Deep Blue

Deep Blue Waterfire Saga Is An Epic New Series Set In The Depths Of The Ocean Where Six Mermaids Seek To Save Their WorldWritten By Carnegie Medal Winning Author Of A Gathering Light, Jennifer DonnellyWhen Serafina, A Mermaid Of The Mediterranean Sea, Awakens On The Morning Of Her Betrothal, Her Biggest Worry Should Be About Reuniting With Handsome Prince Mahdi, Her Childhood Crush Instead She Finds Herself Haunted By Strange Dreams Foretelling The Return Of An Ancient Evil, And Dealing With The Deaths Of Her Parents As Assassins Storm The Betrothal Ceremony, Plunging The City Into ChaosLed Only By Her Shadowy Dreams And Pursued By The Invading Army, Serafina And Her Best Friend Neela Embark On A Quest To Avenge Her Parents Death And Prevent A War Between The Mer Nations In The Process They Discover A Plot That Threatens Their And Our World S Very Existence


[Reading] ➿ Deep Blue ➶ Jennifer Donnelly –
  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Deep Blue
  • Jennifer Donnelly
  • English
  • 06 August 2017
  • 9781444921182

10 thoughts on “Deep Blue

  1. says:

    A Special Girl who happens to be a Princess who needs to Save The World from an Unspeakable EvilWhat A Shocker.The twist is that this is all underwater That s right There s a mermaid secret society who uses magic to hide and protect their kingdoms We follow Princess Serafina.In typical YA fashion, she loses her parents a few chapters in, loses her throne shortly after and loses her entire country almost immediately after that.Hmm what a predicament It s almost like the heir to an entire kingdom shouldn t inherit when she s only a teen.Anyway, the princess must find a way to save the entire ocean before it s too late There is a legend of underwater witches which no one, in a society of magical mermaids, believes in because obviously, witches are completely unrealistic who may hold the key to Saving The World TM Ok, the premise of this book was okay, the writing was bland and the consistency was pretty bad The Premise aka, this sounds familiar I m totally in for a mermaid novel unfortunately this one felt pretty formulaic Girl is a gorgeous princess Girl loses everything Girl is afraid to lead kingdom Girl goes on a magical journey to learn that true leadership comes from within It s just nothing special It s your average YA, but underwater The Writing aka, mehhhhhhhhh. I honestly don t have much to say, mostly cause there s not much too it The writing was really only surface deep, most of the emotions were told and there wasn t even that much ocean imagery You d think the author would emphasize the way the waves felt to the creatures underwater, or what it was like to swim or all the cool coral reefs and fish but nope Other than a few cursory sentences ehhhh, it pretty much felt like they were on land The Consistency aka, the author does know her world is underwater, right I swear, the author doesn t even remember her own made up society As in she legitimately forgets her characters are underwater many times Keep in mind, this is an ancient race, isolated for 4,000 years who absolutely refuse any and all contact with teragogs humans so, I spent the whole book wondering How do you instantly recognize modern day things Bicycle chains and hockey sticks Silks and gowns from different eras are instantly named And yet they call humans Terragoggs Why Just why How do you carried a dagger at her hip when you don t have hips Hips are where legs join the torso Since mermaids have a single tail, it would be hip , right How do you conveniently develop a society that not only has the same names, but also the same culture and even the same accent as the nearest terragog land mass Indian mermaids wear saris near India, Japanese ones haunt the waters near Japan, Romanian ones have ancient spells etc.Even their names didn t make sense For a society who was reportedly sent under the ocean 4,000 years ago, how do you explain names like Becca, Ava and Astrid Are there secret mermaid spies who sneak up to docks and boats to pick up all the coolest Terragogg lingo and or societal norms Spy 1 hmm, seems like puffed sleeves are out and flowy gowns are in Ooo Long hair is super in And everyone is totally naming their kids Emily this season Spy 2 writing furiously How do you blinking back tears when you A never made it to the surface and B live underwater At most, she should feel her eyes sting, right RIGHT But then again, Serafina vomits downwards not outwards which I expected given the way liquids disperse.And she drinks tea with another character later in the bookSo who knows how liquids work under the ocean Not me That s for sure How do you only use common human phrases idioms but with a fishy twist See previous comment about mermaid spies Old woman on her own Lives with catfish Lots of catfish A lawyer Jokingly called the worst kind of shark there is Blind mermaid Keeps a seeing eye piranha on a leash Which as an aside A how does she know what a leash is B how do you even put a leash on a fish C the author clearly didn t do any research piranha are not happy unless they are in a big school and they are no where near aggressive as people think Tbh, they re lazy and pretty boring fish How do you make color comparisons of a dress to the color of Ox blood when you ve lived your entire life underwater in the middle of the ocean How do you even know what an ox is HOW I ve lived my entire life on the surface and at most, I assume that ox blood is red Update it s a mauve y maroon color Yet Princess Mermaid can instantly recognize it How do you After she bleached her hair blond bleach your hair underwear HOW DID THEY NOT CHOKE AND DIE So there s all that combined with the fact that the big superpower is just really good singing And friendship Sighhhhh Honestly, I ve been burned so many times by YA, and yet I keep going back.P.s Anybody out there know any good mermaid books YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading

