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Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  4,183 Ratings  ·  338 Reviews
California teen, Sadie James, thinks her life couldn't get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she's rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won't even tell her his name.

Each time the boy appears, Sadie's unexplainable attraction to
Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 29th 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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I'm not even sure it deserves two stars.. Why do new authors keep writing paranormal romances where the paranormal is nowhere to be found and the romance is totally lame and unbelievable? Are they doing it for money, do they hope to be the next Meyer or what?!!

The paranormal aspect of the story absolutely doesn't make sense. We have Water Keepers. They use water to heal, they are like some secret organisation which helps ill people (something like paranormal charity), they have a special source
Apr 28, 2015 Annika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance/Fantasy lovers
Deep Blue Secret had been sitting on my kindle for quite some time, and I didn't feel that intrigued to read it, however, I started it and was hooked from the start. The writing is beautiful, and the author is great at depicting emotions. The action was enough to make you bite your nails, and the sweet words of Rayne will make you blush. There were also moments I teared up a bit.

So, basically, Rayne is a water keeper. Water keepers heal people using healing water, and he is assigned to Sadie. O
Ada Rico
May 28, 2014 Ada Rico rated it it was amazing
Ok so I have to say that once again I was expecting this.....

since there was like the whole living by the beach and stuff... I have learned my lesson now the hard way to never judge a book by its cover or summary.

So instead of this....

I got a whole lot of this....
and this....

And for the ending these were my reactions:

Even thought the beginning was a little slow for me...

This book left me feeling like this....


(view spoiler)
Ava Oceana
Deep Blue Disappointment.

I don't really know what to think about this book. The intensity of the plot isn't very strong, and the idea of "Water Keepers" wasn't as strange and cool as I originally thought it would be. I was not surprised at anything in this book - (view spoiler).
Sadie was a shallow, stupid self-centered, bratty, dull character. She flirted with Nick even when she
Oct 10, 2011 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I didn't enjoy this book at all. I thought the plot was just strange and weird and to be totally honest it didn't make a heck of a lot of sense. Just to clarify, there are "Keepers" who give this healing water to people who are sick and that's it? Oookay... I must be missing something because that's kind of boring, which was what this book was to me. There were pages upon pages of boring teenage prattle and of course we had the ever increasing "instant teenage love". Rayne saves Sadie at the bea ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Roxana rated it really liked it
Sadie is such a likeable girl... Everyone loves and adores her... But something seems off with her and she doesn't know what it is... She meets this mysterious handsome HOT guy and she immediately falls for him.. She can't stop thinking about him... He's always there for her when she's in trouble...

Rayne (the HOT guy) is so caring... He is gentle with Sadie and is always there for her... There is such an intensity between them, but they both know that they can't act on it... He has too many sec
Kristina Brownell
Sep 27, 2011 Kristina Brownell rated it really liked it's probably 3.8 (hahaha), but I rounded up instead of down. My sis loaned this to me and it was written by someone that lived in her housing court at U of U. It's a trilogy...and I'll be anxious to read the rest of them. My biggest complaint is that I got sucked into the story, but when it was over, I looked back and thought "hmmm....nothing really HAPPENED." Go figure. How can one be obsessively reading a book and then realize that nothing was really going on? I don't know. But that was ...more
I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded unique and engaging, and at times it hinted at becoming what it promised, but I just never clicked with the story. It took a very long time to get anywhere, and even then I felt disappointed with the destination. When I was younger my family would go up to our cottage every summer. It was a five hour drive and I always dreaded it (five hours might as well be five days to a young kid), but at the same time I knew that it would be wonderful an ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Abbie rated it it was ok
I really struggled to get through this.

It was really boring up until chapter ten. Something finally happened at the end of that chapter, but it only lasted for a few pages before it got boring again.

The same thing happened later on in the book, which was really annoying.

The main character was okay, but she annoyed me at times.

Overall, dull.
Apr 19, 2013 Briana rated it it was amazing
This book was a very fun exciting book to read. I recommend this book to all who love YA fiction.....(O how I would love to see those green eyes)
2.5 stars
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17-year-old Sadie can’t think of anything else after meeting a mysterious boy on the beach, especially after he saves her life.
Who is the mysterious boy though? And why is her birthmark suddenly glowing?

This was an okay story, but there was way too much stuff in there that didn’t need to be in there.

