The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1) by Ally Condie

The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1)

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 g...

Details The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1)

TitleThe Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1)
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury Children's Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror, Adventure, Paranormal

Reviews The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1)

  • Carrie
    The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs is the first book in the new middle grade horror series by the same name. A lot of people are comparing this one to Stranger Things which could be but since I haven’t watched those what it did remind me of is some of Stephen King’s horror but on a middle grade level. The story is one of a group of somewhat misfit kids encountering a group of bullies and of course that bullying leads to their disc...
  • Teresa
    4.5My initial interest in this novel is that Ally Condie is one of the writers, and I have had a pretty good experience with her Matched trilogy and Atlantia. When This came up on NetGalley, I was so excited and hoping to be a reviewer for this book. And I was chosen! A big thank you to NetGalley. Bloomsbury, Ally Condie, and Brendan Reichs for the amazing opportunity of reading this book in exchange for an honest review.Many people are saying th...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    There have been some amazing middle grade books this year and The Darkdeep is another one.Nico, Tyler, and Ella are friends.  Nico's dad caused some issues in town while trying to protect the owls.  Because of that, a lot of people were laid off work and they blame him for it.  Logan's dad runs the big company that was hurt by this.  He bullies Nico a lot, mostly because of that.  While out flying a drone by the cliffs of Still Cove, Logan a...
  • Emilie Hendryx
    What a ride! I really enjoyed this relatively fast-paced MG that will be hitting the shelves this fall (October 2) in perfect time for Halloween. I definitely felt like it was Stranger Things meets middle grade, but am hesitant to say that I’d recommend it to kids any younger than 10. While it has a strong message of over coming fear (something I thought was great) it could prove to be a little much for readers with a vivid imagination. I loved...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Bloomsbury in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.The Darkdeep is a perfectly fast paced middle grade story that is full of friendship and adventure mixed with spooky. Super fun to read with a good amount of suspense. Although I have to admit it was a bit slow at the beginning, halfway through the book, it just picks up and the ending was just GREAT! I love the original plot ideas and ...
  • Joanna (BookandPages)
    I'm giving this a 3/5 stars today, but I think that may be higher if I read it again. I don't really know how to feel about this yet. I was slightly bored about half way in. It started to get a little repetitive. But I did stick it out, and I loved the last 30%. It was so good. I've never seen Stranger Things, so I couldn't say if it compares, but it gave me major Scooby Doo vibes. I really enjoyed this book, and I'm excited to recommend it to pe...
  • Aaron
    A comment on the ARC read "Stranger Things meets The Goonies." Love both the series and the movie. While this book is not as intense or scary, I see the similarities. That being said I found this an enjoyable read, and excellent start to the series.Any fan of Strangers Things and The Goonies will enjoy.
  • Gerard Villegas
    Read an ARC of this after the publishing rep wanted a blurb. Four youngsters discover a secluded island near their sleepy, little town that grants wishes but at a price. A combination of Stranger Things, Stephen King's It, and the 80's influence of The Monster Squad, this is one fun read that is step up from the Goosebumps series.
  • Anna
    A good read for some mild spooky vibes around Halloween! I do wish the secondary characters had been a bit more defined, but overall an enjoyable and sufficiently unsettling read.
  • Hannah
    Hey Marketing Department,You got me with the “Move over, Stranger Things” review.As a result, I'm judging this more harshly. You got nothing on Stranger Things.(It was ok.)
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    The Darkdeep was so perfect for a Halloween/fall read! I loved that it had a spooky and slightly creepy atmosphere but never got scary. Even middle grade me would have been okay with this one and I had zero tolerance for scary things.I think this would be perfect to get for the middle grader in your life! It covers a lot of important topics such as bullying, empathy, and overcoming fear. The friendships in it were wonderful and I loved seeing how...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Mist curled up from Still Cover, wraithlike tendrils swirling over the cliffs above the cave, as though a ghostly, limber, writhing forest had grown overnight. Opal reached out to touch a wisp, but it slipped through her fingers."This was an epic adventure into the darkness that lays beyond the fog. It was fast-paced and action-packed. There was never a dull moment between these pages. It reminded me of parts of Stranger Things and a tad bit fro...
  • Krysti
    STRANGER THINGS meets GOOSEBUMPS in this spine tingling adventure! THE DARKDEEP is the middle grade read to pick up this year. With lots of action and some truly creeptastic moments, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats. I can’t wait to see what Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs have in store for us in book two!
