In The Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes | Why Girls Are Weird

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In The Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes

Risika is a three hundred year old vampire who is not surprised by much these days.  She sleeps in Concord Massachusetts by day and stalks her prey in New York City by night and for the most part she lives her life free from the normalcies of life.  And then one night she returns to find a single black rose on her pillow, the same kind of flower that was given to her on the eve of her death as a human.  Risika knows who it was from the and sight of that single flowers brings her back to her past, back when she was still a mortal being.  She knows the flowers is a taunt from her nemesis Aubrey and she will do anything to seek her revenge.

I originally read this book back in high school.  I'd heard about the author, Amelia Atwater Rhodes, after she was on a talk show.  This book was so special because she was only 14 years old when the book was published, so I have to give her props for that.  And I do remember really liking it in high school.  However, I don't know if it's all the other vampire books I've read since high school or if it's just because I'm older but this book bored me.  I was bored.  The characters were incredibly two dimensional for me and I didn't care at all for the storyline.  It's sad when a book you remembered liking the first time around totally falls flat the second time.  Not a recommendation.  Sorry.


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25 wonderful thoughts:

Diana Mieczan

Its incredible to think that she was just 14 when the book was published...Have a great day,sweetie

Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY later on today! Please, join in!


I think my best friend would adore this book, I'm going to hunt it down for her!

The Favour Shoppe

WoW! 14 years old! amazing. I personally never heard of her.

Smart Ass Sara

Agreed- I never finished the book. *shame* I think I've been ruined by the blood, sex and gore. But mostly the sex in other vamp books. :)

Teenage Bride

Sometimes we just outgrow stories it happens. Sad but true

Cafe Fashionista

This is crazy...I just looked up Amelia Atwater-Rhodes yesterday afternoon to see what she was up to now. I was obsessed with her books when I was in middle/high school!! :P


That is crazy, she was just 14! But true (sad but true) - that we sometimes do outgrow books. I see also your NaNo meter is doing well ;) (Btw, I can *finally* follow you! Thx to my computer doctor :))

jeanette from everton terrace

How on earth does a 14 year old get published? Quite an accomplishment, good book or not. Sorry you were disappointed, I've never read it (and won't bother now).

Pop Champagne

wow 14 and published a book? that is impressive. and yeah not sure what the vampire fad is lately, vampire costumes were so uncool and clique before twilight now this year so many people were vamps...

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Amazing that she got published at 14 but yes, sad that it's not a fun book. Alas, next vampire book then :)

Bella @Bellgetsreal

Wow so young. My daughter is actually working on her first novel, she is 18.

PS Having a great giveaway, come on by.

Nikki list is getting long. 14 though, that is impressive and now I'm a little curious.

Dancing Branflake

Check out all your words! Congrats to you!!!!

Sandy a la Mode

wow, 14!??! that is crazy!!!

p.s. i have a giveaway on my blog today~! would love for you to enter!

la petite coquine

You're kicking butt-9464 words?! Awesome!

As for In the Forests of the Night, I'm impressed that she was published at such a very young age, but not surprised that you didn't love the book like you did when you were younger. You've both grown a lot since, and I bet she doesn't like the book so much these days either!

Amber Blue Bird

oh poo, it started off sounding good and then dropped off the edge

The Blonde Duck

Isn't that disappointing? It's like when your favorite restaurant screws up your favorite dish in your hometown.

Kristin Hjellegjerde

Oh, well, thanks for warning us:)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi

Still cool that she was published at 14! Thanks for the review.

this free bird

It's pretty cool that she was only 14 when it was published. Maybe the reason why it's not as appealing to you now? Just a thought - either that or we've been inundated by vampire stories!



They can't all be winners for ya right?

Helena - A Diary of Lovely

well she was 14 after all ;)

Destined For Now

I read that book in junior high. Definitely won't reread it because I want to keep my memories!


It's possible that a younger audience appreciates it more and you've grown up. I am very impressed that a 14-year-old published a novel. Wow.


I hate when that happens! I want to reread some of my favorite books to see if I'll still like them