50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
I actually just finished reading this book yesterday... I was soo intrigued by it and the characters...
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 secrets that he can't share with her... Sadie is ok with it, as long as she can hang out with him...
I like the fact that it didn't have anything to do with Vampires or Warewolves... Don't get me wrong, I like both of them, but it's nice to read something different. And this is what this book is. Different... It's very clean... There is such a mystery to it... I was oh so excited to learn more about Sadie and what is so special about her... I do have the admit, the ending is such a "WHAT???? Are you seriously ending it like this???" It leaves you intrigued and wanting more. I am definitely looking forward to reading the second book in this series... Now that I know that Rayne LOVES Sadie, I can't wait to see what will happen next...
62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2014
" My little body shuttered from the unexpected sound."
"I pranced to the front door." No one walks in this book. If a character isn't prancing she's skipping, trotting, strolling, traipsing, scurrying, scampering, creeping, hopping or lurking. True, lurking means to wait but in this book it becomes a form of motion.
"Her lean physique approached my direction with purpose." This sentence speaks for itself.
"I slid from the fluffy sanctuary." Most of us refer to this as a bed.
Four paragraphs were devoted to her laying her towel on the beach sand. That was memorable, especially since it had
nothing to do with the story and was never mentioned again!
Thirteen pages were needed to describe the first few moments of meeting between Sadie and the strange boy! Most of it was her explaining how she immediately fell in love with him even though, they "barely knew each other." Barely? They knew each other about 2 minutes.
In all fairness, the book may have improved but I only made it through a third before giving up.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
I have been reading Young Adult books lately and I like getting the feeling something weird is coming to throw a wrench in the works and from the very first chapter, Deep Blue Secret did exactly that. The first 3 chapters drew me right into the book and created some questions I wanted answered.
The addition of Voss, Ash, and Rayne brings an extra dimension of excitement to the story. These characters make the story more interesting by showing other points of view besides Sadie. You can feel the passion coming through all the different characters involved and they add some interesting information about what is actually going on in the world that Sadie is just starting to understand. The pacing of the story also seems to flow and is well organized.
The author really surprised me with some of the experiences Sadie goes through and I loved how her emotions really hit home with me personally. The author does a great job of taking the story to a deeper level, beyond the typical teen angst and romance. This book may be written for teens, but I am well beyond those years and I still loved it. I love the way the author describes places and events. I could actually picture it in my head. Sometimes I could almost feel the breeze at the beach or the anxiety Sadie was feeling in reaching for that unknown something lingering in the back of her mind or the struggle Rayne felt in trying to do his duty as his feelings for Sadie intensified.
I had no clue where the book was going in the last couple chapters, but then it all came together with a surprise ending that I loved. I hope the 2nd book will be coming out soon. The author is torturing me by not having the next book out yet, but I'll suck it up and be patient because I can't wait to see what happens next
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
Wow, this book was pretty darn good. WoW is a word I would use for sure.
I never read a book like this before. With the Water Keepers and Healing Waters, which is a new concept for me, and I loved it. At the end of this book I am still a little in the dark on what exactly a Water Keeper is, I mean I know what they do, but are they even human? Or even from here? Not sure. Seems there must be another world they are from, but again, not sure. I am sure book 2 will tell more.
Sadie was a good character, she did at times get on my nerves, but as the ending came I was able to understand why she was that way at times, it was not her fault.
Rayne I absolutely adored, what a great guy, and hot too. Lol. He was so good to Sadie and was there for her. There bond is strong, and I was hating she was fighting it so hard.
Here is a part showing the strong feelings
There was a long, heavy pause. I waited breathlessly for his response. His glowing eyes met mine and their radiance hypnotized me. I could see nothing else.
I felt it again, the unexplainable connection between us. Time slowed. I inched towards him, wishing for his lips on mine. His hand lifted gently to my waist, sending a thrill through me in every direction. Never before had I felt the desire to kiss someone so fervently, the divine first kiss I'd always dreamed of.
I really loved how we have alternating point of views in this book, from Sadie, to Rayne, even Ash and Voss some of the time.
