All Just Glass (Den of Shadows Series #7)

All Just Glass (Den of Shadows Series #7)

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Overview

Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.
Aida Vida is Sarah's older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida's mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.
Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia's fans—old and new.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385737531
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Series: Den of Shadows Series , #7
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 492,236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

AMELIA ATWATER-RHODES wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, and Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha'ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry, an IRA-CBC Young Adults' Choice; and Wyvernhail. She is also the author of Persistence of Memory. Visit her online at AmeliaAtwaterRhodes.com.

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Chapter 1

Saturday, 5:52 a.m.

The ringing in her ears surely was the sound of the world shattering. It was louder than the November air whistling outside as it tore leaves the color of fire and blood from the trees, and louder than the hum of the Chevy's engine as Adianna Vida pressed the gas pedal down further, accelerating past sixty . . . seventy . . .

Pushing eighty miles per hour, she twisted the dial on her satellite radio, turning the music up in the hope that it would drown out every other sound and thought. She wasn't even sure what she was listening to. It didn't matter.

She wondered if this was why Sarah had always been drawn to fast, flashy cars. Adia went for vehicles that drew no particular attention, cars she could get on short lease terms and trade in frequently, and she had always thought it was a little silly when Sarah picked out something that turned heads whenever she drove up.

But that was the way Sarah was.

Adia glanced at her instrument panel and realized the needle had just passed ninety. Where were the cops who were supposed to be patrolling this highway, anyway? Wasn't there anyone out here still serving and protecting?

She flexed her left hand, clenching her jaw to control a wince as she did so. Two of the fingers were broken. They wouldn't wrap around the steering wheel. The arm was still sore from a minor fracture she had received half a week earlier. She would have double-checked that the hastily tied bandage on her arm was still in place, but she didn't think it was a good idea to take her one good hand off the wheel, even to make sure she wasn't bleeding again.

At least the other guy looked worse . . . though that would have been more comforting if the "other guy" hadn't been a large bay window and some kind of ugly garden statue she had hit on her way down.

But it wasn't a complete loss. She had learned what she had needed to learn.

She had learned the last thing she had wanted to learn.

Adianna Vida, now the only child of Dominique Vida, matriarch of the ancient line of witches, wished she were still ignorant. It had taken a hell of a fight, but she had finally, unfortunately, throttled the information out of someone.

"Looks like she's decided to live, witch," a bloodbond had told her, the last word like a curse. "She's staying with Nikolas and Kristopher. Not that you'll find them. They've been hunted for more than a century. They know how to take care of themselves."

Sarah was still alive.

No, not Sarah. The creature who existed now looked like Adia's little sister, but she wasn't a witch anymore; she was a vampire. She had woken at sundown and had hunted. No one had been able to tell Adia who the victim had been, but Sarah's change had been traumatic, which meant the first hunt would have been fierce. She had probably killed.

And then she had decided to live as a vampire.

To continue as a vampire, at least.

Which proved it really wasn't Sarah, right? A daughter of Vida waking to find herself a monster should have ended it at that moment. She should have known that stopping herself then, before the vampiric power twisted her too badly, was the only way she could protect the helpless victims she would inevitably end up hurting in the future. But she hadn't.

Before Adia could learn any more, another bloodbond had leapt forward and sent them both through the window. Adia had wanted to fight at that point but had already found the information she needed, and knew that Dominique would disapprove of her lingering.

Realizing she was approaching her exit, she slowed—probably more abruptly than she should have, but who cared? It was six in the morning on a Saturday, and she hadn't seen another car in nearly half an hour. She was almost home, and when she pulled into the driveway, she would have to be fully under control.

She turned the radio down to barely a whisper, until she could hear the mournful wind again. In front of her mother's house, the trees were already nearly bare, except for a few golden leaves they still managed to cling desperately to. She sympathized; some part of her had been ripped away, as well, when she had let her sister die.

It took her two tries to get the car door open with the damage to her arms. The frigid air that rushed in to replace the warmth in the car was bracing and helped her calm her thoughts. She managed not to limp as she approached the front door.

