Demon in My View (Den of Shadows Series #2)

Demon in My View (Den of Shadows Series #2)

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Overview

Though nobody at her high school knows it, Jessica is a published author. Her vampire novel, Tiger, Tiger, has just come out under the pen name Ash Night. Now two new students have just arrived in Ramsa, and both want Jessica’s attention. She has no patience with overly friendly Caryn, but she’s instantly drawn to Alex, a self-assured, mysterious boy who seems surprisingly familiar. If Jessica didn’t know better, she’d think Aubrey, the alluring villain from her novel had just sprung to life. That’s impossible, of course; Aubrey is a figment of her imagination. Or is he?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440228844
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/11/2001
Series: Den of Shadows Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 818,387
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel when she was 13 years old. You can visit her online at www.ameliaatwaterrhodes.com. She lives in Massachusetts.

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CHAPTER 1

The black oblivion of sleep was shattered by the caterwauling of some singer on Jessica’s clock radio. She groaned and viciously beat the alarm clock into silence, then groped blindly for the light switch. The somber red glow of her Lava lamp provided just enough light to read the time.

Seven o’clock. The red numbers glowed sadistically, and Jessica swore. Only two hours of sleep again. How she managed to remain in the conscious world at all was a mystery, but she dragged herself into the shower, where the cold water finished what the alarm clock had started.

Only one hundred and eighty days of school left, Jessica thought as she prepared for the first day of her senior year of high school. There was barely enough time to get dressed before she had to pull her backpack onto her shoulders and dart down the street to catch the bus. Breakfast? A fleeting dream.

Ah, Ramsa High School. What a perfect little niche of Hell, she thought as the bus pulled up to the school. In one year, you will be out of here forever. That fact was the only thing that had convinced Jessica to get out of bed that morning: if she passed senior year, she would never need to succumb to the grasp of Ramsa High again.

She had lived in the town of Ramsa since she was twelve, and had long before realized that the other students would never accept her. Few were openly hostile, but no one could be described as warm and fuzzy, either.

As she neared the building, Jessica was acutely aware of how many students walked in groups of friends. She had known these people for five years, but that didn’t seem to matter as they moved past her without a word. She even saw two girls notice her, whisper to each other, then quickly retreat as if Jessica was somehow dangerous.

One senior, a boy Jessica had known since her very first day at Ramsa Junior High, crossed himself when he saw her. She was tempted to start chanting satanically in the hopes of scaring him. He had long before decided that she must be a witch, and she had no idea why. Occasionally, out of spite or simply boredom, she encouraged his belief.

The thought was amusing in a way. The only witches she knew lived solely in the confines of the novels she’d been writing for the past few years. One of her witches could walk right in front of this idiot and he would never recognize her as what she was; Jessica’s witches tended to be rather human in their manner and appearance.

More humorous, though, was the fact that her old enemy was holding the book Tiger, Tiger by Ash Night. Jessica wondered how he would react if he knew that she would soon be receiving royalties from his purchase.

Jessica had been struck by the idea for Tiger, Tiger several years before, when she and Anne had been visiting one of Anne’s old college friends in Concord, Massachusetts. She had spent nearly the entire week- end vacation locked in her room, and those hours of work had finally paid off.

In homeroom, Jessica sat in the back, alone as always. She waited in silent contemplation for attendance to be taken. The teacher was a young woman whom Jessica had not seen before; her name was written on the board and had received a few snickers from the students. Kate Katherine, high-school teacher, must have had sick parents. On the other hand, her name was probably easier for people to remember than Jessica Ashley Allodola.

“Jessica Allodola?” Mrs. Katherine said as if cued by Jessica’s thoughts.

“Here,” Jessica answered absently. The teacher checked off the name in her book and went on to the next person on the list.

The words of Jessica’s adoptive mother, Anne, echoed through her mind.

“Tomorrow is the first day of a new year, Jessie. Could you at least try not to get sent to the office? Just this once?”

“Don’t call me Jessie,” she had answered.

“Just try, Jessica,” Anne had pleaded. “For me?”

“You aren’t my mother. Don’t tell me what to do.”

“I’m the closest thing to a mother you have!” Anne had snarled, losing her patience.

The remark had stung, and Jessica had stalked to her room, mumbling, “My real mother was smart enough to get rid of me early.”

Snapping back to the present, she wondered bitterly if Anne considered it bad luck that Jessica was the child she had ended up adopting. Jessica wrenched herself from these thoughts as a pretty girl with chestnut hair tentatively entered the room.

“I’m sorry I’m late,” the girl said. “I’m new to the school, and I got a bit lost.” She introduced herself as Caryn Rashida. Mrs. Katherine nodded as she found Caryn’s name on her list.

