Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs’ Darkdeep is promising start to series

THE DARKDEEP, by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Oct. 2, 2018, Hardcover, $16.99 (ages 8-12)

I’ve been a fan of Allie Condie for a long time now. So I was very excited to start reading the advanced copy of The Darkdeep, by Allie and Brendan Reichs, as soon as I received it. Unfortunately, that was also the time of my mother’s hospitalization, and the book got lost in the shuffle following my mom’s passing.

I recently uncovered a pile of “summer” books, and The Darkdeep was there. The book is the first in what looks to be a promising series.

Everyone in Timbers knows Still Cove is off-limits, with its creepy Beast sightings and equally terrifying legends. But when a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over a cliff and into Still Cove’s icy waters, friends Tyler and Emma — and even Opal Walsh, who usually runs with the popular kids — rush to his rescue . . . and discover a mysterious island hiding in the murky, swirling mists below.

Though the island appears uninhabited, the kids can’t shake a feeling that something about it is definitely not right. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat filled with all sorts of curiosities: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to unknown places, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable. And in its lowest depths churns a dark, deep secret.

As the group delves deeper into this mysterious new clubhouse, their lives begin to intertwine in weird and dangerous ways. For something ancient has awakened . . . and it can detect not only their wishes and dreams, but also their darkest, most terrible imaginings. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy secrets lurking within their own hearts? —synopsis provided by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

The Darkdeep is well-written mystery/fantasy/adventure that moves so smoothly you’d never guess there were two authors involved. The story is told from alternating points of view that add dimension to the overall story. The book is fast-paced and definitely worth your time.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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