November 22, 2013

Review: Dangerous Depths


 
Title: Dangerous Depths
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
My Rating: 5 conch
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
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Summary from Goodreads:
Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.

The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Yara wants to bask in the glow of her budding relationship with Treygan and explore Medusa’s world, but as the new leader of Rathe her powers are needed to save a sea creature she’s never met.

Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home to be reunited with his wife, Vienna, only to discover she’s gone. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte to find another gateway to Earth and was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he would go through hell to be with her, and now he must prove it.

Rownan, Yara, and Treygan will put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of all. Love is supposed to conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.


The Review: 
Two years ago, Karen introduced us to a mystical world of mermaids, selkies, sirens, and gorgons in Tangled Tides. I remember how excited I was to read another perspective on these creatures and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. But let me tell you, Dangerous Depths far surpassed the first installment and has quickly become one of my favorite reads this year. Not only did we see growth and maturity in Yara, but we got to experience a different world entirely as Yara, Treygan, and Rowan travel to (get sucked into) Harte. Karen did a fantastic job describing the unique environment, albeit a scary one, and I also think she may have opened up the gate (ha!) to a spinoff with a certain coral-headed beast. (Okay, that would be my wish, Karen!) I found that I most enjoyed reading Rowan’s perspective. Whether that was because of the deep pain and desperation he felt, or if it was because I’m a sucker for selkies, either way, I enjoyed his chapters. And although Nixie’s part felt a little forced at first, it totally made sense about halfway through as to why we needed to see what was going on in her mind and in her world. I loved the addition of the sprites, the mythology behind them, and Nixie’s backstory – very creative. I found myself thinking about what might happen to everyone and couldn’t wait to carve out time to read. And the ending…ooh…I’m so ready for the next book now!
 
The Good: Great world-building! Although it took me a little bit to remember all of the characters and where they were, I was completely fascinated with Rathe and Harte.
 
The Issue: As I mentioned above, Nixie’s involvement (and whining) kind of distracted me from the rest of the story in the beginning, but she redeemed herself later on.

The Rating: 5 conch! An exciting, heartbreaking, and enthralling tale sure to keep you up all night reading.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for all the kind compliments. They mean a lot coming from a gal who knows her sea creatures. ;) I'm honored that you're participating in my tour. *hugs*

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