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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  33 reviews
An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East. 

Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling r
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Renn creates an exciting mystery taking place throughout Turkey. If you've ever wanted to visit Turkey but couldn't for whatever reason, now you can navigate the vibrant country from your living room. The descriptions are lush, the customs, traditions, people and culture well described. It's exciting zigzagging all over this colorful county. Lots of historical points referenced make this read both exciting and educational without being boring. Renn takes you from coastal setting to inland, numer ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Immediate reaction after finishing book

(Look at that beautiful smile though. #brb #dying)

What I liked

1. The mystery. I love me a good mystery and that is exactly what this book offers. It is brain candy, food for my soul and so so soothing. Sometimes, a girl just need to lay back with a good mystery that will turn the wheels in her head and keep her guessing.

2. The setting. This book is set in Turkey and the a
Actual Rating: 3.5 out of 4

After hearing Diana Renn talk about Blue Voyage at this year's Boston Teen Author Festival, I was excited by the idea of a "YA travel mystery involving stolen treasure." Now I'm glad I gave this book a chance!

Set in modern-day Turkey, Blue Voyage follows 16-year-old Alexandra (a.k.a. Zan) as she reluctantly joins her mother for a cruise along the Turkish Riviera and to visit her recently widowed aunt. It's meant to a bonding experience, and a chance for Zan (a politici
Stephanie A.
A feast for the senses as the beautiful, exotic location described in sumptuous detail brings several different areas of Turkey to life. From the Riviera to the heart of Istanbul, this is the most fantastic armchair vacation I didn't know I wanted to go on.

There is a teen-led investigative plot into a dangerous black-market antiquities ring, with very minimal romance that never even reaches a kiss -- but first you get to go on at least 100 pages of a vacation cruise that is absolutely more deta
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This book had a very slow start, and then picks up about halfway through and is fast-paced until the end. If you have an advanced reader who likes mysteries, there isn't much in this YA title to scare them off (unless they aren't into slow starters.) I kept waiting for the mystery to happen! Zan is a character to root for. She's very human, has made mistakes, but grows from them and figures stuff out.
Marc Cullison
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though this is a young adult novel, it is one of the most engaging books I’ve read in a long time. Not a knuckle-biter, but exciting, just the same. Well told from the perspective of a 16-year-old girl, with enough background and characterization to be real. The characters seemed genuine, and the plot clever. All of the ins and outs were revealed and loose ends closed. A satisfying read.
Kim Baccellia
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another winning novel from Diana Renn! Suspense packed ride in contemporary Turkey where a teen finds herself mixed up with an international antiquities smuggling ring. Mystery, adventure, and a page turning novel that is sure to keep readers up late!

YA Books Central review coming soon!
Ariel C.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
RATING: 8.3/10

i liked this book!

i'm going to start with the bad stuff, since there's not much.

I remember exactly when it started to get exciting. Page 191. That's when things started to move faster, the action got ramped up and the plot became more interesting.

It was a shame that this took so long to transition from leisurely days on a turkish cruise to the underground smuggling operation. it felt like half the book was spent on meaningless pursuits under the summer he
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, october, y-a, 2018
This got off to a slow start and I almost got bored with it, but it picked up. It's a little hard to believe teens are involved in an antiquities smuggling ring, but I admit that by midway through, I kept turning pages. I enjoyed the descriptions of Turkey. I do wish there had been more conflict between Zan and her mother later in the story. But overall I did stay engaged in the story and the characters' lives.
Mar 21, 2020 added it

