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Promises (Syrenka #1)

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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 ex...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published (first published December 7th 2011)
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[More of a rant than review]

I do not know where to start with this book.

But lately, I've been getting into indie reads and trying to discover something awesome, particularly in supernatural or folklore stuff, something as good as Angelfall.

But it turns out not every indie read can be expected to be as good as a debut as Susan Ee's book.

When I first read the blurb/summary for this story, I thought, sure, why not? It's a mermaid/selkie story and I haven't read anything fishy since the Little Merma...more
Title: Promises (The Syrenka Series #1)
Author: Amber Garr
Number of Pages: 276
Date of Release: December 7th, 2011
Summary From Goodreads:

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 hu...more
I really don't know where to start with this book. There were so many times with it where I felt like I've been there, done that. I was bored with so many areas of the novel that I just wanted to put it down and pick up something else. Right when I was about to do that, something would happen in the book that would keep me reading it.

I love selkies, and that's probably the biggest reason I kept going with this because there just aren't enough selkie novels out there. But I really felt like the...more
I liked this book. I really did; however, there were a lot of things that bugged me. This book isn't really well known, but a lot more people should read it! It is only 99 cents on Kindle and iBooks. You should go buy it. Now.

This is, you guessed it, a mermaid book. It starts off with out main character named Evania who has been in love with a selkie but is promised to another merman who she is not as in love with so she decides to run away with him and that leads to chaos. Brendan, the selkie,...more
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

First, I’d like to say that I loved the cover. It fits wonderfully into the theme of the novel.

“Promises” is the first book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends through the perils of clan wars, tragedies and immense loss.
I admit that it’s easy to predict the storyline in the first chapters, but soon I’d find a lot of unexpected turns and twist that left me stunned and emotionally affected. And from there, I was totally hooked...more
Alice Belikov  First lady Ivashkov
I am happy to say that 'Promises' was my first mermaid book and I enjoyed it! Amber Garr did an AMAZING job creating this magical world of mermaids, nymphs, water sprites and Selkies. I fell in love with all of the characters they played a great roll in the story/plot.

The Plot:
Seventeen year old Evianna Dummahl is a mermaid that just wants to live her life, her way. That is clearly impossible for Eviana because she is next in line to be clan leader of her tribe and she also is being forced to ma...more
Title : Promises
Series : The Syrenka Series 1
Author : Amber Garr
Pages : 251
Release Date : Dec 7 2011
Publisher : Self-pub
Format : Paperback
Source :
**From the author in exchange of an honest review**

My Opinion :

It seems like mermaid books are getting more and more popular, and, I am really happy about that, because I love them and books about them!

Promises is a debut that will leave you curious for more!

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.
Promises is the story s...more
(I received a digital copy of this book for free as part of the ‘Syrenka’ Blog Tour!)
This is book 1 in the ‘Syrenka’ series.
17-year-old Eviana is a mermaid. Not only is she a mermaid, but she is her clan leaders eldest child, which means that she will be the next clan leader. Mermaids are a dying species, which means that they must marry and breed appropriately. Eviana’s parents have arranged a marriage for her, to Kain – the heir of the Matthew’s clan, who as mermen go, is quite a catc...more
Originally posted at Reflections of a Bookworm

What worked: The cover completely drew me in but before I read Promises, I had never read a mermaid book before but if the rest of the series is anything like this book, I'm in for a treat! Amber really has a talent for conjuring up really vivid scenes in your imagination and I have to say that I'm Team Kain all the way. I found the world and hierarchy's that Amber created were really intriguing and I loved all of the characters, especially Kain of c...more
Katrina (Kindred Dreamheart)
With my crazy schedule and only a few hours to spare between, I spent every lax second reading this book. I refused sleep in favor of just a few more words. And I now stare bewildered at my Kindle wondering “Where has this book been all my life?” I am in awe! This is my first book involving Selkies , water spirits, and so many other paranormal water creatures. I've said it once and I'll reiterate: Mermaids are the new “it” supernatural. This book showcase a different variation to mere culture. M...more
*A copy was provided by Amber Garr for review purposes*

I haven’t read a lot of mermaid books in my life, so I’m trying to get more into the genre. Promises by Amber Garr seemed to be a great book to read, and it was okay. There were a few things that I didn’t really like, but overall it was a pretty good story.

I’ll just go right into it and rant about the things I didn’t like. The huge thing was the writing. I understand that as a self-published author you have to edit your own work and it’s har...more
Ok, the first thing I must make clear is that I LOVE mermaids. I have since I was a kid. That will color my opinion of mermaid related books, just to be clear.
That being said, I did love this book. It's got everything a great YA or Paranormal Romance book needs. We've got a forbidden love, some disapproving parents, tragic circumstances, adventure, danger, and mystery all rolled into the first installment of Syrenka. Eviana is our main mermaid character...I found her to be strong willed, and opi...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Received for review.

