Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

I've been so excited about reading this book for ages. Because it sounds and looks amazing. And because I adore Carrie Ryan. Though I have only read her middle grade book, The Map to Everywhere. But I loved it to pieces. So I could not wait for this one. Had to start this gorgeous the moment it finally arrived :D

And I'm so happy to say that this book did not disappoint. I loved it. I had a few small issues, which is why I'm giving it four stars, but I also loved this book. I found the writing to be great. I loved the characters. And the story was pretty amazing too. I'm just really glad that I ended up enjoying this book so much.

I'm not sure how to talk about this book though. Because there is so much to mention. And so much not to talk about. And I'm not sure how I wish to say it all. Ugh. But I will say that I enjoyed it so much. Frances is a great character to read about. Well, she did some things that I didn't approve of at all, but I still loved her. And I still understood her so well. I loved how the book begins when she is fourteen, when her family is killed. And so many others. And her new friend, Libby too. And then she takes over her life. It was a bit weird, how it happened, how she became Libby, but I also ended up liking it a whole lot. It was great to read about.

One thing that bothered me is how it seemed like Frances and Libby were best friends, before she ended up dead. But that wasn't fully true. They had met just about a week ago. On the cruise ship. They hadn't spent that much time together at all. And Frances met Grey at the same boat, falling in love with him in just about a week too. It was a bit weird and fast to me. But I also loved it to pieces. And I enjoyed reading about it so much. Wishing that the attack hadn't happened, though. Sigh. But it did. Sad face.

I'm not going to talk about the plot, or you know, mention all the things that the summary tells you. But I will say that I found the story to be exciting. And I wanted more. And I loved it. Then there were all the characters. The past Libby. I liked reading about who she had been, who she should have been. But mostly I loved reading about how Frances is dealing with being her. And not dealing with things at all. It hurt my heart, because she's not truly doing okay. And I just want her to be happy. And have revenge.

My favorite character, though, was Grey. The boy. The love interest. But there wasn't much romance in this book at all. Ugh. But there is a little bit. And while I loved those kisses, I felt like they were all based on a lie. Which they were. Grey didn't know the truth. And it hurt my heart so much. Sigh. He deserved better. Because Grey is suffering. His girlfriend, Frances, died on the ship four years ago. Except she didn't. Except he doesn't know that. I'm not happy with her, lol. But I understood her too.

But yes. I loved the characters in this book. I loved getting to know them all. The bad ones too. Mostly I just wanted to read about Frances and Grey. But I enjoyed reading about everything. It was awesome. I'm not sure what else to say about my feelings for this book. A bit more below, but not much about the story. Just that I loved it. And I loved how Frances wanted revenge. Though I felt like more than just two people were behind it all. Huh. Which is why I want a sequel too. Pretty please :D I very much need one.

Overall I ended up enjoying Daughter of Deep Silence a whole lot. It is exciting and a bit scary. It has some cute romance moments. And a bunch of sad moments too. It is a gorgeous revenge story. I wish it had been a bit more, but I did love this one. Some things didn't make all that much sense to me, but I didn't mind at all. Because Daughter of Deep Silence was exciting. It was thrilling at times. It was a book I didn't mind getting lost in, and I did. I ended up loving this one. And I could not be happier about it.

But even though I loved this one. I still had some issues, sadly. I wish it had been a bit more dark. I wish there had been a whole lot more romance. I wish the ending had been at least another a hundred pages, because it isn't wrapped up at all. It is a mean ending. And I need more. Oh, how I need more. I need to know how Grey feels about Frances lying to him for four goddamn years. Well, not to him personally, not really, but even so. She didn't tell him. And I can't stand that. She must make up for it. She just must.

I know, such small problems to have. But it bothered me a bit. It hurt my heart. Frances hurt him. Badly. And I didn't see her make up for it for one second even. It bothers me so much. Which is why I'm dying for a sequel. I need more. I need for her to make it okay with Grey. He deserves so much more. And I need to know more about her too. And everything. And Shepherd too. And yeah. I very much want another book. There doesn't need to be one, but I need one. Evil ending, yet not that evil, not really.

I didn't truly have any other issues with this one. I wish it had been darker, like I said, and a bit longer, and more romance. But other than that I loved it. I found it to be exciting and fast to read and just pretty amazing. This book was awesome. And I'm glad I finally got to read it. I get the feeling I need to read other books by Carrie too. Since she's awesome, hih. Anyway. I would say that you should all read Daughter of Deep Silence. Because it is an amazing book. So, yes. Go buy it already. And then read it.


  1. Ooh, this is one I can't decide on! It didn't grab me with the synopsis, but I've heard good things, too. I bet I'd want it to be darker, too. :) I'm glad you mostly loved this, Carina, and that it was worth the wait! :D

  2. I think it's one of those reads, where the author's previous work is the deciding factor on whether or not I'll pick it up. I love Carrie Ryan's zombie series, so even if these are two unrelated subject matters, I'm still going to read it.

    Glad you loved it, C!

  3. Great to hear that it didn't disappoint. I haven't read much Ryan but sounds like I should

  4. The summary of this book seems very interested. And I've been reading good reviews - thank you for sharing yours. But I confess that I disliked "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" a lot (the writing was the worse for me). And for that reason I'm not sure if I'm ready to give Carrie Ryan a second chance.

    Happy readings! :)

  5. I wanted to get this one at BEA too, because the author was signing it but I couldn't work around the times! I'll be getting it soon anyways because it sounds fantastic and I'm glad to hear you really liked it!

  6. Lovely review, Carina! I'm happy you were able to enjoy this for the most part! I don't think it sounds like a me book - I think I'd be disappointed in the romance aspect. :/ But the story does sound interesting!
    Thank you for your review. <3


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