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Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six. Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating. Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons. As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.


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Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six. Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating. Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons. As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

30 review for Rogue Wave

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    4 UNDERWATER STARS! You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog! Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly Book Two of the Waterfire Saga Publisher: Disney Hyperion Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher As always,I must talk about the cover.You may know that,I am not a big fan of covers with persons,but to be honest this one pulled it out great.I really like the colors.So great job on that! Rogue Wave is the second book in the Waterfire Saga.It 4 UNDERWATER STARS! You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog! Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly Book Two of the Waterfire Saga Publisher: Disney Hyperion Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher As always,I must talk about the cover.You may know that,I am not a big fan of covers with persons,but to be honest this one pulled it out great.I really like the colors.So great job on that! Rogue Wave is the second book in the Waterfire Saga.It is a fantasy mermaid story.I am not a fan of mermaids,never was,so I am not going to judge the book by my likeness,but in general because for people who like these creatures this book is so worth reading. I had a problem getting in this book,because I have not read the first one.I checked it on,learned about the plot of the first,but I would have liked this better if I read the first book.Anyway I can't say I didn't enjoy this,it was a fun read. The story follows 2 mermaids,the main character Serafina and Neela(her "sidekick") and their journey to discover the enemy.Also this adventure includes Serafina finding her tailsman,and also her growing relationship with Mahdi. I liked the writing style.Also the characters.Serafina is a great character with all the qualities,but Neela shined for me in this one.I really liker her.I like the way she handles things,her depth,the situation,she is a hell of a smart person. I recommend this book to every fantasy reader out there,especially if you like mermaids and if you read the first book.Read the first before this one:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara (Freadom Library)

    Actual rating 4.5 stars HOLY SHIT!! I did not see that coming This review was originally posted at https://freadomlibrary.wordpress.com/ Check out my series review here: https://freadomlibrary.wordpress.com/... Critically Plot 4 out of 5 stars This book definitely stepped this series up a notch. Its intricate, exciting and action packed. Its full of twists and turns that I definitely wasnt expecting and betrayals that caught me off guard. I felt much more connected to the story and the world wasnt Actual rating 4.5 stars HOLY SHIT!! I did not see that coming This review was originally posted at https://freadomlibrary.wordpress.com/ Check out my series review here: https://freadomlibrary.wordpress.com/... Critically Plot – 4 out of 5 stars This book definitely stepped this series up a notch. It’s intricate, exciting and action packed. It’s full of twists and turns that I definitely wasn’t expecting and betrayals that caught me off guard. I felt much more connected to the story and the world wasn’t as pushed on in this book. The romance was also increased in this book but it’s still not the main attraction. Writing Style – 3 out of 5 stars Definitely not my favorite of Jennifer’s styles but it’s really easy to read and fast to get through. It’s simple and still filled to the brim with puns. However, after the events of the first book, the characters are more mature and that definitely shows through in the writing style. It’s descriptive and fast paced and keeps it’s feminist edge. Characters – 4 out of 5 stars As we continue with the series, other characters get more of a spotlight while we continue with the original POVs. Serafina is a lot stronger and a lot more mature. The events of the first book have definitely shaped her view of the world and what her part is in it. She’s brave and smart and determined but still very scared of the things she feels she needs to do. I loved that she didn’t just magically become a heroine all of a sudden. Neela also has more of a focus in this book and I absolutely loved her character development this far. She was a ditzy, kind of ignorant sort of girl and in this book, she really gets down to it and becomes so fierce. She’s still bubbly and sweet, but she’s brave and mature and she knows there are things she needs to do for the good of everyone and she gets shit done. Unfortunately, in this book, the other mermaids are very separated so we don’t get to see a lot of the others but there were some new characters introduced that our girls meet on their journeys and I really liked them. Emotionally (view spoiler)[This series wasn’t the greatest thing I’ve ever read but it’s so much fun and I loved the messages and themes it presents. The second book is the one that got me interested in the series because of it’s cover and I liked it better than the first. The plot is divided. The six mermaid descendants from the mages who governed were separated at the end of the first book and they are now on the search for the six talismans that are meant to help them defeat the evil that destroyed Atlantis. In this book, we follow Serafina, Neela and Ling and I have to say that it ws amazing to see more of this underwater world. One of my favorite things about this series is how expansive this world is and how much history it has, and how that connects to stories and legends that we already know. It has a really creative image and it was built and expanded upon in this book very well. It’s almost like a reflection on our world but under the sea. It’s so complex and interesting, I loved it so much! In this book, not only do we get to see the girls travel to different parts of the world in search for their salvation, we also get to see what’s happening back in Serafina’s home of Miromara and who our villains really are. There’s a major betrayal involved which I didn’t see coming at all. It made for an interesting plot twist in the series and got me really interested in how the rest of the series was going to play out. There’s also more of an adult presence in this book as Neela goes back to her home to try and get help for their cause. But because of her personality, she doesn’t get taken seriously by anyone and instead is almost jailed in her own room since everyone thinks she’s crazy. I love how that changed her and pushed her to grow and how it helped create an image of all the different cultures within these mimiced underwater worlds. She takes matters into her own hands and it’s absolutely awesome! On Ling’s side of the story, things get really intense when she gets captured by the enemy and she finds out who is really behind everything that’s going on which I did not see coming AT ALL and it was FREAKING CRAZY ya’ll. One of the things I liked about the first book is that the romance didn’t have that much of a spotlight but unfortunately, that didn’t last. One relationship in particular shows up and has a huge plot point and to be honest, it felt really rushed and pushed to its limits. It developed really quickly and while though I understand why and it made sense to the story it still felt like it went too fast for how young the characters are and how much they’re going through. Serafina is great in this book. She’s determined to save her kingdom and pretty much does everything it takes to make sure it happens. She still has bouts of insecurity which are totally and completely understandable and true to character but she’s working through it. However, Neela is definitely the character that steals the show in this one. For having such a passive personality and being completely terrified in the first book, her growth in this one is unbelievable. She’s determined and fierce and smart. She finds other ways to deal with her anxiety besides stress eating and it just completely blew me away to be honest. The ending was insanity and I think this is my favorite book in the series overall. Overall, this series is really fun and I’m glad I read it. The plots are not that consistent, going from crazy action packed to sometimes lulling in movement, but they were all in general entertaining. I really liked the characters and how different they were and how much they grew throughout the series. But my favorite part of this series is how much the subject of girl power and female friendship was represented and made important. It was really refreshing and entertaining. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fafa's Book Corner

