Promises (Book One of The Syrenka Series)

Promises (Book One of The Syrenka Series)

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by Amber Garr
     
 

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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 fiancé would make a

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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 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.

Second Edition: February 2013

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ISBN-13:
2940032957805
Publisher:
Amber Garr
Publication date:
12/10/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
25,641
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, the award-winning The Water Crisis Chronicles, and the Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie. Find out more at www.ambergarr.com

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Promises: Book One of the Syrenka Series 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love books like this because the story isnt 4 pages long. Books 400 to 500 pages are perfect. The storyline is perfectly spread out it doesnt get too milked out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested and I couldn't put it down!!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the flow of this story. Easy to read and follow. This book is based on mermaids and other shape-shifters. Amber tells the tale of Eviana, a young mermaid getting ready to embark on a huge life-changing adventure. It feels as if you are right there with Eviana through the love and the pain. Wonderfully written. Would recommend for teens and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the idea behind this book is good, but it was poorly exacuted. It is soooo slow in some parts of the book that i had to stop reading it for almost a year before I thought to start reading it again. Its very confusing what is going on. Since this book is free I didnt expect to much from it, but I would advise you not to spend any money on this. I am a 16yr old girl.
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Interesting characters & good storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was thrilling. This is a page turner. Amber Garr is a wonderful authir. Can't wait to read the next book.
t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
Very good read!  I really enjoyed the world created in this story.  This book has it all: love, adventure, loss, action, and oh so much more.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.  This is a recommended read in my opinion!
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Very nice read. I look foreword to reading book two.
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There was occasional confusion at times but for the most part it was really good. Loved the concept, very original.
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This is very well written, but there are so many details that seem to be left out. I couldn't attach myself to the characters. I got about a third through it, and just had to stop. Too bad, because the idea of a mermaid species/society is really interesting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, and series, is about Eviana, a mermaid.  In this book, she is seventeen, going on eighteen, and being forced into an arranged marriage while in love with someone else.  I can't completely blame her for the actions she takes, I think her mom and dad have to take some of the blame.  She learns things about herself that her parents, and friends, never told her, that may have made her reconsider the choices she made.  Though her actions can be seen as extremely selfish and self serving, I think we all have to remember what being eighteen felt like.  I loved how this book ended because it made you want to get the next one(which I had)!!  Definitely a one sitting read.
theborneanbookworm More than 1 year ago
Overall, Promises was a great start for the series and I had truly enjoyed this book. The love-triangle was heart-wrenching and there were moments that I had tears in my eyes, honestly speaking. It was so touching and I couldn’t help but felt sorry for all the characters, Eviana, Brendan and Kain, who are involved in this wounding love-triangle. The author had done a great job of describing the kind of emotions Eviana had to bear as she had to make choices in her life that affects everyone else. I loved both hunks, Kain and Brendan and I had wished for more intimate moments between Eviana with either of the two that doesn’t involve them becoming sea creatures. Also the plot was well-built and there were gripping moments although I didn’t quite understand some of the scenes featured in this book. I thought some were simply too surreal, unrealistic and comical in the not-so-impressive kind of ways. As for the scenes, the story is set in modern America and nothing impressed me much about the scenes as a whole. Promises was a great read with interesting characters and like I said before, the book was a great start for the series. I couldn’t put it down and I really looked forward to finding out more about what’s going to happen next between Eviana, Kain and Brendan in the next two installments.