Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Audio Book Review: At the Heart of the Deep

At the Heart of the Deep

By:  Carrie L. Wells

Publish Date:  June 23, 2015, Audiobook Release November 6, 2015

Format:  Audiobook - 3 hrs 20 mins
Narrated By:  Kristin James

Genre:  Romance Fantasy

Series:  Novella in Falling In Deep Collection

First Impression:  Mer-people & humans share the ocean, can they work together to save it?

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the ocean depth is changing off Florida's Treasure Coast. But before he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swear he sees…a mermaid?
Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of the deep before it's too late?

*Adult novel. Due to steamy scenes, this novel is best suited for mature readers.

First Sentence:
The small ship intrigued me.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles


My Thoughts and Summary:
*I requested to review a copy of this audiobook for an honest review from the author.

Anya watches the handsome blond dive and swim in the ocean near her family's island each day for the last five days. He's human, but comfortable in the water. Luke is surprised by what he saw so near to his boat. It couldn't be. But he knows what he saw. And maybe she has something to do with the changes of the ocean. He knows there is something with the ocean but doesn't know what. Anya's been studying the changes as well, and fears for her island and home with what she's found. Maybe Luke's research with Anya's will help them all.

Kristin's gentle voice easily transitions between the different people, male and female, with different tones and personalities. I love how she brings them to life for us. Kristin even voices an alarm when it sounds, a small sound affect for us.

This story has a mystery for us, with a purpose other than the romance that blooms between Anya and Luke. The ocean is changing. And more. There are light orbs that Luke's crew sees on their research boat. Then Anya knows where it's coming from, but she doesn't know what cased the energy source or why it's there. I'm really curious of the light orbs from the trench in the ocean!

We rotate chapters between Anya and Luke as they investigate the sea for the same reasons. The attraction between Anya and Luke seems to grow at a nice pace through the story, making it feel as they are connecting on more than a physical attraction level. We see each in their own lives and a growing attraction and connection between them as at first they see and think of each other then brought together with their concerns for the world. I found I was worried for the world and Anya's island because of the crack. The thought that Luke could help was wonderful. But then I worried that the truth of mer-people would get out and destroy the peace they have here.

Anya is a mermaid. There is a whole world and system to mer life we start to see unfold here. I really liked that at a moment of weakness Anya admits she had jumped the gun. People do that but she was able to stop before it went to far and pointed out the influences of it. I really liked her for this as she knows what she should do but what she wants too. And sees deeper than the physical separation of human and mer.

Okay. If you don't like cliffhanger endings, I suggest waiting for the next story to come out. This ends with a bang and I WANTED TO KNOW what happens.

I did enjoy the story and I'm curious as to what has happened in the sea and the light orbs. Is it in reference to the old stories Anya's people know or something else completely. I'll be waiting for the next tale, The Soul of the Sea, to come.


Blodeuedd said...

Oh no, cliffie?!

LilyElement said...

Thanks for the warning on the cliffhanger, I'm not a fan of those haha It's been forever since I've read a mermaid book, I think I might have to grab this one :D Thanks!!

Jaclyn Canada said...

It sounds like the narrator was a great one. I also enjoy the sound of the story and the complexities it holds. I keep adding mermaid books to my TBR but I haven't read one yet. Great review!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds good. Love mer stories but then cliffie? NOOOooooOOO! Will have to wait until I have both then. :)

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

This sounds well narrated and like an interesting book, but I'm not up for a cliffhanger right now! I'm glad you liked it and hope the next installment answers your questions. :-)

Silvia Paoletta said...

I may be with the minority, but I actually do not mind cliffhangers. If the story is good and the book well written, I enjoy them and they certainly push me to grab the next instalment! What I'm not a fan of are audiobooks, I'm afraid... Anyway, glad this one worked for you, I think it's been an eternity since I read about mermaids, I should remedy to that!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Yeah, Blodeuedd. It was one of those stories that I was trying to flip for more pages. *sigh* I do want to know though! LOL!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

LilyElement, I know many are not fans of the cliffies, so thought I'd mention it. It was a great story though. I do look forward to the next with these characters. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Jaclyn Canada, she really is an amazing narrator. At least for me. :) And the story was a great one too. Oh, hope you get to a mermaid story soon. :) Hope you enjoy! Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

lol. Got ya, Melissa (B&T). It really is a good one though. ;)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard. I get you on the cliffhanger thing. I wanted to warn people as many are not fans of it. But the book is really good, so I'll be looking for the second story. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Silvia, it's okay to be in the minority. :) I'm not as upset with cliffhangers as many readers get. I can take them or leave them. But I do like to keep flipping pages. lol.

I know many aren't audiobook fans, but the best part, it's in print/ebook as well. :) I'm just glad I can share the book in any and all fashions. :)

Hope you get to pick up the ebook. :D