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Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, the award-winning The Water Crisis Chronicles, and the Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie. Find out more at www.ambergarr.com
on Sep. 17, 2012 :
I swear by everything that’s holy that I wrote my review for Betrayal (book 2) before I even touched Arise! The fact that my wish came true was a miracle!! Well, not quite, it’s really the work of Amber Garr in totally pre-empting her reader’s wish (me, in this case) of which I am completely grateful for. When I first saw that chapter in Kain’s POV, my ‘Yes’ reverberated through the house and my fist was pumping the air, I was so freaking excited for it. I really couldn’t believe my luck! Here I am, going to be in Kain’s head!
Exciting as it was to see things in Kain’s head – how he truly cares for Eviana, what he’s willing to do for her, etc… In the end, I found that the voice didn’t really change much. I feel like there’s something missing -it wasn’t masculine enough for me. I think I’ve been spoiled by all those overprotective alpha male characters. That’s not to say that Kain isn’t protective of Eviana – he is but he’s just not primitive about it. He is gentle and has confidence in Eviana which is refreshing to see that he trusted her to make her own decision.
In the midst of my read, I wasn’t sure if this is the last book as it just didn’t feel like it’s going to end and I wasn’t sure either if I wanted this to be the last book or not. The reason being, of course, is that it’s sooo good that I don’t want it to end but I don’t think I can stand the pressure of having to wait for the next book. The tension and action continued to escalate in Arise – right up to the end. I was cheering, I was cursing, I shed some tears and then I shed some more tears in joy.
This was my first merfolk series ever and whilst I wasn’t too keen on book 1, I am so happy to have read books 2 & 3 – to me, this is a series where all my wishes came true. It’s been a great ride and am looking forward to my next merfolk tales (they have a lot to live up to!).
(reviewed long after purchase)
Lovey Dovey Books
on Sep. 11, 2012 :
Arise, the final novel of The Syrenka Series, overflows with drama, emotions, and action! Since it's told in the perspective of both Kain Matthew and Eviana Dumahl, it better captures the intensity of the characters than the previous two novels. Discovering that both sides of their story will be shared hints at the outcome of the story, but it doesn't quite prepare readers for the drama to unfold.
The plot is very straight forward. Amber Garr gets right to the point and keeps the story moving. Revelations from Betrayal are focused on more in depth and they really shake up reader perceptions of the characters. After two novels of getting to know Eviana and Matthew's friends and relationships with others, Arise pushes the bond that readers have undoubtedly created to the limits. Emotion plays a big role in the enjoyment of this novel and readers will not be disappointed.
Also published on Lovey Dovey Books
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 09, 2012 :
(I received a digital copy of this book for free as part of the ‘Syrenka’ blog tour. Thanks to Amber Garr and Bookshelf confessions)
This is book 3 in the Syrenka series, and kicks off where ‘Betrayal’ left off.
Eviana has been kidnapped by Lucian – the man who has been ruining things for the Syrenka, selkies, and water sprites alike, and the man who now claims to be Eviana’s biological father.
Drugged and confused, Eviana is stuck, locked in her Lucian’s boathouse, and unable to even plan an escape.
How can Eviana escape, and save the rest of her clan? Does anyone stand a chance against Lucian and his special powers? Who will win Eviana’s heart?
I really enjoyed this book. This series just keeps getting better, and this was probably the best of the three and a great end to the series!
Poor Eviana has had a lot to cope with in this series, and has had to do a lot of growing up along the way. Things seem bad at the beginning of this instalment, and defeating Lucian is not going to be an easy feat.
Once again Kain is a total sweetheart in his book, and it’s so lovely to see that his feelings for Eviana are still holding strong even after all they’ve been through. I am totally on team Kain over here, I wanted Eviana to marry Kain right at the beginning, and I couldn’t wait to read this instalment to find out who she would end up with, especially with her original boyfriend Brandon back in the picture, and the sexy English Graham vying for her attention too!
There is plenty of action in this book, with the final showdown to look forward to, and twists and turns along the way. There’s also plenty of intrigue as to who Eviana can trust, and nothing is truly settled until right at the very end.
Overall; great end to the series, and great trilogy! If you’re interested in mermaid stories, check this one out!
8 out of 10.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 28, 2012 :
Well, first off. Arise is the third and final book in the fantastic Syrenka Series, so if you have not read the first two books you should because they are awesome. I loved Arise just as much as I loved the first two books. I am always worried about endings to series for some reason, but I think this was a fantastic ending.
Eviana is dealing with the recent betrayals of those closest to her, but now must also work out how to escape her kidnapper and get back to her friends and family to fight on the right side of the war. Eviana will discover new powers, love and how much her friends are willing to sacrifice for her and this war.
I really loved getting Kain's point of view in this book, for quite a few reasons. I love Kain's character, so it was lots of fun getting inside his head, and I love books with alternating views, it gives you more perspective on both of their feelings. Also it was good seeing what was going on with everyone else while Eviana wasn't there, which I am sure was the whole reason for it. I love all of the characters in this book and the whole series. I am a lover of developed secondary characters, and while the secondary characters weren't a huge part of this series, I felt like they were all really well developed with their own stories, without taking away from the overall story.
The end half of the book got really intense. I just had no idea what they were going to do, how they were going to get out of it and how everything was going to be resolved. On that note, Lucian was a seriously creepy antagonist. He was an awesome bad guy, but super creepy. I did cry at the end of this book, and then my sad tears changed to happy tears. Not that the sad thing became a happy thing, just a happy ending.
Overall Arise was a fantastic ending to a fantastic series! I have loved this whole series, and I would highly recommend checking them out.
Again thanks to the author, Amber Garr, for sending me a copy of this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)