Sadie was an okay character. She didn’t always make the best decisions, and went into the realms of obsession when she met Rayne, but she was o
Oct 19, 2011 Cyp marked it as on-hold
Shelves: ya
Oh god, I hate Chick Lit. I'm only 20 pages in and I'm hating it already. She's so darn "I'm blonde and gay. My life is so full of warmth and happiness nothing can stop me from singing and dancing around." She wakes up and gets kissed by her overeager blonde mom, hears her favourite song and feels so energized she started singing to it and prancing around her room. And while she prances, she says (direct quote)"I'm not like those over-exuberant girls". Come on ,man, that's a blatant lie.

Even her
Mar 30, 2014 Kellina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Twilight remade...

I found myself extremely irritated with this book from the very beginning. My aim is to always give the book a shot and run through till the hopes that things get better...
There was a great deal if information that just seemed like it was taking up space in the sentences and paragraphs that were just there to fill up pages instead of adding anything to the book what so ever.
Sadie was a great annoyance to me...all she was through the whole book was a great b
Feb 05, 2014 Nina rated it it was ok
Let's be honest with each other. We are friends. This book was not my friend. It was weird, I HAD TO TRY TWICE before I could get through the damned thing. Ok. Not going to rant. There is nothing I can say about this book. Unfortunately I read it about 2 days ago, and I cant remember anything but I did not like it. THat means that it was a crappy book. I'm sorry. I just can't
Alyssa Williams
Jan 23, 2014 Alyssa Williams rated it really liked it
The always positive and happy Sadie is about to have her life turned upside down in Deep Blue Secret. Unbelievably, for the most part she takes it pretty well. The way she is physically and emotionally losing control makes many things more believable.

Rayne is a Water Keeper. He holds the much dear healing water. He always seems to be there when Sadie needs him the most. However, in the beginning he is just this mysterious, nameless boy with the Green diamond eyes. Oh how much more he is and wil
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was not about vampires or werewolves but another supernatural/fantastical beings. Christie Anderson introduces the reader to the idea of these beings called Water Keepers. Water Keepers are agents who are sent on missions to heal people when the really need it. Sadie, the heroine of this story is an almost 18 year old teenage girl who is going through her own personal ups and downs, initially it sounded like she was simply bi-polar or manic ...more
Lisa Asanuma
This book has an interesting idea behind it. A group of otherworldly agents who travel throughout the world healing the sick by means of special healing waters. Sadie is connected to healing water in a way she’s never known and certainly doesn’t understand, but she knows something isn’t right. Then a mysterious stranger—a boy from her dreams with crystal green eyes—shows up every time she’s in trouble and somehow makes things okay.

This book had a lot of potential, and I admit I was very excited
Sep 21, 2016 Rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
OMG. This book was BAAAAAAAD. It was so so so bad. It was like reading an 8th grader trying to write a paranormal love story. It was actually painful. It felt so robotic and I didn't believe any of the characters or their feelings or anything. Please only read this book if you need some advice on how not to write an engaging, believable story. (My original review was much meaner but I felt bad when I realized the possibility that the author could see it, so I made it less cruel. If you would lik ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Leilani rated it it was ok
I must confess this book wasn't what I was expecting at all. You have a typical mundane read with the main female lead actually being a very happy and energetic persona, with a loving mother and plenty of friends not your typical social outcast trying to find themselves she seems pretty grounded. Though her dependency becomes a bit of a turn off character wise for my liking, her romance with the male lead was disappointing until the last chapter when the reader gets answers for her mystery condi ...more
C.E. Jr.
Aug 24, 2011 C.E. Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are three things which make a book interesting for me - that can't put it down/keep me interested feeling, characters who seem to come alive and create a bond, and an ending which leaves me wishing it wasn't over. Christie Anderson hits the mark on all three. Deep Blue Secret is playful, fun, youthful, and mysterious. While it teases us with other world glimpses, it remains down to earth. Sadie is a sweetheart and Rayne is the man of a young girl's dream. As the parent of a young girl, I a ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Mirela rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*** I received this book from the author after winning it from Goodreads Giveaways.

