August 26, 2019

#BookReview: The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep #1) by @AllyCondie @BrendanReichs @Bloomsburykids

Synopsis: When a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella - and even 'cool kid' Opal -rush to his rescue... only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below.

Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can't quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they've never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable.

As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries - and their lives -begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened... and it knows their wishes and dreams - and their darkest, most terrible secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?

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About the Author: Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy and of the middle-grade novel Summerlost, a 2016 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Juvenile Mystery. A former English teacher, she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the founder of the non-profit WriteOut Foundation. @AllyCondie

Brendan Reichs is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis and its sequel Genesis, and co-author of the six-volume Virals series. Brendan is also a member of the Executive Board for both YALLFEST and YALLWEST literary festivals and has received a MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything. @BrendanReichs

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: I really loved the cover because it really matched the story.  The boat going into the tunnel was perfect for the front of the book. The opened really pulled me into the story and made me want to read more.  The beginning and the ending were great but I kind of got lost in the middle.  Things that happened were a little confusing for me when I had to stop reading and restart.  But hey I am only 8 so that could just be me. I thought the pacing was pretty slow but I really like the pacing becuase, I thought it fit the story to allow things to unfold at a better base instead of speeding through it. 

This book was in dual POV of Nico and Opal. I really enjoyed Opal's POV more because, took charge of situations when others didn't know what to do.  Like when she decided that everyone was going to go back to the house boat and talk about the Dark Deep.  I kind of didn't like Nico. I mean he was fine but, he just really didn't take charge of anything and was more a follower.  

The story was wonderful. I really loved the parts about the Dark Deep and the tunnels.  I really can't wait to start book two.  This one ended on a cliffhanger so I am very happy that I have book two for review.  

"This book left me breathless!" - R.L. Stine, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street
"Move over, Stranger Things. . . The Darkdeep will pull you into an irresistibly eerie world beyond your wildest dreams--and nightmares." - Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants series
"A truly spectacular adventure." - Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL
"I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough." - Alexandra Bracken, New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS
"The most fun I've had while being deeply terrified." - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME
"A delicious, rollicking adventure." - Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of FURTHERMORE
"Fast-paced, thrilling, and full of mystery--The Darkdeep will keep readers at the edge of their seats!" - Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE
"[A]n imaginative and ultimately uplifting narrative." - Booklist
"[P]erfect for reluctant readers who appreciate things that go bump in the night." - Publishers Weekly
"Delivering plenty of middle-school shivers, . . . the terror of the figments is leavened with alternating bits of humor and pathos, and the ensemble cast is differentiated by motive and temperament, all of which augurs well for readerly interest in future adventures." - BCCB
"Swiftly paced and peppered with wit, this darkly entertaining tale is sure to engage horror fans." - School Library Journal
"Thoughtful, poetic chapter endings guide readers new to psychological depth toward meaningful connections between plot events and thematic reflections." - starred review, BCCB on SUMMERLOST
"Condie is at her best . . . grabbing readers’ interest from the first page." - starred review, Publishers Weekly on SUMMERLOST
"Have this on hand for readers who enjoy a sweet, heartfelt story." - School Library Journal on SUMMERLOST
"Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page." - starred review, Booklist on NEMESIS
"Addictive as a puzzle, moving with breakneck speed, Nemesis had me guessing until the very end. Try to predict what Nemesis is. I dare you." - Victoria Averyard, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, on NEMESIS
"Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on NEMESIS
"A fierce, unforgettable page-turner." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on MATCHED
"Reichs builds plots like the Swiss build watches. Nemesis is a fascinating, twisty page-turner that will keep surprising you until its final page." - Ransom Riggs, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, on NEMESIS

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