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review 2016-10-23 12:53
Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers #1) by Christie Anderson
Deep Blue Secret, 2nd Edition - Christie Anderson
I love finding Marmite books - books that divide opinion, you either love them or hate them. I have found some amazing books (to me) this way, which is why I prefer to read them myself rather than taking someone else's review as gospel. However, I find myself in the position of agreeing with some of the lower rated reviews for Deep Blue Secret.
 
We start off with our young female lead, Sophie. She is complaining to herself about being (what sounds like) a normal teenager, with mood swings, depression, etc. She is supposed to be someone that everyone likes, and is prettier than she realises, but I just had trouble believing this. Once you get into the plot, there are a lot of unresolved issues that may well be sorted out in future books. However, for myself, there is simply too much for this book. I like SOME of the loose ends tied up before moving on. 
 
The big bad - he escapes from somewhere, and returns back to his son. You're not sure why he's been imprisoned in the first place. He makes a vague reference to something being surgically implanted in his chest. He is after Sadie, but is she just a convenient means to an end, or is there something about her specifically?
 
The Water Keepers themselves - they can heal people with their special water. Why? Who chooses? 
 
Sadie turns out to "malfunctioning" - seriously? No explanation is given why (once again) although this could be a reason that is forthcoming. However, this malfunction turns her into a whiny, whinging, annoying person with an abundance on internal monologues. She gets given a necklace and told how important it is that she doesn't take it off. A couple of pages later, she has taken it off because she is mad at a boy. No explanation was given though of why this necklace is important, or just how it will help her malfunctions, so I guess I can't altogether blame her.
 
Basically, there is a lot of nothing that goes on this book. What does happen is confusing. This maybe the book to get you hooked into the series, but for myself, it just didn't work. However, like I said at the beginning, this IS a Marmite book, so you really should find out for yourself and not take my word for it. You might really enjoy it, but it just wasn't for me.
 
* Verified Purchase - February 2013 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/10/review-by-merissa-deep-blue-secret.html
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review 2014-01-21 00:27
Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson
Deep Blue Secret, 2nd Edition (The Water Keepers, Book 1) - Christie Anderson

Sadie is a girl who has a wonderful life. Boys love her, she has a best friend who would do anything for her, and her and her mother are immensely close. So if this is indeed the case, why isn't she happier? Sadie has been having bouts of depression and sadness. At first, they occurred quite a ways apart, but lately they have been getting closer and closer together with less and less time of true happiness in between. What could possibly be wrong with her? An encounter with a strange boy with sparkling green eyes could be the answer.

 

Rayne was assigned to keep Sadie safe. And he does just that when he saves her from drowning. She is only a job for him. Like any other assignment, he must keep a professional attitude towards her. But that becomes hard when they seem to forge a bond together. A bond that, in Rayne's eyes, is just the effect of his saving her. It is nothing to worry about, so long as he keeps his distance, which becomes harder and harder to do.

 

When a criminal of Rayne's world finds out about Sadie and threatens her life, Rayne will do anything to protect her. And in the process, he might just find how deep this bond really goes.

 

I absolutely loved this book. The descriptions of Rayne's eyes (which are very important to the story, by the way) and even Sadie's (again, important) are so vivid and beautiful. The characters are very realistic. The places and situations are described to the point where I feel like I am actually there. This author did an amazing job writing this, and I cannot wait to check out the other installments of this series.

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review 2013-11-07 22:49
The Water Keepers Series (Books 1-3)
Ambrosia Shore -
Deep Blue Secret, 2nd Edition (The Water Keepers, Book 1) - Christie Anderson
Rogue Wave (The Water Keepers, Book 2) - Christie Anderson

So I found Deep Blue Secret (Water Keepers Book 1) by Christie Anderson on Amazon and decided to give it a try. 

 

I found the characters interesting enough to make it through the very slow pace and real lack of plot. Sadie and Rayne were too cute together. They did the do we/do we not game very well and without it becoming overly annoying. Plus there was enough "what's going on" plot to keep me interested. Though the dramatic/climactic bit at the end

(Sadie gets kidnapped by the deranged father of Rayne's best friend, Ash!)

