Review and Giveaway: Promises (The Syrenka Series #1) by Amber Garr


Promises (The Syrenka Series #1) 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 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: Excerpt:

We didn’t say anything after that and although I thought it would be impossible to sleep, in no time at all I felt my eyes close. I dreamt that I was flying through shallow waters like a manta ray. I moved at a good speed over seagrass beds and coral reefs, all the time knowing that something bad was about to happen. Nothing ever did, but that nagging feeling kept looming in the back of my mind and was there even after I woke up. Although I was rested, my stomach was upset and nervous and I didn’t know why.

Until I rolled over and looked at Kain’s face.

I sat up so quickly that I got caught in the covers. Making a fool out of myself, I tried to detangle my legs and nearly fell out of the bed. I had temporarily forgotten about our sleeping situation, and now my shenanigans woke him up.

“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 to the floor with a thump.

“Eviana!” Kain cried out. I was on my back with my legs stuck in the covers hanging over the side of the bed looking up into his concerned face and striking blue eyes. What could possibly be any more embarrassing?

“Ow,” I moaned and tried to assess if I’d injured anything more than my pride. Nope, just my pride and any coolness I may have had. As soon as I realized this, I started laughing and couldn’t stop.

Kain stared down at me for a few more seconds before joining me with his own amused laughter. We stayed like that a little while longer until tears were coming out of my eyes. Finally, he reached for me and I gave him my hands. In one swift motion, he pulled me back up onto the bed. Although I think he underestimated his strength because I ended up completely on top of him in the center of the mattress. I could feel the heat radiating off his chest and my heart pounded.

“Um…thanks,” I said, unable to make it much more than a whisper.

“Anytime,” he smiled up at me and caught my gaze. I felt his hand push back a piece of my hair from my face and suddenly I couldn’t think about anything else. “Why were you trying to get away so quickly?”

The lump in my throat and the butterflies in my stomach made it difficult for me to understand his question. “Bad dream?” I couldn’t remember what had freaked me out earlier. What was wrong with me?

His body shook with another laugh while he wrapped his arms around my back. We had never been this close together before and I had never been like this with anyone other than Brendan. Suddenly, Kain kissed my forehead and gave me another tight squeeze. “Well, that’s what I’m here for. To protect you from bad dreams.”

My muscles tensed with guilt and fear. Guilt because I was thinking about Brendan and fear because I didn’t know why my body was responding to Kain like this. He must have sensed it too because he gently pushed me off to the side and rolled out of bed.


Have you ever started a book and knew by the second page that you don’t want to put it down? That is what happened when I read Promises by Amber Garr.

This story is about the mermaid Evianna and how she has to deal with the consequences of the decisions she has made. She is in love with her best friend Brendan who is a selkie but she is promised to the merman Kain. She makes a choice, disobeys her family and her life is never the same. I was really impressed with Evianna and how she never made excuses for what she did and live with what happened.

So if you are a fan of YA Paranormal adventure/romance books then this is a must read for you. I promise you that you will stay up until the early morning hours just to finish it!

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Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida 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. She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

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  1. Megan says:

    Hi Amber! Thanks for doing this giveaway so I have the opportunity to learn about your books – they look really cool and even if I don’t win I hope to read them soon!

  2. Toby says:

    Hallo Amber! Thanks for the great giveaway! All of you’re books sound very interesting and the covers are great! Can’t wait to read them!

  3. Amber says:

    Hey everyone! Thank you for your awesome compliments and good luck with the giveaway!
    Thank you so much for your review Dani and for being a part of my tour!!!

  4. Jess Haight says:

    Amber- Promises sounds like such a fabulous book. I was drawn in by the cover and loved the excerpt and trailer. The fact that the review said they couldn’t put the book down from page 2 makes me want to start it now! Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway. 🙂

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