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An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.  Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling r An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.  Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger. Zan’s quest to save the treasure—and the lives of people she cares about—leads her from the sparkling Mediterranean, to the bustle of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, to the eerie and crumbling caves of Cappadocia. But it seems that nowhere is safe, and there’s only so high she can climb before everything comes tumbling down.


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An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.  Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling r An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.  Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger. Zan’s quest to save the treasure—and the lives of people she cares about—leads her from the sparkling Mediterranean, to the bustle of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, to the eerie and crumbling caves of Cappadocia. But it seems that nowhere is safe, and there’s only so high she can climb before everything comes tumbling down.

30 review for Blue Voyage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Renn creates an exciting mystery taking place throughout Turkey. If you've ever wanted to visit Turkey but couldn't for whatever reason, now you can navigate the vibrant country from your living room. The descriptions are lush, the customs, traditions, people and culture well described. It's exciting zigzagging all over this colorful county. Lots of historical points referenced make this read both exciting and educational without being boring. Renn takes you from coastal setting to inland, numer Renn creates an exciting mystery taking place throughout Turkey. If you've ever wanted to visit Turkey but couldn't for whatever reason, now you can navigate the vibrant country from your living room. The descriptions are lush, the customs, traditions, people and culture well described. It's exciting zigzagging all over this colorful county. Lots of historical points referenced make this read both exciting and educational without being boring. Renn takes you from coastal setting to inland, numerous tourist sites visited. Zan takes a little getting used you until you understand what she's grappling with. A mercurial teenager, trying to fit in with her peers, her family life is in the spotlight, even more so when her politician father's infidelity is discovered. She deals with vitiligo, trying to accept her condition, great on Renn's part for bringing awareness to this autoimmune disease. Zan's a smart girl, lonely, trust issues along with sticky fingers, she finds solace in rock climbing, when you become more familiar with this prickly young lady she actually grows on you. The mystery aspect was intriguing, especially with artifacts, forgeries, mafia, corruption and authentic treasure pieces at stake all actual instances plaguing Turkey, which makes this read even more riveting. Artifacts smuggling is a serious issue as Turkey is all too familiar. Renn merely scratches at the surface of this ongoing challenge. Plenty of noteworthy characters keeping you on your toes as you seek the truth along with Zan and her family and friends.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rashika (is tired)

