Thursday, August 16, 2012

[52] Promises REVIEW + G!VEAWAY

Promises  by 
 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 fiancĂ© 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.

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.


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 did.


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All three (3) signed paperbacks of Promises, Betrayal, and Arise + Swag (“I'll have some cool stuff for them!” as described by Ms. Amber) to one winner. Open INTERNATIONAL, ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
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  1. Thank you so much for your review and I'm happy to see my books reviewed in Poland! Super cool! I hope that you enjoy the rest of the series and I look forward to seeing what you think. :)

  2. Thanks so much for the post..:D
    I have to cut the title link in the linky.. anyways, it's still good.>:D

  3. This series looks really good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. The series looks interesting. I love all the covers. :)

  5. I'm a new email subscriber. Thank you for your giveaway!


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