I won't say anything to spoil the story, but want to say, the last part sure had me on the edge of my seat, and I loved the ending. I was glad at least one answer was addressed and I was glad I was right in that one, I guessed it right, lol. Not telling you what that question is, curious if everyone guesses it correct.
I really loved the sweet relationship Sadie has with her mom, and I think more YA books need that, it seems so many of them alienate the parents, and I think that is wrong. Sadie's mom is a great person, who is so good, and caring. I was sad to hear her story and the pain she went through.
I highly recommend this book to the young and old. There are great underlying messages in this too. It's written very well too. I can't wait to dig into book 2 Rogue Wave.
5 out of 5 stars for me.
I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
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. Thanks Christie for introducing us to your characters, letting us connect with them, and for creating that anticipation for what is to come. While I look forward to the next book, I'll be both comfortable and happy to share this one with my daughter.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
I bought this book for a dollar on amazon; I wish I could have that dollar back. The protagonist comes off as pining and weak. She meets some guy and instantly falls in love with him after a few short conversations. The protagonist was unrelatable, the plot unrealistic, and the writing horrendous. I wouldn't even pick it up at the library, let alone spend money on it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2011
It takes a lot for a book to really frustrate me. This one did. I quit half way through because if I continued reading I was likely start ripping my hair out. That said, I generally find YA fantasy to be fun and I read a lot of these because it gets my teenager to read and it also gives us something easy to talk about. I asked her to read this and let me know what she thinks. My main problem with this book is that we spend so much time in Sadie's head that the writer at times seems to forget that some of us want to read about her world and her actual interaction with the people in it (shallow as those interactions might be). The worst part for me was going through a whole day at school with Sadie. Knowing every class she went to, going to lunch, knowing what she had for lunch, the class after lunch, when she got home. Really didn't need that. If my daughter likes this, I will update this review. If you're over say 16 and like a challenging read - my honest opinion would be to skip it.
Two stars, because it takes a lot to actually write a book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2015
Today's book review is for Deep Blue Secret, the first book in the Water Keepers Series, by Christie Anderson and is a young adult/teen fantasy read. I read this book while on vacation in St. Lucia, and I'll add that I was a bit skeptical when I started it. I had spent my entire day by the pool reading another novel-which I put aside without finishing-and I was in a foul mood that I had wasted my day with that read. My husband and I were in our rooms after dinner, and although I usually don't start a new book at night, I picked up my Kindle and read a few pages from more than one book, stopping with this one. I then spent the entire night reading it.
I'll start with the pros, and since this is a teen read, I'm more conservative with my rating when it comes to content. However, this book held no foul language or overly sexual content, and it definitely gets my clean read seal of approval. I can easily recommend it to my daughters. I also highly enjoyed the creativity of this story about a unique race of people with water marks. The author weaved an interesting tale that kept me wanting to learn more about the water marks and keepers. As for the main character herself, she is a teenage girl living with her mother, and I love how this author decided to give Sadie and her mother a close relationship. Her mother is an interesting side character, and Sadie shows her a lot of respect and love.
I love to read books with interesting plots that keep you guessing and wanting to learn more. I did not want to put this book down, because the plot held me captive. The author did a great job in keeping things mysterious and not giving away too much. My words of choice for this book are: Creative, Interesting, and Clean.
Now for the cons: I don't like love at first sight, and it's a big turnoff for me. However, there was a hint of a reason or something more behind Sadie's sudden attraction to the mysterious guy, and that stayed with me throughout the read. I also had a problem with her best friend's tantrum/back stabbing. They've been friends forever, and that was a bit much. Both of these problems, however, did not take too much away from the story. I mean, I read through the night and even read the next book while on the vacation.
Overall, I give this book five stars. It's highly original and a clean read for teens and adult lovers of the fantasy genre. I will be recommending this series to others, which is not something I can do with all the books I read.