    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner ! Beware spoilers ahead! This book series was recommended to me from my dear GR friend Alyssa ! Click on her name to read her review. After I finished reading Deep Blue I so badly wanted to read the rest of the series! I was only able to get to it now due to my reading schedule. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this! The book begins with a prologue. In the point of view of the man with fully black eyes. He watches Serafina from a mirror. He could kill her that Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner ! Beware spoilers ahead! This book series was recommended to me from my dear GR friend Alyssa ! Click on her name to read her review. After I finished reading Deep Blue I so badly wanted to read the rest of the series! I was only able to get to it now due to my reading schedule. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this! The book begins with a prologue. In the point of view of the man with fully black eyes. He watches Serafina from a mirror. He could kill her that way at least he won't have to worry about her getting in his way. As he watches her he realizes that killing her now would be pointless. If he kills her later on there's a good chance that she'll have the talisman's. Once he steals the talisman's from her and destroys everything she holds dear, then he'll look into her eyes proving to her that darkness has won. We are then taken to the first chapter which is in Serafina's point of view. She and the rest of her friends fled into the mirror so that they could escape Traho's army. While Sera is trying to get a way out of there she runs into Dolim. The man in charge of the mirror realm who eats people's fears. Dolim confront Sera and asks where she is going. She lies and says she's going home. He eventually figures out that she's lying and start feeding of off her fears. Sera feels absolutely helpless as Dolim continues to feed. When Dolim starts talking again Sera regains her strength. Sera tells Dolim everything she is afraid of until Dolim becomes so fat that he can't move. It is then revealed that Sera plans to go to the capital of Atlantis. Sera is hoping to find a clue and then she'll make her way home. When she reaches the capital Sera runs into Ling. Ling explains that Ava was worried so she offered to go after Sera. After doing some investigating they decide to ask Lady Thalia some questions. Lady Thalia is one of the mirror people and from her the two find out a bit about Orfeo's past, what some of the talismans are, and a particular person who was working with Orfeo. Before finding out anymore the creatures guarding the capital come and start to attack the girls. Then Dolim appears with the man with fully black eyes. Sera has no choice but to destroy the mirror. The two of them fight off the monsters and manage to escape. Ling and Sera feel somewhat accomplished with the information they got from Lady Thalia. They wish each other luck and go their separate ways. I didn't like this book as much as Deep Blue but I enjoyed it nonetheless! You get two point of views in this book. Sera and Neela. Serafina thinks that she can find the location of the talismans through Merror's progress. She doesn't find what she's looking for but with the help of some new friends she is able to pin point the locations. Sera focuses on finding Merrow's talisman whom she is descended from. Along the way she finds out about the Black Fins rebellion. She also runs into Madhi her fiance. Throughout her journey Sera learns to accept her role as a future queen and becomes an amazing leader. When Neela arrives home her parents think that she is an impostor judging by what she's wearing. After they realize that she isn't an impostor they welcome her with open arms. But after some time they believe there's something wrong with Neela. She isn't eating her favourite sweets and she still insists on keeping the outfit she came home in. Neela tries to explain her parents the situation with the talisman's. Much to her surprise her parents think that she's crazy. They actually call in a doctor and keep her locked in her room. Sera is able to contact her and tells her about the talisman Neela has to look for. Neela runs away from home and goes to search for the talisman. Neela gets some help from a friend to retrieve the talisman. Throughout her journey Neela learns to do what she wants and her way. Ava does come in for one scene. Ling comes in with Serafina and at the end of the book. You are not sure what is happening with Astrid and Becca. Despite this you could feel the friendship between all the girls. Just like Deep Blue there is some action and lots of twists and turns. Old and new characters come in this book. I didn't expect some of the old characters to be working with Traho let alone that they became main characters. I loved Sera and Neela's character development! It was also nice to read about the Black Fins and Madhia and Yaz (Neela's brother). I did not see some of those twists coming. Just like Deep Blue there is barely any romance but when it was present it was adorable! I only had three problems with Rogue Wave. I felt that Deep Blue was much better than Rogue Wave. The book felt really jumpy and once Ling and Sera separate not much happens for awhile. I also felt that it lost some of it's magic because the girls were separated and didn't meet until towards the end. Nonetheless I enjoyed this! Overall this was a really good book! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a good mermaid series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly Book Two of the Waterfire Saga Publisher: Disney Hyperion Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, Serafina uncovers more clues about the talismans, Neela ventures into a sea dragon's nest, and Ling learns the identity of their foe. Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly Book Two of the Waterfire Saga Publisher: Disney Hyperion Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, Serafina uncovers more clues about the talismans, Neela ventures into a sea dragon's nest, and Ling learns the identity of their foe. Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six. Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating. Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons. As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave. What I Liked: This was such a quick read, which is fantastic! I had a blast reading this one, because it went by so quickly, and I wasn't bored at all. On the contrary, I was quite engrossed, and read it in one sitting. That's always a good sign! Also, I didn't have too much trouble getting into the sequel novel. It shouldn't be too hard for readers to remember important events from book one (Deep Blue), or to jump into book two after not reading book one for a while. This book focuses on the mermaids finding the talismans of their ancestors, so that they will have the power to defeat an ancient, unknown evil. In this book, Serafina discovers where her talisman is... along with other secrets that she didn't expect. Neela's concerns and cries for help are ignored by her parents and clan, so she takes matters into her own hands. Ling has problems of her own... the girls are scattered in the ocean, but they must work for each end in order to band together and destroy what is haunting the ocean. Like I said, this book goes by quickly. I feel like compared to book one, not much happens in this book, but what happens is really critical and important, Serafina succeeds in finding her talisman, but she also learns the truth about some things, in the process. For example, she sees Mahdi. In his death riders uniform, with other death riders. Eventually, Serafina and Mahdi clash. Serafina is sure that he is a traitor, but readers know that this is not so. Serafina finally learns the truth - that Mahdi is acting as a turncoat, but he is trying to stay on the "good side" of the death riders and Portia. This means swimming with the death riders... and pretending to date Lucia (Portia's daughter)... which infuriates Serafina. Rightfully so. Nevertheless, I'm really glad that Serafina finds out the truth. We all knew this was going to happen, so I don't consider this a spoiler. What happens after she finds out would be a spoiler... trust me, it's some craziness. I NEED book three, if only to know what happens to Mahdi and Serafina's relationship. Neela is prominent in this book as well. She returns home, only to be called deranged and crazy, because she has been through a lot. Nobody believes what she says about the dark evil in the ocean, about Abbadon, about anything. So she goes back out, taking matters into her own hands, and runs into a familiar face... In terms of plot, things are moving right along, in both this book, and in the series in general. Serafina has her talisman, and something huge is revealed at the very end of the book, about the evil that the girls must defeat... I must say, I really liked Serafina in this book - and Neela. Both of them show their character growth, wear it proudly. Serafina especially though. She is thinking not only about herself and the other five girls, but about her kingdom. I approve! I mentioned the romance a bit - well, the romance in this book (and series, it seems) is between the Principessa Serafina and the Crown Prince Mahdi - I ship them so hard! They were arranged to be married in the beginning of the series, before everything got crazy and everyone went to war or ruins. Mahdi and Serafina love each other and totally belong together... we'll see where Donnelly takes their relationship, in the next book. It should be interesting. NO love triangle, don't worry about that at all. Let me repeat that - there is NO love triangle, in neither book one nor book two. The romance is solely between two people! Overall, I'm quite pleased with this sequel! I can't wait to read book three - I wonder if this is a trilogy, or not? Goodreads says there will be four books in the series. Either way, I'm excited to read next chapter in Serafina and the other girls' journey. What I Did Not Like: I'm disappointed that Serafina and Neela are the only two mermaids that we really get to follow - Ling is present, and Ava's voice is around (in Serafina's head, through their awesome telecommunication thing), but the other girls aren't really present. I especially wanted to see more from Astrid, but oh well. On the other hand, it would have gotten confusing, to follow each of the girls. And book one really focused on Serafina. So, pros and cons. Would I Recommend It: If you read book one, Deep Blue, then I would highly recommend you continue with the series. It only gets better! I'm not the biggest fan of mermaid-related books (I've had bad luck in the past with many series), but I really like this series. I would recommend the series to anyone who hasn't started it, as well! Rating: 4 stars. No sequel slump for this series! The second book is as amazing as the first book - and check out the covers! They seem to get prettier and prettier, in my opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cherry (_forevermint)

