{Effie Reviews} Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Posted June 14, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Deep Blue

by Jennifer Donnelly
Series: Waterfire Saga #1
Published on May 6th, 2014
by Disney Press
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mermaids
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Deep Blue, These Shallow Graves, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Stepsister

Serafina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation - and burden - that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother's hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin's arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina's darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

3.5 Stars

So, I just finished reading Deep Blue and frankly I’m surprised with it. After all the negative things I heard, I’ve got to say most of them are wrong and I will admit that I liked this book. I didn’t love it but I liked it. So there, that’s out of my system.

As for the rest. I did enjoy the story. I’ve always had a soft spot for stories with girls as the big heroes in the end. We enter the mermaid world and there are so many difficult words in this story at the beginning that I was a bit overwhelmed but I got used to it pretty quick, if I’m honest.

Serafina is the princess of Miromara and has been preparing for her Dokimi, a trial of sorts to determine her as a true heiress of the Miromarian throne by going up against Alitheia (a twelve foot sea spider made of bronze by the Gods), singing a songspell and making her bethrothal vows to Madhi, the crown prince of Matali and Serafina’s best friend Neela’s cousin. But everything goes horribly wrong at her Dokimi and Serafina and Neela have to flee Miromara and find out they have both been having the same dream over and over again, beckoning them to find the Iele, the river witches. So as they face death riders, betrayal, Praedatori and much more while on the run from Traho, who knows of the dreams and chants of the Iele to Serafina and Neela and who will stop at nothing to find the Talismans and the Six who are destined to defeat Abbadon, the monster that everyone fears.

So to avoid further spoiling of the story, I’m going to stop talking. But as I said, I did enjoy the story a lot more than I thought I would and I can’t see why so many people don’t like it. But then again tastes vary of course, so it’s only natural some people won’t like this story. But I did and that’s what counts now.

As for the characters, Serafina was enjoyable but I didn’t quite connect with her yet and I’m hoping that will change in the second book. Neela, I like her, she’s bubbly and girly and it’s nice to read about her. We’ve got so many characters in this book I’m going to limit them to just the Six most important ones, which are the Six. Serafina and Neela are two of them but we’ve also got Ava, who is blind but funny as hell and sassy. Then we’ve got Ling, who can speak almost any language underneath the sea, which I think is awesome, she’s more of the quiet type, which I like because she reminds me a little of my best friend. Then there’s Becca, who’s a little spitfire and strong willed person, and every story needs a character like that. And then the last one was a bit of a suprise because it’s Astrid, Admiral Kolfin’s daughter of the Ondalina (Kolfin was suspected to be behind the assassination of Serafina’s mother, murdering civilians and invading Miromara, etc.). So there’s a lot of tension between Astrid and Serafina because they both think the other is responsible for terrible things that happened in both their countries and to their families.

I think the only major problem with this book, for me personally anyway, was the HUGE amount of world building and background info being dumped throughout the story every so often. It completely threw me off at times and I had to reread certain parts several times to follow the story. But in the end I made it and I even got used to all the strange words being used.

In the end it was quite an enjoyable read, much more than I expected so I’m giving it 3.5 STARS. And I’m looking forward to reading Rogue Wave.


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