Review: Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson

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Deep Blue Secret
by Christie Anderson
Series: The Water Keepers #1
Publication date: June 29th 2011
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Ebook received from author
in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

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California teen, Sadie James, thinks her life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she’s rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won’t even tell her his name.

Each time the boy appears, Sadie’s unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her. But as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day . . . why does Sadie need one?

As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.

~My Thoughts~

I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded unique and engaging, and at times it hinted at becoming what it promised, but I just never clicked with the story. It took a very long time to get anywhere, and even then I felt disappointed with the destination. When I was younger my family would go up to our cottage every summer. It was a five hour drive and I always dreaded it (five hours might as well be five days to a young kid), but at the same time I knew that it would be wonderful and amazing once we got there. It was well worth the long haul. With Deep Blue Secret? Not so much. Had I known where I was headed, I would have gotten out at the first exit and walked home. The plot was one dimensional, the main character, Sadie, was not likable, and the paranormal aspect wasn’t fleshed out. I even tried to look at it from a spiritual/religious view — special people with healing waters curing the sick, but it still didn’t work for me. The initial idea is there, but there is no real substance put into it after that.

I will say that after reading Deep Blue Secret, I went to Goodreads to mark it as “read” and glimpsed the other star ratings. Some people loved this book, others didn’t like it at all. It’s really about what each person wants out of a story. I’m pretty sure this book is free for Kindle right now, so you can pick up a copy and try it on for size. You never know, this may fit you like a glove. This is a debut novel, so I have to give the author credit for putting it out there. It also seems that the later books in the series have a much higher average rating, so perhaps the series improves.

~About the Author~

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Christie Anderson is a bestselling young adult author with tens of thousands of books sold. Her debut novel, Deep Blue Secret, has been downloaded over 180,000 times, and the books in her Water Keepers series have received more than 1600 5-star ratings on multiple platforms. Christie pours herself into her writing through the pains from her past and her hopes for the future, to create strong, admirable characters her readers can root for and fall in love with again and again. Her books have been referred to as captivating, unique, uplifting, and creative, with just the right balance of romance and suspense.

Christie grew up in Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Brigham Young University. She recently moved to Colorado with her husband, where she misses the sunshine and ocean breeze every single day. Visit her website at

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