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.
DANGEROUS DEPTHS PLAYLIST
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.)
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.
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.
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