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PROMISESThe Syrenka Series #1
by Amber Garr
Publication Date: December 2011
Pages/Format: 266; Paperback & e-book
Source: Blog Tour
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 fiancé 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 who 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 that she had 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.
Promises is a very promising beginning to a mystical series by Amber Garr. Responsibility, image, and hard decisions for love fall on the shoulders of young mermaid Eviana Dumahl. Her story is tragic and heartbreaking, but will inspire readers with hope.
Eviana shows her stubborn and defiant attitude right from the opening of the novel. Once true love shows her the way, she stays on that path no matter the consequences. Her bravery is to be admired, though, on the other hand, her risk-taking lands her in the place she had wanted to avoid: leader of the Dumahl clan.
The most fascinating aspect of Promises is that there is so much more for readers to learn about the vivid world the characters live in right along with Eviana. From an inevitable war to creatures once thought extinct, Eviana's journey changes her profoundly. Garr has certainly piqued interest with her selfish heroine turned determined leader and turbulent romances.
The Syrenka Series has much in store for readers. Promises has set the series' standard as fast-paced and entertaining making its following novels, Betrayal and Arise ones to look forward to!
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