Fairy Tales · Fantasy · YA

“Promises” by Amber Garr

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


Promises is a story of a seventeen-year-old girl Eviana Dumahl. She is a Mermaid and she is in love with Brendan, who is a Selkie (shape-shifting seal). Eviana is engaged to Kain ( a Merman).

Good Stuff:

I loved this book so much. It contains a love triangle, mermaids, selkies, water sprites, naiads, nereids. It was so refreshing to read about some other legends rather than the regular vampires and were-wolfs. Don’t get me wrong, I love vampires. But it was exciting to know about other legends and how they relate to one another. To be honest, this is the first mermaid book I’ve ever read (2nd if you count in Ariel stories 😉 ). My favorite character in this book is Kane.

Eviana is torn between her duties and her love. She doesn’t want to take any responsibilities, neither does she wants to be leader to her clan and she doesn’t even wants to marry Kain. But her mother is stubborn and won’t take no for an answer. Her mother arranges a week out for Eviana and Kain. Eviana had no choice but to go with Kain. A lot happens in that week that leads to preponing of their marriage.


Eviana decides to run away with Brendan and live an independent life, but little did she know, she was making the biggest mistake of her life. Things don’t work out for them as someone attacks Brendan and Eviana has to eventually call Kain (who she left at the altar) to ask for his help. Eviana’s one wrong step leads to the death of her parents and she has to return to the life she left behind.

Bad Stuff:

The problems I had with this book were,
A) the age of all characters. They are teenagers and are expected to be responsible so they can lead their clans, even when they don’t have any knowledge about their history.
B) the character development is very poor.

Overall Impression:

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would continue with the second one.



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