Deep Blue: Book 1

Deep Blue: Book 1

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 155 x 239 x 32mm | 622g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444921185
  • 9781444921182
  • 359,369

Review quote

Review Girlfriend There's a sisterhood of friendship and loyalty in this book Dolly Filled with the wonders of mermaids, witches and atery monsters. Donnelly has masterfully created an aquatic wonderland; filled with intrigue...This book has wide appeal School Librarian A book about strong bonds, sisterhood and mermaids Kiss A completely captivating world beneath the waves which is set to become an exciting new Disney project. The Guardianshow more

About Jennifer Donnelly

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.show more

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Rating details

9,688 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 33% (3,185)
4 31% (2,957)
3 24% (2,352)
2 9% (839)
1 4% (355)

Our customer reviews

Did Not Finish I wrote a post about negative reviews, and how I don't review if I don't finish, and a very wise blogger pointed out that knowing what a blogger doesn't like can be valuable to publishers and authors too. I think that it also helps my readers build trust that I am not just slapping good ratings on everything I read. I have a knack for picking what I will lack based on synopsis and reviews, but that even fails. Then another blogger mentioned she did a did not finish post and I thought it was a great idea. So, here we go: skimmed to page 36 I had honestly never heard of Deep Blue when I received it in the mail, but the cover was so nice, and I like the premise. I am hit or miss with mermaids but I was intrigued by the sisterhood bond, and their journey. The beginning did not grab me right away. There was all sorts of fantasy merl talk as well as a prologue that I got nothing out of except she was reciting things, presumingly to call the main character to her in the future. It starts with Serafina waking from a dream--the prologue-- and her mother pressuring her to get ready for the big day (also didn't quite understand, except it was about music) but I, like most others can relate to a nagging mom. She also feels inadequate, that her mom's expectations are too high and though she has set a high bar for herself, it never seemed to be enough for her mom. This is what kept me read/skimming until I figured out the language and the world or Seraphina completely convinced me that I needed to know her story regardless of all of the strange terminology and setting thrown at me. Unfortunately, that did not happen for me. I skimmed, but couldn't get past the royalty talk and the plot didn't pick up for me. I think that this will be great for the right reader because of the detailed world building and the fantasy element, but unfortunately it didn't for me. I saw glimpses of things that would make me connect with her, but they weren't enough. That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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 whole mermaid thing didn't sit right at all BUT I can say it did grow on me as I read it. Parts of it did bug me, things like mermaids drinking tea from teacups underwater (yes, the tea may be thick as described but still.......), the fact that there was a shopping mall in the mermaid's underwater city, silly little things that aren't important to the story in the slightest but that irritated me. Little things that once forgotten and not dwelled on that don't affect the book at all. I can totally understand where the author was going will the whole book but I think I may have fallen victim of my age with this one as while reading it started of like Gossip Girl with mermaid princesses instead of rich girls. Donnelly has made it seem like Serafina is a totally normal teenage girl who like typical teenage things but just so happens to a mermaid and live underwater. I haven't been a teenager for a VERY long time and while to story was still very enjoyable for me to read I have the feeling that younger readers will enjoy this even more as it definately aimed at the younger market. The story revolves around mermaid princess, or Principessa, Serafina who is haunted by strange dreams of things that don't exist. Heir to her mother's throne, she is on the brink of performing a ritual (the Dokimi) which will end with her being formerly betrothed to the man she loves, the Crown Prince of Matali, Mahdi.....who she isn't totally convinced feels the same way about her anymore, despite previous declarations of love. The dark premonitions from her dreams begin to come true when during the Dokimi ritual the city of Cerulea is attacked and Serafina's mother is mortally injured by an poisoned arrow. Serafina is forced to flee and must find a way to find the person responsible for the destruction of her home while finding out the truth behind her dreams. Character wise Serafina isn't as strong a character as I had hoped. She's a pretty ordinary teenage girl (apart from being a mermaid of course) with all the fears that every girl has...... does the boy love me, why can't I have more of my mother 's attention, why do the other girls hate me..... she's a very scared young lady, afraid of almost everything in one way or another and very unlike her strong and determined mother, the regina Isabella. I wanted Serafina to have more of a backbone that she had but during the course of the book she does start to grow in strength so I do believe she will get there in time, I just wish she wasn't quite so simpering at the beginning. Her best friend and confidente Neela is a much stronger girl and an extremely likeable character, the same can be said for all the mermaid girls introduced in this book. Overall the story within the pages is an interesting one (while a little generic, girl with the gifts fighting a monster who wants to destroy - step forward Abbadon, or not seeing as you are locked in a 'inpregnable' cage at the moment!) although is does start off feeling a bit awkward and a bit too strange, give it time as it does improve greatly and I think it has huge potential for growth over the course of the series. It's very different to other YA paranormal type books and I did find the idea of mermaids a refreshing one as I have never read a mermaid based book before. Before starting it I was curious about how it would or could be handled and I must say that is was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting something completely different. A fresh tale, unlike any other for me. I will say though that if you're wanting a 'cliche' romantic book then this isn't it (yet..... maybe later in the series romance may feature more) as it is very romance light, the boys don't feature much in this first book as both Neela and Serafina's brothers are missing and Mahdi, Serafina's prince charming is MIA too. One of the things that did have me the most curious about this book was after watching the author interview video (the one above) and hearing about how Disney was involved in getting this story told, very interesting and you can almost feel the Disney influence through the book, I'm probably not explaining this properly but you know that Disney Princess feel you have in a Disney movie... well Serafina had that Disney Princess feel to her, I hope you know what I mean. I've never read Jennifer Donnelly before but this has be curious about her other work so we'll have to see what happens, I may well try another but I will be continuing with this series to see where it will take me..... my curiosity is definitely peaked! Would I recommend it..... YES, I would but I do think that it is better suited to younger readers than me in my opinion, but saying that I did enjoy it and am wanting to know what happens next, which is the aim of the game after all!show more
by Thea Wilson
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