    Actual Rating 3.5 ***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato Immediate reaction after finishing book (Look at that beautiful smile though. #brb #dying) What I liked 1. The mystery. I love me a good mystery and that is exactly what this book offers. It is brain candy, food for my soul and so so soothing. Sometimes, a girl just need to lay back with a good mystery that will turn the wheels in her head and keep her guessing. 2. The setting. This book is set in Turkey and the a Actual Rating 3.5 ***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato Immediate reaction after finishing book (Look at that beautiful smile though. #brb #dying) What I liked 1. The mystery. I love me a good mystery and that is exactly what this book offers. It is brain candy, food for my soul and so so soothing. Sometimes, a girl just need to lay back with a good mystery that will turn the wheels in her head and keep her guessing. 2. The setting. This book is set in Turkey and the author does a really good job of making that atmosphere come to life for a reader who has never been to Turkey. She also includes terminology and while I cannot say with certainty whether or not she represents the Turkish culture authentically, I didn't think she was offensive at any point and painted a very pretty picture (if one filled with a lot and lot of crime.) 3. The way she weaved in modern day issues. The mystery in this book revolves around an antiquities smuggling ring and the author really brings to light how horrible this issue is. It's not something you would normally think about but these are crimes against our history and its heartbreaking to think that there are so many important archaeological pieces that have been stolen from their countries and hiden in personal collections where the public cannot access them. Renn also asks a lot of important questions like to whom an artifact belongs. 4. The Relationships. The relationships in this book are a complicated mess but I love the way Renn develops them. Families are not perfect and sometimes it takes a while to realize that. Sometimes your mom might suck at listening to you but it doesn't mean she is secretly evil or out to get you (even if it might feel that way.) What Didn't Work As Much 1. The main character. I don't necessarily want to include her here because I did like her, I just wasn't okay with some of the assumptions she made. For starters she isn't perfect which is cool. She is also diverse! She is part Jewish (although not really religious but hey, it still counts since she was raised that way) and she also suffers from vitiligo (I thought it was worth mentioning because that doesn't come up that often in books.) She also tends to have the kind of attitude that assumes that Americans are better than foreigners. I get wanting to trust people from your own country but she doesn't ever question the Americans she is surrounded by and chooses to not trust everybody else. It was kind of a major pain in the butt. At one point when someone does something questionable, her reaction was "but they're AMERICAN" and I was like NOPE. 2. The conveniences. As much as I adore the mystery and the fast paced nature of the plot (which is right up my alley) I also thought there were a lot of conveniences within the pages of the book. Especially in terms of ways the bad guys got things done and I found myself going ??? really??? can there be no other explanation? Book in Three Words Fast paced, thrilling, adventurous. Note that I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Actual Rating: 3.5 out of 4 After hearing Diana Renn talk about Blue Voyage at this year's Boston Teen Author Festival, I was excited by the idea of a "YA travel mystery involving stolen treasure." Now I'm glad I gave this book a chance! Set in modern-day Turkey, Blue Voyage follows 16-year-old Alexandra (a.k.a. Zan) as she reluctantly joins her mother for a cruise along the Turkish Riviera and to visit her recently widowed aunt. It's meant to a bonding experience, and a chance for Zan (a politici Actual Rating: 3.5 out of 4 After hearing Diana Renn talk about Blue Voyage at this year's Boston Teen Author Festival, I was excited by the idea of a "YA travel mystery involving stolen treasure." Now I'm glad I gave this book a chance! Set in modern-day Turkey, Blue Voyage follows 16-year-old Alexandra (a.k.a. Zan) as she reluctantly joins her mother for a cruise along the Turkish Riviera and to visit her recently widowed aunt. It's meant to a bonding experience, and a chance for Zan (a politician's daughter) to escape the hometown spotlight after being caught shoplifting. However, she's soon drawn to the mystery behind her uncle's suspicious death and begins investigating it on her own. Could a treasure-smuggling operation be behind it all? More importantly, who can Zan trust in a foreign country where everyone - even apparent tourists - might be working for the smugglers? Thrilling and adventurous, Blue Voyage excels at steeping readers in the beauties and dangers of the Middle East. Renn takes us to the pristine Mediterranean coasts, the bustling capital of Istanbul, and the ancient ruins of Cappadocia, all while bringing in bits of Turkish culture and Islam and addressing the region's issues with archaeology smuggling. There are also plenty of adult characters in this YA story, and an emphasis on dysfunctional families learning to heal. My feelings about Zan went back and forth, though. Her hobbies (rock climbing), detective skills, and compelling backstory (especially her insecurity due to vitiligo) made her a unique protagonist, but her attitude irritated me at times. Some of the older characters came across as immature as well. Otherwise, Blue Voyage was a refreshing change of pace for this fantasy reader, and a thoroughly researched caper that kept me guessing until the end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie A.

    A feast for the senses as the beautiful, exotic location described in sumptuous detail brings several different areas of Turkey to life. From the Riviera to the heart of Istanbul, this is the most fantastic armchair vacation I didn't know I wanted to go on. There is a teen-led investigative plot into a dangerous black-market antiquities ring, with very minimal romance that never even reaches a kiss -- but first you get to go on at least 100 pages of a vacation cruise that is absolutely more deta A feast for the senses as the beautiful, exotic location described in sumptuous detail brings several different areas of Turkey to life. From the Riviera to the heart of Istanbul, this is the most fantastic armchair vacation I didn't know I wanted to go on. There is a teen-led investigative plot into a dangerous black-market antiquities ring, with very minimal romance that never even reaches a kiss -- but first you get to go on at least 100 pages of a vacation cruise that is absolutely more detailed than necessary to set the stage for the main plot, and that extravagance is what makes it so great. In case the cruise ship isn't enough, you also get to dive into the day to day business of boutique hotel management, and the PR efforts to make it even more charming to attract business. As a bonus, plenty of female bonding, and most of the (positive) main characters are women. In sum: it took me over a week to finish because I could only digest a few dozen pages at a time. I savored every section because there was always so much to look at and think about. The food, for one -- I have not had most of the items mentioned in Orhan's cooking, and now I want all of them -- but also the loveliness of the stolen treasures, free spirit Sage, the kooky cruise couples, the beauty of the natural areas, Zan's complex family issues, and the cultural opportunities to explore around the hotel. The book even has cool art design going for it, with each chapter heading, outlined in the same doorway shape as the cover.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book had a very slow start, and then picks up about halfway through and is fast-paced until the end. If you have an advanced reader who likes mysteries, there isn't much in this YA title to scare them off (unless they aren't into slow starters.) I kept waiting for the mystery to happen! Zan is a character to root for. She's very human, has made mistakes, but grows from them and figures stuff out. This book had a very slow start, and then picks up about halfway through and is fast-paced until the end. If you have an advanced reader who likes mysteries, there isn't much in this YA title to scare them off (unless they aren't into slow starters.) I kept waiting for the mystery to happen! Zan is a character to root for. She's very human, has made mistakes, but grows from them and figures stuff out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marc Cullison