  • J.S.
    Nico and his friends are out testing his brand new quadcopter drone - which he's spent all the money he had to build - when a group of bullies shows up. After one of the bullies pilots the drone into the fog, Nico goes out on a ledge (literally) to try and get it back, but ends up falling into a mystery. The kids find a magical houseboat on an island with a strange swirling well inside it. But what starts out as fun exploring the mysteries soon b...
  • Michele
    this seems possibly too terrifying for this age group? but it is a thrill ride of fun and super cthulu lurking around every corner.seriously when the lovecraft mystery rears its head and their joint consensus is, "we need to research and read!", I laughed pretty hard. RPG Call of Cthulu has library use as one of the primary skill areas so this is very appropriate. basically, a story of a bunch of 12 year olds in a tiny town in Washington state fi...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, 272 pages. Bloomsbury, October 2018. $17.Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PGBUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHWhen Timber’s resident bullies send Nico’s drone off the cliff into perpetually foggy Still Cove, Nico is desperate to get his very expensive drone back. When he braves the cliff, he falls and his friends follow Opal, who used to be Nico’s friend, over th...
  • Holly
    Well, this was definitely a fun adventure! But there are some similarities to Stranger Things and it's almost like it was trying to BE that show at times (just not set in the 80s). The characters were their own, though. I really liked them a lot, and I'm such a fan of friend groups tackling evil things and saving each other and uncovering secrets probably best left buried. And while this isn't typically my type of story, I enjoyed it, and I'm loo...
  • Jamie
    I received an ARC at book expo.This was a really great middle grade novel about friendship. A group of friends discover a strange house boat filled with oddities in Still Cove. They soon discover the darkness that lies within and feeds on their greatest fears. A good pick for young horror fans.
  • Alex Ward
    Really smart & clever take on the increasingly re-popular ragtag-group-of-kids trope, but it "descends" into a really cliche storyline about a magical entity that can recreate Anything You Can Think Of. Fortunately the writing is great and consistently interesting, and there is an actually intriguing hook at the end that opens up sequel possibilities.
  • Jaden
    I really enjoyed the writing!
  • Annabeth Tyler
    Read my review here!
  • Jamie
    4.5Great new middle grade series.Nico and his friends discover a hidden island with many secrets. Can't wait for book 2.
  • Kristy
    This was like Goonies meets Goosebumps. Adults will be slightly annoyed by the derivative story, but kids will be delighted. Scary but not traumatizing.
  • Jessena Johnson
    Such a fun middle grade! It was like Stranger Things mixed with The Goonies.
  • Megan Manzano
    This was a super fast read and kept me pretty entertained from start to finish. It gave me hardcore Stranger Things Vibes (a group of preteens riding bikes, finding The Dark Deep, and fending off their small town from monsters). My rating is a 3.5 mainly for the strong message this MG book offers about fear and overcoming it and the cast of MCs.
  • Mandy Laferriere
    When I saw the ARC of this book at TLA, with Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs as authors, I shamelessly elbowed my way up to the publisher table and snagged a copy. And am I glad I did! Early buzz is calling this Goonies meets Stranger Things, and that's a pretty good description, as those shows are clearly part of the story's inspiration. However, Darkdeep is original enough to nod to those children of the 80's and still maintain its own original ...
  • USOM
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from the publisher. This in no way effects my review which is unbiased. At the heart of The Darkdeep is story about friendship. Not only is it about forgiveness, but it’s about second chances and seeing unknow depths about a person. Can our friendships help us become better people? At the same time, there is an undeniable eeriness, especially to the Darkdeep, as they call it. The concept of our manifestatio...
  • Jennifer
    This is just one of several fall 2018 books that are being marketed as Stranger Things for kids. A group of friends find a mysterious island that creates scary creatures and threatens their town. The relationships between the kids is well drawn, but it gets pushed to the side a bit as the action ramps up. It's pretty typical middle grade fare-a scary book that isn't too scary and which will probably not be on library shelves in 10 years time. Rev...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhen bully Logan and his cronies send Nico's expensive, handmade drone into the bottomless waters of Still Cove, Nico tries to retrieve it despite the warnings of his friends Emma and Tyler. Of course, the rescue doesn't go well, but the three discover a weird houseboat and island in the middle of the cove (which sounds sort of like a flooded quarry to me). This, of course, has to be investigated, and along with Opal (Log...
  • Samantha Beard
    I recently received an Arc of The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs from NetGalley. I’m so happy I had the chance to read this awesome middle-grade story, and here are a few reasons you should consider adding it to your Fall reading list.I love reading middle-grade novels. Not only are they quick reads, but they always help to pull me out of reading slumps. They’re a great pick me up after heavier reads as well (I’m looking at you ...