04 September, 2012

#BookReview :: Arise (The Syrenka Series #3) by Amber Garr

With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.

After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.

Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive.

In the striking series conclusion, Eviana will learn the true meaning of power, sacrifice, and love.

‘Betrayal’ ended with the huge bombshell and Eviana’s kidnapping. ‘Arise’ picks up right after that. Eviana is in captivity along with Graham. The future of the merpeople and especially her clan depends on her decisions and actions. She has limited choice and is unsure about who to trust. Kain wakes up from his injuries to realize that it is up to him to rescue Eviana. However, as he proceeds with his plans, he finds a few unexpected allies who will stand by him and like him they will do anything to save her. But unfortunately not everything goes according to his plan and before he knows he is not only fighting for Eviana, but also for his life and for the future of his people. With the mermaid world at the brink of war, who do they trust?

Eviana is truly a likeable character. Except for her love life in book two, she has lived up to all the expectations that one can have from her. She is strong and she is caring. The few goof-ups / mistakes on her part make her more human (Or, should I say mermaid?) In this edition of the series, she discovers a lot of things about herself and her family.  She is finally aware of the actual significance of the burden that she carries. Kain on the other hand has been the most dependable and strong character throughout the series and that doesn’t change in this final installment. There’s a lot expected from him and he lives up to each and every expectation. Graham is a character that I loved and hated at the same time. You have to give credit to the role he plays in the series. Brendan finally redeems himself though at a very high cost. 

Amber Garr has done it yet again! She is truly the master of twists. After reading the first two books, I was sure that I had some idea about how this is going to go and I was also expecting a lot of twists. But still, the story managed to catch me off-guard a number of times and what a plot. The ending was in sync with the complete series and I am sad to see it end. I would have loved to read more about Kain [Yes, I am all for team Kain if you hadn’t realized it already] and Daniel.

I loved the complete series and the final installment was the perfect ending too.

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. Haven't heard of this series before but the covers make me want to read them RIGHT NOW. Thanks for th awesome giveaway! :D

  2. Thank you for reading and reviewing the entire series. I really appreciate your kinds words and your time. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the books!! :)

    1. Thank Ms.Garr... It was a pleasure reading the series!

  3. I haven't had a chance to read this series yet, but I'd choose the first book! :D

  4. I haven't read this series yet but the covers and reviews make me want to dive straight into them!

  5. Thanks so much for being a part of this tour,,L:D

  6. Wow, amazing cover and book :)