Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: "Dangerous Depths" by Karen Amanda Hooper

Title:  Dangerous Depths

Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs #2

Author: Karen Amanda Hooper

Publish Date: November 20, 2013


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. 
These books are unlike anything I've ever read before.
"Tangled Tides"
 We start with Yara helping her Uncle during a hurricane when a stranger comes to help. She awakens to a new world, ripped from her boyfriend Rownan and the life she's always known. Things aren't always what they seem. Suddenly no one in her life are who she thought they were and she has a destiny that leads to an unfulfilled prophecy. The triple eighteen is coming and lucky her, she's the solution...or is she?
Treygan is sent to help Yara, but he's not expecting someone so stubborn or for her to have a boyfriend. How can you be attracted to someone yet driven insanely nuts by them at the same time? Will he ever get her to appreciate the gift she's been given or to trust him that not everything she was told was the truth?
"Dangerous Depths"
The gate is opened, but Vienna isn't in Rathe. She has tried to go another route to find Rownan, Harte. This leads Rownan, Yara, and Treygan into the depths of hell to see if they can find Vienna before it's too late not only for her, but them as well. They will be put to the test in every way imaginable. Ghosts of the pasts, demons, and every scary facet you can imagine they face.
Will they make it out alive or will all die for the ultimate thing worth fighting for...
I am not new to paranormal books, but I am new to mermaid books. This isn't even a typical mermaid book though, as we have sirens, selkies, and gorgons. There are so many different species and mixtures it keeps everything interesting. You are guaranteed not to get bored with this series. It is more adventure than romance and what romantic situations there are happen to be very PG. This makes it an excellent YA book. It took me a little longer to read than my normal book as I was trying to understand the new "species" that I hadn't read about previously, but even at that I was able to read each book in about two days. I now have a new addiction to add to my many other book loves.
Treygan is a wonderful character. He is very strong and caring. It was nice that he was vulnerable without being insecure. Yara is awesome from the start though I wanted to smack her for being so gullible in the first book. Of course, she becomes even more kickass at the end of book one and continues as only she can into book 2. Even through physical torture she still is such a true friend that she will carry on to help Rownan after he had betrayed her than helped her. Yes, Rownan is a very complex man, er...selkie. I'm not sure I ever know what to expect from him.
This book is 5 stars and perfect for teens or adults.
If you love traveling to new world and learning a little about the Gods, this is the series for you.

The star-flowers blossomed everywhere. I glided toward a thick, curved branch that dipped below the surface. “Can I touch them?”
“Sure. The stardust in the center is warm, but not enough to burn.” He plucked one and held it between us.
I touched its silky petals while inhaling. “They smell so good.”
“I pictured this place every time I smelled you.” He tucked the flower behind my ear and it warmed the side of my head. “You always reminded me of here—of home, and star-flowers that smell like heaven.”
He looked gorgeous, with his wet hair all slicked back and his intense eyes staring at me with a million beautiful twinkling flowers behind him. I wanted to tell him how deeply in love with him I had fallen, how I couldn’t stand the thought of ever being without him, and how scared I was about what might happen to us in Harte. But those thoughts felt too heavy for such a magical place. Instead, I teased him. “You’ve become a total sap.”
He laughed. “It’s disturbing. I toss and turn every night, wondering how I let myself get this bad. I finally understand what it’s like to lose sleep because you can’t stop thinking about someone.”
 I mocked the words he had told me just weeks ago when I first became a mermaid. “Merfolk don’t sleep.”
“Touch√©.” He pulled me against him. “But we do rest, and even when I’m resting, I never stop thinking about you.”



Song list in chronological order of when they take place in the story.

WARNING: Some vague spoilers!

1.) Waves of You- Eric Turner (Rownan to Vienna beginning of book)

2.) Sail- AWOLNation  (drunk Rownan in his dark place on the beach)

3.) Drifting- Plumb feat. Dan Haseltine (Yara & Nixie to Rownan--another way)

4.) If I Lose Myself- One Republic (Treygan to Yara the morning of their trip)

5.) The Sea- Morcheeba (Traveling and arriving)

6.) Storm- Lifehouse (Rownan to Vienna when he’s alone in Harte)

7.) I Want You Here- Plumb (Vienna on her beach with the driftwood)

8.) Waves- Blondefire  (Yara and/or Vienna)

9.) Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men (Yara & Treygan in the last half of the book)

10.) Together Again- Evanescence (Yara when she becomes separated from Treygan)

11.) Hazy- Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons (Vienna & Rownan duet)

12.) Down- Jason Walker feat. Molly Reed  (This one tugs ta my heartstrings. I picture each character: Rownan, Yara, Treygan, and Nixie, on their own singing this song. It flashes between each of them during seemingly hopeless times during their fight to get out.)

13.) My Last Breath- Evanescence (Nixie & Yara)

*BONUS SONG: Hero- David Crosby & Phil Collins (This was a song from my TANGLED TIDES playlist. It’s an oldie, but it was so perfect as a song that Rownan would sing about Treygan. Right down to the “when the hero kills the maiden with his kiss” line. This song still gives me goose bumps when I listen to it.)


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About the Author:

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.