TITLE : Dark Promise (Darkhaven Saga #3)
AUTHOR : Danielle Rose
GENRE : YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
FR RATING : 3.5 Stars
There’s a little witch in all of us…
Ava López’s best friend from childhood is missing, and her former coven has asked for her help to find her. Despite all the pain the witches have treated Ava to with their rejection, she is determined to find Liv—even though her new allies harbor resentment.
Ava hopes finding Liv will put an end to the feud between the two groups, but she realizes that to help the witches, she must turn her back on the vampires. But this is the least of her problems.
Ava must choose sides and test loyalties with a decision that comes at a cost—one even Ava, with her ever-growing powers and connection to spirit magic, never could have foreseen. To repent for her disloyalty, Ava must bind herself to a dark promise. A promise no magic can break.
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Ava is getting used to her new lifestyle. She has come to terms with her new powers, she is also trying to be positive of her newfound powers. Her journey to acceptance is rocky and filled with heightened emotions. She has been welcomed into the fold of her new family of vampires, albeit slowly and hesitantly. There are still members who are wary of her intentions and don’t really care for her. But for the most part, she starting feel at home and trust the new family. There seems to be trouble following her wherever she goes. And when things were looking good the witches approach Ava at her new home to seek help in searching for her childhood friend Liz. Ava feels it’s the right thing to help find her friend and she believes this will put the issues of both groups to rest. She is torn between the two families and her loyalty is put to test. The ultimatum from the vampires leaves her distraught and uncomfortable. She is ridden with guilt and wants to help out the witches once and for all to leave behind her coven. She starts getting new visions and Ava finds herself at crossroads again having to make a tough decision that will leave her in terrible danger.
As usual, Ava is responding to everything emotionally and her habit of getting into one problem after the other is very much the theme of this book as well. Ava and her naivety are being questioned and criticized by her new friends. They do not want to support her in her plans but at the same time, they find themselves helping her out because of their loyalty towards their group.
Like the other two books, more and more mystery seems to be popping up and we learn with the characters new information that will change the game altogether. The main characters all are in some way connected to Ava and hence we see how her decisions often put people around her at high risk. The writing and pacing in this book are also well done. I was hooked to the story from the beginning until the end. The book also ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that will leave the readers hanging and intrigued to know more about what will happen.
I enjoyed this one more than the other two and the new developments in this book have definitely piqued my interest. I wish Ava would stop acting selfishly often dragging other people into her mess. Her behavior was getting more problematic and I hope we get to see some growth from where she is now. Her inner monologue is tiring and a lot of the time she is unsure of her emotions towards people around her.
I am excited for book 4 and can’t wait to see how everything turns out. I hope we get some character development n the next two books. I gave the book 3.5 stars and I think young adults will find the story to be engaging and fun to read. The book is great for paranormal sub-genre fans. If you are looking for something simple and entertaining and short fantasy to binge read then this would be a good choice you. Overall I thought it was a good book with some intriguing characters and a good storyline. If you love Paranormal themes and love to check out a fantasy that will not be intimidating with complex world-building or magic systems that are elaborate and intricate then this could be a good series for you to start with.