Sunday, March 29, 2015


Book: Arise
Series: Syrenka #3
Author: 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.-Goodreads

Review: I had high hopes for this book but I was ultimately disappointed. This book had a duel narrative and while I normally love that, it didn't work here. Kain, while one of my favorite characters, did not come to life in his sections. He was completely devoid of any personality. My favorite character was Graham and at the end of the book Garr had a brief section written from his perspective and it was fantastic. 

The final 'battle' was well orchestrated although I did not agree with how the final showdown went down with Graham. I'll avoid spoilers but someone with his power would have (should have) handled the situation differently. 

Although I'm giving this book 2 stars (I hate how 2 stars sounds so bad, I didn't dislike this book, it was okay and had some decent parts) I enjoyed how Eviana finally grew at the end of the book and I liked the epilogue. 

Grade: 2/5

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