Promises by Amber Garr
Series: The Syrenka Series #1
Published (first published December 7th 2011)
Source: Received from author in exchange for honest review
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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 about Eviana, a mermaid, who falls in love with a Selkie, Brandon, while she was in an arranged marriage with a fellow merman, Kain. She gave up everything to be with the love of her life, and that was when the danger starts. What kind of danger? You'll have to read Promises to find out. I promise you that there's lots of plot twists (from the middle of the book onwards) and dangers in there so it's entertaining!
I'm glad I got a chance to read Promise because it is so much better than what I have expected. What a pleasant surprise! This is my first mermaid/selkie book and I must say I totally enjoy the world the author has painted in the book and her style of writing pushes me to keep turning my pages. I love her lovely description of the scenery. Beautiful! I also love the characters! They seem real. The characters' feelings really poured out and reached me, especially during the dangerous moments. When I finished the book, I craved for more! There's so much going on that kept my interest going throughout the whole book. Brilliant!
Team Brendon or Team Kain? I really wish I can smack Brendon on the head. Seriously? But I'm going to stick with him for now. ;)
- I felt like such a child, but I told him anyway. “I hate to fly.”
He laughed and wrapped his arm around my shoulder. “Well, you haven’t flown with me yet.”
- “You okay?” His voice was groggy with sleep and I had to close my eyes when he rolled onto his back and stretched out in front of me. Stop looking. Stop looking. Stop looking. I chastised myself. The tan, muscled chest kept drawing me in and when I tried to move away, I fell with a thump to the floor.
- “Yeah.” I had to clear my throat to get more words out. “But it’s not what you think. We have an arrangement. I mean, we’re not sleeping together. Well, we are, but it’s not like that. We sleep in clothes.” Oh just kill me now.