    Wow! This is such a great sequel, I'm impressed :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    Natasha (books_n_dreams)

    OMG, OMG, OMG! HOLY SH*T!!! What in the world just happened?!?!? Ok you guys laying it down there, books NEED WARNING LABELS! Like massive need and yeah this book is on that list of needing that label, because I cant even comprehend everything that just happened, my mind is in overload right now and I can already feel the effects of a book hangover starting. I think that sums this book up like completely and I havent even said anything about it. Deep Blue was good, but Rogue Wave was beyond OMG, OMG, OMG! HOLY SH*T!!! What in the world just happened?!?!? Ok you guys laying it down there, books NEED WARNING LABELS! Like massive need and yeah this book is on that list of needing that label, because I can’t even comprehend everything that just happened, my mind is in overload right now and I can already feel the effects of a book hangover starting. I think that sums this book up like completely and I haven’t even said anything about it. Deep Blue was good, but Rogue Wave was beyond FANTASTIC!!! I mean so much happens and yeah a lot happened in book one, but this, this is like on all time I’m going for the touchdown and nobody is gonna stop me, here is the only problem you don’t get to see if your team makes the touchdown or not, it just stops. Like this book has one of the best cliffhangers I have ever read. There were aspects of the book that I guessed and got right and then there were parts where I was like what? What just happened? I mean so big that it gave me goose bumps all over my arms. Ok so about our characters, Serefina, we get to basically stay with her the most in this book and omg I love the mermaid she is becoming and I definitely think it’s because of how book one ended, not saying it’s the definite reason but that it definitely did help. She goes from being this young mermaid who knows she can’t stop fighting, to a young mature mermaid who doesn’t stop fighting. It’s a completely different person just with the same love that she carries in her heart and that love just gets bigger in this book. All of the things that she faces in this book, omg, it just grabs at my heart and yeah. It’s big, I’m not gonna lie, but I’m not saying what happens. You just need to read this to find out. I really love who Neela becomes in this book, I’m just so happy to see the mermaid she is becoming and everything in between. Even though she isn’t 100% there yet, she is so much more closer than what she was in Deep Blue. Then all of the other characters, wow, let’s just say my mind feels like it’s gonna explode. Remember in my review for book one saying there are a ton of characters, well getting ready to learn more because you are going to need space in that brain. But yeah, I need book three now, I have no idea when it is coming out, but if I have to wait till next year I don’t think I will survive lol.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I FIGURED OUT WHAT THIS SERIES REMINDS ME OF! A BARBIE MOVIE. Minus addicting pop songs and adorakable cameos from Ken. But everything totally fits. The emphasis on girl power. The obsession with disguises and fashion. The dangerous adventures that should feel suspenseful but somehow aren't. The annoying use of words like merl instead of girl every few sentences. Oh yeah, this is totally a Barbie movie. Except a Barbie movie that mostly left me going: I suppose for better or worse, this book I FIGURED OUT WHAT THIS SERIES REMINDS ME OF! A BARBIE MOVIE. Minus addicting pop songs and adorakable cameos from Ken. But everything totally fits. The emphasis on girl power. The obsession with disguises and fashion. The dangerous adventures that should feel suspenseful but somehow aren't. The annoying use of words like merl instead of girl every few sentences. Oh yeah, this is totally a Barbie movie. Except a Barbie movie that mostly left me going: I suppose for better or worse, this book picks up where the first book leaves off and chugs ahead with little recapping or prolonged reminders about who characters are. Unfortunately, this means a continuation of the mer-slang. It is toned down...but still prevalent. Goggs and TideSide and ostrokon and Idon'tknowwhatanyofitmeans Then there is the really confusing world of mermaids which continually to leaves me...baffled. Multi-story farmhouses, hot tea, and a mermaid going into labor are just a few of the unanswered features of life underwater. Add on top of all that a crazy number of characters and places with weird sounding names and I just gave up trying to figure out what was going on and strapped in for the ride. This series is just...its own little world. But despite my confusion, it is fun. It is non-stop danger with dragons and ghost ships and enemy soldiers randomly popping up behind every rock. The story focuses on just two of the girls which helped frame the story somewhat. Two girls. Two precious talismans. Two journeys. Go. Alas, even this framing fell apart rather quickly. The girls don't figure out their mission till about halfway through the book which means the first half felt confused and rambling. Then they accomplish their missions with almost laughable ease and leave the last quarter of the book to ramblingly reveal what the reader already learned. So why three stars? Because gosh darn it, I like Barbie movies and for as much as this book left me wailing whhhhyyyyyy it seriously kept me entertained. Confused, but entertained.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica *The Lovely Books*

