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Translate My Heart

I am a twenty-something year old with a fondness for books, snail mail and summer dresses. I work in a bookshop and live in the pages of books.

Persistence of Memory (Den of Shadows)

Persistence of Memory - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes For most of Erin Misrahe’s sixteen-year-old life, she has been constantly afraid of losing control. Erin has been diagnosed with schizophrenia at a very young age and her alter ego, Shevaun is highly dangerous and is prone to violent actions. Erin never remembers what happens when Shevaun takes over her body. In fact, Erin believes Shevaun to be a product of her mind but, in actuality, Shevaun does exist apart from Erin. Shevaun is a dangerous vampire who lived for quite a long time and has some dangerous allies including a powerful Triste witch, Adjila. When Shevaun and Adjila become aware of a tie between Erin and Shevaun, they head over to the Boston area to investigate. At the same time, Erin’s old friend from her time in the hospital ward, Sassy, reappears in her life. What happens is a novel of identity and illusion. What is real and what is not.A fantastic blend of fantasy and reality, Persistence of Memory is told in Atwater-Rhodes’ classic writing style. At certain times the storyline became predictable, the concept of illusion and identity is wonderfully put together. Atwater-Rhodes use of mental illusion fused with fantastical elements creates a realistic fantasy that very much is a reminiscent of her earlier works (In the Forests of the Night, Demon in My View).