  2. says:

    Actual rating 2.5 You don t look like an outlaw, Serafina said Or a shark, Neela said I m a lawyer, actually, the worst kind of shark This is not a bad book, but the pros in this book are outweighed by the fact that it is an overwhelmingly childish infodump.There is no cursing in this underwater fantasy, a rave drug filled party to us landlubbers is a all night wave An ass is a wrasse There are no bad asses, but there are bad wrasses and jackwrasses.Money is called currensea Jerks are gobies and guppies Transparency spells are spelled transparensea A girlfriend is a merlfriend A crazy mermaid lady keeps catfish as pets A family tree is a family coral Caramel is caramalgae, and other candies are chillawondas, bing bangs, janteeshaptas, and zee zees Manta Rays speak in RaySay Anchovies speak Pesca Dolphin speak Dolpheen.I love bad puns I love word play But there s only so much I can take before this book starts to descend into absurdity, which is a damned shame because it s a good book otherwise.This book is categorized as Young Adult and New Adult and I have no idea why It reads like a Middle Grade story, and it wouldn t be out of place next to a 7 year old s A Little Mermaid picture book The Disney version, not the Grimm s Hint Don t read your child the Hans Christian Andersen version unless you want to pay for therapy out of their college fund.So, in continuing with today s theme of terrible puns, I have this to say about the book It s not a bad book about mermaids, but it doesn t have sole The characters are shallow, the plot doesn t hold water, and overall, I d have to give it a sea There s a surprising level of depth, as well as a good feminist message, but if you want a book that your older teen will love, don t hold your breath.Sorry for all the bad puns I didn t do them on porpoise I m just angling to get a rise out of you.The good VERY light on romance A creative and enchanting underwater fantasy fantasea world Strong female characters and friendships Diverse characters we have Indian, Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern mermaids, prominently featured A matriarchal kingdomThe bad HUGE infodump the first 25% of the book is a major infodump with almost no plot, that had my head spinning Little character development, the characters are strong and feminist, but they lack a level of depth that made them believable The childishness the puns, the wordplay, the very, very cute fantasy world that s even prettier than the Disney version It just undermines the seriousness of the bookThe summary Principessa Serafina of the Miromara lives an enchanted life under the sea She sat up in her bed an enormous ivory scallop shell and stretched One half of the shell, thickly lined with plump pink anemones, was where she slept The other half, a canopy, was suspended on the points of four tall turritella shells The canopy s edges were intricately carved and inlaid with sea glass and amber Lush curtains of japweed hung down from it Tiny orange gobies and blue striped dragonets darted in and out of them. But all is not as glorious as it seems Today is the day of her Dokimi, where she will have to perform in front of her entire kingdom It s a huge deal, and Sera is understandably freaked out about it Right, Mom Only a Dokim , said Serafina, her fins flaring Only the ceremony in which Al theia declares me of the blood or kills me Only the one where I have to songcast as well as a canta magus does Only the one where I take my betrothal vows and swear to give the realm a daughter someday It s nothing to get worked up about Nothing at all To top it off, her childhood friend and betrothed has since become an asshole in the past two years He used to be a wonderful young man with whom she looked forward to marrying They shared an understanding, and perhaps even love She could still hear the last words he d spoken to her, right before he d returned to Matali My choice, he d whispered, taking her hand Mine Not theirs But on the day of her Dokimi, Mahdi seems to be a different person He s now a playboy, a rebel, someone she dreads marrying But Sera has to worry about than romance because there s something bigger going on within her kingdom Sera could only imagine what her mother would have said if she d barged into her chamber complaining that Mahdi had hurt her feelings.She had to do it She had to put her pain and loss aside and exchange vows with a merman she couldn t even bear to look at, in order to save her people from a war. War Yep War is coming Their kingdom has always had enemies, from the Praedatori to the Terragoggs humans , but now it is than a mere threat It all started with her mother s assassination She would remember that moment for a long time, that golden, shining, moment.The moment before everything changed.Before the arrow, sleek and black, came hurtling through the water and lodged in her mother s chest. The night