Reminded me so much of Firelight. The whole marrying for the clan but be in love with another boy, the jealous sister who would love to be in the heroines position, the mother's attitude. Still it had something different and appealing the world mermaid thing (never read a book about mermaids before).
My biggest confusion was at start. It starts fast and it overwhelmed me in the bad way. I was confused for at least 3 chapters until i managed to understand exactly what's going o...more
I got about 80 pages in when I just couldn't take any more of Evi. Shes a spoiled uncaring brat. I get that she's had this childhood crush on Brandon but shes known her whole life that she was marrying Kain and it's not that she doesn't find him attractive or that she doesn't constantly think what an awesome guy he is. She just doesn't like being told what to do. Anyway I could tell where this book was headed an what a disappointment Evi was gonna be so I skipped around in the book. Others may f...more
*sigh* I've liked all of the mermaid books I have read but for some reason, this one.. I don't know. It moved way too fast for me. And not only that, I feel like I never got a good idea or mental picture of the characters or locations/surroundings. This story felt so rushed to me.. it makes me not want to read the next two. I suppose I'm just not a fan of Garr's writing style. I liked the storyline but the pace of the book was frustrating.
First off, this was a great combination of mermaid and underwater creature story. I haven't read a ton of books on selkies and I confess to having a small addiction to them. Come on! Seals are so cute! Anyway, romance between a mermaid and selkie is strictly forbidden by underwater law which only spices up the romantic aspect of the story even more. Since we're on the topic of romance, Brendan is definitely a girl's dream guy, understanding, loving, and not that bad looking either. Eviana is als...more
Celise Winters
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Wow! Promises simply left me open-mouthed! This book is seriously one of the best I've ever read. Since I was little, I was always of fan of mermaids. The ocean fascinates me, with all its mysteries and wonders, so much so that I always spent my time watching The Little Mermaid. I thought it was the best movie ever. But, don't get me wrong. I never once imagined that fish and lobsters and seagulls were singing while in the water. I wasn't that gullible.

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Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

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, ev...more
Promises was my first story about mermaids and other creatures. I felt Promises was a breath of fresh air. The story line was awesome and Eviana was typical 18 year old. Eviana makes some choices that she thinks are the best for her. But are they really? I really felt for Eviana and Kain. Kain is a rock and as the story unfolds I like him all the more. Brendan I am not sure how I feel about him. As I read this amazing story I found myself swallowed up and surprised by the things that unfolded be...more
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 tha...more
Stephanie Ward
'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 adventu...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Promises is a FABULOUS read! Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I had to continue reading to see what would happen. I have the honor of being on The Syrenka Series Blog Tour and I have to say this series so far is AMAZING. There is something about Mermaids and Mermen that draws you in and you can't help but want to read and read until you get to the end. In Promises there are so many twists and turns you would have never thought but the way Amber weaves her story makes it fit nic...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Very few books about merfolk hook me after the first chapter, sad but a true fact. This one however (and thankfully) was not the norm, it completely had me entangled in the story after just the first few pages.

The writing was beautifully done and flowed so smoothly that I started the book and before I knew it I looked down and I was almost half way through it. It felt like no time had passed at all as I became so immersed in the story that I had lost track of everything else around me.

The chara...more
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“Promises” is the first book in the Syrenka trilogy, followed by Betrayal & Arise.

Eviana Dumahl is like any other girl, living with her doting father, a dominating mother and a irritating younger sister. She goes to high school and dates a guy named Bredan. But what most people do not know about her is that her she belongs to one of the strongest clans, she is the future ruler of the clan, she is engaged to Kain Matthews who is also destined to be the ruler of his clan and her boyfriend is a...more
I’m pleased to read this book as it is my first mermaid book and it was a wonderful experience. I love that events unfolded one right after the other and twists were un-ending. I don’t particularly know what to expect from a mermaid book; as in there are certain thing I’d expect of a vampire / werewolves but aside from tails and being able to swim like a fish, I’d have no idea what to expect in terms of power, race protocols / cultures, etc. So, it was a fascinating read into another world of my...more
First off the covers for this trilogy are really beautifully done.

I happened to win the first two installments of this trilogy in a competition on Gravetells (an awesome website that reviews paranormal genre books - check it out)

The book is about Mermaids and Selkies (seals/shapeshifter), this is not usually a genre I go for but after recently reading the Warriors of Poseiden series by Alyssa Day I was already in a watering/sea mood.

So far I have to say the story is very well written, the plot...more
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed reading this book! Are mermaids going to be the new vampire? Perhaps. Hope to be able to get more background on all these water creatures in the next book because I really love hearing the mythology.

One problem I have is that this is a young adult book. I know that's what it's supposed to be and I don't have a problem with that at all. However, because it is geared towards young adults, specifically older teens, I feel a major disconnect from the characters and their...more
I'm really loving this mermaid thing going on! I was really excited to discover this under sea world Amber Garr created! Promises is full of difficult choices, heart break, and obstacles.

In the book, there is sort of this love triangle between the guys she's betrothed to, Kain, and then guy she has already given her heart over to, Brendan. I got to say for once in my whole life I think I fell for the wrong guy in the book! I normally pick them from the beginning, but something in me REALLY want...more
Wow what would you do when you have to choose between love and duty ? when you are forced to choose between the life you have always known or the life that you actually want. Promise is a story about Eviana a mermaid who is betrothed to another mermaid named Kain. Kain has been infatuated with Eviana since child hood and cannot wait to start a new life with Eviana. The only problem, she is in love with someone else. Actually this is a forbidden type of love because Eviana has given her heart to...more
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Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Maryland 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. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of Waterproof, The Syrenka Series, The Leila Ma...more
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