    Wow what an ending! I have to start off again by saying the ending was perfect and I totally didn't see that coming. It was like that throughout the book; twists and turns that had me in shock. Things that I should have seen coming but still threw me for a loop once everything happened.There are betrayals, romance that could make you swoon, and mermaid friends that have each others backs until the end. What more can you want in a novel???? In Rogue Wave, we are left with Seraphina and Neela, the Wow what an ending! I have to start off again by saying the ending was perfect and I totally didn't see that coming. It was like that throughout the book; twists and turns that had me in shock. Things that I should have seen coming but still threw me for a loop once everything happened.There are betrayals, romance that could make you swoon, and mermaid friends that have each others backs until the end. What more can you want in a novel???? In Rogue Wave, we are left with Seraphina and Neela, the two protagonist of the story, both looking for the talisman that will help defeat Abbadon. The thing is, they don't know where to start. Let alone begin to look for these talisman without finding answers first. How will they get them before the bad guys get them first? After all, Sera and Neela have to be ten steps ahead of the game, not behind. In order to do everything the mermaids need to do, they all split up. I have to say that it took me awhile to get used to the writing style when I first read Deep Blue. But once I caught on to it, I was hooked. In this book it's no different and I loved being able to get the POVs from two mermaids instead of one. The book was non stop action, I seriously had my eyes glued to the pages in anticipation of what would happen next. There is some romance but it takes a backseat to the storyline. I have to say though, what we did get, was absolutely romantic and beautiful. There are times that I wanted to throw my book against the wall for sure. Particularly during those last few chapters. I mean seriously, WTH! We are introduced to new characters who I thought were awesome. One thing that I loved so much was being able to see Sera and Neela grow as characters. There's more to them than their fashion choices or the boys they love. Donnelly has truly outdone herself in making the girls well rounded and like-able. I don't possibly think I could wait for the next book seeing as how the storyline is getting better and better. Rogue Wave has a beautiful cover and even more beautiful set of characters in a magical underwater world. I look forward to seeing where the story takes us next. 5 STARS!

  9. 4 out of 5

    belle ✨

    4 outta 5 STARS let's be real, i could never dislike a book about mermaids. MERMAIDS, YALL. THEY'RE EVERYTHING. ^^^^ same what i liked: 1. as fun as the books in this series are, they're also really well written. this one was no exception. like, it was actually GOOD. 2. the world building of all the kingdoms of the sea is awesome and magical 3. it actually deals with much darker themes than i thought a book on mermaids would, and that made me like it all the more. these mermaids are entangled in 4 outta 5 STARS let's be real, i could never dislike a book about mermaids. MERMAIDS, YALL. THEY'RE EVERYTHING. ^^^^ same what i liked: 1. as fun as the books in this series are, they're also really well written. this one was no exception. like, it was actually GOOD. 2. the world building of all the kingdoms of the sea is awesome and magical 3. it actually deals with much darker themes than i thought a book on mermaids would, and that made me like it all the more. these mermaids are entangled in dangerous business and the start of a war, and the books don't shy away from the realities of that. not so much: there's elements of insta-love. everyone is falling in love so fast, here and there and everywhere. also, there was some chamber of secrets-esque anagram shiz if ya know what i mean. RECAP: MERMAIDS. ADVENTURES. MENTIONS OF ATLANTIS. RESISTANCE GROUPS. TRAITORS. INSTA LOVE. LOTS AND LOTS OF MERMAIDS.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ☀︎Elena In Oz☀︎

    4/5 Yes I know it looks like it took a while for me to read a book thats essentially 300 pages, but I read it rarely (it was my book I kept at school). With that being said, even with the huge gaps of time between times I read it, I still was able to follow the story smoothly. Although I wish we got Asterin in this book plus more romance (I just am becoming a sucker for it) it was a good book. 4/5 Yes I know it looks like it took a while for me to read a book that’s essentially 300 pages, but I read it rarely (it was my book I kept at school). With that being said, even with the huge gaps of time between times I read it, I still was able to follow the story smoothly. Although I wish we got Asterin in this book plus more romance (I just am becoming a sucker for it) it was a good book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grace Gotelaere

    I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters were really well describes and the adventure was never ending. So many new characters and plot events keep appearing and made this book never have a dull moment. I can not wait to read the rest of the books in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Well an improvement over the first book since a lot more happened than just pointless running around. Tho it only focused on Sera and Neela 99% of the time and like wth, this is supposed to be about the six of them??? Hopefully, the other girls will come back in the third book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)

    Really enjoyed this one! Focused on two mermaids and their very exciting journey towards fighting evil. Loved that some things were resolved and other things threw up more obstacles! This series is one I look forward to continuing. Full review: I have nothing but love for this series! I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Deep Blue, but Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly took this series to another level for me. I had a few concerns while reading the first book but reading Rogue Wave made me Really enjoyed this one! Focused on two mermaids and their very exciting journey towards fighting evil. Loved that some things were resolved and other things threw up more obstacles! This series is one I look forward to continuing. Full review: I have nothing but love for this series! I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Deep Blue, but Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly took this series to another level for me. I had a few concerns while reading the first book but reading Rogue Wave made me forget all about them. I loved that while this book features many different mermaids who are instrumental in the story's plot line, Rogue Wave is mainly concerned with two particular mermaids. Serafina, the main character in Deep Blue, and also her best friend, Neela. Both Sera and Neela (and, of course, the other mermaids, Ava, Ling, Becca and Astrid) are on the hunt for more answers concerning this evil thing that is infecting their waters and the talismans that are needed in order to defeat the bad guy. Both Sera and Neela go on really exciting and dangerous adventures in this book that include shipwrecked ghosts and deadly dragons and honestly, my heart was in my throat and I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of this book! And while I think Sera is an amazing main character and I really feel for her, for me, this book was all about Neela's journey. I loved witnessing her go from a slightly ditzy, sweet-obsessed mermaid who was overly priviledged and maybe slightly spoilt into a mer who is strong and capable and pretty fierce. It was difficult at times to see how much her family and friends resented this change in her but I'm glad to see that she doesn't give up. And at the same time, this book uncovers some very emotional and surprising truths about Sera's love life and about the betrayals she faced in Deep Water. It was the thing I was most looking forward to finding out more about this situation and I definitely came to the conclusion that it was definitely worth the wait! I know that mermaids and underwater stories won't be everyone's thing, but after reading these two books in this series I know for certain that it is definitely MY thing. Will be waiting impatiently for more!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Booth

    Rogue Wave, the sequel to Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly was definitely a roller coaster for me. The Waterfire Saga, from the two books that have been released so far are at the top of my list for mermaid stories. I love the world in these books. The world has been so well thought out and Jennifer has successfully created an underwater world that you could easily imagine under the sea. She's descriptive and her characters, which there are many of, stand out against each other. The storyline of Rogue Wave, the sequel to Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly was definitely a roller coaster for me. The Waterfire Saga, from the two books that have been released so far are at the top of my list for mermaid stories. I love the world in these books. The world has been so well thought out and Jennifer has successfully created an underwater world that you could easily imagine under the sea. She's descriptive and her characters, which there are many of, stand out against each other. The storyline of these books are the reason why this book was a roller coaster. At some points it felt like not much was happening. It was slow in parts. I felt that there were chapters just to fill a blank space but when the action did come back I just couldn't turn the pages quick enough. When action was happening, it's been written out clearly and it makes easy to see the scenario in your head. The covers of these books are so damn gorgeous. The cover was what caught my eye in the bookstore and it's perfect for the story. This is a world that I really, really wish was real. Because mermaids. Underwater worlds. Magical powers. It's captivating.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yoana Shomova

    I need more Astrid (and Ling, and Ava, and Becca)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Wrona

