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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When 17-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 fiance, 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.

©2011 Amber Garr (P)2014 Amber Garr

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Selfish young mermaid

Ahhh this fmc is young a dumb.
Definitely a coming of age story series. Her decisions put all her friends and loved ones in danger.

Two warring species fall in love.
Call of the humans to the selkies
Mermaids can control selkies, humans and other shifters.

I really hope she grows up a bit she’s so naive almost to the point of me not continuing the series because she’s that annoying. Let’s she in book 2 how she gets on.

Ya novel
No smut
Narration is ok, voice actors voice definitely fits the age of the character.

Gifted audio in exchange for an honest review

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Love a Good Mermaid Tale

Forbidden love, power, selkies, and mermaids. All the best things rolled into an excellent tale of two factions vying for control. So glad I can start book 2 right now.

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water shifter fantasy done right

Enter a world where mermaids/ sirens rule, where kelpies and selkies and water sprites abound... with a twist. looking forward to the rest of the series. Narrated well... good story telling.

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Great start to a new series

Very quickly you come to care about the characters. I love books that drag me in and make me care. Lord of action and a few new skills to the Mermaid and Selkie mythos, but for well and can be added without great disagreement. Overall a fast easy listen that leaves you wanting book 2.

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Loved it!

A great start to the series. I loved the characters and felt along with them. You won’t want to miss this!

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Great read

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a great job and the story is well written with great character work. I’m looking forward to the next book!!

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Mermaids, Selkies & More

This is the first story I have heard from this author and I liked it a lot. The characters were great, the storyline was an interesting one and there was never a dull moment. I finished this story in a day and I'm excited to listen to the next one. I have to say that when it comes to Brendan and Kain that I love them both. Eviana was determined in the beginning to what she felt was necessary for her and Brendan. She came off as strong and rebellious. I know she had and needed her moments to cry but I hope it's not something she does constantly in the next story because that's the one thing I had enough of in this story. She has a lot of growing up to do. That's my only complaint but other than that it's a good romance story with a cliffhanger ending.

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very good

didn't expect it to be so good. I listen to it in one shot. couldn't stop for long. I can't wait for book two. I got this book thinking it would be just so so but it far out does what I expected. I hope she writes the next one and gets it out soon.

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  • 06-16-21

Great story and EXCELLENT performance by Elizabeth Phillips

I really enjoyed this! The narrator adds so much to the story, she captures the emotions incredibly well and you can just hear the anguish and heartbreak in her voice. The story was unpredictable and came together really well, and I liked how realistic the relationships were. This is one audiobook that was voiced so well that I will gladly listen again even now that I know the story. The characters are young but honestly don’t let that stop you, the story is so well written and performed that i feel it still appeals to an older audience too.

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  • 05-13-21

myths come to life

thought it was very clever bringing so many myths to life.
even though i feel this is written for teenagers i thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for the next saga of this story

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  • 04-28-21

A delightful story.

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

I loved this book, its very well written and delivered perfectly, a great concept, pleanty of depth and detailing have gone into making this a thoroughly enjoyable tale. It's a well thought out story with just the right amount of everything you'd expect, want and need from a mermaid tale, with a few surprises thrown in to keep the reader on their toes.
The narration is superb, giving characters depth and a real feel.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone, its such a great story.
5 star easy.