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Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue [Hardcover]

Jennifer Donnelly
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1 May 2014 Waterfire Saga (Book 1)

When 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 chaos.

Led 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.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (1 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444921185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444921182
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Destined to be a global phenomenon, an exciting new mermaid series - Percy Jackson for girls.

About the Author

Jennifer Donnelly is a bestselling writer for adults and children. Her first young adult novel, A Gathering Light, won the Carnegie Medal in 2003, as well as receiving several awards in the US including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her adult work includes The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS BOOK! 4 May 2014
By D
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 6 Jun 2014
I brought this book as a birthday present for my 8 year old daughter. She absolutely loves this amazing book. I would recommend this book to anybody with its great storyline. Don't just read this review go and buy this book asap you will mot be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Undersea adventure 19 July 2014
Deep Blue is a mermaid adventure where a long forgotten evil begins to stir and a band of young woman must fulfil their destiny.

Seraphina is the heir to the throne of Miromara. At the beginning of the novel she is preparing for the ceremony which will declare her true of blood. And she will also be bethrothed to Madhi, heir to the kingdom of Matalis. As the ceremony approaches, Seraphina doubts her ability to live up to her mother’s expectations. But there are even greater trials ahead.

There were some things that I really enjoyed about this book. The dilemma of the duty one is born to fulfil and challenge of being a just leader were both interestingly explored. The love story between Seraphina and Madhi and the mystery of his strange change in character definitely captured my heart. And there were some elements of this book that reminded me of a Shakespeare play – Twelfth Night perhaps – the disguises, the secret longing, some of the character names, the courtly world of Miromara. These were all the things that I really enjoyed. Sometimes I found myself completely absorbed by the story.

But it was like I was reading two different books. Sometimes the dialogue of the mermaids was so contemporary and it seemed at odds with this magical watery setting. It just didn’t quite fit. The plot had several difficulties. Seraphina was never really leading the action. Events unfurled and she was subjected to action but never really took control which made the story less exciting.

There were also a few typos and that is a real shame in this book because it really looks like a work of art. The blue font is very attractive and so are the chapter headings and maps. I think this book wasn’t sure what it wanted to be. The plot seemed more of a middle grade read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars YA Fantasy with Added Mermaids 17 July 2014
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Young mermaids, a potential underwater war that could affect the whole planet, a quest to put things right and even a hint of a possible future romance. Standard YA fantasy stuff, with added mermaids.

Once you get past the info-dumping first few chapters, this story becomes enjoyable enough as Sera and her best friend Neela venture further out into their underwater world, answering the call of the witches they don't completely believe in. I have to admit when the six mermaids finally do meet up towards the end, it feels a bit like Disney wrote down a list of target markets and made sure to have at least one representative from each, but that might just be me being cynical.

It's an okay story, written in an okay way, and once you get past the first few chapters it becomes nicely readable. The underwater world is nicely developed, and the cultural details come from less obvious sources, but the main plot is very familiar and I can't see anything particularly surprising coming out of the series as a whole.

Still, for young teenage girls hoping to read something about girls saving the world, then this is probably as good a choice as many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A true adventure book, six mermaids on a quest to save their hidden MER WORLD. Each mermaid has a special magical
gift and in the sisterhood they are forming these combined gifts might be able to overcome the evil threatening them.
A lovely coming-of-age story for young and old.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
has some difficult words to understand but good read for anyone over and could do with a bit cheaper than 10
Published 23 days ago by f christelow
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The main thing I am thinking having just finished Deep Blue is 'phew!' At least I can stop reading it now.

I thought I'd like this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Young Adults
I volunteer in a community book store, so I picked this up because I was looking for something new for our Young Adult section. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Under the sea
A fantasy novel for young adult readers. Ideal age would be eleven and up, thanks to some mild violence. But it's good enough to be enjoyed by older readers as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Tapner
4.0 out of 5 stars An underwater adventure not to be missed
Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J Juckes
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable
I was really quite intrigued to read Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly. The author's previous work included Revolution and A Northern Light, which either was nominated or won the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Cardozo
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
I found this to be an interesting book to review as when I started reading it I wasn't at all convinced that I was going to like it one little bit, it just read a bit odd and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gizzimomo Wilson
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