    *A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!* After reading Deep Blue, the first novel in the Waterfire Saga, I felt like I was in some blur. In a good blur, by the way. I was just so happy and surprised to have found the perfect mermaid series for me. At the same time, I was hoping and praying that that the sequel; this book, would be just as good. Thank gods it was. (Did you see what I did there? *winks* My mermaid vocabulary sure is *A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!* After reading Deep Blue, the first novel in the Waterfire Saga, I felt like I was in some blur. In a good blur, by the way. I was just so happy and surprised to have found the perfect mermaid series for me. At the same time, I was hoping and praying that that the sequel; this book, would be just as good. Thank ‘gods’ it was. (Did you see what I did there? *winks* My mermaid vocabulary sure is expanding now, hehe.) I feel like this review is going to be so difficult to write, mainly because this book was just so good. I’m sitting here, after 297 pages, aching and longing for more. Donnelly just shot us with a huge cliffhanger and I can’t get over it. Fuck, but that’s the amazingness of books. Now I’ve got to wait a whole other year to find out what’s going to happen next. And then, watch the same time happen all over again. Book-writing is a freaking cycle, people. Mermaids are the ‘sickest’ creatures out there. I’d totally like to be one. I feel like I have such a large amount of respect to these creatures. If you think I’m going nuts here, you just don’t understand. I love Serafina, I love Neela, I love EVERYONE in this book. Although I am giving it the same rating as the first book, there were improvements in some cases, as the characters and info-dumping took a different stand. You know how everyone always says that sequels are like the mission books of a trilogy or series? Like in Divergent, Insurgent was were all of the rebellion and sad things happened. But the authors always suspect that you now know the main plot, and it’s time to get into the action. In this book, Serafina and the other 5 girls now know their roles, and they’re all off to find the talismans that belonged to the Six Who Ruled. I guess you can say that they all took their own strands, and throughout the book, we don’t find much about Becca, Astrid and Ava, but more of Sera and Neela as they’re overcoming challenges that they certainly weren’t used to in the first book. Now, there was so much action here that my heart pounded and I didn’t know what to think half of the time. The Death-Riders took a stand and there was a huge plot twist in the middle of the book between both girls and mystery characters, and there even was a ghost. Something happened during every chapter and it was action-packed and just about perfect. The plot was pretty awesome from the first page. As I saw that there was a glossary at the back of the book this time around (I was dumb with the first book and never even noticed until later), I seemed to get everything and Donnelly was great with giving us a mini-recap at the beginning so we got a clean picture in our minds. Everything was new, and at the same time, there was a large continuation. But there was so much depth, and I actually loved it. So much was happening that I can barely think of it all in my mind. Have I ever mentioned how much I love this setting? I think of The Little Mermaid and Atlantis all of the time. It’s so awesome how Donnelly uses the real world and relates known locations to those in the story. It’s like it’s possible to picture humans on land and all of the mer-people underneath us, in their own little cocoons. I have a theory of what’s going to happen in the next book. So you better get ready for it: IT’S NOT POSITIVE. YOU SHOULDN’T BE THINKING ABOUT UNICORNS AND MERMAIDS AND HAPPY THINGS. My theory is… Someone will die in the next book. It just has to be. There were so many mind-blowing shocking moments in this book where we all expected for it to happen, but I guess Serafina was carrying a bag of four leaf clovers in her… pocket? Bra pocket? Tail? Anyways, it’s bound to happen. And really, we should keep gear for a sacrifice anytime soon. I just don’t want it to happen… Serafina was kick-ass, more than she ever was. She’s a rebel, independent, and doesn’t give a shit about anyone who thinks poop about her. She’s like a gothic Ariel, but ten times more awesome. If she was a Disney Princess (which Disney-Hyperion should definitely keep in mind of) I’d worship her to the highest standards. And so would tiny little screaming girls. Ah, never mind, let’s not get the movie idea in our minds. Also, how can we forget about Neela? This chick took badass to a whole other level. AND WHAT AWESOME FIGHTING SKILLS DOES SHE HAVE. Who would’ve thought? AND THERE WERE MONSTERS, PEOPLE. There were like three monster appearances throughout this book, and I literally freaked out of happiness. We needed this, and we needed more fantasy. Without the monsters, this would’ve seemed like a simplistic mermaid story. The monsters added the bijazzzzzz. So—what was missing from the perfect five-star rating? ROMANCE, PEOPLE. Okay, so I’ve always been a stronger shipper of Serafina and Mahdi. He makes me sweat hot chocolate because he’s just so smoking. And we only got a tiny appearance of him together with Sera in this book. :( BUT THAT SCENE, THOUGH. “Oh, Mahdi,” Sera whispered. “I’ve loved you since the day I met you. Really met you. In the garden.” He smiled. “When you were listening to a conch and knocked the sea fan down to get my attention.” “What? I didn’t knock it down! It fell!” “Uh-huh. Sure it did.” “Mahdi!” she protested. And then she leaned over and kissed him. Slowly and sweetly. I’ve had a fantastic two hours with this book, and now it’s all over. The sequel to this gorgeous Waterfire Saga was heart-pounding and racing. I’m still lost without words because it was just intact with my mind. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to read this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.