Stay tuned for reviews of the other books in this series. Although I have started the third book, I'm on an editing deadline and won't be able to get back to it for a while. Oh, I almost forgot the covers, which is another pro. They're beautiful! Hmm... Reminds me somewhat of my novel Unexpected Metamorphosis. Maybe I love eyes, sparkles, and deep colors :)
The eBook of Deep Blue Secret is free at the time of this posting, and I'm guessing it's set as perma-free since it's the first in the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
Book – Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers #1)
Author – Christie Anderson
Star rating – ★★★☆☆
Would I read it again – Undecided.
Plot – good, interesting, original – definitely a teen read
Characters – relatable, funny, interesting (at the start)
(end up) boring, repetitive, childish
Movie Potential – ★★★☆☆
Ease of reading – easy to read.
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
This book began with a great start. I was instantly intrigued but happy to float for a while before stepping right into the action. This feeling dwindled gradually as the book went on and more increasingly ‘floaty’ areas occurred.
The idea of the sad song on the MP3 really reminded me of Beautiful Creatures, and the playing of ’16 Moons’ with Lena. I was completely entranced by the description and atmosphere the ‘Rose and Driftwood’ picture created in the story. I think it was pure genius. It was a real ‘moment’ for me, and for Sadie. I really looked forward to meeting ‘Rain’ but I did think it took too long to get to the point of his part in it all. Yes, the mystery built tension and confusion in Sadie, but when the big ‘reveal’ happened, it was a little anti-climactic.
I do have a few niggles with the writing. E.g. – the use of ‘sight’ instead of ‘site’ and so forth. To me ‘sight’ is vision and ‘site’ is location and that wasn’t how it read in the story. Sometimes there’s speech at the beginning of a paragraph and a little description in the middle, but often there’s no speech mark to show that it’s gone from description to speech, which can get confusing since the whole thing is in first person.
I found that the further I went into the story, instead of the action hotting up, it stayed kind of level with the beginning, which made it feel a little slow. I kept taking breaks from reading when it slowed down, to do other things, and I would lose my motivation to start up again. I think there were a few chunks we could have done without. I know Sadie is sad and depressed and confused, but I don’t think we need to be reminded of it quite so often. And I’m not sure I like her being this super nice, super pretty, ‘understated’ girl that all the boys fight over. I don’t think it’s needed here and it’s a little overdone in the genre, I think. It’s a little disappointing to see when her character began so differently.
I like Sadie as a main character. She’s nice, grounded, sweet and normal. She’s a teen girl who has all the usual teen drama with some added extras. I’m really not sure about Heather. She goes from nice and fun to weird and almost unnatural at times and it gets a little confusing trying to decide if her character is good or bad. I’m not if that was intentional, but that was how I read it.
By the end of the first chapter, I was totally ready to trade in the intriguing Nick and the stalkerish Justin, who slightly peaked my interest, for the mystery dude with coordination issues and iridescent skin. Talk about unique!
I really love the connection and innocent need there is between Rayne and Sadie. It’s sweet and age appropriate enough to keep this book YA. It’s also nice to have an MC girl who isn’t totally desperate for a boyfriend, or who wants nothing but fluffy pink hearts and romance in her life. This attitude does tend to slip, the more Sadie is around Rayne, but the fact that it’s there at all, is a nice change from the usual YA’s I read.
However, I did tend to forget Sadie’s name as I was reading. It was only mentioned sparingly, and I mean nearly not at all, during the first 30% of the book. Once things began happening, there was more of it creeping into the story, reminding us of our main character’s name and identity. But it did take too long. I write my review notes as I read, so that I don’t forget important points or reactions and I kept having to write MC instead of Sadie, because it took too long to look back and find her actual name. Being told in the 1st person, it does make sense that it’s not mentioned a lot, since Sadie isn’t self-centered or focused on herself that much, but it feels silly to forget her name at all, since she is the MC.
I was very interested in Vass and the Cayno prison. It was a nice addition to the story. I could see this having a really big impact on the story, however that didn’t really happen. It had a lot of potential, but it was kind of rushed through and then ignored later.