Caryn looked around for an empty seat; one was conveniently located next to Jessica. But when she saw Jessica she hesitated, as if she might go sit somewhere else. Jessica wasn’t surprised. The residents of Ramsa all seemed to shy away from her almost unconsciously.

However, Caryn made up her mind and walked resolutely across the room. Extending a hand, she spoke. “Hi. I’m Caryn Rashida.” She stumbled a bit over her own last name. “Why are you sitting all alone here?”

“ ’Cause I want to,” Jessica answered coolly, leveling her emerald-green eyes at Caryn’s pale blue ones. Caryn held the gaze for a moment longer than most people could, but then looked away.

With disgust, Jessica had noted the girl’s unease and her decision to make an effort despite it. Jessica had no wish to be taken under Caryn’s wing like a homeless child. Dislike she understood; pity she could not stand.

“Wouldn’t you rather have some company?” Caryn asked, her tone more subdued but no less friendly.

Ignoring Caryn’s attempts at conversation, Jessica pulled out a pencil and started to draw.

“Well, then . . . I guess I’ll leave you alone,” Caryn said, voice muted. She moved to another table. Jessica continued drawing, ignoring Caryn and the teacher, who was droning on about locker assignments.

Mrs. Katherine asked Caryn to help distribute the locks, and when Caryn had finished, she lingered a moment at Jessica’s table. Jessica wondered grimly at the girl’s persistence.

“I’ve never been able to figure these out,” Caryn muttered as she fiddled with her lock. She spun the combination a dozen times without success. “Maybe it’s broken . . . You want to give it a try?”

Jessica plucked the lock from Caryn’s hands and had it open in a second. “Hope you don’t need to use the locker too much this year.”

“How do these things work?” Caryn laughed at herself cheerfully.

“Figure it out yourself,” Jessica answered as she shut the lock and tossed it back to Caryn.

“What did I do to you?” Caryn asked, finally deflated, and Jessica wouldn’t have been surprised to see her eyes start to tear. “Why do you have to be so nasty to me?”

“It’s who I am,” Jessica snapped, closing her notebook and putting it away. “Learn to live with it.”

She turned her back to Caryn as Mrs. Katherine led the class to their lockers. The girl didn’t try to talk to Jessica again for the rest of the day. No one else did either; besides the arrival of Caryn, nothing had changed.