    I'm really quite disappointed by Rogue Wave, and not just because it wasn't a too good, but more to the point that I can't just continue writing a letter to Serafina like I did with Deep Blue, because this time, it wasn't just Serafina, and that makes me mad. I appreciated the routes that Donnelly took in trying to flesh out some of the characters a little, but I personally don't think it worked too well, and I really still have glaring issues with this series which I somehow thing won't improve I'm really quite disappointed by Rogue Wave, and not just because it wasn't a too good, but more to the point that I can't just continue writing a letter to Serafina like I did with Deep Blue, because this time, it wasn't just Serafina, and that makes me mad. I appreciated the routes that Donnelly took in trying to flesh out some of the characters a little, but I personally don't think it worked too well, and I really still have glaring issues with this series which I somehow thing won't improve with time. Lets start with Rogue Waves characters, because really, they felt like only real, solid feature worth talking about. Instead of just having Serafina perspective in this novel, we actually gained another one (and a half?) alongside her and yes, this did make the novel more interesting and made room for some more development, but I think the overall feel didn't work out with as much as I'd hoped. At this point in time, there's 6 mermaids, all looking for tailsman's that will help them bet Abbadon, so why would they split up after being told their strongest when together? Furthermore, why only show two (and a quarter?) perspectives instead of all six, unless you're going to delve into the other sets of two during the following two books, but realistically, it just felt like a waste. There were superb characters we could have followed, there were some real characters and personalities in that group of six, but instead, we got to focus on Serafina (again) and a bit more on Neela (which wasn't that bad..) Serafina, to her eternal credit, did improve in this novel by a small margin, but, surprise surprise, she let herself down again near the end of novel, but Neela, Neela was a good character once she escaped her holding cell- I mean, home, definitely home. She became more independent, grew a backbone, didn't whimper and whail about, she got the job done, she was firm, in control, started to make her decisions and did want she believed was right and I'll be damned if anyone could tell her anything other. She was definitely my favourite part of this novel for sure and her action scenes were really quite, dare I say, enthralling, I just wish we'd spent time with her than Serafina.. But don't even get me started on Mahdi and that romance, I just- *deep breath* What Donnelly did - *Spoiler* making it so Mahdi was actually Blu instead of two different guys *Spoiler* really got my back up. I was so invested in Blu, he was absolutely wonderful, loyal and kind, and generally, a really nice character who brought out the best in Serafina, but the minute Mahdi came along again and all was revealed, I have to say, I wasn't that impressed, I was far from impressed. I wasn't invested and I think the issue is that there's been no build up; from the minute we met them in Deep Blue, we were told about their future together, we were told about how they'd had these little moments together, we were told what they felt, but I never felt these things from the characters and the romance just continued to feel like it was built on faith that readers would belief their romance but I just couldn't. I didn't see much evidence of their feelings, neither was it slowly built up, it was BAM!, here you go, have some romance with our dish of the day. drowning in disappointment. I just didn't feel anything and I think considering a lot of Serafina's character relies on her feelings and the reader connecting to those feelings, it's just not quite good enough. Once again, the world wasn't that strong, although I didn't forget as much that they were mermaids, and I did get some description, and I did get less about their clothes and their emotions, and the whole royalty aspect, but it just wasn't enough to save it. There wasn't even any twists or turns that really made me head spin and the lack of connection with the other mermaids was also disappointing. Granted, the twists that were there were okay, a few at the end surpassing my expectations and even that cliff-hanger which I disliked because of it's cliff-hanging nature was actually really good, I just think from a fantasy aspect, there's a lot of relying on your own imagination and that's not good with me. I was extremely close to putting this book down, much like it's prequel but I think that's just what this series does to me, it doesn't grab me by the shoulders and shake me saying 'oh my god, aren't I amazing!' because it just, isn't.. I confess though, I probably will continue subjecting myself to the series because those covers are absolutely gorgeous and I do, really want to see more of the other mermaids and their hunts for their tailsmans, and actually get to some deeper, juicer action, belief it or not, I do actually want to know what happens, but will I ever really enjoy this series that much? I really don't know.. 2.5 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    What a perfect example of the saying, dont judge a book by its cover. Its been quite some time since I read the first book in this series, and I distinctly remember not liking it. Any fiction novel that has a dictionary in the back of it, is typically not a good sign. But, I foolishly bought the first three books all at once because the covers were so darn pretty. You can probably gather by now I didnt like this one either. Serafina is the princess of a broken empire. In the last book, we saw What a perfect example of the saying, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. It’s been quite some time since I read the first book in this series, and I distinctly remember not liking it. Any fiction novel that has a dictionary in the back of it, is typically not a good sign. But, I foolishly bought the first three books all at once because the covers were so darn pretty. You can probably gather by now… I didn’t like this one either. Serafina is the princess of a broken empire. In the last book, we saw her parents slain, her home destroyed and beloved princess on the run. In this novel, the group of mermaids that are decended from powerful mages and will need to work together to find specific tailismen that will channel their powers and help defeat the powerful Abbadon! This specific book focuses on Sera, Neela, and Ling. I would really like to avoid an entire plot summary, it was hard enough for me to get through this the firs time, so I will try to mention my likes and dislikes. I LIKED Ling. I think she is a strong female character who isn’t afraid to go out on her own and I like that she seems to be in control of her powers. I like this book more than the last because the language was just easier, I didn’t need the dictionary as much. I didn’t like Neela or Sera. I thought Neela was a self-centered fool, and it’s not hard to see where she gets that from considering her parents. Sera has so much potential for being a good character. She is too trusting, too scarred, too timid, and too weak for me to really admire her character. She easily trusts and that has gotten her into trouble more than once. I feel bad for her though, to be betrayed by your only living relative is hard and I think Donnelly does a good job in that last bit. You can tell this series has a long way to go, as we didn’t even touch on the other three mermaids that are somewhere out there. Overall, I think this story had a lot of potential but simply missed the mark: 2.5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I often feel like some writers are so strong with words, but their plot or world development is weak. With this series, however, I feel like it's the opposite. The idea of a race of merfolk descended from the lost isle of Atlantis, and possessing a magic based in song is fascinating. It's a testament to Donnelly's strong world development that each of the two books in this series have completely captivated me despite several areas of weak writing, most of which occurs because the author falls I often feel like some writers are so strong with words, but their plot or world development is weak. With this series, however, I feel like it's the opposite. The idea of a race of merfolk descended from the lost isle of Atlantis, and possessing a magic based in song is fascinating. It's a testament to Donnelly's strong world development that each of the two books in this series have completely captivated me despite several areas of weak writing, most of which occurs because the author falls into the trap of thinking that in order to make a YA novel appealing to youth, you have to write dialogue the way they would talk. This is utter nonsense, as I think Harry Potter (not to mention The Lord of the Rings, the Miss Peregrine books, the Eragon series, and countless others) has demonstrated. If Donnelly would fix this, I think these would be 5 star books. The world she's building is truly fascinating.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    Wow what an ending!! Let me just say that the ending of this book is amazing. Not even once did I think that would happen. This book has many twists and turns that left me in shock each time. There were signs, leading up to each twist that I never picked up. I love the storyline & the characters in this book. It was a great continuation of Deep Blue and did not let me down. It kept on track with the storyline and left me dying to read more! I can't wait to see what Jennifer Donnelly has in Wow what an ending!! Let me just say that the ending of this book is amazing. Not even once did I think that would happen. This book has many twists and turns that left me in shock each time. There were signs, leading up to each twist that I never picked up. I love the storyline & the characters in this book. It was a great continuation of Deep Blue and did not let me down. It kept on track with the storyline and left me dying to read more! I can't wait to see what Jennifer Donnelly has in plan for us next!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kalista

    I thought it was a 4.7 but I have to say it was closer to a 5 cause the last three pages of the book blew my mind. I really thought O my ??????? On the last sentence So I thought it was a 4.7!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mak

    The first book was definitely a great set-up for this series. Rogue Wave sounds like it's going to be pretty shocking. I hope we at least get to see Sera's pet octopus again!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    Wow.. this cover is.. wooow! So beautiful!!! I love creative artworks and I would want this one on my shelf if only for the cover alone :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Miia

    This series is getting really good! I love how much action scenes these books have, theres no dull moment in here. This series is getting really good! I love how much action scenes these books have, there’s no dull moment in here.