Syreen was a very interesting character, when she was first mentioned. I had my suspicions about her and Sadie, but I really did have to wait and see how that panned out, because it felt like forever before she came back into the story again. I loved the way Sadie wrote letters to her father, even though she doesn’t know who he is. I think it was a great way for her to feel connected while venting her feelings. It was a very original and heartwarming option.
I have to say that Justin and Nick made even ME want to strangle them. I got very angry with Heather during the whole issue with the two boys. If I were Sadie, I wouldn’t have gone to her house for any reason, never mind stayed long enough for anything to happen.
I had a few issues with the big ‘confrontation’ at the end of the story as well. Voss and Rayne do ‘battle’ over Sadie. But to be quite honest, the really good fight scene was vastly overshadowed by the pathetic whimpering thoughts of Sadie. Here are my big issues -
1. She only got ‘caught’ because she’s a stupid idiot who doesn’t listen to people who are trying to protect her.
2. Why did Rayne sit there like a lump, mooning over her body instead of taking her to safety first? Why? Because the author knew that doing that would delay them in time for Voss to find them. But that’s unrealistic. A guy trained like Rayne, with sole concern over Sadie’s safety would instinctively get her to safety and THEN make sure she was okay, knowing they would get caught if they stayed too long. I have no issue with the confrontation, since it’s necessary, but the way in which it was engineered didn’t fit the personalities of the characters.
3. Why does Sadie stand there, useless, and not go for the gun right away? She could have done a lot of things, that she didn’t because all she did was stand there and panic. That wasn’t helping any one.
The book started well and had promise. The plot was unique and interesting and it kept my attention for the first 20% of the book. However, at that point, it got increasingly difficult to continue reading. My interest in the story waned and everyone began acting out of sorts. As a reader, I wasn’t getting any answers and that diminished my interest in continuing the story. By 70%, I’m sorry to say that I gave up. My really big issue with this story is that the more I read, the more immature Sadie seems for her age. She’s supposed to be 17, but she acts more like a fourteen year old with a first crush. It doesn’t gel. There’s this big mystery about Voss and what he’s up to, but by this point I’ve lost my will to care what the answer is.
I don’t understand the ageing process of Rayne and his people, or why it’s necessary for the story. It just seems like an odd addition that makes the story even more unbelievable. Sadly, when I find a story unbelievable, even a fantasy/paranormal story, I can’t get into the story well enough to see it through. I may finish this book one day, but it won’t be right now. Or even very soon.
I really feel like the more Sadie discovers, which isn’t much, and falls for Rayne, the more childish she gets, which makes the story more difficult to follow or care about. I got to the ‘slap’ incident and I’m very sorry but that was the end of the line for me. The whole scene was a little ridiculous. But like a trooper I kept going. And it didn’t get much better.
This book has taken me what seems like forever to get through It was good to begin with and then as the story got more elaborate and more complicated and more secretive, the less interested I was. I’m sure other people will love it and find it highly intriguing, but it’s giving me a headache trying to keep all the pieces together to figure out what’s going on. I think maybe it’s a little too much crammed into one book. If it were half the length, it may have been easier to get through, with the end nearer in sight, but it’s not and that’s a shame.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
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 and amazing once we got there. It was well worth the long haul. With Deep Blue Secret? Not so much. Had I known where I was headed, I would have gotten out at the first exit and walked home. The plot was one dimensional, the main character, Sadie, was not likable, and the paranormal aspect wasn’t fleshed out. I even tried to look at it from a spiritual/religious view — special people with healing waters curing the sick, but it still didn’t work for me. The initial idea is there, but there is no real substance put into it after that.
I will say that after reading Deep Blue Secret, I went to Goodreads to mark it as “read” and glimpsed the other star ratings. Some people loved this book, others didn’t like it at all. It’s really about what each person wants out of a story. I’m pretty sure this book is free for Kindle right now, so you can pick up a copy and try it on for size. You never know, this may fit you like a glove. This is a debut novel, so I have to give the author credit for putting it out there. It also seems that the later books in the series have a much higher average rating, so perhaps the series improves.