Another Jennifer Donnelly special - meaning that everything, and I mean everything (kids, dinner, laundry, grocery store) - went on hold until I could devour it. Deep Blue is just delicious - I was swept up from the very first pages into this story of fearless young mermaids who join forces to fight a monstrous evil. I loved everything about this book. In keeping with her usual style, Donnelly gifts her readers with an embarrassment of riches - gorgeous descriptions of a breathtaking underwater world, compelling characters that you can't help but root for (or against, as the case may be) and a storyline that sweeps you up into it so effectively that I sometimes felt I could not turn the pages fast enough. (But writing beautiful enough that I sometimes had to go back and reread a passage just to savor it - after I knew what happened, of course!)
And here's the best part: as the mom of a young daughter, I am gratified that someone bothered to write an intelligent story aimed at girls. The young mermaids in Deep Blue are not sitting around waiting for some prince charming (or handsome vampire) to sweep in and make them feel worthy - they are going out and fighting to save the world and their loved ones all on their own. They are independent, fierce warriors who value strength, loyalty, cleverness - they are everything I would like my daughter to aspire to be. BRAVO to Ms. Donnelly and everyone involved in this series for that. I hope it sells a hundred trillion copies.
My only complaint? As with all her books, I loved it so much that I powered through it in two days...and now I am sitting here waiting, foot tapping, looking at my watch...for the next installment.