  25. 4 out of 5

    *Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*

    My Thoughts On The Book: **PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ DEEP BLUE** The Cover: Again the cover of this book is just STUNNING! It's in the same vein as Deep Blue but all in beautiful pinks and purples this time. It's lush and rich and visually these books have got to be two of the most beautiful covers ever! The Plot Of The Story: Rogue Wave is the direct continuation of the story that was begun in Deep Blue. The six descendants of the Six-That-Ruled My Thoughts On The Book: **PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ DEEP BLUE** The Cover: Again the cover of this book is just STUNNING! It's in the same vein as Deep Blue but all in beautiful pinks and purples this time. It's lush and rich and visually these books have got to be two of the most beautiful covers ever! The Plot Of The Story: Rogue Wave is the direct continuation of the story that was begun in Deep Blue. The six descendants of the Six-That-Ruled mages of Atlantis have been gathered. Serafina, Neela, Ava, Ling, Becca and Astrid now know who they are and why they have been gathered together, the fate of the world they know is in their hands and they alone can stop the darkness engulfing all as the Ancient Evil stirs in the depths. The merls need to find the six talismans that belonged to the six Mages before it's too late. Alone the merls are vulnerable but as long as they stand together they are strong as steel. In Rogue Wave we venture back out into the world with just Serafina and Neela (the other memaids are missing from this book for the most part) as the pair finding themselves having to return to the homes they left or fled. For Serafina it means going back to Miromara to try and locate her talisman, meaning she has to face the destruction left behind by the attack that destroyed her home, her whole world and saw her parent murdered. It's a harsh homecoming especially when she finds someone there she didn't think she'd see again except that now they are working for her enemy but maybe it's not all as it seems..... For Neela it's a different kind of homecoming. She arrives back at her home to find her parent are now rulers of their kingdom and at first non-one will even believe she is the princess. She eventually convince them of her identity and when she comes clean to her family about where she has been she find that no-one believes her words of warning about what is coming and finds herself a prisoner in her own home. She must find a way to escape to to find her talisman in nearby Karina but can she escape from her parents clutches in time to reach it? As a continuation of the story there is nothing wrong with this book except a few niggles which I will explain a bit later on about of few inconsistencies. The story is growing in pace nicely and the potential of the series is still as strong as last time but despite that I did find myself not enjoying this one quite as much as I did Deep Blue but I will explain why as I go on. Things about it are still bothering me and are joined by other things that aren't sitting right, it's all a bit annoying honestly as I really want to just love these books..... but can't, I like them well enough but just can't LOVE them completely. The Characters: Serafina - Principessa of Miromara and this book Serafina is out on her own, all alone and in deepest peril. In this book it feels as if she's lost some of the fire in her belly she had by the end of Deep Blue but I think considering all she's been through it could be understandable, except that I did understand it, she's verging on getting a bit whiny and no female lead should go inot that territory as it's a big turn-off for me. She also seems to be losing her sense of self worth, she goes swimming into dangerous situations without a thought for her own safety despite knowing the world will be destroyed if anything happens to her, or the other merls which I found a bit strange and out of character. Her quest is a dangerous one but she seems to just run into danger without any thought and often it's quite needless too. Neela - Princess Of Matali and Serafina's best friend. Neela is a bioluminescent and can emit a glow around herself. Like Serafina, Neela is out on her own in the book as she returns home to her family but doesn't get the homecoming she is expecting. In this book we get to see more of Neela's character and the dynamics of her family, the joys of being 'royal' and we get to see how much strength of character she really has. She's gutsy and braver than I gave her credit for. Mahdi - Serafina's betrothed who is presumed missing. Ling - a mermaid from Qin who's is an omnivoxa with the ability to speak multiple languages, although is only in this book briefly, with the other 4 mermaids are missing almost entirely. The Book's Setting (Time and Place): We aren't actually given any sort of specific time for when the events in the Waterfire Saga take place although through a few minor reference suggest that we must be pretty close to contemporary times. The books is mainly split between two places in the book as Serafina returns to Miromara and Neela to Matali. The Writing: As I said before there are still things about these books that bug me a little. I know why the books are written in such a way that teenage girls can find the mermaids relatable and understandable, using teen speak and using association to connect things that every girls do with the things that the merls do.... I get that, doesn't mean I have to like it though does it? And I don't, I find it makes the whole thing far to cheesy for my personal tastes, I'm sure it's perfectly fins for younger readers but maybe I'm just too old for the teen speak these days. Another major bugbear for me was the whole thing where the merls are supposed to be stronger when they stick together...... so why do they split up it Rogue Wave, chasing the various talismans alone? It just does not make a lick of sense to me, surely it would be safer and easier to stick together. I suppose the thought behind them splitting is the time factor, it's running out and maybe they need to go off separately so they have a hope of finding all the talismans before the enemies do but still, it's annoying. The final annoyance I found with this book is the whole Blu thing which annoyed me more than anything as it's a senseless move in my view. Blu was a character with huge future potential but I guess the author had other ideas. It's a real shame in my opinion and an opportunity lost but I'm sure she had her reasons so I'm interested in finding out why..... The writing itself is good apart from the teen speak thing for me. The prose evokes certain emotions, maybe they aren't always the ones the author may have expected ( I did get a bit angry at times over some of the things in the book, things that bugged me and made me cross, I bet the author wasn't expecting that!) The book is aimed at the younger audience and is written with that in mind, it's easy to read as it's flow clearly from the page and imagery evoked is crystal clear although I would have liked it to feel much more like it was set underwater as a lot of the time it felt as if it was almost happening on the land you know what I mean, it didn't feel like it was constantly underwater but I guess that's a minor thing in the grand scheme of things. The characterisations are fine, Neela and her storyline stood out for me over lead character Serafina's part of the story. Neela has grown immensely as a character throughout this book while Serafina almost feels like she's gone backwards a bit. Saying that the characters each have their little quirks that make them unique and intriguing and you do get to know them much better as the book progresses. Hopefully in the next book we'll get to see some of the other merls and get to know them better which is what I was really expecting from this book, not for them to be MIA altogether. I'm sure the author has a plan in mind and we'll get to know them soon. Final Thoughts: Apart from those niggles again it's, for the most part, a well thought out and put together book that does add to the story begun in Deep Blue although saying that it's not quite as strong a book as Deep Blue. I can't really explain why I felt that about Rogue Wave, maybe it's because of the niggles I had about the story, maybe they bugged me enough that it affected the way I saw the story as a whole but I didn't enjoy this one as much as Deep Blue and it has left me a little uncertain as to whether I want to continue with the series although I suspect my view may change if I read both books together instead of months apart like I have this time. Would I recommend it? Well if you've read Deep Blue then you kind of have to read this although do not expect to have the questions raised in Deep Blue answered as the author isn't ready to do that just yet but Rogue Wave has it's place in the story so needs to be read and who can resist that gorgeous cover?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I never want to see this book ever again. I hated everything about it. I didn't care about the plot or the characters. I just wanted this never ending story to be done. I'm probably in the minority of this book loving club but I can't help it. This book just wasn't for me. I'm kind of scared of reading the rest of this series because of this book just being such a disappointment for me. I really hope the rest get better or I'm seriously going to need a pick me up book to bring up my spirit. I never want to see this book ever again. I hated everything about it. I didn't care about the plot or the characters. I just wanted this never ending story to be done. I'm probably in the minority of this book loving club but I can't help it. This book just wasn't for me. I'm kind of scared of reading the rest of this series because of this book just being such a disappointment for me. I really hope the rest get better or I'm seriously going to need a pick me up book to bring up my spirit. Sorry to all of those book lovers out there that love this series and this book. I can promise you that I wont ever reread them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alice Bye

    5/5 ⭐ I really enjoyed this one. It may have even been a bit better then the first. 5/5 ⭐️ I really enjoyed this one. It may have even been a bit better then the first.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Martina

    Removed one star because of the Tom Marvolo Riddle = I am Lord Voldemort moment. Removed one star because of the “Tom Marvolo Riddle = I am Lord Voldemort” moment.

