Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Persistence of Memory

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has achieved a lot in her short life. With the publication of her first book In the Forest of the Night coming out when she was only 14 years old. I was 13 years old at that time and had big dreams of being a writer. She helped make those dreams develop. If a 14 year old could get a book published, why couldn't I?

But my personal story aside Amelia's first collection of books were entirely about vampires, witches, and shapeshifters. This was prior to the Twilight craze when being a fan of vampires was labeled you as strange.

For quite some time Amelia branched off and wrote the Kiesha'ra series but Persistence of Memory returns to her vampire roots. Compared to her earlier books this is advanced with more talk of psychology and mental disturbances. There are details of fencing (which I know nothing about). But past that I feel Amelia's writing style hasn't changed too much since she was a 14 year old (now in her mid-twenties).

The main character has a friend who somewhat vanishes by the middle of the book and is only brought up once more in the epilogue. To me this is a messy form of writing. If there is a character who appears to be tied into the plot and worth knowing then the character should follow through to the end of the book. Her main character, Erin, reminded me all too much of all of her other lead females in her Den of Shadows books. And much of the characters and how they would react to a situation was predictable if you have read her previous books in the series.

Was the book horrible? No. Could it have been written better? Yes. I think at her age and with the history she has of writing she should be more progressed then she is.

I took this book out from my store on Friday when we were having our first snow storm threatening the area. I figured it would be a nice simple read for a snowy night and I was right. It was entertaining and simple. Nothing too hard to grasp and an easy way to pass the cold snowy hours.

If you're looking for something to entertain you when the snow hits (which we're currently being hit by a second storm) this would be a great read. If you want to read something but you only have a few hours to spare- again, a great read. It's easy to pick this up and finish it quickly but if you're looking for something that you can think over and bring forth great thoughts... then this book isn't really what you want.


PS: This is currently what it looks like outside my front door. Mind you it's 10:30 in the morning. The sun is up and the reason it's so dark is from the thick clouds and snow. That fog? It's not fog. It's snow. There is a tree-line we can usually see behind that house. Usually it's so clear you could count the trees. Not today... and I'm supposed to go to work!

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