My enormous thanks to friend and fellow blogger Shell Baker for inviting me to be part of the celebrations for Dragged to the Depths by Cheryl Elaine as I have been taken outside my normal reading comfort zone and a very good thing that has been too.
Dragged to the Depths is available for purchase here.
Dragged to the Depths
Tormented with grief after losing her father, Emilia journeyed to her gran’s, in a desperate attempt to escape the memories surrounding her. But once there, she found little rest and respite on the remote Orkney islands after discovering a supernatural world under the sea.
The gods, goddesses and unfamiliar species of Mother Earth’s oceanic lands welcomed her with open arms – particularly Erox, the love of Emilia’s life. Her eyes were opened to the greed and hatred of her fellow mortals; it wasn’t a question of whether she was simply following destiny – she knew the path to RESET was one she could not ignore.
Erox smiled before giving Emilia a lingering kiss. She didn’t hesitate, and gave herself freely to the vortex before heading into the unknown. Could she save herself, let alone everyone else on the planet?
Dragged to the Depths will lead readers into a magical world full of secrets, legacies and adventure. An apocalyptic love story for those who believe there’s someone for everyone, somewhere…
My Review of Dragged to the Depths
Moving to the Orkneys to recover from her father’s death will lead to adventures Emilia could never have imagined.
I am not much of a reader of apocalyptic or fantasy books so I wasn’t particularly anticipating enjoying Dragged to the Depths, but it surprised me. I found it a very entertaining and exciting story with a fast pace and imaginative plot that was really engaging so that I was keen to find out what was going to happen next. I also appreciated the way Cheryl Elaine has researched her mythology to give real substance behind her writing.
The descriptions in Dragged to the Depth give a smashing sense of place so that I could picture myself there too. I think I might be avoiding the sea in future! Cheryl Elaine also conveys physical attraction extremely well and appropriately for her Young Adult audience, but Dragged to the Depths is a roller-coaster story that can be enjoyed by any age group so I don’t think we should allow the YA audience to have it for themselves!
Whilst I enjoyed meeting the characters, especially Erox (who wouldn’t!), it was the themes and messages behind the writing that I found most appealing. There’s a real sense of beauty being in the eye of the beholder, of not necessarily taking everything at face value, but of looking for the good in others beneath the surface. There’s a strong morality woven through a highly entertaining read too. We should learn to tolerate and appreciate others and to live together harmoniously.
Dragged to the Depths is a narrative worthy of being part of the mythological tradition and is a cracker of a story for its YA audience. It was great fun to read for me too and I enjoyed it.
About Cheryl Elaine
Cheryl Elaine was born in Germany but moved to Northern Ireland as a young child. She then moved to Yorkshire where she spent most of her childhood and this is where she currently resides with her husband and 3 daughters.
Cheryl Elaine is an avid reader and enjoys watching horror movies – the more gruesome the better! She enjoys travelling and socialising but also loves spending time at home with her family and her ever expanding menagerie which currently includes two dogs, a budgie, two fish and a rat called Rocky!
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