    Even though this is a young adult novel, it is one of the most engaging books I’ve read in a long time. Not a knuckle-biter, but exciting, just the same. Well told from the perspective of a 16-year-old girl, with enough background and characterization to be real. The characters seemed genuine, and the plot clever. All of the ins and outs were revealed and loose ends closed. A satisfying read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim Baccellia

    Another winning novel from Diana Renn! Suspense packed ride in contemporary Turkey where a teen finds herself mixed up with an international antiquities smuggling ring. Mystery, adventure, and a page turning novel that is sure to keep readers up late! YA Books Central review coming soon!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ariel C.

    RATING: 8.3/10 i liked this book! i'm going to start with the bad stuff, since there's not much. IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET GOOD I remember exactly when it started to get exciting. Page 191. That's when things started to move faster, the action got ramped up and the plot became more interesting. It was a shame that this took so long to transition from leisurely days on a turkish cruise to the underground smuggling operation. it felt like half the book was spent on meaningless pursuits under the summer he RATING: 8.3/10 i liked this book! i'm going to start with the bad stuff, since there's not much. IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET GOOD I remember exactly when it started to get exciting. Page 191. That's when things started to move faster, the action got ramped up and the plot became more interesting. It was a shame that this took so long to transition from leisurely days on a turkish cruise to the underground smuggling operation. it felt like half the book was spent on meaningless pursuits under the summer heat, where our protagonist argued with her mother and ate good food. sure, it pays well to offer contrasting plot speeds, but i do wish that there was maybe less time spent on the beginning, especially since the opening of the book is crucial in ensuring that the readers make it til the end. either way, i'm glad i resisted giving up on this book each and every single time, and definitely have no regrets staying until 430am to read. okay okay moving on to the good stuff. i actually liked the main character i did not have very high hopes for her, especially when i learnt about her past. i thought she was going to be spoilt, bratty and entitled, but i was genuinely pleasantly surprised by her. she was likeable, sometimes annoying, but overall dynamic and well developed. i especially liked how the author dipped a little into a possible romance, but focused exclusively on the plot. it made for a very engaging read without any dumb side plots or romances that softened the main character. i thought that Zan was really suited for the story, and I would very much like to be her friend. the plot if you take out the first 190 pages, i would say that this book was hella tight. i loved how the plot flowed, how it seemed to end but never end, and how the plot twists were intriguing, even though they were not entirely crazy. i liked that the characters continued to play roles in the plot after the cruise, and how the author managed to bring in new ones without the story feeling too overcrowded. i thought that the pace of the story moved in a way that i was comfortable with, even though i felt that the chasing scenes/ final climbing scene wasn't as action packed as i would have liked. the characters i thought the characters of the novel were done extremely well. i loved that they had their good and bad sides, and i thought that the length of the novel really gave each main character the development and growth that they deserved. i wish that orhan and nasif were more than just supporting characters, but i definitely am happy with the way they were portrayed. the ending was your typical happy ending, where everything is resolved and everyone is happy. i'm not complaining about how it ended, but i did wish that nasif and zan managed to have something more than just rare glimpses of smiles and fleeting moments of togetherness.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    This got off to a slow start and I almost got bored with it, but it picked up. It's a little hard to believe teens are involved in an antiquities smuggling ring, but I admit that by midway through, I kept turning pages. I enjoyed the descriptions of Turkey. I do wish there had been more conflict between Zan and her mother later in the story. But overall I did stay engaged in the story and the characters' lives. This got off to a slow start and I almost got bored with it, but it picked up. It's a little hard to believe teens are involved in an antiquities smuggling ring, but I admit that by midway through, I kept turning pages. I enjoyed the descriptions of Turkey. I do wish there had been more conflict between Zan and her mother later in the story. But overall I did stay engaged in the story and the characters' lives.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ri