Disappointing. I was looking forward to reading this book since it has such an interesting premise, and surprise it's a book that takes place in Turkey! However, my main gripe with it is that it's so slow. So very slow and while usually I have enough patience for this, I didn't this time and I skipped to read the end and it ended up exactly as I thought it was going to anyways. :/
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a gorgeous story with beautiful writing. I felt like I was in Turkey with Zan traveling through the Mediterranean and in Istanbul. The author uses descriptive writing to make you feel like you are in this exotic environment, and you can really picture everything making it all seem so real.
It’s a long book and looking back I realized it does take a while before we get into the real plot of the book, but all the events that happened beforehand were very necessary to the story. Some peopl
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Zan is still trying to live down her recent shoplifting charges. It's an embarrassment both to her politically motivated father and to the teen as well. But her father's aspirations have been hurt by more than Zan's misadventures - he was caught kissing one of his contributors and has since left Zan and her mother. So it's not too surprising when Zan's mother announces a need for a change of scenery. So the two head off to Turkey where they'll accompany Zan's recently widowed aunt on a Blue Voya ...more
Grace P
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: teenreads-review
Diana Renn is the author of the young adult mystery novels TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO and BLUE VOYAGE all published by Viking/Penguin. She is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son.

Our main character in BLUE VOYAGE is Zan, the daughter of an American politician who has lots of family drama. The story starts with Zan and
Carolynn Markey
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cons: this book is sllllllowwwwwwwww. like really slow. Most of it is just real life happening and a lot of teenage thoughts.

Pros: this book is funny at times. I like Zan. The other characters are believable and the book is quite gripping at times. I liked the ending and the writing style. I can't quite put my finger on WHAT I liked about it. Maybe that I read it while my toddler napped on me. Maybe because it was really interesting and there was a lot of background happening away from the main
Ms. Yingling
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Zan's father is a politician caught in a sex scandal-- Zan reacts to this by shoplifting, which gets her on the news. To escape, her mother takes her to Turkey to provide emotional support to her aunt, whose husband was killed in a hiking accident. He was supposed to be the lecturer on the cruise, so the aunt is taking the cruise as a sentimental journey. Zan's just pissed with life-- her friends all dropped her after the scandal, her mother doesn't trust her, and she's very self conscious about ...more
Erin Cashman
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved every page of this YA thriller - if I could give it 10 stars I would! It is a page turning, heart pounding mystery, but it is also so much more. Zan is a damaged young woman who has made some bad choices with terrible consequences, lashes out, and feels that no one understands her. But throughout the course of the book she realizes she is stronger, smarter and braver than she ever imagined.

