Into the Deep

Into the Deep

by Missy Fleming

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Overview

No one understands the fury of the ocean like Zoey.

Ten years ago, she lost her leg in a shark attack and she has yet to accept her prosthetic limb. She ventures to a bonfire at the beach, mesmerized by the ooean's power, until a wave sweeps her into the salty water. Zoey believed mermaids were creatures of legend, but it's hard to ignore the tail that's suddenly appeared, or the sense of finally being whole. She abandons her life on land for the sea, searching for who she really is.

What she discovers is a kingdom as well as a royal father she never knew existed. Settling into her role as a mermaid princess, she learns her family is under attack. Raging storms threatening coastal cities, and sea levels rise, endangering the lives of everyone she loves. Determined to stop the strange phenomena, Zoey becomes caught up in the race to track down what, or who, is responsible for the catastrophic events.

But, Zoey possesses another secret, one born of legend and more powerful than any mer or human can imagine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612357362
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication date: 11/11/2015
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Into the Deep 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before Zoe became ever a popular animaide she was wild. Shed rome the sea waters and swim away before anyone saw her. One particular day the guads of the anikingdom spotted her trieing to swim away from a big group of high mermans. Mermans and mermaids were very rare now. After a mermaid once married several different animals shed either give birth to a animaid (a animal mermaid or merman) or a merman or maid. Unffortunately animaids have been most popular. When a animaid gave birth to a normal mermaid theyd cast them out to be alone or when they have a boy theyd cast them out too. Theirs only three kingdoms. 1. Animan and kingdom 2. Animaid and kingdom 3. Casted out kingdom (normal mermaids or man) The casted out kingdom was the weakest of all. No one ever raided attacks on them because it wasnt worth it. But girls reading be glad that your a animaid because their the strongest. When Zoe got caught she tried to swim away but the guards outwitt everyone. They took her to the queen. "What should we do with her?" Asked guard leader. "My. A outcasted spy. Leave her alone with me in my room." The queen ordered. "What if she does something to you?" " Remember. Im the most powerful of all." The queen walked into her room with Zoe." Now tell me where did you learn to swim so stealthily?" " It really comes naturrally. Now I know your going to ask me why Im in your territory but I really do love my kingdom but I come hear to test my skills for what awaits for me in the future. I really just do it for fun." " Well dont anymore. If you do well have to put an end to your kingdom but till then I want you as a spy. Someone to get an idea of whats going on. I want you to start on the animan kindom. Now youll be able to go back home but this is your job and its just between you and me." "Ill be happy to." ~ Frecklepaw
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amarie76 More than 1 year ago
I have only read a couple of other mermaid books before, so I was really happy to get a chance to read and review Into the Deep. The story follows sixteen year old, Zoey, who lost her leg in a shark attack when she was just a small child. Since then, she has been able to get by with a prosthetic leg. She's always felt like she didn't fit in with the other kids her age, but it wasn't just because he had a disability. One day when she was at the beach she discovered something very unique about herself. During this time, strange things have been going on in the oceans. The water levels have risen so high that it's destroying the land by the beaches. Fish are also dying off at an accelerated rate, possibly do to how much the ocean temperatures are changing. Experts believe it is only the result of global warming. What they don't know is that these catastrophes are the result of something that they never could have imagined. This was such a fun read! Once I picked up my kindle to start reading, I was surprised how far I had gotten in the story in such a short amount of time. I didn't find myself getting sidetracked or distracted, which is always a good thing. It was such an original mermaid tale. First, I just want to say that Missy Flemming did such a beautiful job with all of her marine life descriptions. She really knew what she was talking about, and you could tell that she really did her research! While reading, I really felt like I was there in the ocean with Zoey, and I could really visualize the things that she was seeing. I especially liked how she described the fish, reefs, and the kelp forest. I also appreciate how the origins of the mer people were explained. I also liked the main character, Zoey. She really was open to accepting who she was and although leery at first, was eager to take on her new responsibilities. I also liked that she wasn't quick to lose her connection with her human half, and was ready to fight for them as well. I have to say that my favorite character from Into the Deep was...Xander! I felt like he stole the show. He was sweet, intelligent, kind, helpful, and he accepted Zoey for who she was from the very beginning. I was really rooting for the guy, er, merman. He and Zoey seemed to have a lot chemistry. I was not a fan of Nerio, and just didn't fall for him. I know he had his reasons, but I thought he was pretty judgmental and sulky. I just felt like he didn't have as much depth and personality as Xander did, although I did admire his work ethic and sense of duty. I also found myself a little disappointed in Stavros. Although I admired that he was a patient and dedicated ruler, I was a bit sad that he seemed to have given up on his other daughter, Eustencia. Throughout the book, it seemed like he ignored and had very little interaction with her. I am not sure if this was because Zoey was now in the picture, but perhaps if he had more interaction with Eustencia, she would not be so quick to follow in her mother's footsteps? Into the Deep ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm curious as to what will happen to the characters, and how Zoey will adapt to her new role. I hope there are more interactions with Xander as well. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice Young Adult book that centers around mermaids.
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Zoey is a young woman dealing with the handicap of a prosthetic limb. She lost a leg in a shark attack when she was six. Now, at the age of sixteen, she still has trouble with it and really hates it and the way people stare at her with pity. On a field trip to the local aquarium, Zoey and her classmates notice the fish acting odd. They seem to be following all of Zoey’s motions. The dolphins even stop their show and stay by Zoey’s side, and the sharks all ram the glass enclosure trying to get at Zoey. After the unusual happenings at the aquarium, Zoey sneaks out with her best friend, Charlotte, to attend a bonfire at one of the still open beaches. The beaches are slowly being overtaken by the oceans and few are still accessible. While at the bonfire, Zoey accidentally gets knocked down by a wave and transforms into a mermaid. She finally feels whole with her tail. Zoey learns that her dad is a mer king and she’s a princess. She then decides to visit her father’s kingdom, but all is not well with the mer kingdoms. There is an evil mermaid witch trying to destroy all humans, and Zoey is the only one that can stop her. I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and easy to read. Into the Deep dealt with some very realistic issues in today’s society. It dealt with the emotions that are associated with losing a limb and also with the environment. I could definitely feel the frustration Zoey had with learning to cope with a prosthetic leg. I could also feel her frustration with her mother, she held back information vital to Zoey’s life. The reunion between Zoey and her father, Stavros was perfect. This book even had a Cinderella feel to it with an evil stepmother and stepsister. I loved the interactions between Zoey and Nerio, a palace guard. I loved the push and pull of their feeling for each other. Zoey was going to be friends with Nerio, no matter what anyone said. I also enjoyed Xander and his easy going ways. There were so many characters I fell in love with. This is a perfect YA book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Zoey’s adventures.