Book Review: Betrayal (Syrenka #2) by Amber Garr

13495244Title: Betrayal (Syrenka #2)

Author: Amber Garr

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Betrayal is the second book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends as they navigate through the challenges of existing in a secret world.

Betrayal is the second book in the Syrenka Series. I reviewed the first book in the series, Promises, last week. I enjoyed reading Promises, but I enjoyed Betrayal even more. The pacing is a lot more relentless in this book, the characters are vibrant and entertaining and well, I absolutely loved Graham. He was the perfect amount of bad boy thrown in an attractive body and with some nice quircks. I also loved Eviana’s progress here, as she changed from a bit of a egocentrical, stubborn teenager into a more mature woman.

Some parts of the book were a bit predictable, I give you that. And everyone seems to magically fall in love with Eviana. First Kain and Brendan, and now Graham as well. But it didn’t annoy me as much as I thought it would. I kind of figured out the whole Lucian deal in book one, so I was glad when that part was wrapped up.

Eviana has to come to terms with her powers to control the minds of humans and sea creatures. The Council is impressed with her powers but not enough to trust her in the war against Lucian. She’s send to train with a man she despises and who uses humans, sprites, protectors, and what not to do his bidding. Meanwhile, Brendan returns and Eviana hopes they’ll get a second chance, even if the odds are against them. She has an alliance with Kain, and they work together even though he seems to be unable to stand being near her. I liked her spirit, and how she always refused to give up.

I’m looking forward to the third book in the series, the grand finale. So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the writing style, the world building and the lore crafted into these books. The characters have yet to fully convince me though, as does the plot. I enjoyed these books, but I’m crossing my fingers and hoping the plot stays strong and decent during the last one.

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