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Posted November 23, 2013
See the full review at my blog, Books for a Delicate Eternity!
“Love is when you care about someone so much you would risk everything to keep them safe.”
Dangerous Depths, pg. 266 (ARC edition)
The above quote would have to be the motto of Dangerous Depths. Every single character in this novel is more than willing to risk everything to keep the ones they love safe from harm. Rownan returns to Rathe, only to find that his true love, Vienna, risked her life to try and find him, by going through Harte, the sea monster version of hell. Literally. Desperate to save her, against the advice of all who know him, Rownan decides to enter Harte in order to save Vienna. And, of course, Yara and Treygan follow him. And thus begins a story of what a person is willing to do to save the ones that mean the most.
The love between the characters of this book is astounding. Not only between couples, but between family, and friends. And the way Hooper writes this love is so incredibly believable. I believe that these people are willing to risk everything they have, everything they are, to save the ones they love.
Overall, Dangerous Depths is a marvellous sequel to Tangled Tides; introducing new characters, and new stories to keep you hooked until the very end. I am in love with every aspect of the world that Hooper has created, and I cannot wait to read more.
A tale filled with adventure, magic, and the power of love, Dangerous Depths will leave you enchanted.
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Posted December 31, 2013
I got an ARC from the author. I was so excited to get the ARC. it did not disappoint.
If you haven't read Tangle Tides, which is the first book in the series then go out and read it.
This book is about love, hope, friendship, never giving up and believing. Treygan, Yara and Rownan embark on a journey where they have to stick together and trust each other. Everything will be tested in this journey. This was an emotional roller coaster ride that had me tearing up at times.
It's a great young adult book that anyone can read. Karen A. Hooper has created an amazing world that keeps growing and we keep finding new wolds and exploring them along with Yara, Treygan and everyone else. I can't wait for book 3 to see what is thrown their ways.
Highly recommend this book.
Posted November 27, 2013
Karen captured the captivating essence she created in Tangled Tides and drew me back into the Sea Monster Memoirs world quickly.
Once again I love the fact that the names are included in the chapter headings, as the POV changes throughout the story. It makes following the story so much easier. This time around we lived the story through Yara, Rownan and Nixie.
Three words: Exciting, captivating, suspenseful
Karen definitely creates well rounded and lovable characters. I connected with every character easily, and I was drawn into their story quickly.
Yara - Yara has definitely grown as a character and is tested on so many levels throughout the book. I did miss Treygan's POV, but luckily we do get a good dose through Yara. I definitely grew to love Yara even more in this book.
Treygan - Although there wasn't a POV for Treygan, he does play a huge part in the story. I was so happy to see Treygan's happy and lovable side. His love for Yara is beautiful and strong. Rownan is lucky to have a loyal brother like him. Hopefully Treygan's POV will come back in Book 3.
Rownan - I was so happy to see a different side of Rownan in this book. A wonderful husband that would go to hell and back for the woman he loves - literally. I can only admire his persistence and devotion to Vienna. Karen really does have you rooting for a happy ending all round throughout the book - but you are never sure what will happen next!
Nixie - Nixie was my favourite character in the book. I also want a siren like Nixie! I loved her and was so excited every time her POV came round. Loyal, loving and a beautiful soul filled with light, adding in a little spice and fire. My heart ached for her and all I wanted to do was climb into the book and comfort or help her. She was so brave and I really hope to see more of her one way or another in the next book.
Jenna & Keeley - I had to add these two brave little sprites into my review. They proved that its not size that matter, but what is in your heart and soul. I adored these 2 beautiful characters.
Plot, Pace, Writing style, World Building: 4/5
Karen has a beautiful writing style that draws you into her world. The pace is a little bit slower in the first 3rd of the book but it was not uneventful. The plot keeps you guess and glued to the book. The world building is awesome and is painted beautifully.
