Review: The Deep (Helen Dunmore)

Sapphire’s mixed human and Mer blood lets her do many things—unnatural things. Like breathe underwater, swim really fast, and survive The Deep. Even as Sapphire struggles to cope with issues on land, like her mom’s boyfriend, the Mer of Ingo ask something very important of her.
An evil is awakening in The Deep, and the Mer aren’t able to go down there to stop it.
It’s up to Sapphire to find a way to save a world that some people don’t even know exists.

Mermaids! It’s almost—yes, it may almost be—better than faeries! How long it has been since I’ve read a book about mermaids!  Now that I’m done gushing, let me review. :) The Deep is a children’s novel, the third in a series about the world of Ingo. Having not read the first two, I can say the The Deep stands alone well, but would be much more enjoyable after reading the first two books.
Dunmore’s descriptions are tantalizing and well-woven in to the story. The plot is tense (I read the book straight-through) and surprising. I think Dunmore’s readers will all end the book with an ‘I want to be a mermaid!’
I highly recommend this for the younger fantasy readers (but then, I enjoyed it quite a bit, so older fantasy readers might like it too), both boys and girls. 

Rating: 4 Stars (YA)/5 Stars (Children)
Length: 336 Pages
Ages: 10 and up
Recommended for: younger fantasy readers; mermaid lovers :)

On another note, if you were a mermaid, what color would your tail be? Mine would be blueish teal, I think :) Maybe with some silver on it. 


  1. I wanna read a book about mermaids.... :)

  2. I love the cover of this. Mine would be special effect's electric blue to match my soon to be dyed hair, or teal as well, because it's a good colour for me, lol.


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