September 6, 2012

The Syrenka Series Tour - Arise: Review & Giveaway


Arise (The Syrenka Series #3)
Author: Amber Garr
Genre: YA Fantasy

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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.


Arise is the final exciting book in the Syrenka trilogy that brings mythological sea creatures to life. It continues to focus on Eviana, our heroine of the series, as well as her clan members and friends. Having to deal with the betrayal of those she loves, as well as being kidnapped and broken, Eviana is forced into a war between the mer clans that will change their lives forever.

I found the final book to be just as fast-paced and fun with lots of fantasy, magic  and great adventure as the first two books of the series. As I've noted before, I haven't read much mermaid fiction before, so I found it interesting how the author wrote about the mermaid culture and their intricate history. I also love how she incorporated other mythological sea creatures into the narratives of all three books. I think that they brought an interesting and fresh feel to the mermaid genre in young adult fiction. The author went a bit deeper into merfolk politics and society with this last installment, which I found to be really intriguing.

Like the first two books of the series, this novel continued to be a bit predictable but it also had great themes and twists that I didn't see coming. I easily reconnected to Eviana and identified with her early in the story. The ending was a good fit for a final book in a series - it didn't leave the ending too open and it didn't leave too many questions unanswered either. Overall, Arise is a great finish to a fun and interesting series.

  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.


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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review the entire series Steph. I'm glad that you enjoyed it and I appreciate you being a part of my tour. :)

  2. What an absolutely gorgeous cover.

  3. I love the cover! It's wonderfully surreal...I hope I win!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Thanks so much for being a part of this tour..:D

  5. Your series sounds awesome and I hope to get the chance to read it. Thank you for the giveaway. :)