Cover talk 5/5: I love the first cover, I loved this cover and I'm pretty sure I will love the next cover. I am so contacting her cover designer when I need a cover for my book! The cover of the first book drew me to the story and the second cover did not disappoint.
Posted November 21, 2013
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper
Book Two of the Sea Monter Memoirs
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Publication Date: November 20, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC sent by the publisher
Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.
The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home after years of waiting to be reunited with his wife, Vienna. Only to find out that Vienna didn’t wait for him. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte years ago, hoping the legend of another gateway to Earth’s realm was real, but she was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he’d go through hell to be with Vienna, and now he must prove it.
Yara wanted to bask in the glow of her happily ever after in the magical realm of Rathe. She planned to explore Medusa and Poseidon’s world and dive deeper into her relationship with Treygan, but as the new leader of Rathe, her powers are needed to save more than one member of her own kind. Treygan vowed to always be Yara’s guardian, but long ago he also swore to go any lengths to protect his brother Rownan. Now, he must fulfill his promise to both of them.
Rownan, Yara, and Treygan are about to put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of the worlds. Love should conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.
What I Liked:
You all must know by know that I am a huge fan of Karen and her books. She's a Baltimore native, her books are amazing, the covers are gorgeous, and she's super fantastic. What's not to love?! Well, congratulations on your fourth AMAZING release, Karen! It's sad that this is the first novel of hers that I am reviewing, but I've read the others, and I love them. Tangled Tides is my favorite, but this sequel did not disappoint. If anything, this sequel is almost as fabulous!
One of the brilliant things about this book is that you don't really have to remember much from the first book to read the second one. I didn't really have a hard time getting back into Yara and Treygan's world. Hooper doesn't really recap events of the first book all at once in the beginning, like most authors do with sequels. Rather, she lets information flow gently into the book, naturally, so it never feels like there is an info-dump anywhere. But, it's clear enough that you recall major events from book one. This is important to me, because I didn't re-read book one before reading this one.
Anyway. Rownan, Treygan's brother is determined to get his wife back. Vienna is stuck in a hellish place called Harte - and yes, it is literally hell. Yara, Treygan, and Rownan set out to find this impossible and terrible place, bring Vienna back, and somehow, do all of this without losing their minds, or worse, their lives.
Such an interesting premise. Definitely not a what I was expecting, when the synopsis was first revealed, but I was intrigued nonetheless. I was expecting something more related to the overall plot with Yara and her strange being, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that while going to Harte did not have to do with Yara and her role in the general plot specifically, it did have much to do with the general plot of the series. This is good, because sequels are the books that step into the overarching plot of the series. In the first book of a trilogy, the protagonist gets a taste of the different, unique life into which he/she has been thrown. In the last book of a trilogy, the final showdown takes place. So, bravo to Hooper on that aspect - subtly keeping to the grand scheme of things!
Yara and Treygan are not quite at the forefront of this novel. I was surprised to find that this book was written with not one but three first-person perspectives - Yara's, Rownan's, and Nixie's. All three perspectives are very important, and I think it will be interesting to see how each character plays a role in the final book. With the exception of one. No spoiler.
While Yara and Treygan are not at the front and center of this book, they are still very, very important. Their relationship grows beautifully, just as the relationship between the two protagonists should, in a sequel. I love that no love triangle has been introduced - sort of. I have a hard time believing in anyone but Treygan and Yara.
The plot is so bendy and twisty! At times, it dragged a little, but I found that for the most part, I was flipping through this book, wanting to know what would happen next. Most of the book takes place in Harte. A good way to think of Harte is Davy Jones' Locker (if you've seen Pirates of the Caribbean). That is exactly what I thought of, every time Hooper described a part of Harte.
On that note, the imagery is SUPERB in this book. The descriptions of everything is so beautiful and captivating. Even those of Harte, of the nasty, haunting place, had its on luster. Hooper has a way of describing things - you can really picture it in your mind.
Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this book!
