ARC Review: Dangerous Depths

Dangerous Depths
Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release 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. 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.

Dangerous Depths is one of those sequels that totally was above expectations. I had read Tangled Tides a while ago, and while I liked the book and the whole new creatures, mythology and the romance but I attributed it to the whole novelty of the series. First books set the bar, but it’s the sequels that really determine how good a series is and Dangerous Depths really proved that this series is awesome. We have Rathe, a whole other realm exclusively for mermaids, selkies, gorgons, water sprites and what not – a realm we only had heard about in Tangled Tides, but here we see it from Yara’s eyes and man, do I wish I could go there. But that wasn’t really the highlight of the book! It was Harte – where nothing is really as it seems. It totally plays with your mind, making you question what is real and what is not. It’s like Hell and Inception went and had a baby and called it Harte. Excellent construction of the two realms, I say!

Plot-wise, this book makes the whole story of Tangled Tides pale in comparison. Who doesn’t love an rescue/adventure in a hellish realm where there are amazingly hot kraken? *wink* Seriously though, the entire journey they had through the books was so well-written and so well-paced. Hooper really plays with your mind and with the addition of an extra perspective in the form of Nixie, keeps things engaging and interesting. I was even rooting for Rownan this time around, when I hated him in the last book. Two epic love stories – god, that just is too many feelings to handle for me. The romance between the characters isn’t really as much to speak about as the characters, themselves, though. They are beyond loveable, and I include all the characters in this, even the bitchy gorgons and the reluctant sirens. I adored Nixie and she really gave that much-needed attitude that was lacking since Pango wasn’t around as much. Also, while the previous book was focused on the doomed romance, this one went for the forever-kin-of-love without making it cheesy.

The ending really had me tearing into my fingernails. Yes, Dangerous Depths, thanks to you, my nails are back to stubs. How am I supposed to get rid of that nasty habit if I keep finding exciting books like this? On a serious note, that ending was handled really well – I was so afraid and nervous and was in despair about whom we might lose because let’s face it – a really good book will kill off at least one character. Overall, it was a fantastic book and goodness, I am already excited for Sacred Seas.

Received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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