Monday, August 27, 2012

Blog Tour: [Review] The Syrenka Series - Betrayal

 As the second part of The Syrenka Series tour, I'll be reviewing the sequel to Promises; Betrayal. Check out the first post about Promises and the lovely author here! There's also a giveaway for an ebook of either Promises, Betrayal or Arise!

Title: Betrayal (The Syrenka Series #2)
Amber Garr
Published: February 20th 2012 by CreateSpace
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance.
Rating: ★★★★
Goodreads summary:

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Betrayal is the second book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends as they navigate through the challenges of existing in a secret world. 
*Thanks to the author for supplying me a review copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review*

Emma's thoughts:
Betrayal begins right where Promises left off. Eviana Dumahl, leader of her clan, has to defend her family, friends and clan when she doesn't even know the first thing about her own kind. She's fighting for moral principles and the sake of humankind. It's hard to fight a war when you don't even know your own capabilities and limitations, but somehow she does it. 

Without Brendan, the love her life - and also a selkie - she has the face the Council, the shunned and mentally disturbed Jeremiah, as well as the ever threatening Lucian who won't stop at anything to get her. Somehow, the solution to all of this, is to manifest their 'mer powers' and manipulate the human and selkie minds - which I actually thought was the reason she was fighting Lucian in the first place. That it's immoral and unethical to take away one's own mind and control them. I suppose the only justification for Eviana is that she's using her powers for the better and not simply because she can. 

She's joined by Graham, the youngest Council member, to learn from Jeremiah how to control her abilities. Graham, British and ever so irresistible, seems to be just as fascinated by her as she is by him. But with Brendan still on her mind and Kain to consider, Graham's just another distraction to her worldly problems.

Amber Garr leaves us hanging onto every moment, desperate to find out what happens next and particularly why. Why is Lucian so determined to find Eviana?

Betrayal is fast-paced and doesn't stop for a moment to let you think. It's exciting and exhilarating and experiencing this journey with Eviana, Kain, Graham and also the occasional appearance of the Abhainn. I cannot wait to find out what happens next in Arise.

Overall rating: 4 stars~ Non-stop, heart racing action.

Justin Bernard got ready for high school just as he'd done for the past four years. Only two more weeks and he would be finished forever.
"I am the master of seduction. Don't you ever forget that little syrenka." He was running backwards now waiting for me to catch up. "You're playing with fire."

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