ARC Review: The Darkdeep – Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

This Advanced Reader’s Copy was obtained during Book Expo 2018, in which will be an exchange for an honest review.


Name: The Darkdeep
Author: Ally Condie & Brendan Reich
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: October 2, 2018


When a bullying incident sends twelve-year-old Nico Holland over the edge of a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, where no one ever goes, friends Tyler and Ella – and even ‘cool kid’ Opal -rush to his rescue… only to discover an island hidden in the swirling mists below.

Shrouded by dense trees and murky tides, the island appears uninhabited, although the kids can’t quite shake the feeling that something about it is off. Their suspicions grow when they stumble upon an abandoned houseboat with an array of curiosities inside: odd-looking weapons, unnerving portraits, maps to places they’ve never heard of, and a glass jar containing something completely unidentifiable.

As the group delves deeper into the unknown, their discoveries – and their lives -begin to intertwine in weird and creepy ways. Something ancient has awakened… and it knows their wishes and dreams – and their darkest, most terrible secrets. Do they have what it takes to face the shadowy things that lurk within their own hearts?

Book Cover Comments

The representation of the monster is totally 1000x scarier than what I imagine the monster to be while I was reading the book…

The cover totally set the scene for a creepy feeling because its totally much more dramatic than I believe what its supposed to be in the book but oh well. I LOVE it.

The Actual Review

This was a super. fun. read. Totally loved it!

It was all mysterious, chock full of friendship and resolving issues, as well as funny as hell. The four kids, Nico, Emma, Tyler and Opal discover this mysterious island and discover the Darkdeep, something they called the mysterious obsidian whirlpool they found at the bottom of the boathouse they stumbled upon.

When one accident happens and leads to another, they find out that the Darkdeep can create figments from their imagination, or at least, what they’re thinking out at the moment. But will things spin out of control when you start to thirst for more and more of the magic you saw within this obsidian magic?

The tension between some of our main characters, and possibly a fifth character (wink wink) added an element of surprise and fun to the book. Some of their relationships became key to solving the mystery, and they had to understand that there were misunderstandings that went on between them that they might have jumped conclusions to. I really don’t want to give too much away about the other theme that went on in this book, but I’ll let you know its a great message.

The humor begins when the four kids start imagining some way, crazier things. My favorite one was when Tinkerbell when out of control and one of the kids yelled: “Now Tinkerbell’s shooting me!”. I was cracking up by then and knew that this book was definitely a page-turner, as well as the jokes with the town’s obsession with (i believe) radish.

And when you think all is calm by the end of the book, some other mystery, this DETAIL you might have looked over in the book, or maybe you saw some foreshadowing going on, is brought up RIGHT at the end of the book. Leaving me craving for a sequel and yelling “THAT’S IT?” across the room that I was in.

The Darkdeep explores the tale of four (or five) children as they find out about the mysteries hidden in their town, explore the bonds between their friendship and how important it is when in the dark, and that they are not alone.

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Joanne Lumiere

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