of the Dokimi was supposed to be the beginning of her future, instead, it signals the end Her kindgom is in shatters Her people have been hurt Serafina isn t ready to become queen, but it seems like she doesn t have much of a choice Together with her mermaid friends, Ling and Neela, Serafina will have to use her magic to solve the mystery of the Iel witches.The Setting As you know, the Ondalinians broke the permutavi three months ago, Isabella said Your uncle thinks Admiral Kolfinn did it because he wished to derail your betrothal to the Matalin crown prince and offer his daughter, Astrid, to the Matalis instead An alliance with Matali is every bit as valuable to them as it is to us Wow Can I get a pillow so I can take a nap, please Maybe a sea cucumber They re squishy This book has a Glossary, and thank god for it The first 25% of the book, the first chapter, specifically, is a huge infodump This world is a fantasy taking place in our world, only underwater Serafina lives, specifically, around Venice, Italy.The info dumping made my head spin In the first chapter, we learn about the Terragoggs, the Janicari, the history of the Miromara The people, her brother, her dad, her cousin, her friends, her uncle, her lady s maid, her instructor, the girls at court, her betrothed, her best friend s brother, her instructor We learn about the tensions going on between the mer nations We learn about the government We learn about the Dokimi and the history of the merpeople We learn about the magic and the magic spells and how the Dokimi ceremony works ALL THAT WITHIN 25% OF THE BOOK I felt like I was reading a really, really pretty textbook It s just too much It s just too much details, at some points Like I really need to learn about why her uncle used to love her rival Lucia s mother but wasn t allowed to marry her Angry, Vallerio had left Cerulea and spent several years in Tsarno, a fortress town in western Miromara Portia married someone else Sejanus Adaro, Lucia s father Some said she only married him because he looked like Vallerio with his handsome face, silver scales, and black hair Sejanus died only a year after Lucia s birth Vallerio never married, choosing to devote himself to the welfare of the realm instead. It s a beautiful, enchanted world, though It is so very Disney like, and it s no wondersince they re the publisher of this book Even Serafina s room is a dream come true for any little girl The golden rays warmed fronds of seaweed anchored to the floor They shimmered in the glass of a tall gilt mirror and glinted off the polished coral walls A small green octopus that had been curled up at the foot of the bed Serafina s pet, Sylvestre darted away, disturbed by the light. The Characters Surprisingly feminist, for a book that s so fluffy in nature I really like the main character s personality She s strong, she s willful, but she s also vulnerable She fights with her mom over being too Queen like instead of mom like, but Serafina knows that she is a princess, and she has to behave like one Serafina never whines.That s what her mother would do, and that s what she would do, too.I always disappoint her, Serafina thought, but tonight I won t Tonight, I ll make her proud.Serafina has her moments of weakness, when she just wants to give up I can t do it she shouted angrily, slapping the water with her tail She turned to Thalassa, her composure entirely gone Tell my mother the Dokim s off Tell her I m not good enough Not good enough for her Not good enough to cast this rotten songspell And not good enough for the crown prince But she realizes her errors quickly, and throughout the book, Serafina maintains her maturity My problem with her character, and that of her friends, is that despite the fact that they are strong feminist charactersthere s something lacking in their character development I like them, but they never feel real to me.I love the fact that there are diverse mermaids in this book There are other underwater kingdoms in this book, including the Japanese, the Antarctic, the Chinese, the Afro Indian, the Nordic We have her best friend, a sari wearing Indian princess, and her new companion, a Chinese linguist mermaid It s pretty awesome.The Romance Almost nonexistent, but for a very small section in the beginning This was a surprise Serafina is betrothed to an Indian prince She feels jealousy, she feels hurt, but she never allows her feelings for him to overwhelm her when he turns out to be someone different Best of all, the romance is almost gone for the rest of the book There is female friendship than romance in this book.The Plot Another weak point It has an unnatural flow This feels like an info dump and nothing else The plot goes in all sorts of direction that just didn t really make sense to me It s book 1 in a series, and I really hope the second book will be better, because there really wasn t much substance to this initial book.

