30 August, 2012

#BookReview :: Betrayal (The Syrenka Series #2) by Amber Garr

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.

“Betrayal” is the second book in the Syrenka trilogy. It takes off a few days after where ‘Promises’ ended and is followed by Arise.

Eviana is back with her clan where she has taken her rightful place of that of the leader. While she has to prove to the clan members that she is capable, she also has to prepare herself for the war. She and Kain have a plan, but for that to work, she has to convince the Council that she is strong enough. But the council has their own plans and they decide that she needs a bit of training and sends her to a formally shunned member of their community. And oh! They also decide that the youngest council member, who also happens to be handsome and charming, should accompany her. Things start to spiral from there. Will Eviana be able to convince the council to take an offensive stance on the looming war? Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her clan?

Before I say anything else, I just have to say this – in this installment I lost patience with Eviana when it came to her love life. It was like she is attracted to any good looking guy around her even though she keeps chanting to herself that her heart belongs to Brendan! I felt like smacking her throughout the book!  Okay, I am done with my ranting… Now more about the book…

Unexpected attacks and twists keep the readers on the edge. If you thought that the twists in book one were surprising, then let me warn you that they are nothing compared to what the author has in store for her readers in this book. There’s a lot more action in this book than in Promises. That certainly spices things up for the readers. We get to learn more about the inhabitants of this amazing fantasy world – their characteristics, their powers and their weaknesses. It was entertaining to see the dynamics between Kain and Eviana as they discovered and nurtured their individual powers. Some of the characters in the book will surprise you.

All in all, keeping Eviana’s love life out of it, I really enjoyed this book. Ms.Amber has done it again and for that I would certainly recommend this book to the people with interest in the fantasy world!

About the Author

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.

Say Hello to Amber

Ms.Amber Garr has kindly agreed to giveaway an e-copy of her book. Enter in the Rafllecopter below for your chance to choose which one you would like to win.

There will also be a tour-wide giveaway. All three (3) signed paperbacks of Promises, Betrayal, and Arise + Swag (“I'll have some cool stuff for them!” as described by Ms. Amber) to one winner. Open INTERNATIONAL, ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2012. 

Don't forget to drop by here again on 30th August for a review of Betrayal and please do stop by the other tour stops! Click Here for the list of upcoming tour stops. You can also use the linky list below to visits the stops that have already hosted this tour.


  1. I haven't heard of this series, but I'm intrigued and want to read more about it.

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words!! You've made my day! :)

  3. ahaha I don't know if I would consider Graham just 'any good looking guy' but thats true about Eviana's indecisiveness;the joys of love triangles, no? ^.^

    1. Okay so Graham is not just any good looking guy. But this has gone over a triangle - balancing between 3 guys - B, K & G is a bit too much.

  4. Hi Debdatta. This book is really interesting. First of all, I love love that cover :D

    I will check this one out and probably add it to my TBR, which is really crazy at the moment. :D

  5. Wow...awesome book, looks really good to read, love the review