If you like teen dramas with stints of magic you’ll like this book.
I like my characters a little older so at first I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get into this story. Fast-forward an hour or so later and I’d blitzed through 100 pages. I look forward to the next installments.
What a beautiful novel, I absolutely loved it. A great easy read with which the book just flowed, I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t read a YA book for a while and this book didn’t disappoint. I loved the mermaid twist as I’ve not read anything like this before and I have to say it was great to read something different other than norm vampire paranormal book. Well done Ally Aldridge, I can’t wait for your next noval.
This book really surprised me, knowing it was a YA book I was unsure if I would really get into it. This book had me completely taken in, bringing me back to my teenage years of awkwardness and uncertainty.
I loved the slow build up of the story and the intensity of the love story between 2 characters. I can’t wait for the next book to be released, so we can delve further into the story!
It has been a long time since I’ve read any YA fiction and Ocean Heart was a welcome return. The novel features Mariah a 15 year old girl trying to navigate her way through the trials of a ‘normal’ teenager – new friendships, fitting in at school, strict parents and blossoming romances, except Mariah also has to contend with magical powers which she doesn’t realise she has. The novel is fun but also touches upon serious topics such as bullying, self harm and betrayal. Mariah is torn between Jace and Murray and tries to keep her feelings and magic under control for everyone’s safety. It was refreshing to read a YA novel where the main character wasn’t self centred and I really felt for Mariah. The setting is an un-named coastal town and it was interesting piecing descriptions together to guess where the town is set. The cover is beautiful and the layout and illustrations inside make the book feel special and it is a pleasure to read. The novel also introduces us to other magical species such as fae, witches, werewolves and the mysterious crows and after reading Ocean Heart I’m looking forward to finding out more in the other Soul Heart Series novels and I hope Mariah makes a return. Thank you Ally x
I’m a sucker for a mermaid or siren story, so was so excited to get my hands on Ocean Heart at last. I was drawn in a once, and completely obsessed with the love triangle. I’m looking forward to learning more about the world Ally has created in book 2.
Ocean Heart is the debut novel by Ally Aldridge. And a great debut at that! This is a slow burn, paranormal romance featuring mermaids, witches, werewolves and magic.
The story was very well written, with a unique and interesting storyline. The FMC was a little younger than is normally found in romance novels (15 – but please note that there are no sexual encounters in the book) and the author did a good job at portraying her as such. Unlike many books, Mariah acted her age – changing her mind, occasionally a little flighty, unsure of herself and her feelings – like any normal 15 year old! I’m looking forward to watching her mature and grow, coming into herself and her powers as the books progress.
Congratulations on your debut novel, I am looking forward to what comes next! ❤
“If you believe in magic, magic will believe in you”
Ocean Heart is the story of a very grounded teenage girl, Mariah, who finds her world turned upside down when her best friend, Jace, moves away, and she is mysteriously drawn to the water. Mariah can’t explain this feeling, but she is no longer comfortable in her own shoes.
Reading Ally Aldridge’s sweet YA romance on the cusp of summer in Australia, Ocean Heart perfectly captured the sensations, sights, scents, and sounds of the warm weather we’re just beginning to enjoy– the smell and feel of grass underfoot, the temptation of ice cream, the clinking of ice in a glass. I can equally imagine curling up with this book in the winter, nostalgic for the very best of seasons.
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoyed the book; however, it did read a bit younger than YA for me. There were a few instances when I felt as if things could have been explained better, but I’m assuming they’ll be touched upon in the following books to the series.
4.5 mertastic stars for a solid debut by an author to watch for.
Ocean Heart is a slow burn paranormal romance featuring mermaids, alongside witches, werewolves and other magical creatures. It doesn’t give us mermaids in their underwater home, so don’t expect that when you’re picking it up.
This is the story of one single mermaid, whose life is slowly turned completely topsy-turvy when she realizes what she really is. It is the tale of self-acceptance and love of a young 15 year old high school teen – Mariah. Complete with all the erratic emotions and insecurity of a normal girl her age. And it is beautifully done.
High school teen Mariah’s life is anything but simple. Between a crush on her best friend and a rivalry brewing with the swim team star, her powers awaken early. And that gives the word complicated a whole new meaning.
Add in a handsome young man Mariah must make sure she will NOT kiss and a werewolf hungry for merblood, top it with a well-meaning guardian whose meddling magic spells do more harm than good and deadly powers difficult to control and there you go – the perfect recipe for a storm of trouble. One that may literally sweep Mariah up in its wake.
Saying more about it will definitely spoil, so I’ll leave the rest for you to find out. 😀
The storyline is unique and unexpected twists are present at almost every corner. The character development is wonderful while the prose is a pleasure to read. And everything is so beautifully interwoven that you can’t help but be swept away in a little mermaid’s complicated life.
Beware of one thing though. This tale is based on a love triangle. A warning I must make since I personally am absolutely NOT a fan of love triangles anywhere. They are a little pet peeve of mine because I cannot stand the careless way feelings are treated within them.
That being said, this love triangle here absolutely worked for me! And it even made me get invested. Kudos to the author for pulling that off.
I literally felt like reaching through the pages and box a certain young man’s ears, and found myself muttering ‘idiot’ while reproachfully shaking my head.
The longing of another certain young man made me want to give him a big hug, wile the hurt, loneliness and insecurity of a little lost young girl were powerful enough to make me tear up.
Perhaps because of the naturally flowing 1st person POV, or the ease with which emotion seems to be imparted by words…
Perhaps because of the real seeming setting and characters alike…
Or the feelings that practically leap of the page…
This book drew me in and made me care and react. And that’s not something I can say for every book out there.
Some things seem a little bit rushed or brushed over, but overall it was a mertastic read!
I absolutely loved it and am eagerly waiting for a sequel.
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.