Water So Deep was a much better read than I was expecting. I requested it on impulse (like, let’s face it, I do with pretty much everything I read onWater So Deep was a much better read than I was expecting. I requested it on impulse (like, let’s face it, I do with pretty much everything I read on that amazing site) and it in only a few days. I requested it because a) gorgeous cover, and b) mermaids! I’ve been dying to read good mermaid YA for awhile now (ever since I realized Atlantia was in fact not about mermaids.) So looking at the rating I’ve chosen to give it, you might be wondering why.
I’ll start with the positives.
Mermaids! As outlined above, I love a good mermaid book. This one was both a positive and negative for me, though, but here I’ll stick to the positives. I think mermaids are so underrated in Young Adult fiction – or, you know what? any fiction – so when I come across one, my heart does a little jump of joy.
It was well written. Easy-to-read prose, a nice amount of description and backstory, which was nicely balanced out with enough romance, action, and intrigue to keep me interested in the characters and storyline. I never go into detail about storylines in my reviews, but Water So Deep pretty much went like this: girl is slowly dying on dry land and must join her mate in Atlantis. She has a finite amount of days left on land . . . and, of course, there’s a boy. Speaking of the boy, James, I liked how it alternated between his and her point of views (both in third person) as it was nice to see what they were both thinking.
One of our side characters – Emma’s younger brother, Keith – is a special needs kid. I loved him. He was pretty awesome, actually, and that comes from someone who is not usually fond of kids. I just think it’s nice to see a special needs kid in a story – and to actually have some sort of pivotal role in it, too.
But . . . as you can see I didn’t rate this higher than two stars.
My first bone to pick with the story is. that. ending. I mean, really!? My frustration stems from the fact that on Goodreads, a sequel is not listed. So we should assume, from this, that Water So Deep is a standalone, yes? I find this . . . odd. Because if so, then that ending was awfully open, leaving the reader confused and with a tidal wave (haha, get it? Mermaids? Waves? Tidal waves?) of questions that aren’t actually answered. It’s very hard to go into a deeper explanation of why it bothered me so much without spoiling the story for you guys. Now, I don’t, as a reader, generally need my endings finished with a shiny bow-tie, but I need some sort of closure.
And . . . the characters. Well – just one character, really. Merrick. He was a little bland for a so-called antagonized (I guess that was what he was supposed to be?) and a little under characterized for me to dislike him in any manner. The writer could have probably done a better job of integrating him into the story instead of just having him pop up every few chapters to have a conversation to Emma. Pretty much, their convos went like this:
Emma: I don’t like you! I’m not going to Atlantis with you! Leave me alone! Merrick: But you must! I am your mate! It is your destiny!
Sigh. I wished there was something . . . more there.
Atlantis itself. The mermaid-y world was vaguely explored at the end, and we catch a glimpse into Emma’s true world, but it was scant compared to the amount of time which was spent on land, doing boring, human things. Like school. Again – this is why I think there might be a sequel in the future. The author just has so, so much more to explore!
Overall it was a fairly enjoyable read, but with some more fleshing out of characters, worlds, and some closure (if there is not indeed a sequel – I am really not sure at this point) it would have been ever better!
Thank you to Netgalley and Jelly Bean Press for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
I’ve wanted to read this book for what feels like forever. But, whThis review and others are also available to read on my blog Diary of a Teen Writer.
I’ve wanted to read this book for what feels like forever. But, whenever I’ve stepped into a library, the sequel has been there – not the first book. (Don’t you just hate it when that happens? The worst thing is when your library doesn’t haven’t have the first in the series . . .) Finally, though, I managed to get my hands on the first in the series.
This book was everything that I’d been expecting. And, because our main character likes lists (YAY! As soon as I found this out about her, I just knew I’d like her) here is a list of things I loved:
1. Our main character is a geek. A random fact-spewing geek. Also? She doesn’t like fashion. Neither do I. (I pretty much walk about in my PJs all day, unless I can’t help it.)
2. Wilbur and his hilarious nicknames. Seriously, how does the author come up with that stuff? He had me smiling on more than one occasion.
3. Annabel. I kind of lover her. I find that in a lot of novels the stepmother is usually a bit cold and distant – which kinda makes sense, in a way – but this was not the case with Harriet’s stepmother. She was kind and caring. And also a lawyer.
4. The focus of this novel wasn’t romance. Do you know how nice that is to see in a YA contemporary novel? Fantastic. Don’t get me wrong – romance is great . . . but it’s also really good to see that a person’s life doesn’t have to revolve around their love life.
5. Witty dialogue.
6. Random fact spewing. Did you know a cat has 32 muscles in each ear? You do now.
All in all, this book was great. I can’t wait to read its sequels....more