Before Twilight was even a glimmer in Stephanie Meyer’s eye, there was another YA book about vampires (I sure there were actually many, but this is one of my favourites, so I’m going to go with it). In the Forest of the Night is everything Twilight is not: well-written, interesting, and delightfully spooky. Also, unlike that other one, which only seems like it was written by a 14-year-old girl, In the Forests of the Night was written by an actual 14 year old. And an intelligent, talented one at that. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ tale of a shape-shifting vampire and her bloody history would work incredibly well as a movie. It’s dark, but not too dark, and the universe of characters Atwater-Rhodes created is deep enough (250 and counting for this book and its spin-offs) for multiple sequels. Plus is would show those Twi-hards how real teenage vampires do it. Sans sparkles.
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