Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
I remember when I was in third grade. I was sitting on the couch and I looked next to me, and saw something: a book. It's cover revealed to me that it was entitled "In the Forests of the Night." Well, I also remember barely even giving it a second glance. When I was in sixth grade I gave it a chance...and loved it. I had never really had very much knowledge of vampires before that. I probably didn't even know who Anne Rice was. Yet, when I read that story I knew I'd be hooked until the day that died. Well, I'm going into my freshman year now, and I am still a loyal fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I would give anything to be as creative and insightful as her. Being an aspiring author, you need these skills among many others or else you never achieve your goal. Well, when "Demon In My View" came out I just had to read it. It is not her best work, but enjoyable all the same. Aubrey seems like the kind of guy any girl would want. Jessica is the gothic outsider who just happens to be gorgeous. Well, I've seen tons of those types at my school. Fala is beautifully malevolent, and maintains her status as a creature that exerts no mercy whatsoever. Caryn is well-drawn as an innocent witch who will help anyone despite their reputation or appearance. The plot is unbelievably detailed and the ending caused me to laugh out loud. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes presents perfect chemistry between Aubrey and Jessica, so well that you would believe this has either happened to her or it's something she dreams of occuring. The story isn't too superficial if you ask me, just realistic.
Submitted by Anonymous
Superficial, shallow, conceited, cliched, stereotyped... all words that describe this book. The plot has been overused in many novels I've read from adults and young adults. As for the heroine, I can't call her a heroine, she is simply there to act "hot" and flirt with Aubrey like some loner wannabe. There is nothing that hits realism. I wasn't entirely convinced that Jessica was a published author or a loner for that fact. She flirted with Aubrey, obviously because he was hot like her. Damn, Caryn made a better leading female than the superficial Jessica. The style was laughable with the mixture of teeny and the villain, well, she brings shame to all villains everywhere: weak, tough wannabe, and annoying. Then again, every character is two dimensional just like the plot itself.
Submitted by ana
I think that Demon in my View is one of the best vampire books I've ever read. It does not hold onto the ancient, archaic stereotypes. For instance, they can walk in the sun, which is a myth that has always bothered me. Also, it challenges you to not think vampire = evil, another idea I hate. I also like Jessica because I face much the same things at my school and act/think the way she does which I found a pleasant change from the normal teen in books. Thanks to all who read my rambling thoughts, which quite often don't seem to have any order or system just an endless train of thought.
Submitted by Aidiena
This book was fair, but I was a bit disappointed(although I wasn't really expecting anything). The plot was flimsy, and the main character, Jessica, was a little superficial. The only thing that barely saved this book was Atwater-Rhodes's use of words and detail, but other than that, it wasn't anything spectacular.
Submitted by Hannah
This is, perhaps, the worst book I have ever read. Poorly written, with clumsly sentence-structure and a flimsy plot, Demon In My View could only be enjoyed by people who've recently been labotomized. Calling her novels fit for dogs would be an insult to all canines; if she wasn't eighteen, her books would have never in a million years been published. They are cliche, boring, and all along the same lines; I've read Demon In My View a thousand times, under different titles and different authors. Sorry, Amelia - your book just doesn't cut it.