Promises : Book One of the Syrenka Series

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Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love. When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiance, would make a wonderful husband except that she's been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined. A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan's life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life she so adamantly tried to escape. Promises is the first book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends through the perils of growing up in a discrete world that inherently threatens human society."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • North Charleston SC, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1468006797
  • 9781468006797
  • 2,057,382

About Amber Garr

Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
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You can find this review on my blog: ***Final Rating: 4,5/5 stars*** I received this book free from Amber, in exchange of a honest review. Thank you, Amber! Review Eviana Dumahl is a mermaid who is fell in love with Brendan - a boy who can change into a seal. Unfortunately, her parents prepared her for a different future - Eviana has to marry Kain Matthew to be the next leader of their clans. But Eviana want to escape and live the rest of her life with Brendan, so they run away far from home. When both swim in a lake, they are attacked by other shapeshifting seals who hurt them and steal Brendan's seal skin. Now, Brendan is going to die and Eviana has to discover who and where are the bandits, to recover the skin before the love of her life dies. My opinion This book was beautiful. I can't say that it impressed me, but I liked it. It took me a while to read it because, at the start, the story wasn't very captivating; but the end was awesome (and annoying)! The dialogue wasn't very frequently used, but more description. I liked Amber Garr's style and I would love to read the entire trilogy. I've read a few pages of Betrayal and I was stunned. I really want to know if Eviana and Kain will get back toghether, if there will be a war between the species and how will Eviana progress, as a leader. The story was written from the perspective of our protagonist really well! All the feelings that Eviana has I felt too and that's what I liked about the book! I'll give this book 4,5 stars out of 5 because the beginning wasn't extraordinary, more
by Sabrina
Have you ever started a book and knew by the second page that you don't want to put it down? That is what happened when I read Promises by Amber Garr. This story is about the mermaid Evianna and how she has to deal with the consequences of the decisions she has made. She is in love with her best friend Brendan who is a selkie but she is promised to the merman Kain. She makes a choice, disobeys her family and her life is never the same. I was really impressed with Evianna and how she never made excuses for what she did and live with what happened. So if you are a fan of YA Paranormal adventure/romance books then this is a must read for you. I promise you that you will stay up until the early morning hours just to finish it!show more
by Dani Chapman
I picked this book to review because I heard a lot of good things about it and also the name of the series made me smile. Syrenka is a polish word for mermaids! I see that almost everyone loves mermaid books. This is the second book of that type I read and so far... YES! YES! YES! I loved the world Amber created. It's full of magical creatures and amazing characters. Some are crazy, some are caring and some are simply stupid. I hated the main heroine, Eviana. I understood her feelings but she acted too much like me and... I know it's stupid. She left the clan because they forced her to marry someone she didn't love and ran away with a selkie. I'M NEVER GOING TO UNDERSTAND SELKIES. She is so blinded in love that she can't realize that her lover is an idiot. I knew from the beginning how it's going to end. I'm team Kain for sure, but he is even too perfect. Handsome, caring, strong... It doesn't matter, I love him. Basically, this book is about a mermaid who left her clan and amazing boy who's in love in her for a weird selkie. In between, there is a war. It's simple, sounds stupid but it's amazing. I don't even know why I liked it, but I more
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