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Promises (Book One of The Syrenka Series)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Promises is the first book in the Syrenka Series. I¿ll read and

Promises is the first book in the Syrenka Series. I’ll read and review all of these books during April. It was a bit of a surprise jump starting to read the series because I had no idea what to expect. Mermaids, yes, but well, that hardly covers any ground. I expected t...
Promises is the first book in the Syrenka Series. I’ll read and review all of these books during April. It was a bit of a surprise jump starting to read the series because I had no idea what to expect. Mermaids, yes, but well, that hardly covers any ground. I expected these books to be good though because I’d heard about them before. Well, I wasn’t disappointed – at least not by this one (I’m still reading book two, and haven’t gotten started on book three yet).

Eviana is the oldest daughter of the Dumahl clan, a mermaid clan run by her mother. She’s supposed to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a clan leader. The clans are pretty much stuck in the eighteenth century with arranged marriages and ceremonials much resembling old royal balls. Either way, Eviana is to marry the soon-to-be leader of the Matthews clan, Kain. While Kain has feelings for her, Eviana is actually in love with Brendan, a selkie. She doesn’t want her arranged marriage to take place so she comes up with a plan to escape along with Brendan. They live happily for a while, until Brendan is attacked by a group of selkies and his skin is stolen. Afraid she might lose him forever, Eviana gets in touch with Kain and her old friends to ask for their help. But she might be up against something a lot more terrifying than she thought possible.

I liked Eviana. She was an interesting, unique character. I liked her mermaids abilities, and how she’d just begun to grasp her powers. She’s very stubborn and also quite brave when it comes to protecting the people she loves. Although she has a lot of flaws as well, those only added to her personality, making her richer and more complex. Like when she risked everything to be with Brendan, I felt that was a very selfish move and the consequences slapped her straight in the head almost right away. I also really liked Kain. He’s a nice guy, but he can be tough when needed and he has all the qualities of a great leader. He can make tough decisions when he has to, and well, he’s just very powerful. Brendan was actually the opposite. I have no idea why Eviana is so head over heels for him, and I hope to see more of him in the next book because here it seemed like his personality just wasn’t all that developed yet. He was there, yes, but he went through things instead of actually doing things.

The other secondary characters were all right. I liked Carissa, and Daniel seemed all right as well, although Eviana and Daniel’s friendship seemed to have progressed overnight. Didn’t sound entirely too convincing to me.

What really drew me in here though, was the setting. The world of Syrenka is filled with wonderful creatures from ancient myths, ranging from mermaids to water sprites to selkies to kelpies and more. I enjoyed discovering this world and its rich culture and history. Plot-wise the book was all right as well, although the ‘great war’ thing came out of nowhere and some things happened a bit too conveniently.

All in all, I really enjoyed Promises and I’m looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

posted by eternalised on May 2, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

'Promises' is a fun and thrilling first book of the Syrenka tril

'Promises' is a fun and thrilling first book of the Syrenka trilogy that brings mythological sea creatures to life. It focuses on Eviana, our heroine, as well as her boyfriend Brendan and her friends. After running from her duties to her merfolk clan, Eviana is faced wi...
'Promises' is a fun and thrilling first book of the Syrenka trilogy that brings mythological sea creatures to life. It focuses on Eviana, our heroine, as well as her boyfriend Brendan and her friends. After running from her duties to her merfolk clan, Eviana is faced with serious circumstances and must figure out what is happening between the clans and how to stop the war that is threatening to erupt. What Eviana discovers will change her life forever.

I found this to be a fast-paced, fun adventure with great fantasy characters. I haven't read many mermaid fiction before, and I found it interesting how the author presented the mermaid culture and their history. I also loved how she incorporated other mythological sea creatures into the narrative - like water sprites, selkies, and naiads. They brought a unique and refreshing feel to the mermaid genre in young adult fiction.

The story was somewhat predictable but had good twists that I didn't see coming. I felt connected to Eviana and easily identified with her early in the story. The ending was a good fit for a first book in a series - it doesn't leave the ending too closed and it doesn't leave too many questions unanswered either. All in all, 'Promises' is a great start to a fun and interesting series. Fans of paranormal YA fiction and mermaid lore will love this series.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

posted by StephWard on August 6, 2012

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    'Promises' is a fun and thrilling first book of the Syrenka tril

    'Promises' is a fun and thrilling first book of the Syrenka trilogy that brings mythological sea creatures to life. It focuses on Eviana, our heroine, as well as her boyfriend Brendan and her friends. After running from her duties to her merfolk clan, Eviana is faced with serious circumstances and must figure out what is happening between the clans and how to stop the war that is threatening to erupt. What Eviana discovers will change her life forever.

    I found this to be a fast-paced, fun adventure with great fantasy characters. I haven't read many mermaid fiction before, and I found it interesting how the author presented the mermaid culture and their history. I also loved how she incorporated other mythological sea creatures into the narrative - like water sprites, selkies, and naiads. They brought a unique and refreshing feel to the mermaid genre in young adult fiction.

    The story was somewhat predictable but had good twists that I didn't see coming. I felt connected to Eviana and easily identified with her early in the story. The ending was a good fit for a first book in a series - it doesn't leave the ending too closed and it doesn't leave too many questions unanswered either. All in all, 'Promises' is a great start to a fun and interesting series. Fans of paranormal YA fiction and mermaid lore will love this series.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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