Thu, May 8, 2014

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly Review + Giveaway

Deep Blue book cover

Deep Blue book cover

Deep Blue
By Jennifer Donnelly
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Disney Press, 320 pages
Source: Publisher

The first in a series of epic tales set in the depths of the ocean, where six mermaids seek to protect and save their hidden world.

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother.

Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

— Goodreads.com description

An underwater fantasy, Deep Blue is a great concept – I’ve had a thing for mermaid stories since The Little Mermaid.

I loved the gusto with which Jennifer Donnelly threw herself into this world. Every little use of fish terminology thrown into the slang just won me over. You go, merl!

But I was distracted throughout the book by too many practical questions. When a mermaid was bleeding, did it just like…get all over everyone? How is it they are all wearing fancy dresses? Just how much of them was covered in scales? Too little of the fantasy world fleshed out for me.

It is a series, and I will gladly read more. Yet, I felt too many storylines were left hanging at the end. So many characters that seemed integral at the start of the story were MIA for the remainder, with no closure at the end. Sure, it’ll be addressed in the next book, but for this installment, I felt there were too many loose ends.

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Two lucky winners will each receive at “Pretty Principessa” Prize Pack: a custom Deep Blue nail polish set and copy of the book. U.S. only, please. Prizing provided by Disney Publishing. Good luck and happy reading!

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  1. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I really liked this book! I thought that the descriptions and the world was simply stunning. It was my first mermaid book ever and I’ll definitely be coming back for more. I didn’t even think about some of the practical questions you raised here. Lol. But I do agree with things not being very tied up. I kind of feel like that’s the curse of series though.

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  2. Em (Love YA Lit) said:

    I got distracted by some of the mechanics of the underwater world as well. For example, how do they drink tea? And if they throw something across the room, it shatters against the wall, and drops to the floor does it do it in floaty slow motion? I tried to not dwell on these kinds of questions, but they did distract from the flow of the story. (p.s. the kiddos at the book release party were psyched about the sparkly blue nail polish)

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  3. Meg said:

    As a child of the ’80s, my love of all things mermaid stems from a certain Disney film of the era . . . I’m intrigued by this one!

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  4. Tammy said:

    Mermaids! The last book I read about Mermaids/Sirens was September Girls and I thought it was boring so I need an engaging mermaid book.

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  5. Casey said:

    I just read Jennifer’s “A Northern Light” and would love to read more of her stuff. And merpeople? Yes please!

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  6. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    First of all, that prize pack is absolutely adorable. My weakness for blue nail polish knows no bounds. I must have at least ten-fifteen different shades at this point. It’s a sickness.
    I’ve lost count of the number of mermaid books I’ve read at this point, but I’ve yet to find ‘the one’ that really sells me on the concept. Like you, I always find myself getting lost in all the little details and that tends to take me out of the story. I loved The Little Mermaid when I was a child but for whatever reason I’ve yet to find a book that really uses this subject matter to best advantage. That said, that doesn’t mean I won’t keep looking for one that does! 😉

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  7. Theresa Cooper said:

    Definitely would like to read this one! There is not a whole lot of mermaid stories and I love The Little Mermaid too.

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  8. Jessica said:

    I love mermaids! I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

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  9. Abi said:

    This book has a prince and something to do with assassination, I need to read this book!

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  10. Diana said:

    I have been waiting to read this book, until my kids are out of school. I love all of Jennifer Donnelly’s other books.

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  11. Ann said:

    I’ve always liked reading about mermaids. It takes me back to my childhood. Plus, 6 mermaids protecting their home? Kind of Sailor Moon + Mermaids!

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  12. Danielle P said:

    Mermaids!!!

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  13. erinf1 said:

    this looks and sounds awesome 🙂

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  14. Rebecca said:

    The book seems interesting and she’s going to be doing a book signing close to my work.

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  15. Sarah J. said:

    I love mermaid lore. I think it’s incredibly fascinating and the reviews I’ve read for this book have me anticipating whenever I can get my hands on it!

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  16. Mackenzie Perez said:

    The fact that it’s a mermaid book. I’ve been wanting to read more mermaid books but just haven’t gotten the chance.

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  17. Phoebe said:

    This book looks like a more intense mermaid story, sounds so interesting!

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  18. HollyB said:

    I love your review, Anna — sometimes with fantasy books, although they are my first love, the practical issues can indeed bring me out of a story. I cannot deny that I have ALWAYS had an issue, when watching a mermaid film or reading a mermaid book, with wondering how on earth it is supposed to be possible for them to TALK underwater! Or to SING, for goodness’ sake, where they’re taking all these really deep breaths! 😀

    That said, I have been coveting this book since I first heard about it — which, I should say, was when I saw another blogger’s Instagram pic of the crazy-awesome ARC packaging (oh, how I wish I had that!!). I am of an age such that I saw The Little Mermaid in the theater (yes, THAT old), and to this day I still know all the words — not just of the songs, but of the whole movie! So I am really excited to read DEEP BLUE for a slightly more grown up experience 🙂 Besides, I still haven’t read anything by Jennifer Donnelly but have been wanting to, so why not start here?? Thanks for your review and the giveaway!!

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  19. Heather King said:

    This book sounds fabulous! I haven’t read many mermaid series (and I’m a little burned out on some of the other genres) so I would love to give this a try. Thanks for the chance!

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  20. jpetroroy said:

    I love mermaid books!

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  21. April Books & Wine said:

    Yeah, I wasn’t entirely into this book either. Cool slang in it though.

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  22. Darith L. said:

    The fact that it’s about mermaids, and I’ve not read a book about them yet! 😀

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  23. Madiha @ Symphony of Words said:

    I have seen this book around on so many blogs! It just seems that most of them said there wasn’t much of a romance in this, but this is the first time I’m hearing about loose ends in the plot. I don’t think I’ll be picking this up, though, because I’ve gathered from your review that there isn’t much insight into how the mermaids live and all, which was the one thing that got me excited about this book in the first place. Great review, though.

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  24. Amy said:

    I’ve seen mixed reviews but i’m curious to see how I will like the book because it’s about mermaids.

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  25. Kristen said:

    This book looks fantastic. I love the concept and I think I could over look the science fiction questions and just get into the story of mermaids.

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  26. Christine said:

    What interests me is how Donnelly will portray the mermaid world. I’ve read a lot of mermaid books, and am curious to see how she envisioned it to be like. Not only that, in my past NaNoWriMo novel, my main character’s name was Seraphina, something like this main character’s name of Serafina, which I find intriguing.

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  27. Maggie said:

    This books seems right up my alley.

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