    DNF Disappointing. I was looking forward to reading this book since it has such an interesting premise, and surprise it's a book that takes place in Turkey! However, my main gripe with it is that it's so slow. So very slow and while usually I have enough patience for this, I didn't this time and I skipped to read the end and it ended up exactly as I thought it was going to anyways. :/ DNF Disappointing. I was looking forward to reading this book since it has such an interesting premise, and surprise it's a book that takes place in Turkey! However, my main gripe with it is that it's so slow. So very slow and while usually I have enough patience for this, I didn't this time and I skipped to read the end and it ended up exactly as I thought it was going to anyways. :/

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a gorgeous story with beautiful writing. I felt like I was in Turkey with Zan traveling through the Mediterranean and in Istanbul. The author uses descriptive writing to make you feel like you are in this exotic environment, and you can really picture everything making it all seem so real. It’s a long book and looking back I realized it does take a while before we get into the real plot of the book, but all the events that happened beforehand were very necessary to the story. Some peopl This was a gorgeous story with beautiful writing. I felt like I was in Turkey with Zan traveling through the Mediterranean and in Istanbul. The author uses descriptive writing to make you feel like you are in this exotic environment, and you can really picture everything making it all seem so real. It’s a long book and looking back I realized it does take a while before we get into the real plot of the book, but all the events that happened beforehand were very necessary to the story. Some people may consider it a slow read, but I felt like everything was needed and I was never bored; I was engrossed in the way Renn told her story. I consider this to be somewhat of an adventure story with a lot of action towards the end. This book brought attention to a very important issue which is antiquities smuggling. This book really opened my eyes to the issues regarding this epidemic. The author gives a lot of detail about how the process works and it was all really surprising. I loved the ideas this book made you question, about artifacts and who they belong to. It takes a while before the book really gets into the details of this process, but I never minded. I felt like a lot of the beginning of the book was an introduction of all the characters and setting up the rest of the story. It wasn’t until the second part of the book where things really take off. The one problem I had with this book was Zan. I was okay with her character at the beginning of the story, but she really began to annoy me. I understand that she had a hard time with her parents and her own issues, but she blames everyone else for her problems. She was very bratty and thought everyone was against her. I started to care less about her because of it and I started to hate everything about her personal life and every time she talked about herself or her family. I understand that this was part of her character development and that she had to start off that way so she could realize that the world didn’t revolve around her, but it took so long before this realization happened. This was a long book and she didn’t start to realize things until basically the last forty pages; by that point I just didn’t care anymore. I also thought she would realize things earlier because of Sage considering Sage had a much harder life than Zan. I thought Zan would realize her life wasn’t so bad as she learned more about Sage, but that never really happened. I think Sage was my favorite character. I thought the story might have been more interesting from her point of view instead of Zan’s. It would have been interesting to see how Sage got involved and how involved she really was. I also thought Sage would end of being the romantic interest for Zan because of how Zan thought about her and always seemed to want her attention at the beginning of the novel. There was another romantic interest thrown in towards the end of the book that I never really cared for and I didn’t think he moved the plot along very much. I preferred Sage a lot more. Overall I adored this book, it was beautifully written with amazing description of the setting. It made me want to travel to Turkey and just see the world. It brought back my love for history and travel and I loved that about it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Zan is still trying to live down her recent shoplifting charges. It's an embarrassment both to her politically motivated father and to the teen as well. But her father's aspirations have been hurt by more than Zan's misadventures - he was caught kissing one of his contributors and has since left Zan and her mother. So it's not too surprising when Zan's mother announces a need for a change of scenery. So the two head off to Turkey where they'll accompany Zan's recently widowed aunt on a Blue Voya Zan is still trying to live down her recent shoplifting charges. It's an embarrassment both to her politically motivated father and to the teen as well. But her father's aspirations have been hurt by more than Zan's misadventures - he was caught kissing one of his contributors and has since left Zan and her mother. So it's not too surprising when Zan's mother announces a need for a change of scenery. So the two head off to Turkey where they'll accompany Zan's recently widowed aunt on a Blue Voyage cruise of archaeological sites that her late husband was to be leading. Since the family didn't make it out for Berk's funeral, it seems it's time to offer a bit of support especially when Aunt Jackie becomes convinced her husband's accident was murder. Their trip begins well enough, but the area is being heavily patrolled by police out to bust a group of smugglers. And Zan soon finds herself caught in the crosshairs! I don't know how I've not read Diana Renn before now! In Blue Voyage she's taken a feisty heroine with a penchant for rock climbing, thrown her into an exotic (and TEMPTING!) setting, wrapped it all in a mystery/thriller package, and added more than a dash of Indiana Jones worthy antiquities/archaeology based adventure to boot! I'll admit that while I'm fascinated by Turkey (and the FOOD!), I know very little about the country and its history. Renn has definitely inspired me to change that. There's a good bit of both history and lore here in Blue Voyage, including the tantalizing tale of a lost treasure and a cursed tomb. But this history provides just one piece of the backdrop for the story. A teen in trouble - but for her father's influence, she would have been spending at least part of her summer in juvie or doing community service -, family drama, and the very real dangers of the current political scene in Turkey are all a part of this tale. Zan gets just a taste of the potential danger on the docks when they arrive to meet the Gulet Yasemin, but doesn't fully understand the dangers until it's too late. The tension ratchets up exponentially as the story progresses, which makes for quite fun reading. Blue Voyage is pretty much everything you could ask for in a book - whether you're a teen or an adult. Renn's writing is wonderful - she's got fantastic character development and an excellent and truly gripping plot. Add to that the fact that Blue Voyage is obviously well researched (Renn even talks about the importance of accuracy in her Author's Note) and you've got a serious win in my book! Renn, new-to-me at the time I read Blue Voyage, is definitely an author I plan to read more of in the future. Her two previous novels, Tokyo Heist and Latitude Zero, feature some of the same themes as Blue Voyage not the least of which are exotic locales, and I suspect that they are equally as fabulous as Blue Voyage. (You can find out more about Renn and her work on her website at DianaRennBooks.com.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Grace P