(spoiler show)

felt very rushed and disconnected from the rest of the story. It did help to bridge the plot over into the second book but just barely.

 

Rogue Wave (Book 2) had a much more active plot line

(Ash hates Rayne, teams up with his father, Voss, to get revenge, Sadie and Rayne finally make out/confess their love, Sadie gets shot! OMG!, and he father returns!)

(spoiler show)

that I felt finally started to move the story along. To be honest Deep Blue Secret and Rogue Wave really could have been merged in to one book without a problem. The tension and the drama was woven throughout the book and really helped to keep it from just being a sappy teen love story.

 

Ambrosia Shore is by far the strongest of the series so far. It finally got the true plot of the series set up

(Sadie is a mystical being to fulfill a prophecy? Maybe?)

(spoiler show)

and a ton of the floor work taken care it. It also had some fantastic "what will happen to them" moments. Sadie also was on her own and had to step up and show what she was made of. And she came out on top. She is really starting to build into a strong female character that I am happy to read about. Things also kept fairly fast paced which I appreciate.

(Rayne is in jail/on trial, Ash has a change of heart, Sadie and her dad duke it out then hug it out, Sadie graduates high school, cars blow up, Sadie gets shot again and again, Sadie can heal people?!, everyone moves to a different planet, a councilman is not who he seems, Voss is extra insane.)

(spoiler show)

 

Overall i am enjoying the series and am interested in seeing how the story progresses in the next book.

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review 2012-06-02 00:00
Rogue Wave (The Water Keepers, #2) - Chr... Rogue Wave (The Water Keepers, #2) - Christie Anderson I really enjoyed Rogue Wave and finished it rather quickly. This was the kind of book when I did put it down, it stayed on my mind until I could get back to reading. I wasn't entirely sure where this story would go next after Deep Blue Secret but I was pleasantly surprised with it. Sadie knows that the feelings she has for Rayne are just a side effect of their bond. She is unsure whether or not she wants to continue on with their fake relationship though. I really like Sadie but she could get frustrating at times. I understand why she is hesitant to trust Rayne or anyone else but she repeatedly needs his reassurances.

I love Rayne and I really enjoyed learning more about his past. I especially enjoyed the chapters from his perspective. I'm a big fan of alternating point of views so I love how Anderson does that in Rogue Wave. I also enjoyed the chapters from Ash's perspective and learning more about his past.

My favorite aspect of this series is the concept of the Water Keepers and the Healing Water. It's so different from anything else that I have read before. Anderson does an excellent job of explaining it all even more in this book. After finishing Deep Blue Secret I was still kind of confused about a couple of things. However, Rogue Wave cleared all that up now and I learned even more about this interesting world. The plot got predictable at times but I still found myself surprised by some things that happened in the end. The last couple of chapters were definitely my favorite part of the book. Overall I really enjoyed Rogue Wave and I'm really looking forward to reading book three in this series!

Review originally posted on www.thereadinggeek.blogspot.com
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review 2011-12-25 00:00
Deep Blue Secret, 2nd Edition (The Water Keepers, Book 1)
Deep Blue Secret, 2nd Edition (The Water Keepers, Book 1) - Christie Anderson I didn't know if I want to give this story 3 or 5 stars (yes, you have heard or rather read me well :))The story is unique, the story is breath taking and lovely and funny... but something still didn't feel right, I don't know why.*SPOILERS*I figured out Hemlin must be Sadie's father...though, through the story sometimes I got the feeling Voss is her father, but he was too cruel...It was so strange that Sadie felt LOVE at the very beginning of their realtionship, though it's perfectly understandable... You can roll your eyes reading it, but it is logical that she have felt that way...Maybe Rayne was too soft for my taste of heroes :) Or Sadie too depressed at times... I don't know. I loved the story, I even loved characters, but something was missing (more chemistry between main characters I guess - but as soon as I write this I have a thought: you can't have hot chemistry at EVERY book - chill out :D).
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