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08 July 2020

Book Review: Dark Blue Rising by Teri Terry *AD Gifted

Hodder Children's Books sent me a free electronic review copy of Dark Blue Rising by Teri Terry via NetGalley.

Dark Blue Rising is the first book in The Circle Trilogy and it is everything I could have hoped for. It's fast paced and a bit of a wild read, and it's very cleverly written. I absolutely loved it and can't wait for more.

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Tabby lives a transient life with her mum Cate, never sticking in one place long enough to make friends.

Until one day, an accident changes everything. Cate is arrested and Tabby realises her life has been a lie: Cate is not her mother.

As she adjusts to her new life, Tabby finds herself drawn to the ocean - the only place she feels happy - and enrolls at a swimming summer school to help her heal.

But all is not as it seems. She and her new friends are cut off from the outside world and she's plagued by a repeating symbol of interlocking circles that follows her everywhere.

As Tabby begins to learn the truth about what the circles mean, and uncovers the terrible lies she's been told about her past, a final twist awaits her - a secret hidden in her DNA...

Source: NetGalley, Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, belonging, power, secrets, responsibility.

When I saw that there was a new Teri Terry I did a bit of a scream and ran to tell Charlotte so she could request it too. Then I picked it for her TBR and she read it before me, so when I did finally manage to read it she was subjected to all of my thoughts and swears. There were a lot.

Dark Blue Rising is dark and twisting and just when you think you've got things figured out BAM CURVEBALL. It's a truly exhilarating read that had me longing for the seaside. It's fast paced and full of action, but I loved that there were also softer scenes of thoughts and feelings - emotions are definitely not set aside to maintain the pace.

I loved the settings in Dark Blue Rising. The contrast of Tabby's transient life and that of her new/old home was brilliant and I think it helped portray her confusion and alienation more. Then we have the school, which was a whole  new layer of sinister.

This make you really think about the ethics of technological progression. It is one of my absolute favourite themes in Teri Terry's books, the way such issues and the darker side of them are explored. The fact that what happens in these books seems so real, that it could actually happen in a matter of years, makes it all the more sinister.

If you have read any Teri Terry books before, then know that there is a cat in this book. And if you've read her books before, especially the Slated or Contagion series, then you will know that cats mean something.

I loved that despite the dark themes and settings and happenings, Dark Blue Rising still has some hope in the story.

I utterly adored this book, and I can't wait for my pre-order to arrive so I can read it again and see that beautiful cover in person.


  1. What a wonderful review! I can't wait to read Teri's new book (even if she killed Scotland with her last trilogy).

  2. This sounds like exactly the type of book I love reading ! Thank you for sharing, I’ll check it out !

  3. this sounds great - thankyou for sharing :)

  4. I added this to my TBR half way through your review. I love the sound of this, the pot sounds really interesting and any book that can keep throwing curve-balls when you think you've cracked it is a winner for me x


  5. I've never read any Teri Terry but you had me at cat, and that cats mean something! Love the sound of a book that keeps you on your toes and continually guessing, thank you for the recommendation :) Lisa

  6. It's so good. Am still swearing about it now! Brilliant rwvoew cora

  7. I really want to read this! Great review!

  8. I'm really in the mood for a fast paced read so this sounds fab!


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