  3. says:

    Actual rating is 3.5 stars Deep Blue is as pure as entertainment gets for people like me And by people like me, I mean people who love puns, journeys that are in scope harrowing but manage to be somewhat lighthearted in the moment, and also just a little bit of awesome feminism and girl power If you go into Deep Blue expecting the most out of a serious and epic fantasy novel involving intricate mermaid lore and whatnot, you may be a bit disappointed Deep Blue has scattered remnants of that throughout, but for the most part it s a fun and extremely entertaining fantasy read For this review, I m going to break the novel down into what worked for me, and what didn t, since I haven t done a review like that in a while What worked for me Right from the beginning, the puns and clever little nods in this novel are absolutely glorious I think from the next few sentences in this review, you ll be able to tell whether or not you ll find this book entertaining For starters, the money in the mermaid civilization is called currensea, which is almost painfully brilliant to me instead of badass, there s badwrasse Which, again, I find brilliant and clever, and I love that Jennifer Donnelly decided to include puns like these in her novel, despite the fact that other readers will inevitably consider it to be on the younger side of the YA spectrum, and maybe even middle grade I personally can see how other readers would consider Deep Blue to be MG than YA, but I think it s a damn good and entertaining read regardless of which demographic it s placed in Also, one of my favorite pieces of clever goodness in Deep Blue there s a cat lady, but with dozens of catfish I can t express how much I love this I really can t My only complaint is that there was not a sturgeon that made a living as a surgeon, but I digress Donnelly s writing is for the most part strong, and her descriptions are lovely and wonderful Not only that, but there are portions of the novel that are surprisingly feminist, and the main character Serafina finds herself questioning the patriarchy of the world she lives in often This was not something I had expected of Deep Blue, but it was an awesome surprise, and extremely refreshing Lastly, the characters are all diverse and well formed, and the plot is engaging and fast once it gets going after the slow start There s not much romance in Deep Blue or any at all, actually , but that didn t bother me at all instead of romance, the focus in the novel is on friendship and sisterhood, and I thought that too was really refreshing and well done Of course, if you re a romance oriented reader, Deep Blue may not be ideal for you But I don t mind because we see the characters and their relationships grow as the novel and journey progresses Although many of the newer characters are introduced later in the novel, the basis behind their characterization is still relatively strong What didn t work for me The info dumping is pretty heavy in Deep Blue, especially in the beginning There are entire paragraphs dedicated to info dumping mer history and wars, family ties and whatnot, and it was a bit overwhelming The info dumping is also established through dialogue often, which made a lot of the dialogue between the characters stilted and awkward However, the info dumping is in significantly lesser quantity in the second half when compared to the first, since the plot takes over by then As well as the dialogue being stilted at times for the sake of info dumping, the dialogue also tries a bit too hard to be current pun absolutely intended at times, but mostly in the beginning FOMO fear of missing out, apparently is used literally as an acronym in dialogue, which I find never works out well, and so is said no one ever, which I just can t find believable in a general discussion Final verdict Having read many disappointing mermaid novels, Deep Blue was an absolute surprise and delight It wasn t exactly what I was expecting, considering the synopsis, but the puns and general entertainment I found within Deep Blue was a than welcome surprise It s not without its issues, but if you re looking for a quick read that s clever and refreshing and one hundred percent entertainment, Deep Blue is your merl That s what they call girls in this book merls AND CURRENSEA

  4. says:

    I was so excited about this series about MERMAIDS I had very high hopes for this story I felt the writing was juvenile It was written for the young adult market, but at a middle grade level I enjoyed the puns in the book dealing with water life clever, but I didn t feel this was a smart book.I didn t really relate to the characters I know teens are whiney, but this whole story felt whiney A pretty cool world was starting to be set up There is the most powerful kingdom in the oceans, with the most powerful and within chapters, some unknown army literally destroys it This didn t make sense I mean decimation We barely got to know the world before it s gone Why do fantasy writers nowadays think you have to destroy everything to make a good book Can there be some history, some things left Why must it always be scorched earth I guess it s scarier that way, but it is done to death and oh so boring The anti keeps being upped and at this point, I don t care any I want something that preserves and nourishes instead of destroying My next big issue is the ending In series, it does feel like there is story, but the big goal for book one was not achieved It ended in the middle and that was annoying Why didn t we get an end to this book instead it felt like the story ended in the middle of it.I gave this book an extra star for being about a wonderful subject Mermaids I don t like giving low reviews, but this is not a favorite of mine sadly I haven t decided if I will read on or not Possibly Maybe, I m too stressed to enjoy this or maybe I need a break from stories where the civilization ends I m tried of that story We need something else A way to preserve I think the overall politics of the day is having a huge effect on my psyche I really need hope and to believe that it will not all end in a ball of rubble, but our way of life and country and can saved and preserved Who knows So maybe that is my bias on this story.I will say that I wasn t crazy about any of the characters None of them spoke to me or got under my skin It was creative and it was a beautiful world before it was destroyed.

