Title: The Deepest Blue
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Story Perspective: Third-Person
Themes: Relationships, Family, Courage, Trust, Risk, Love, Team Work
Publication Date: March 19th, 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Mayara has a secret that she must not reveal otherwise her life could be on the line. However, that all changes when, on her wedding day, an attack by the spirits occurs and she’ll do anything to protect her loved ones.
Now that her secret is out, Mayara has no other choice but to either become a servant of the Queen and never see her loved ones again or risk going to the island and literally fight for her life. Of the several women that join her on the island, only one can survive. Will Mayara survive? Even if she does, her life will never be the same again.
This was the first novel that I read by Sarah Beth Durst. The reason I picked it up was its beautiful cover. It was in the New Fiction section of my library and I was very curious about it. So glad I picked it up!
Mayara is a character that is strong, loving, and compassionate. She is one that feels fear, but takes risks and ultimately wants the best for her loved ones. The author wrote her in a way that is complex, yet simple. Mayara ended up being my favorite character in this exciting read. I also loved how she and her now husband, Kelo, interacted and loved one another. Come to think of it, Kelo was also a favorite of mine. His drive and passion for finding and accepting of Mayara’s adventurous ways was very endearing.
The plot flowed fairly well throughout the read. I loved the island setting, where both its beauty and danger were captured in a fantasy-based way. The varying creatures within the island and the spirits surrounding Mayara’s hometown added nicely to the ocean-based setting.
While reading, there was a section where I had déjà vu. I felt I was reading a slightly different version of The Hunger Games, which I’m not quite sure how I felt. It didn’t really feel very original, but I’m not sure if The Hunger Games was one hundred percent original, too. In addition, I did find the ending to be a little too convenient. It didn’t bother me too much, but I can see other readers coming up with the conclusion that the ending was tied up a bit too well.
It was impossible to not root for Mayara and the other women on that island. In the end, the result was interesting and definitely created an exciting series of events. Though it is a stand alone novel, and it worked well as a stand alone, I wish there was more to Mayara’s story. I do plan on reading Ms. Durst’s series, The Queens of Renthia, and I can’t wait to get started!
I would highly recommend this read to those who enjoy an exciting young adult fantasy with sweet romance woven in.
Number of books of my choosing versus for review:
7 out of 52 books of my choosing for 2019
7 books for review for 2019