Earlier, I talked about Promises (link to review) by Amber Garr. Now, this is part two of the blog tour, where I review the second book in this series. (Note: I will try to avoid spoilers, but some are inevitable)
In Promises, the whole "run away with the love of my life" is more or less done. The focus here is on fighting Lucian, the insane guy that wants to take over the world (well, he wants the mermaids to take over the world and rule humans bwahahahaha). The love angle though, just got more complicated, when a cute British mermaid Graham enters the scene.
A good bit of the story centers around Eviana's training, and yes, she becomes more mature. And in something that I rarely see, I think that her love interest(s) actually help her grow up. She's trying to figure out her strange reactions to Kain getting a girlfriend (maybe), she's trying not to betray Brendan by crushing on Graham, etc. Yes, she has to grow up and lead her clan, but I think she really grows emotionally too.
Graham, if you're wondering, is a new character. He's a very, um, interesting character (and powerful). Speaking of characters, her younger sister Marisol does a 180 degree turn with regards to personality. And that is because (you've guessed it), LOVE. This is one of the things that I don't get - the angst in book one seemed malicious, but suddenly, she turns back into a normal girl?
One note of caution though, I'm a prude and on the abstinence camp, so if you are too, you might be uncomfortable with the mentions of sex in the book. There's nothing explicit, but Eviana and Brendan do sleep together (Then he breaks her heart - and I think the fact that they slept together made the heartbreak worse, because she keeps referencing back to that night). I think this also happened in Book One, but this is much more prominent. Again, this is really dependent on your position on this issue. Personally, this alone would make me restrict my recommendation of this book to mature teens and up (maybe even going out of the YA category).
The book ends on a cliffhanger. Despite my reservations about the above issue, I'm really looking forward to what happens next (that's probably because the way the book ends means that the whole pre-marital sex thing is probably not going to be an issue).
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book as part of Enchanted Book Tours in exchange for a free and honest review.
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