I listened to the three audiobooks in this series one right after the other and felt a sense of dread when I was finished because I knew whatever I liI listened to the three audiobooks in this series one right after the other and felt a sense of dread when I was finished because I knew whatever I listened to next would suffer by comparison. I really loved this series, and I'm wondering if there's a chance it's not complete. There were some questions left unresolved at the end of the book that require answers! I also love the artwork on the new covers. I already have White Cat in my library, but I'm purchasing all three with the new cover art because I think it's so much more eye catching....more
I'm really torn on this one. There were aspects that I liked, and other aspects that I didn't care for as much. There were also parts that were difficI'm really torn on this one. There were aspects that I liked, and other aspects that I didn't care for as much. There were also parts that were difficult to read simply due to the subject matter (which makes it most appropriate for older teens). I did find the psychological exploration interesting, and I was glad that the author included an afterward that explained which aspects of Angie's treatment were true to life and which were imagined. This will be a hit with teens who enjoy stories about overcoming abuse, and the mystery concerning Angie's lost time is a definite hook. There is maybe one twist too many at the end, but overall it was a worthwhile read....more
I loved Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution and A Northern Light, so I decided to read Deep Blue even though I have not had goActually 2.5 stars I think...
I loved Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution and A Northern Light, so I decided to read Deep Blue even though I have not had good luck in the past with mermaid books. Unfortunately, there were several aspects of this book that just didn’t work for me. First – the language. A lot of the invented terminology used in this book has Latin roots, which I was excited about at first because I like when fantasy has roots in mythology; however, this language is juxtaposed with modern slang like FOMO (fear of missing out) and “mer” versions of English words and phrases such as “merlfirend” instead of girlfriend and “currensea” for money… you get the idea. Those who enjoy wordplay might like this aspect of the book, but this combination of old and new just didn’t work for me. It was distracting and made the plentiful dialogue stilted and unrealistic.
Second – point of view. At first I thought the story was going to be told from the perspective of Serafina, “Principessa” of the realm, which would have made sense as she is the main character and most of the action revolves around her. Instead, the perspective shifts back and forth between Sera and her best friend Neela, and because their voices were so similar, it was hard at times to tell which was which. I didn’t see any real purpose in the shifting perspectives. It didn’t add anything and just made the book confusing at times.
Third – series set up. This is the first in a four book series, and you could really tell. Everything seemed to be focused on setting up the next book, and there was not a satisfying beginning, middle and end. The beginning of the book was a lot of exposition with no plot. When there is an enemy attack on the day of Sera’s Dokimi, the plot kicks into high gear but it doesn’t lead to a satisfying climax and resolution. Several characters who will probably be important later on were thrown in at the end with very little explanation or development. The book ends with a lot of unanswered questions, but I wasn’t intrigued enough to want to read the next book. Recommended as an optional purchase where there is a mermaid fan base, probably more appropriate for middle school than high school. ...more
Grade Range: Sixth grade and beyond Genre: Realistic fiction Literary Merit: Mediocre Characterization: Mediocre RStudent Review by Danielle C (grade 10):
Grade Range: Sixth grade and beyond Genre: Realistic fiction Literary Merit: Mediocre Characterization: Mediocre Review: Six Feet Over It is about a teenage girl who has to deal with living in a graveyard, far away from where she was born, at a beach. She has to work in the office of the graveyard, tending to the needs of those who come in for graves and funeral services, as well as trying to keep her cancer-surviving sister happy. While the plot of this book was interesting, the way it is presented to the reader is terrible. The narrator can't keep on one subject and there are very few actual paragraphs. The characters are poorly written and barely develop over the course of the entire book. The theme of the book is vague and is not at all supported by the events in the story. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone – reading this book is like trying to run in a dream. I, however, must stress that I commemorate the author on her thoughts for book ideas. They are fantastic ideas....more