April 23, 2008

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

This book, written when the author was only 13, tells the story of a vampire named Risika. Hundreds of years prior, she was Rachel Weatere, a well-mannered, caring 17 year old girl who cared for her family, especially her twin brother, Alexander... and then she was changed. She woke up, scared, cold, alone and thirsting for blood. The story follows her through her transition from Rachel to Risika, from caring and kind to most to blood thirsting, caring for a select few and spiteful.
Throughout all of the good and bad of her being a vampire, she has showed compassion for Tora, a tiger in a zoo that she was become very attached to. She spends her days in her home in Concord, Massachusetts and her nights trying to avenge her brother's murder.
This book has so many twists and turns, suspense and also much to anticipate. it really makes you think because you want to find out how it all ends up and it seems as if you can't read it fast enough. In The Forests of the Night is a quick read and it is unbelievable. As you read, you can't believe that it was written by someone at the young age of 13. i would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys vampire fiction... 5 stars!