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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DISNEY PRESS (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423133161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423133162
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,380,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donnelly has masterfully created an aquatic wonderland; filled with intrigue. (School Librarian) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Destined to be a global phenomenon, an exciting new mermaid series - Percy Jackson for girls. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D on 4 May 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Cardozo on 2 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
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 Carnegie medal. Deep Blue is a big departure from these historical based stories and instead we have the first book in a four book series about mermaids. Mermaids. There is something pretty intriguing about oceans and the unknown but I can't say that mermaids have ever really captured my attention... until now.

First off, I think the cover for Deep Blue is gorgeous. I love the colours and the general tone. And if you haven't already seen the book trailer for this book, I recommend that you seek it out and watch it as I think the visuals are just stunning.

For me, the first half of Deep Blue is stronger than the second. We start the story with our main character, Seraphina, introducing herself and also this world that she lives in. She's at the start of an important ceremony in which she must prove herself worthy to be her mother's heir and also become betrothed to Prince Mahdi. I really loved the first few chapters of the book as we learn more about Sera and see her interacting with the other mermaids and things. I think her personality and her character really shines through right from the start.

I really felt all of Sera's anxieties at the start of this novel. She's worried she's not good enough for her mother, or Prince Mahdi, or good enough to rule in her mother's place. And to make things even more stressful, she's been having these nightmare visions of an ancient evil that is coming and through them she's been getting clues that reveal her own importance and involvement in stopping this.
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By Sanna on 17 Feb. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Deep Blue starts off by introducing Serafina, the current principessa (Princess) of Mirromara. She has been having terrible nightmares recently of a great evil trapped inside a cage, trying to escape and has been called by the Iele, the River Witches, as one of the six to come to them and eventually save their world. However when she wakes up she always brushes it off, as the Iele aren't real, they are just stories made up to frighten young mermaids into behaving. She has a big day to plan for as it is the day of her Dokimi, which will show her to be the future rightful ruler to the crown of Mirromara, and it involves many challenging tests which she must pass.

The first part of the Dokimi is referred to as the blooding, it involves a monster spider names Alitheia testing the blood of the participant and deeming them Merrow's descendent. If they are an impostor, they will be killed and taken by the spider back to her lair.

The second section involves casting an incredibly difficult songspell (magic that is cast by singing) to depict the origins of the kingdom and what the new ruler shall bring to the table.

The vow involves a betrothal that will benefit the Kingdom (in this case to the Crown Prince Madhi of Matalis) and Serafina's promise to her people that she will one day give her realm another daughter of the blood.

However during her Dokimi tragedy strikes and her entire world is turned upside down. She must now believe that she has been summoned, along with her best friend Neela, Princess of Matalis, and 4 others to go to the Iele and protect their world from even more danger.
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