What I Did Not Like:
I mentioned this before, but I found that the plot dragged at times. The beginning definitely is slow. It took me about 30% to really start getting into the story, and about then, the team entered Harte. So, if you're having trouble starting and finishing this book, fret not, because it does have a slow beginning.
Would I Recommend It:
YES! I most certainly would! If you loved book one, you'll love book two. If you're contemplating reading this series, do it. The first book, and the sequel, are FANTASTIC. And if you didn't like book one... try again. You might find that this series is quite epic.
4 stars. I cannot wait to read Sacred Seas! November 2014 is too far away.
Posted November 20, 2013
Dangerous Depths leaves off perhaps a day or two from where Tangled Tides ended wherein Yara, who is trying to get used to her multi sea monster abilities/traits, and Treygan are in in blissful happiness after surviving the Triple Eighteen and are now able to travel to and from Rathe and see family and friends that have been trapped there for years. Rownan however since the Triple Eighteen has discovered horrible news about his wife and only true love Vienna, that during all those years of being trapped in Rathe, she tried to find a new way to get to Rownan; a dangerous and horrible path that no one has ever been able to survive or find a way out of. Rownan is determined to find her, dead or alive, and Yara and Treygan come to Rownan’s aid, against his wishes and take a journey that can leave their souls forever tormented, in pain and forever trapped in hell itself.
Most books I read have a tiny recap here and there in the first few chapters but this book I found lacked that and that is either a good thing, if you have just read the book before it, or a bad thing, if you have not read the book in a few years and have what I call these days “Mom Brain” wherein you have trouble remembering everything that occurred in the last book. It is not the author’s fault, I know she really wanted to get the ball rolling and get us, the reader, fully engaged in the book, which I feel she truly managed to do.
There were a lot of moments I love, specifically between Yara and Treygan. I loved the moment where he took her to a place in Rathe that he has been unable to take and share with anyone until Yara. The surroundings proved to be a very romantic setting and it is too bad that a place like that doesn’t truly exist (or does it?). However, I loved a part more than I think I should have which happen to take place in the depths of Harte between Yara and the Kraken. I would love to go into detail about that however, as I like to give reviews that are mostly spoiler free, this one would be filled with spoilers. If the author is reading this though, I sure hope this Kraken makes an appearance again in the future!
Now I cannot think of another book that I could recommend to read that would be similar to this one, as I have been unable to read as many books as I used to these days (all for a good cause though). I am sure though that once I find something along the same lines as this book I will let you all know.
Dangerous Depths is a must read, filled with many magical adventures and gives the message that Love is Worth Everything and if you are child free I am sure you will find that you will not be able to put this book down and finish it much faster than I was able to!
Posted November 20, 2013
It had been some time since I first read TANGLED TIDES, but from the moment I cracked DANGEROUS DEPTHS open, it seemed as if hardly any time had passed. And I was once again reminded of my love for mermaids. This is the author that sparked that love in the first place.
Sacrifice plays another huge role in this story, just as it did in book one. This time it is Yara and Treygan offering up their help to Rownan as he goes in search of his wife who hasn't been seen in nearly 20 years. The probability of making out of this journey alive is low, but they do what they must in order to find Vienna. And let me tell you, this journey was more than I thought it would be. It was crazy and absolutely terrifying at times. But oh so worth the read.
Back in the first book I had no cares for Rownan, but in this one he slowly grew on me. I got to know him and little better and soon I was comfortable enough with him I found myself hoping and praying he makes it out of this whole mess alive and with Vienna by his side. I love when an author can make you do a 180 on a character that you had no likes for in the beginning. It was one of the things about this book that sets it apart from other sequels. I don’t think I have read too many sequels that had me doing an about-face when it comes to characters.
Absolutely loved this one..even the cringe worthy scenes the characters find themselves in. It was scary and intense almost the entire read. How could I not recommend this book? If you have read the first one, pick this one up ASAP! If you haven’t read TANGLED TIDES, what are you waiting for? Go. Read. Now!