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Ocean Heart (The Soul Heart Series #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Being a mermaid brings a new depth to 'it's complicated.'

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.

When Mariah's guardian meddles in her life with magic, she causes more harm than good. The soul reapers are coming and there's a werewolf hungry for merbloo
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Published December 1st 2020
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Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Sarah Neofield
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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’
Michaella Dieter
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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,
Natalie Reddy
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like mermaids and cute boys this one if for you!

book was a 3.5-3.75 star read for me. I don't see a lot of mermaid books out there and I really appreciated the feeling of reading something new. This book did feel a bit on the younger side of YA for me and I personally haven't read a YA book with such a young protagonist in a really long time. I definitely feel like 13-16 year old me would have really liked this book and I would highly recommend this book to teenage readers. One thing I l
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.3/5 stars
First of all I would like to thank the author Ally Aldridge for sending me an ARC of her book and thank you for choosing me! That being said, this will be a 100% honest review.
Reading this book was like a wave of nostalgia that I didn’t know I needed. It brought me back to middle school days when I was first starting to get into fantasy and YA books. Giggling when there’s kissing scene and freaking over a love triangle were the days. So I would like to thank the author for providing
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
5 Cranky Stars

This is a cute YA story of love in high school. It takes place in England where Mariah and Jace are neighbors. They have been together since they can remember. Mariah and Jace have always had classes together, which they're hoping for this year. Schools in England are different than in the US so I'm not sure how old they are, except I thought I saw it mentioned that Mariah was 15 years old. Well, they get put in different levels and different classes which devastates Mariah. Mariah
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book.
Robert Aldridge
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly good read from beginning to end. Great characters which meant I couldn't put the book down. Cannot wait to read the next installment. Well done Ally. ...more
Tarot Barnes
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ocean Heart is a beautiful novel, and not your typical mermaid book.

At nearly 400 pages, it's not afraid to take its time getting to the magic, but that time is well spent developing young Mariah so I couldn't complain.

Mariah is a very unusual mermaid. For one, she doesn’t start with a tail, a kingdom under the sea or a fish friend. In fact, thanks to some magic, she doesn’t even know she is a mermaid!
Instead, Mariah starts the book as a shy girl, undermined by her own doubts. Unable to believe
Ciara Delahunt
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ocean Heart is the first YA book I've read in a while, and boy it didn't disappoint! I'll admit, I'm a sucker for vamps and werewolves, but Ally's twist on Mermaids brought an entirely fresh perspective to the genre. It was nice to read something not only different, but well written and an engaging read.

Mariah is 15 and she reads like it, she's confused, naive, and has a sweet honesty about her that most of us lose in our teens. It can be really hard to portray young teens without making them ir
Rose English
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Book 06 of my Goodreads Challenge 2021

Not your regular mermaid tale

I pre-ordered this story as I am a big fan of mermaids and folklore. However, I have to be honest once I started reading it I found it did not grab me so I put it aside and came back to it. I think the issue was that the main character Mariah is a young teenager who does not know she is a mermaid. I think the idea from the author is to maybe show how she grows up and develops into a confident young woman and mermaid. (Knowing the
J.D. Groom
Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great debut novel by Ally Aldridge. Mermaids, magic, coming of age, family secrets and a love triangle, what more could you ask for?
A teenage Mariah is everything you would expect —naive, flighty, emotional— and so much more. Everything she has ever known is ripped from her one summers day and it changes her life forever.
This is a lovely story where the reader is able to grow along with the mc. From its tumultuous beginnings to its heartwarming conclusion, you are there for the ride. T
Ellie Mitten
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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3.5 stars

Mermaid books are few and far between, so I was eager to read this one. Toss in some drama and romance, and it made for a good read.

This would have been a four or five-star book for me, but there were areas that were glossed over or just left unfinished. Too many things were thrown in for seemingly no reason. The beginning was a bit slow for me, and I struggled to really dig into the story, but by around chapter three, I didn't want to put it down. The romance threaded into the story wa
Claire Hackeson
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
I. Vélez
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: merfolk
🐟Love, Magic and Shifters🐟


This book is a sweet Young Adult Romance, meaning you can expect a love triangle. Jace, Mariah and Murray will make you scream in both anger and delight, forcing you to increase your reading pace to feed the "what will happen next" hunger.

The story revolves around Mariah and her journey of discovery, not only of herself but also of a supernatural world and the true meaning of friendship. Even though the plot starts a little slow, I assure you that by ch. 8 to 10 you
K.T. Sterling
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: januari-2021
The story is about Mariah. A 15 year old girl, caught between her feelings for two boys while she tries to cope with everything else that’s going on… magical powers, being a mermaid, and so much more...
I have to admit, I was really disappointed that it took so long for Mariah to change into her mermaid form. Not that there wasn’t much going on in the mean time. A lot of teenage drama and romance where a 15 year old can’t decide what she wants. Sometimes I did have the feeling that it was a bit
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Ally was born in London but grew up in Suffolk which is where most of her YA Fantasy novels are based.

She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, and together they are raising two cats, their son and daughter.

When Ally is not writing (or at her day job), she loves spending time with her family at the local beach, in the forest or watching way too much Netflix.

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