Promises to Keep (Den of Shadows 9)
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)
Borrowed the book from the library
Jay comes from a line of witches with a long history battling vampires. He takes his chosen path as a hunter seriously, about the only thing in his life he treats this way. Otherwise the nineteen year old lives a nomadic existence. Then he scores an invite to the vamp party of the year. No witch or hunter would dare attend, except for Jay. That one night changes the world as we know it. (And I blame Jay completely.)
This is not a stand alone book. And those Den of Shadows fans out there might want to familiarize themselves with the series again before diving into this read. Rhodes is one of my favorite authors. She has an easy style of writing that I love. Jay is charismatic and one of the most interesting characters I've come across. He lives for the hunt, both for the rush and adventure of it, and because he believes it's his duty to stand between innocents and evil. I also enjoy the wide range of morality the vampires possess. At times you find yourself rooting for an evil bloodsucker and then you shake your head, "but she's one of the bad guys, right?" I like that.
I wish I had studied up before reading Promises to Keep because a lot of names were mentioned (especially in the recap at the end). Also as much as I love Jay, part of his drive seemed too ego driven for me to fully cheer him on. There were times I wanted to shake his shoulders and tell him "Knock it off and stop making everything worse!" My last gripe has to do with his flirting and romantic interests. Rhodes took this aspect of the book in two different directions, then watered it down to the point I felt like I was misreading the signals. Did Jay want to hook up with the hot male vamp or was he falling in love with the partly evil female vamp? I would have been happy either way, but the wish-washy back and forth left me annoyed.
I gave this book 4 stars despite my issues with it because I couldn't stop reading it and because I really did enjoy my time with Jay and all the chaos he triggers.