  29. 4 out of 5

    James

    Rogue Wave, book two of the WaterFire Saga, was magnificent from beginning to end. It was written extremely well and the story was superb. It improved upon the first book: Deep Blue and brought three twists - one minor, and two major. I loved it. It is well worth five stars and a recommend! Up until I started reading Deep Blue, the first book in the WaterFire Saga, I had never read a published mermaid story. I go to Fiction Press occasionally and read stories and I've read a few mermaid stories Rogue Wave, book two of the WaterFire Saga, was magnificent from beginning to end. It was written extremely well and the story was superb. It improved upon the first book: Deep Blue and brought three twists - one minor, and two major. I loved it. It is well worth five stars and a recommend! Up until I started reading Deep Blue, the first book in the WaterFire Saga, I had never read a published mermaid story. I go to Fiction Press occasionally and read stories and I've read a few mermaid stories there (only one of which was really good: Surface of the Deep), but beginning Deep Blue I was a little hesitant. I saw the book at Wal-Mart and passed it the first time. The next time I went to Wal-Mart I thought I would buy it and read it - to give it a chance. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart no longer had the book and I couldn't remember the title. It wasn't until about five months later that my girlfriend found the book and then I bought it. I read it and I must say, I was thoroughly impressed with Deep Blue. Five stars and a recommend as well. That being said, I couldn't wait for Rogue Wave as it was advertised in the back of Deep Blue for an early 2015 release. Well, Rogue Wave came out in early January and I snatched it right up. I bought it and read it and much like its predecessor, I am thoroughly impressed! Serafina and Neela are two badass, feminist mermaids always willing to go above and beyond what is needed to get the job done. They don't rely on the mermen to help them. They're not damsels in distress. If something is troubling them (and a lot troubles them in this series, especially in Rogue Wave), they work on their own to solve their issues. Now, that isn't to say that they don't get help along the way. They do. They actually get quite a lot of help. When Neela encounters the Askari and get them on her side, what happens next is probably my favorite part of the book. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say one word: dragons. Serafina's journey isn't easy either. She goes through a lot only to discover something very heartbreaking at the end. As I said earlier, twist. Now, with that twist comes my one gripe with this book. If you decide to pick up Deep Blue and you like it enough to read Rogue Wave, DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS SUMMARY IN THE FRONT COVER OF THE BOOK! There are three twists in this story, one minor and two major, and the summary in the book cover practically gives away one of the major twists. It doesn't say it outright, but by the time you hit the halfway mark of this book, you'll have figured it out. So, if you read this review before picking up the book, just remove the book cover and go in blind. It'll be so much better because you won't see the twist coming. Aside from that one gripe, I fully recommend you read this book - hell, read the series! I love mermaids. They're my favorite mythical creature and while WaterFire Saga is the first series I've read that deals with mermaids, it certainly won't be my last. These books will sit comfortably among my favorites and I'll jump into some other mermaid-themed fantasy books while I wait for Book 3 of the WaterFire Saga to come out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Blaire Hammond

    Rogue Wave was a fantastic read. It was fast paced, picking right up where Deep Blue left off. I devoured it in one sitting! Jennifer Donnelly is a very talented writer, and is the queen of the underwater world! Her interpretation of life underwater and her take on mermaids is one I loved! I enjoyed that, although there were a number of characters that featured in this story, it mainly follows the journey of Serafina and her best friend Neela. I loved that we were able to see just how close Rogue Wave was a fantastic read. It was fast paced, picking right up where Deep Blue left off. I devoured it in one sitting! Jennifer Donnelly is a very talented writer, and is the queen of the underwater world! Her interpretation of life underwater and her take on mermaids is one I loved! I enjoyed that, although there were a number of characters that featured in this story, it mainly follows the journey of Serafina and her best friend Neela. I loved that we were able to see just how close these two mermaids are, and we were able to see both these characters grow throughout the novel. I loved the journey that these two, and their four other companions, Ava, Becca, Astrid and Ling, embark upon as they try to understand what is happening to their home and what is infecting their waters. I love the idea of talismans and how it is entwined into the story. It adds an element of questions and suspense as we followed their hunt for more information about how this will help them to defeat the evil. What really stood out for me in this novel was the character development. Not only Sera's, but Neela's. We certainly see Sera become a strong and determined young woman, or young mermaid, as she begins to think for herself, her friends and her kingdom. But I felt that we really see Neela transform from an over privileged girl into a brave, courageous, capable woman. Aside from this, though, we do definitely see Sera overcome huge obstacles as she begins to unravel the truth behind the betrayal that she feels towards Mahdi. I love this romance and although we all know the truth about Mahdi, the suspense added as we wait for Sera to find out the truth for herself kept me on the edge of my seat. Although all the girls are scattered throughout the ocean and struggling with their own problems, we certainly see them stand up and band together to try and defeat the evil that is invading their waters. I absolutely loved that there was no Love Triangle that majority of books have these days. I felt it was very refreshing because it was just a love so real and pure between these two mermaid which made it one fans can really attach themselves too! The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of is the life of Ling, Ava, Astrid and Becca and perhaps have experience a bit more character development from them. These four characters are intriguing and I would have liked to have seen more of them. Although I do understand that this may have gotten confusing also. I am not often a fan of Mermaid books, but this series had me gripped from page one, and although Deep Blue was a great read, I felt that Rogue Wave was a big step up. This sequel melted away those few questions I had, and definitely burned its way into my mind becoming a memorable read. I was glued to my seat for the entire day reading like mad to finish it and find out what happend. There were twists and cliffhangers I never expected and I honestly loved this book. I absolutely need book three soon! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast passed, mysterious books. Especially if you are a fan of mermaids, you'll love this! I think that people who read books like Ally Condie's 'Atlantia', Melissa Landers' 'Alienated' or Julie Kagawa's 'Iron Fey' series would enjoy this series. Overall, five stars out of five from me.

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