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Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
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Though an interesting story, the characters weren't particularly compelling or relatable (to myself at least). I felt like there could have been a subplot here, but it was only touched upon instead of actually being in the book--there were hints of a lot of unaddressed stories, but few of them were actually expanded upon. ( )
  AdorablyBookish | Aug 29, 2015 |
Apparently I'd already read this book. As I started reading I kept having that I've read this before feeling, but I couldn't remember what happened in the end so I decided to just finish it again. To me that's the sign of a not very good book, if a book is good I'll remember having read it and how it ended. It wasn't terrible just lackluster, Amelia's other books are much better. ( )
  CodeName5012 | Apr 29, 2013 |
If I have to give Amelia Atwater-Rhodes credit for anything, it’s that her writing’s really improved since In the Forests of the Night. She could always plot fairly well (although she rushes her conclusions with too little build-up; more on that later), but in the Den of Shadows books, the prose really bordered on the purplish side. In both this book and Persistence of Memory, her prose style feels a lot more natural and flows a lot better.

The main thing that drew me to this book is the characters. First of all, I liked that they’re different from her normal “human” main characters; while Cooper and Brent definitely have some darkness in their past and push people away, they don’t really fall into the trap of “I HATE ALL OF YOU NORMAL PEOPLE” that her earlier books tended to have. This is especially present with Cooper. You can really tell how much he just wants to be physically fine and normal again, but he also doesn’t want to abandon Samantha to reach that goal. His interactions and occurrences in his day-to-day life really underscored this—the scene in the library, he basically blue-screens at the thought of having to take the stairs, and knowing that he just can’t do it, despite that he looks well enough to climb a staircase. Loved that moment.

Brent gets a little closer to the typical human protagonist of her earlier books, but he’s still a very different character then what’d you expect. As I said above, he’s someone with a lot of darkness and hasn’t had an easy life like Cooper and Delilah have. But there’s still that striving for normalcy and wanting to be a part of a group (and not just “Why can’t I be one of the popular people woe is I”, Brent just wants friends who like him for him).

There’s really not much to Samantha or Delilah, unfortunately. I like Samantha a bit better, but that’s only because we see more of her throughout the book. Her frustration over not knowing her past and wanting to be alive again runs a little on the cliché side, but I liked her early relationship with Cooper and their genuine friendship. Delilah, on the other hand, comes off as a one-note character with a slightly more intriguing backstory, but she’s really only to serve the purpose of figuring out what Samantha is, and doesn’t do much else.

My one problem with the book as whole is my same problem with a lot of Atwater-Rhodes’s books that I’ve read: she throws in a resolution and explanation for everything that happens way too quickly, and the conclusion feels jarring. I liked the revelation of what Samantha really is, but how she came to be and how it ties back into Cooper’s accident comes out of left-field with no prior set-up. There’s several places where the revelation could have been worked in earlier, but it never comes and the pay-off doesn’t work for me. I liked this book a lot, but the if she had expanded the ending a little further and put in a explanation earlier, so that it would make more sense, I would have liked it a lot more.
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  princess-starr | Mar 31, 2013 |
One of the best parts of reading any Amelia Atwater-Rhodes story is this: she writes a tight story. Whether you've been following her work for a while or are taking your first step in with a book, you don't feel like you are missing out a huge chunk of backstory and miss a lot of what happens in the book before you.
Token of Darkness introduces another dimension to her already rich supernatural world. This is our first glimpse into the sorcerers, those who are not born to the magic but learn and develop it while alive. We also see our first ghosts, in the form of Samantha, a young woman haunting our protagonist Cooper. The book takes place in early September, when school has first started, and Cooper is still recovering from a severe accident early in the summer. After almost dying, he finds himself with Samantha and some other dark spirits lingering in the wings. As he tries to make more sense of what happened to him, Cooper's path crosses with two people who may or may not be able to offer him help: Delilah, the captain of the cheerleading squad, and Brent, Delilah's former beau. Together, the three find the threads to unwind in this curious situation. ( )
  quantumbutterfly | Nov 14, 2011 |
To see my review:http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/token-of-darkness-by-amelia-atwater-rhodes/ ( )
  ABookVacation | Nov 12, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385737505, Hardcover)

Cooper Blake has everything going for him—until he wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn’t know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she’s a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.

No one from Cooper’s old life would understand what he can barely grasp himself. . . . But Delilah, the captain of the cheerleading squad, has secrets of her own, like her ability to see beyond the physical world, and her tangled history with Brent, a loner from a neighboring school who can hear strangers’ most intimate thoughts. Delilah and Brent know that Cooper is in more trouble than he realizes, and that Samantha may not be as innocent as she has led Cooper to believe. But the only way to figure out where Samantha came from will put them all in more danger than they ever dreamed possible.

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After Cooper Blake wakes from a serious car accident to find himself in the company of an attractive, tormented ghost, he keeps his visions to himself until he discovers that two of his peers also hide supernatural abilities.

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