Her mother was waiting for her in the kitchen, at the antique oak table where Adia had spent countless hours as a child studying ancient Vida laws.

Forty years old, Dominique had been the only child of her father's second wife. She had survived the deaths of her parents, her sister, a niece and a nephew closer to her age than her sister had been, and Sarah and Adia's father, and all Adia had ever seen from her was stoicism and the grim acceptance that a hunter's life was dangerous. Her practical short blond hair had occasional bits of gray and her Vida-blue eyes were perhaps a little more tired, but she still stood as if carrying the weight of the world were simply a task she had to accept.

And at that moment, she wasn't alone.

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RebeccaNaomi More than 1 year ago
Years after I read Shattered Mirror I see it has a sequel. I liked that book. Look at the publication date and realise that it is coming out next month. How fortuitous for me. Yet the few reviews that I read for the book are not exactly the most positive. Some complain about the fact that it does not give you a refresher course and others how it happens in 24-hours. So what do I do? I go back and read the first book.That solved that problem for me. Now I just had the issue of waiting for the book to come out. So I waited. And waited. And noticed that my school starts up on January 18th. And waited some more. The day after it is released I walk the 1.96 (might as well call it 2) miles to Barnes and Noble to read the book. I finish it in a little over two hours later. How did I end up not being annoyed with the 24-hour time lapse? Simple, I never read the time stamp at the beginning of any of the chapters. That said I enjoyed the book much more than the people who came before me. The plot was about the reactions of Sarah Vida's family and how her new vampire family dealt with the problems.You have Dominique, who hates vampires, her sister Aida, who was taught to hate vampires, and Sarah, who only wants to live but doesn't want to kill anyone. Dominique wants Sarah dead and she has called everyone in to kill Sarah and it is just a bonus if they kill Kristopher or Nikolas. Okay I think that is pretty much it. I will admit that writing the plot down makes it seem a bit small but saying anything else will give away big surprises because this book was all bout surprises. Characters. My favorite characters were Sarah and Nikolas with Kristopher as a close third. They were the main characters. Sarah was pretty much the whole reason for the book. She defied the rules and did what no Vida had done before her. Sarcasm once again. I will go into more detail on that when I explain my least favorite characters. In the first book I was all about the Sarah and Kristopher love. They were cute together even if Kristopher was a bit naive. In this book Sarah and Nikolas have the little moments that make me hope for a cute couple. It really had me torn. At this point I think that I need another book just to break the tie for me. Least favorite characters. In the first book every witch is made out to be strict. They follow the rules and they don't interact with vampires. Sarah broke a huge rule when she not only befriended two vampires but gets a crush on one of them. And I am not talking Nissa. Although that would be interesting. But in this book you learn that Sarah did not break the rule of falling for a vampire so much as she was told on. I find myself much more annoyed now that I look back on this than when I actually read the book. Looking back it seems that every vampire hunter had/has some dirty secret involving vampires. And then they call a hunt on Sarah for it happening to her involuntarily. They knew what they were getting into, Sarah thought that she was just befriending two harmless Single Earth vampires. All of those witches were hypocrites, especially Dominique Vida.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting addition to the Den of Shadows, but not as enjoyable as the previous novels in the series. I still thought it was very entertaining and the vampire/witch aspect was intriguing. Characters were well-developed and plot was well thought out. The twenty-four hour format was kind of rushed but interesting.
eheinlen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not nearly as good as Atwater-Rhodes' early works. It moved entirely too slowly and I couldn't get myself to care about the characters. The premise of the story is interesting, however, which is the reason that I continued to read it.
bookjunkie806 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fans will enjoy the continuation of witch hunter Sara Vida's interesting life turn. Especially since it involves her older sister and an ancient rule being invoked which calls for Sara to be hunted down and killed. The hunter becomes the hunted and her story is unveiled over a twenty-four period.
Frazzletastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn¿t like this book. Plain and simple. I normally enjoyed Amelia¿s previous works, but this novel was a huge step down to other books she¿s written.First off, she assaulted us with tons of names that a new reader isn¿t likely to remember. It¿s been a while since I¿ve read her Den of Shadows series; I¿m not likely to remember five different families and the sub-divisions of those families. She also threw terms at us that a new reader might not have known (like bloodbond, etc). Nowhere on the book is it mentioned that this is a sort of... ¿sequel¿ or companion book to Shattered Mirror, so how is someone who has never read Amelia¿s work before supposed to know everything upon first read? There are a lot of terms and ideas that are just implied and not explicitly stated.I have no idea why the content in the book was compiled into only 24 hours. If it was originally meant that way, then there were a lot of inconsistencies. I¿m almost convinced that Amelia wrote the book to cover a couple of weeks and at the end, changed it to 24 hours (and did a messy job of it). The times below the chapter titles were inconsistent and I just didn¿t believe such intense scenes (involving driving across a city) occurred in 14 minutes. The 24 hour time limit was just so not believable. Some of the events in the book could have easily lasted days, like battle recovery. I don¿t believe someone can attain numerous life-threatening wounds and recover in an hour, even for witches or vampires. And lastly, the pacing seemed way too slow for a twenty four hour novel. When I think 24 hours, I think fast paced. The pacing felt like it was covering weeks and not one day.Several back stories were given in fragments and weren¿t even explained fully. Even with a sequel, you want to include information so that your reader doesn¿t feel at a loss. I still don¿t know half of the back stories to half of the characters, and that left several holes in the plot. Even the plot twists weren¿t explained fully ¿ it was just so messy that I couldn¿t even be all too shocked at the plot twists. And I never knew there was such a thing as too many plot twists until I read this book. I swear, every single page had a plot twist (okay, so that¿s a little exaggeration, but close enough to the truth). There came a point where I wasn¿t even shocked at some new revelation that made no sense anyway. The last four or five twists didn¿t even faze me.The alternating POVs made no sense to me. Sure, I understand the two main characters, Aida and Sarah, having their own POVs. But characters we rarely see? I saw absolutely no point whatsoever to Zachary¿s two or three POVs. Dominique had ONE POV section, and it was at the end. Honestly, was that necessary? We could have easily had that scene from either of her daughters and I¿m sure some other character would have described why she was acting so strange anyway. The character development wasn¿t that great, either. There were way too many characters to get connected or see how one grows. It was pretty much, ¿Oh, I feel this way at the start of the book, but now I feel this way at the end of the book because I spent time during 24 hours reevaluating my opinions that were drilled into me since I was a baby, which also obviously happened off-screen because it¿s mentioned nowhere in the book.¿ The relationships were also very weak. I¿m not sure I¿d even call them relationships ¿ it seemed to me like everyone in the story was a stranger with each other, even the twins and Sarah.The one thing I did like, however, was the reiteration that being perfect isn¿t everything and that it¿s okay to have faults. But the way it was executed was distasteful. To be honest, I slogged through this book. I previously loved a few of Amelia¿s work, as her writing is lovely, but this book was just not up to par with anything she¿s ever written before.If you¿ve never read Amelia Atwater Rhodes before, do me a favor and don¿t start with All Just Glass. I really wanted t
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I have alway enjoyed amelia book' i am someone whom don't enjoy vampires stories but i love ameila vampires!
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It shows some crummy fake book cover instead of the photo shown with this book. It's annoying and feels like it's a fake. However, the book is great lol.
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I liked the on look of Sarahs life now as a vampire, but i felt none of it was what she would have. Living with Katherine, talking with the twins, and though i like the Nikolas and Sarah devolpement since i found Christ too plain for my taste of a vampire. Everyone was good and the plot was okay, story didnt seem to fit the "24 hours" thing which i ignored anyway, but i didnt think this was Sarahs out come and i liked the way the first ended with imagination to it. The Dominic thing was sad in my opinion but its not my book. It was good with a little mixed feeling for me, but still good
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