Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: In The Forests Of The Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Title: In the Forests of the Night
Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Publisher: Laurel Leaf (An Imprint of Random House Books For Young Readers)
Publish Date: May 9th 2000

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes tells the story of Risika. She was turned into a vampire nearly three hundred years ago. And even though she hunts and kills, she can't seem to escape the morals of her past life. She grew up in the eighteenth century in a community that believed if you did one bad thing you were evil. After being turned she considered herself evil, but eventually she realized if you are weak, you die, if you are strong, you live.

Risika hasn't loved since the seventeen hundreds. Since her brother and her father died, but a few years ago she discovered a caged tiger in the zoo. Tora. She goes to visit her every night and she starts to treat Tora as if she were her pet. She loves her and cares for her.

One night Risika goes to visit Tora and finds her in her cage with a knife in her heart. There is only one person that Risika knows that kills with a knife. Aubrey. The man who helped kill Risika three hundred years ago. She finds him and challenges him to a fight. Will she win? Or will she die? 

I have been meaning to read this book for so many years. At least four. I finally decided to read it, and it was amazing. It's a short and enjoyable read that is hard to dislike. There is a whole series that goes along with this book, and me being me read the other books first, so I didn't find Aubrey to be the jerk that Risika thought him to be. I still saw him as the cute and sweet boy he was when he was with Jessica from Demon In My View, which is the second book in the Den of Shadow's Series. 

Even though it took me years to finally read, I loved it. Aubrey is one of my favorite characters that Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has written. He's a jerk, but he's sweet, and who doesn't love that?

I understand why Risika hated Aubrey, but I don't feel that much hatred made sense in their relationship. They talked less than five times over three hundred years, and they wanted to kill each other. If they had spoken more, maybe it wouldn't have seemed as forced, like Amelia was trying to get the story to move along faster. But every time they got close to one another all they did was fight. There wasn't much reason for it. It was like they were fighting just to fight.

Risika was a well written character. I liked everything about her except how much she hated Aubrey. That's really the only thing about this book that irked me. There was too much hatred and not enough cause. The thing about Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' books is she has such great ideas and characters but she doesn't develop her story or her characters to their full potential. Don't get me wrong, the stories are still great, but I wouldn't mind if they were longer and more detailed.

But since Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was only thirteen when she wrote In the Forests of the Night, I still think that it is worthy of four and a half Crazy Heart's. I recommend this book to someone who is looking for a quick and easy read.  


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