I put off reading my other books to read this one! I really didn't know what this was going to be about when I started reading it and I thought the story developed really well. A lot of these recent YA novels are really cheesy and annoying, but this one was very different. The characters feel so real! They were very relate-able. Poor Sadie; I would have a mental breakdown if I were in her shoes! The writing was d
Ashley Mayer
Nov 12, 2011 Ashley Mayer rated it it was amazing
When I first started Deep Blue Secret I was worried that I wouldn't like it. It started off kind of slow, and I was confused about a lot of things. As the story progressed I really started to fall in love with the characters. Sadie is really easy to connect with, and she was such an awesome character. Of course I loved Rayne. I loved the tension between the two. I thought the story was great, and I can't wait to read the next book. I have to say this might be the BEST ending in a first book ever ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Miranda rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
The cover art deserves 5 stars for drawing me in, and because of it, I really wanted to like this, but, in all honesty, I struggled to even get through it. Sadie is a simpering nitwit whom everyone is supposed to love and adore, but never proves to be the person she's touted to be. The actual bare bones of the story are somewhat interesting, and I can generally overlook the run on and fragmented sentences, incorrect grammar, and a plethora of punctuation errors, but when that "overlooking" is no ...more
Rebecca McKinnon
Nov 03, 2011 Rebecca McKinnon rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quick read, that kept my attention and filled me with questions right from the start. Many of them were answered throughout the book, but not all of them. Gives me more incentive to read the next one! (Which I didn't really need. I'm very excited for it!)

I hate to give spoilers, so I won't. I will say that I really enjoyed the whole idea of and around this book. It really got my imagination going. Oh, and I loved Rayne!

If the blurb gives you any desire to read this, I highly enco
Cindy S
Jan 27, 2015 Cindy S rated it it was amazing
Sadie is your normal southern California teenager living in Newport Beach. She and her mother, who is a nurse, live together in the home that at one time belonged to her grandparents. They are both very positive, friendly, and happy people, who love life. Sadie has lots of friends and is well liked in her high school. When her best friend Heather tells her that the cutest boy in school, Nick Christiansen is interested in asking Sadie out for a date, Sadie wonders if she might be ready for her "f ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Honeypie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Sometimes, the ending can make or break a book's fate.

DBS' plot wasn't what I thought it was. Not in a good way, but not in a bad way either.

The main setting/characters were in High School. It's definitely just me, "moving on" from YA, that I felt I dragged myself a little to finish the book.

It has its own share of exciting scenes, and of course, drama. (What's up with kids these days anyway?? Wait until you get into the real world your 20s or 30s... The drama is definitely more... dramatic.)

Kayla West
Apr 18, 2014 Kayla West rated it really liked it
Sadie is a girl who has a wonderful life. Boys love her, she has a best friend who would do anything for her, and her and her mother are immensely close. So if this is indeed the case, why isn't she happier? Sadie has been having bouts of depression and sadness. At first, they occurred quite a ways apart, but lately they have been getting closer and closer together with less and less time of true happiness in between. What could possibly be wrong with her? An encounter with a strange boy with sp ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Whitney rated it really liked it
Hello Lovelies!

Like the novel featured in my last review, Flight of Life by E.L. Todd, I must also commend Christie Anderson for the innovation and ingenuity used in the creation and writing of Deep Blue Secret and the other two books in the The Water Keepers series. As a reader of many fantasy novels, I can honestly say that I have never read something with similar ideas. Personally, I really enjoyed Sadie as a character. While not only kind, beautiful, and intelligent, Sadie also has moments o
John Purvis
Jun 10, 2014 John Purvis rated it liked it
“Deep Blue Secret” was published in 2011 and was written by Christie Anderson ( This is the first book of “The Water Keepers” series, and was the first of three books published by Ms. Anderson. I obtained this book for free through

This is a Young Adult SciFi/Romance, though I would say it is about 95% Romance and 5% SciFi. It also seems targeted at young teenage girls even though the primary character is a 17 year old High School S
Sep 13, 2016 Valery rated it it was ok
While the book was clean, as the author states in her synopsis, I found myself rolling my eyes continuously throughout the ENTIRE book.

The whole book was literally...does he like me? Do I like him? Did I do something wrong....
Bleck! Instalove to the max! Twitlight was a better book!

And then, it jumps from first person to third person pov. (Also switching from omniscient 3rd to limited 3rd.)

And, of course, the consistency was a huge pet peeve. (I'm not a vehicle fan, but even I know the differenc
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