physically and emotionally. I also think this book had the most perspectives that she's ever written in one book and I really liked that.

I liked seeing how other people viewed Cooper and how each point of view brought new information into the equation that tied together with the end game of the story. Writing style aside the actual plot was great and I love that Rhodes stepped away from vampires in Token of Darkness and instead used this elemental as this humanized version of a misguided...villain. That's the wrong word, but you'll understand what I mean when you read the book.
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When an author begins by using or quoting The Raven, (my favorite), then I automatically know I'm in for a wild ride.

Cooper Blake is a young man who is beginning his senior year of high school. He's had an absolutely horrible time trying to get back on his feet after a near-fatal car accident that almost left him dead and buried. When he wakes up in the hospital room, Coop not only has to struggle to try and heal his body and mind, he also has to deal with the very real fact that a ghost named Samantha has materialized by his side. In fact, Samantha is a big part of why Coop is still alive. She sat by his side in the hospital room every day, being his friend, and telling him that he could overcome any amount of pain no matter what. She did everything within her power to keep him alive and support him through the darkest time of his life. Not only is Coop grateful to Samantha for that, but having an invisible friend is also beneficial during, say...a quiz, where she can "pop" around the room and retrieve the correct answers for him.

Now that Coop has somewhat recovered, there's a part of him that wants to help Samantha. You see, Samantha is tired of being a spirit; she believes that there must be a way to "create" a body for her - perhaps, out of clay - so that she can be human again. Trouble is, Samantha has no idea who she was before she went to the "other side." She has no memory of what happened to cause her death, only the fact that she wants more than anything to be in a live body.

Going to the library, trying to investigate a way to help Samantha get her dream, Coop runs into a young man by the name of Brent in the paranormal section. Not only is Brent interested in the same strange subjects as Coop, but he also seems to be a little "odd" himself.
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This is one of several books that I have read by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and she never fails to produce very interesting stories. I really enjoy an author that is capable of leading the reader through a story, and still surprise them with an unexpected ending. Token of Darkness includes four key characters that were all equally likeable. This book was 197 pages of non stop action; that will surprise you when you find yourself at the last page.

The only downfall I find to this author is her books are very quick reads without anything exceptional. I find myself finishing the story, and while I have enjoyed I have nothing that jumps out at me and holds in interest past the ending. This is your perfect book if you enjoy simple and quick reading.
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Token of Darkness is a perfectly crafted paranormal story - you've got mystery, suspense, twists and more.

Like most of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' novels this one was a quick read, yet still wonderfully written. She manages to capture every moment flawlessly, so that you can picture every scene, every character in your head. That's one of my favorite things about her writing, the fact that she makes every moment and every character real. This book was no different, it had the same superb storytelling as her past books.

The story may not have been the most unique of tales, however, Amelia did add her own flair to a common story, making it a bit more creative than others.

Token of Darkness isn't my favorite book of Amelia's (check out the Kiesha'ra series, they're amazing), however, I did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick ghost story.
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