Author: Amber Garr
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions.
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.
Eviana is an amazing character. I loved her from the very start. She’s stubborn and not afraid to go after what she wants, no matter the consequences. She’s in love with Brendan, a selkie, although it’s not generally allowed for mermaids and selkies to be together, and even though she’s actually supposed to marry Kain, leader of a fellow clan. On the eve of her wedding, Eviana and Brendan run off together.
They stay hidden for a while, but then they get attacked and Brendan is seriously wounded. He can’t recover without his selkie skin, and Eviana has to call in the help of Kain and her other friends to get it back. But there’s a lot more going on than just a random selkie attack…
So the plot is great, mostly because it’s set in this underwater world I know next to nothing about. And it’s not just mermaids – it’s a fully developed world with selkies and sprites and God knows what else. Mermaids are at the top of the food chain, stronger than regular humans, but they’re definitely not invincible, as Eviana soon finds out. I liked that Eviana was willing to give up everything, including her family, for the person she believed she truly loved. She has a strong personality, and it shows from the first pages.
The plot is fast-paced and original. Kain is a great love interest, and at the moment I actually like him more than Brendan. I can’t wait to read the second book and find out what’s next!