Zan is struggling to come to terms with life in the limelight when her father becomes a rising poli
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-comps
I became a huge fan of Diana Renn’s international YA thrillers with her first book, TOKYO HEIST. Taking place in Japan and starring manga-obsessed Violet, Tokyo Heist is a roller coaster ride filled with twisty plot turns set against the backdrop of the art world. In Renn’s second book, LATITUDE ZERO, she presents a similarly engaging story, set in Ecuador amid the high-stakes world of bicycle racing. So when I heard she was coming out with her third YA novel, set in Turkey, I was eager to read ...more
Emily Ross
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This fast-paced, complex mystery is one of those books that you hate to finish because the world of the book is so enveloping. When the novel opens Zan, the teen girl at the heart of story, feels like her privileged life is falling apart. Her high-powered Dad has been caught having an affair and Zan has been caught shoplifting. Her distraught mother takes her to Turkey for a Blue Voyage, but this vacation takes an unexpected turn when Zan gets inadvertently pulled into an international smuggling ...more
Kelsey Weatherford
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Blue Voyage” by Diana Renn is an enthralling story of an ordinary girl who finds herself in an attempt to take down a massive smuggling ring in Turkey. After Zan embarks on a cruise with her aunt and mother, she meets a foreign student Sage, who is much more than she seems. After a quick escape from the cruise, Sage later reconnects with Zan in Istanbul. With Sage’s help, and the bellboy from her aunt’s hotel, Zan learns the secrets her late uncle was entangled in. The story takes the reader th ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a book that will make you want to turn every page, this is the book for you! Set in the mysterious country of Turkey, Zan is a politician's daughter. To get away from all the drama, Zan and her mom decide to take a trip to Turkey to visit their aunt whose husband had recently died. On the cruise ship that they were taking a vacation in, Zan makes a new friend, Sage. After her mysterious disappearance from the cruise ship and being jailed at the airport for Zan carrying unl ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the great privilege of reading an early copy of Blue Voyage, and I enjoyed it so much I wasn't ready to leave it when I finished. One of my first thoughts in early pages was that it reminded me very much of Agatha Christie novels, and that comparison stuck for the rest of the book. The novel is set in Turkey features a unique and compelling protagonist, a complex mystery with lots of moving parts, and a loveable-if-not-trustable cast of supporting characters. Renn's writing is witty and en ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-ya-releases
If you want to read a timely, contemporary YA novel that asks different questions about the necessity of preserving historical artifacts, the ways to handle grief and family estrangement, and why it is important to know and define what we want out of our lives, read this fantastic book. Not only is the setting different compared to most YA, the added layer of mystery and intrigue makes the novel one you won't want to put down for very long. Also, awesome rock climbing and a hint of romance don't ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
The book was interesting. I loved how the author described Turkey and all the information she had in the the book. The main character Zan is a cool chick and so were all the other characters. My biggest problem with the book was how simple the plot twists were and how I was not surprised once with this "mystery". A good amount of time I was banging my head against the wall hoping Zan would get it together and realize what was going on. The book in general was okay but I cannot stress enough how ...more
Abby Fennelly
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I cannot express enough how much I loved Blue Voyage. It had been catching my eye on the shelf for a while, and I was meaning to pick it up. But then, I had the chance to attend a writing workshop with Diana Renn at Buttonwood Books and Toys and picked up a copy then. Her personality was so endearing that I knew any writing that she produced would be incredible. This book is perfect for not only people who love adventure and crime novels, but for lovers of travel and history of artifacts as well ...more
Mr. Steve
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mystery, adventure
Full disclosure: If I did not have to read this book, I would not have. I prefer middle grade and adult over YA and the cover did not appeal to me personally. The premise mildly interested me, but it is 450 pages long so I would have passed.

All that being said, I'm glad I read it. It was a good mystery, with lots of twists, and was very fast-paced once we got passed the necessary character/setting/plot introductory chapters (which I enjoyed as well). Definitely recommended for those people looki
Patrick Gabridge
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justfinished
Diana Renn is back with yet another gripping international mystery and adventure, this time in Turkey. Blue Voyage has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader trying to guess what's going to happen next, all as we follow a flawed and compelling Zan (and her friend Sage) who struggles with family turmoil and a disease that make her try to hide herself from view. I love watching her find use her strengths and skills to overcome danger and doubt.
Liisa Stover
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this yesterday from a the author via a Goodreads giveaway. The pages were still cold as I sat down to read a few paragraphs.......good thing that today was my day off!! I finished the book this afternoon, and I really enjoyed it. I love stories set in exotic locales, and the author really brought Turkey to life. I am terrible at writing reviews, so I won't go on and on, but I really do recommend Blue Voyage, it was very exciting with great characters, and events. Cheers :)
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
BLUE VOYAGE is such a thrilling ride. I immediately felt for Zan, the Athleta thief, and absolutely loved all of the sights and sounds of Turkey and the fast-paced action in this story. I also love that it's a story about trust, because figuring that out--life-threatening action aside--is what makes friendship so difficult to navigate, especially for a teen who's been burned before. Such a great voyage!
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For first Diana Renn this book haves been one of my favorite books I have ever read. I love it, Blue Voyage haves action, romance and its like a teen experience. I just can't think much, this book have got me thinking of my life too. Zan the main character changes over the book and its awesome. I racomen this book, its jusy amazing, fantastic, oh my gosh I love it so much.
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I write mysteries for readers of all ages, some with international intrigue and some set close to home. My three YA novels featuring globetrotting teens -- TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO, and BLUE VOYAGE - are published by Viking/Penguin Random House. FALSE IDOLS is a team-authored FBI thriller set in Cairo's glittering art world, published by Serial Box / Adaptive Books. My forthcoming novel is for m ...more

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