  5. says:

    Okay actual rating is a 3.5.This was a decent underwater fantasy adventure that has potential And yet for all the good it is, there is also some head spinning vocabulary Seraphina is the heir the kingdom and her whole life seems set before her before and attack destroys her apparent path But just before the attack she has a dream of a prophecy she must help with For she is one of 6 that must save the sea.This books word choice and creation had me utterly overwhelmed at first We are given a lot of made up words, terms, names and places Seriously, every paragraph seemed to have at least 3 new words This continues throughout the books but is a little less overwhelming thank goodness But the beginning was so bad I almost DNFed this Some were just a play on words like Merlfriend instead of Girlfriend And then others are real words in all sorts of languages We are given Italian, Qin, Arabic, Brazilian slang, Portuguese, Romanian, GreekIt gets worse we also have several made up languages including Mermish, Dracdemara, Rurus, and You know Scuttle from Disney s The Little Mermaid and how he calls a fork an dinglehopper Well there is A LOT of that type of wording happening and it leaves us guessing what they are talking about Sometimes i just gave up and went with it like I would a Dr Seuss book where it just isn t meant to make sense Leaving all that aside, the adventure is quite good Although I must say the attack on Seraphina s home had me sad I always put mermaids in a happy place so reading about them dying left a pout on my face Some of the imagery is pretty like when we hear about Seraphina s room or when they change her look to disguise her Seraphina is a nice mermaid but very insecure to her role Neela, her best friend and companion, is a stronger character that I really liked We get other characters including Blu, Ling and many others There is betrayal, death and actiona small dash of romanceloyalty and friendsall mixed together is a Save the World adventure I will read the next one I am curious how it ends but I do warn new readers, be sure to have patience and focus when you start reading this Second time going through this started as an audiobook I hated the narration Sounded too childish and annoying so I had to switch back to ebook format Secriously, had this been my intro to this book I would have DNFed it It was awful please READ it, do not get audiobook I received a copy of this book from Disney in exchange for a fair and honest review All opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  6. says:

    What the what what Jennifer Donnelly is writing a series about MERMAIDS

  7. says:

    DNF at 10%.The opening was pretty good, but then we meet the protagonist and it s basically The Little Mermaid fan fiction Serafina s bed is fucking clam shell She lives in an underwater mermaid city with streets and restaurants and shit, and everything is made of quartz and mother of pearl She has a pet octopus named Sylvestre But what really did it in for me was her nurse being described has having the legs and torso of a blue crab TORSO I literally can t.

  8. says:

    DNF, chapter 4.I was sucked in by the beautiful cover Unfortunately, the mermaids here are nothing than some catty modern teenagers with some words substituted and some generic fairytale elements thrown in Merboys have merlfriends yes, really and might swim with a fast crowd They wear gowns, have updos and dye their hair yes, all underwater And above all, apparently, love gossiping The mer court seems like a cliquish high school.The main character is a mer princess about to be betrothed and rule the realm, but she doesn t come off as someone raised to wield power at all instead she s busy whining at her mother Why can t you be a mom instead of a queen paraphrase At Chapter 4, I d had enough of it And I thought I could perceive a romance on the near horizon, too One disappointed mermaid fan, here.

  9. says:

    1.5Had I liked Deep Blue, I would have tried to sell it to you for its three elements a Girl Powerb Diversityc Puns As it so happens, the girl power aspect felt flat and juvenile, the diversity thingy was experienced only once or twice for turbans and saris and it didn t really work, and the puns were disingenuous and stilted Pooooooh Jennifer Donnelly s writing leaves a shitload to be desired The first few chapters of the story are unbearable With flinchingly detailed and full of blistering imagery that doesn t really work, it put me on my guard immediately Paragraphs upon others go on to describe walls and beds and dresses that ended up halting my imagination each time I tried to conjure up a scene to match the story Interspersed amidst this are pieces of information that seem to be of import but are never impressed upon the reader, over presented so spontaneously, it appears awkward The puns in the writing are funny however, they appropriate a lot of attention from the story itself Moreover, there isn t the sense to make it seem part of the world Rather, I think it was added to instill humor that it doesn t quite manage to convey as opposed to fitting in with the merworld.The world itself is expansive and works well with the current situation and century of ours humans don t intermingle with mers, but the effects of our lifestyle resonate deep into the merworld While I would describe it as a thought out and detailed world, it is incredibly absurd at times as well Underwater cafes, hats etc I don t figure how they work underwater What do they drink How do their hats stay on are there threads or whatever On the other hand, bits regarding magic, why wand isn t preferred but voice is to wield magic and other, showcase in which arena time and thoughts were put.AND the characters DO I get to whine now I was so serious earlier Can I whine pleasepleaseplease SO half assed, so un characterized, so bland The creatures of Bikini Bottom have personality They make better mermaids.The dynamics between them were instant and unfeeling new characters acquainted themselves so well enough that one of our protagonists could almost seeeeee into their souls and dreams and fights What crap Conversations, on the part of our you guessed it MC s, were unbelievably, hilariously, pathetically half baked attempts at modern teenage speak, in especial when they re speaking with each other I indeed admit that one degenerates in their manner of speaking, when one gets to converse with a long estranged best friend and there s a lot of squealing and giggling and screaming and like and neglection of adverbs, adjectives involved But NO This book didn t capture that, nor did it manage to create realistic characters both princesses, despite what their diction might imply.And pooh Their characterization No uniqueness or layers to them No quirks of personality, hell, no personality Just touching the surface of problems that a character in their position might face being princesses and all The obvious problems, that is Like a collective noun The abstracts of their personality and worries, frustrations that uniquely identify a character weren t there Like an ISP Their ISP was missing They could be anyone Everything was too instantaneous and prompt, the literary equivalent of the Knight Bus the one from movies It squeezes and rushes off and halts suddenly nothing ever registers not only because it is all so swift, but also because you re jerked around so fucking much In Deep Blue s case, the stead of a blind driver and a bodiless, hanging headed instructor is filled by the unpolished writing and puns Our main characters are embroiled in a fight not theirs too suddenly, they accept new personages into their confidence too suddenly, they see into others eyeeeees too suddenly Nah nyah nah nyah I have deep seated issues with conveyance of abstract stuff via eyes THOSE PLACES ARE MEANT TO STORE DEMONS GODDAMMIT If you must, exchange demons when your eyes meet, not meanings and hints and secrets and dreams and hopes and shit Again you know it, I know it so let s say it together Pooh The entirety of the novel feels too juvenile And not in the way I like my juvenile books Way worse Which is surprising, given I LOVE childish stories, the sillier the better Yet the adventures aren t exciting or thrilling, new people and places discovered don t ignite even a smudge of curiosity, puns don t make me laugh Which is surprising, given I LOVE to make lame puns Also given these puns weren t entirely lame clever, in fact Who woulda thunk of Curren sea would be the system of money in the merworld I m not judging Donnelly s other books by Deep Blue and neither should you, if this is was going to be your first venture into her writing There are definitely plans for her books and one day as in, the speculative one day not when I finish this class, or all my remaining books kind of one day, nor 14th of May 2016 kind of one day in my non existential planner Thank you Hachette Children s Books

  10. says:

    2.5 starsI adore Donnelly Revolution and A Northern Light are two of my favorite books ever, so I had absurdly high expectations for this novel When it comes down to it, Deep Blue has a really good and original story, and while I never thought I d say this about a Donnelly novel, the problem here was not with the content but the execution The truth is that Deep Blue reads like a silly, immature, cheesy and childish novel for pre teen girls While the descriptions are gorgeous and wildly imaginative, the world building comes as a bit of an info dump, and the characterization are as stereotyped and simplistic as I would expect from a middle grade debut novel The dialogues are childish and slightly over dramatic, and the overall plot was discordant in its pace at first it was slow and uneventful, and then it moved way too fast, rarely leaving time to assimilate what was happening The antagonist is slightly cartoonish, what little romance there is in there is a bit dull and not much of importance to the actual plot happens in the novel I am disappointed by this book My extremely high expectations certainly didn t help, but this is just not the book I thought it would be, especially one written by the person who penned such amazing and profound novels like Revolution and A Northern Light I still respect Donnelly immensely, but it is highly unlikely that I ll continue this series.

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