Reviews for Demon in My View
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall
A teenage writer of vampire novels has written this novel about . . . a teenage writer of vampire novels. Jessica, the overly idealized protagonist, is shocked when a seductive new classmate bears a marked similarity to a fictional character Jessica created. Fans of Anne Rice may be drawn to this uninvolving story of teenage vampires, but Anderson's [cf2]Thirsty[cf1] and Klause's [cf2]The Silver Kiss[cf1] are more full-blooded, satisfying works. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2000 April #4
Teenage author Atwater-Rhodes returns to the vampires and witches of In the Forests of the Night for this fast-moving sequel. This time, she focuses on Jessica, the high school student who put in a cameo in the previous installment and, under the pen name Ash Night, has since published her first book, a vampire story called Tiger, Tiger. What Jessica doesn't know is that the characters in her book actually exist, and they aren't too happy that she's spilled their secrets and unwittingly alerted vampire-hunting witches to the location of their undead village, New Mayhem. Out for revenge, the vampire Aubrey shows up at Jessica's high school in the guise of a new student. But Jessica's dark aura unexpectedly attracts him. He pursues her, unsure if he wants to kill her, protect her or change her into one of his own kind. Jessica feels equally drawn to him, and drawn to the idea of becoming stronger than human. The writing is often pat ("It had not hurt to die . Why did it hurt so much to live again?"), but the fantastic fights will keep readers turning pages quickly. Atwater-Rhodes exercises impressive control over the complex lineages she has imagined, and she comes up with creative solutions to advance her story. Readers will drain this book in one big gulp. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2000 May
Gr 6-10-High school senior Jessica Ashley Allodola is a misfit and a malcontent. What no one knows is that she is also a writer and has just published a new book, Tiger, Tiger, under the nom de plume, Ash Night. Her books, written in a dreamlike trance, describe a vivid and detailed world of vampires and witches. Conversely, what Jessica doesn't know is that the books she assumes are the strange imaginings of her subconscious are, in fact, true. And the vampire inhabitants of that world are determined to stop her, while the good witches are just as determined to save her. Two of these preternatural beings appear in the guise of new students at Ramsa High: Caryn, a witch of the Smoke Clan, and Alex, the very real vampire Aubrey from Tiger, Tiger. The clash between the witches and the vampires and the truth of Jessica's birth take the plot down many twisting and suspenseful paths. Unfortunately, there are too many subplots and minor characters. The book comes alive when it focuses on the relationship between Jessica and Alex/Aubrey. The two lovers are finely drawn and believable. Their relationship is compelling and drives the story, as well as readers, past some confusing plot developments. Demon in My View is not as tightly plotted or generally as well written as Atwater-Rhodes's first novel, In the Forests of the Night (Delacorte, 1999), but it will draw horror fans.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2000 August
What if the vampires that people the pages of the book Jessica writes-using the pen name, Ash Night-are not figments of her imagination? What if those dangerous characters she invents, especially the one she calls Aubrey and his sinister companion,Fala, do not want their secrets published? When Jessica's vampire creations begin to stalk her and her family, Jessica discovers that she just might need the help of her classmates, such as teen witch Caryn, whose offers of friendship she dismissed.Suddenly the classrooms and streets of New Mayhem are not as humdrum or safe as they once appeared. Perhaps there is a level of unreality in even the most average-seeming day, and possibly there are choices beyond whether to try today's version ofcafeteria mystery meat. Will Jessica choose to enter the dark world of her own dreams and nightmares to take a chance on a truly forbidden love? Atwater-Rhodes continues to mine her own version of vampire lore, expanding on the characters and themes of In the Forests of the Night (Delacorte, 1999/VOYA August 1999). She is a teen writer whose voice and tone are well established, but who isstill developing a literary style. The appeal of her subject matter, however, and her age-now sixteen-will likely override any awkward, wordy, occasionally overblown passages. In fact, for an adolescent audience, the raw emotions ring so true thatteen readers might not care about any weaknesses in the writing.-Mary Arnold. Copyright 2000 Voya Reviews