Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep

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by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
     
 

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The compendium of creations (SingleEarth, the Bruja guilds, the Midnight empire) intertwine in an exciting, unsettling plot featuring happenings both accidental and deliberate that will forever change the alternate landscape inhabited by vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters et al. It all begins with a wrong turn and a crashed party, and from there it's an epic clash of

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The compendium of creations (SingleEarth, the Bruja guilds, the Midnight empire) intertwine in an exciting, unsettling plot featuring happenings both accidental and deliberate that will forever change the alternate landscape inhabited by vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters et al. It all begins with a wrong turn and a crashed party, and from there it's an epic clash of elements and the promise of more chaos still to come. At the center of the storm is Jay, a young vampire hunter that no one would ever have predicted might be earth's best bet to thwart the rise of a vampire-controlled slave empire called Midnight. Teens will find themselves drawn to Jay, who struggles to prove his worth even while he has his own fears that those who have written him off may be right to do so.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Strong-willed Jay Marinitch is a vampire hunter living in an intriguing world full of Tristes, shape-shifters, and other supernatural beings. Jay, 19, is a witch and part of SingleEarth, an organization whose purpose is to maintain the peace and keep the multitude of species in balance. In his search for answers surrounding the discovery of an unconscious woman, Jay accidentally releases an angry elemental, a being that "gain[s] power through the mortals bound to [it]," who is bent on revenge. He also uncovers disturbing information about the resurgence of Midnight, a vampire-controlled slave empire. To combat impending chaos, Jay partners with some unlikely allies. While full of mysterious characters, compelling mythology, and intricate plot twists and turns, this involved story can be confusing and leaves many questions unanswered. Readers should be familiar with Atwater-Rhodes's past works since previous characters are mentioned or make appearances, which can complicate things. Recommended for the author's fans.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Children's Literature - Kim Dare
This ninth installment in the “Den of Shadows” series centers on Jay Marinitch, a nineteen-year-old vampire hunter who seems to attract trouble. Working for SingleEarth, the organization that promotes peace between various supernatural creatures and humans, Jay has no business going to the Heathen Holiday gala. However, he is unable to resist the gathering of artistic vampires, and promptly finds himself in over his head when he meets an unstable vampire named Brina. Soon after, he rescues a mysterious woman in the woods, and discovers too late that this shapeshifter was a slave of Brina’s and that the vampire expects Jay to return her property. Jay’s involvement in the release of Pet has done more than raise Brina’s ire: he has unknowingly released a powerful elemental that seeks revenge on the vampire society known as Midnight. The elemental has no qualms about killing innocent bystanders: as Rikai tells Jay, “When elementals war, civilizations burn.” Jay does not know how he is going to stop the elemental, but he realizes that if he does not try, the world he knows will perish. A large cast of characters, many of whom appear only briefly, will muddy the waters for readers new to the series, but Atwater-Rhodes’ fans will appreciate Jay’s efforts to do the right thing, even when it is not entirely clear which characters wear the good guy hats and which are the villains. Reviewer: Kim Dare; Ages 14 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375988721
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
600,731
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

AMELIA ATWATER-RHODES's most recent novel is Poison Tree. She wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, Persistence of Memory, Token of Darkness, and All Just Glass. The five-volume series The Kiesha'ra includes: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry, an IRA-CBC Young Adults' Choice; and Wyvernhail.

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Promises to Keep 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Jay is a teenage witch vampire hunter who doesn’t really fit in with the other witches. Jay has a sidekick Lynx which he can talk to also. It could be because he has a habit of befriending vampires and even donating himself as a snack – a major death sentence should the witches find out. Acting alone, he decides to attend the Heathen Holiday Bash, held by Kendra the vampire empress, and before the night is out he is coming to the aid of two unsuspecting people that his kind shouldn’t be mingling with, a vampire with mental issues and a shapeshifter just lying on the forest floor. Being Jay, he just has to involve himself, but will this time cost him his life? “‘Careful,’ Jay said. ‘There was anther power in her when I first found her. I’m not sure if it was hers, or someone else’s but it threw me out. Hard.’” This is book nine in the Den of Shadows series and the only one I have read but I’m now dying to go back and read them all. This story pulled me in from page one and it was great to see a boy as a leading character who was more teen than responsible young adult, like so many authors do. Because of this, Jay will make a lot of poor choices but will meet some very interesting creatures. That is, if he can stay alive long enough. Pick up this book and find out for yourself what happens with Jay. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*      *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
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