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Demon in My View (Den of Shadows Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 378 reviews.
Taylor-Marie More than 1 year ago
Atwater-Rhodes again shows her brilliance in her novels. In Demon in My View, she tells of how Jessica, the main character who is a writer, enconters the idea that her characters are, in reality, very real. Atwater-Rhodes does a great job at telling the story of an original idea of the characters being made real in her simple but descriptive sentences. This book is good to read and curl up in a chair with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This amazing sequel picks up where In the Forests of the Night left off. The characters are fully explored a lot more, with a new twist. I won't say a lot, just pick up and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone else said here 'I love you Aubrey!' I never thought I could fall in love with a character as much as I did with Aubrey. I loved his chemistry with Jessica and how the intensity and emotions really popped out in the book. I found myself gasping and saying 'Yes!' out loud when something in the book happened that surprised me or made me happy. I love to read and I can honestly say I have read this book 10 times already. It's a great read, especially if you are into vampire romance. And I can't help but wish I could be Jessica...can you imagine getting kissed by Aubrey? lol-check it out, you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book got me back it to reading, picked it up and could not put it down; I literalliy tried not to stop reading it and got pissed if anyone interrupted me from reading this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! And She wrote in at age 15!! This book has inspired me in soo many ways, as a young writer. Aubrey deffenetly sounded like a dream guy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was my total favorite i loved how the story was written. I read this book on my way to Detroit on a airplane and my eyes popped out of their sockets,Demon in my view was as great as the darren shan novels but i thought it was the best vampire novel in the world. My aunt loves Amelia Atwater and i told her i read this book, i sord of feel like Jessica cause i have the same sense of humor and i can write for hours and hours.Aubrey is the best vampire made, to tell the truth how i read it i thought he seems kinda hot. This book is the greatest i read and i think this book should be read over and over and over. I love this Book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I pretty much am Jessica with the whole antisocial and get no sleep because you stayed up all night writing bit. I usually turn to this book when I can't figure out how to word things in writing. Her style is simply amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is exciting and intriguing. I couldn't stop reading this book. After reading this book I love vampires. It shows a whole new dark world. It shows vampires can be neutral neither good or bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Amelia's books but this one is by far the best. She seems to have become a bit side tracked with shifters at the moment. Though I find them fascinating I really wish she would open up to the vampric side on things again. I miss them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is totally awsome. I read it in about an hour. One thing I love is how jessica can just be a loner and can live with it, and just go's off on her own into the dark and stay there for hours. my most favorite character is Aubry he's so quiet in the book'well I think'. Ameliea has done it again!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought in the forests of the night, Demon in my view, shattered mirror, and midnight predator all on the same day. It took me about a week to finish them all and now I've read each of them about three times. These books are what got me hooked on vampires. My friends even say I am totally obsessed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amelia Atwater Rhodes is an inspiration to all young writers, including myself. This story is about love, trust, and betrayal. I could compare Jessica, the heroine, to myself thoughout the whole story. It's beautifully written, full of deep discriptive words, and so much emotion it's almost depressing when you finish the book. I would recommend this book to people who aren't afraid of a little darkness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was better than the first. Jessica was better developed than Risika and didn't cram morals down people's throat. Also, she wasn't a whiner. I wish that Amelia would write a book all about Aubrey and how he came to be a vampire. That would be nice. he's my favorite character. But, I also wish that Jessica would have been nicer to Caryn when Caryn was nothing but nice to her.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book was good, but this one was a lot better. Enjoyed the plot and the author's writing style, (still needs work but getting better). Only wish that Jessica's transformation had been more descriptive and that there had been more of an ending; which was quite abrupt considering the novels already stinted length. Hope for more in the upcoming novel.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to In the Forests of the Night. Jessica is shunned by everyone at school, but she doesn't care. She prefers the vampire characters she writes about. When a character from one of her books, Aubrey, shows up at school, Jessica is forced to consider that her vampires might actually be real. An interesting tidbit is the fact that certain vampires become stronger than average because they become vampires unwillingly. The more they fight the change, the stronger they eventually become. I thought that was a nice touch. Now Jessica has revealed many secrets of the vampires and several are out to get her. She must choose death or to become one herself.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting setup but mediocre execution. Jessica is an unusual teenager because, unbeknownst to her classmates, she's the author of a recently published novel about vampires. Her classmates shy away from her dark aura (and her unpleasant personality) until two new students arrive. Caryn tries desperately to be her friend. Aubrey bears a striking resemblance to one of Jessica's vampire characters and seems to be stalking her. Jessica soon discovers the world she thought she created from fiction actually exists and the vampires are none too pleased about being revealed to the world. Aubrey has been sent to kill her, Caryn to protect her. Readers looking for somewhere to turn after Twilight will be disappointed in the lack of romantic tension between Jessica and Aubrey (though it is a series and will develop further). Too much time is spent on the hierarchy of bloodlines in witches and vampires, which is both confusing and distracting, but probably plays a role later.A quick read that has potential to develop into an interesting series. Let's hope Jessica gets easier to like.
DF1A_ChristieR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though nobody at her high school knows it, Jessica is a published author. Her vampire novel, Tiger, Tiger, has just come out under the pen name Ash Night. Now two new students have just arrived in Ramsa, and both want Jessica¿s attention. She has no patience with overly friendly Caryn, but she¿s instantly drawn to Alex, a self-assured, mysterious boy who seems surprisingly familiar. If Jessica didn¿t know better, she¿d think Aubrey, the alluring villain from her novel had just sprung to life. That¿s impossible, of course; Aubrey is a figment of her imagination. Or is he? IT was a good vampire book. Aubrey sounds hot.
BridgetMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moved a little fast, Jessica's frustration and confrontation with Aubrey is a little too contrived, but otherwise an amazing book from a young author, the concept was fantastic and the links between this one story to the entire mythos of the world Rhodes has created showed early on how great of an author she would become.
yourresidentvillain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Demon in My View gives the classic feel of vampires: dark, dangerous, predatory. Yet, it gives the reader a view of their pasts, as humans. A breeze to read, the ending was satisfying and sensible.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can tell this book was written by a younger author, and her inexperience was apparent at times, but it was still entertaining and a nice read.
Velvet-Moonlight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though fairly shorter than most novels, Demon in my View carries you into its world quickly. Gorgeous characters to fall in love with scatter its pages and the storyline is something I have not read about before and I considered highly intriguing.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an authors ultimate reality within a fantasy autobiography which is a wonderful read. You can feel how much Miss Atwater-Rhodes loves her characters and the premise for this book is unique and captavating. As much as I also love her newest shapeshifter books, I do hope that she will return to her vampire world in the future to tell us more of their stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the story a little out of order.. oops.. But I did not feel as though I missed much to pick up the story where it was at.. I thought the book was interesting.. The character interactions and plot was set perfectly.. The book was a fast read.. Nothing that left you scratching your head asking yourself what you just read.. lol.. ~ Happy Reading ~
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