    Diana Renn is the author of the young adult mystery novels TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO and BLUE VOYAGE all published by Viking/Penguin. She is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son. Our main character in BLUE VOYAGE is Zan, the daughter of an American politician who has lots of family drama. The story starts with Zan and Diana Renn is the author of the young adult mystery novels TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO and BLUE VOYAGE all published by Viking/Penguin. She is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son. Our main character in BLUE VOYAGE is Zan, the daughter of an American politician who has lots of family drama. The story starts with Zan and her mother going on a cruise in Turkey to meet up with her aunt whose husband just died. We follow Zan, her aunt, a new friend, and many others over a short period of time with lots of developments along the way. We follow artifact smuggling in Turkey, and a little romance along the way. I think Diana Ren did a fantastic job with incorporating Turkish culture into the story, it is what kept me reading. The entire premise was unique to the YA genre that I was thoroughly entertained. I feel like the story may have dragged a little because overall not that much happened. The story sped up at the end with lots of action and I wish it had been spread out over the course of the book more. I loved the characters in the story, though, they were real and imperfect. The joining of cultures in this book was really interesting. The plot had lots of potential, but some of the plot twists were predictable. I would pick up this book again because the culture and descriptive writing were enough for me to enjoy it. I could clearly see the author’s intended purpose of exploring Turkey and other cultures in her story as well as family relationships, and I think it definitely came through in the writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an easy to follow mystery. If you are interested in Turkish or international travels this would be the perfect read for you. I do think this book is enjoyable, but you have to be patient enough to wait for it to get interesting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carolynn Markey

    Cons: this book is sllllllowwwwwwwww. like really slow. Most of it is just real life happening and a lot of teenage thoughts. Pros: this book is funny at times. I like Zan. The other characters are believable and the book is quite gripping at times. I liked the ending and the writing style. I can't quite put my finger on WHAT I liked about it. Maybe that I read it while my toddler napped on me. Maybe because it was really interesting and there was a lot of background happening away from the main Cons: this book is sllllllowwwwwwwww. like really slow. Most of it is just real life happening and a lot of teenage thoughts. Pros: this book is funny at times. I like Zan. The other characters are believable and the book is quite gripping at times. I liked the ending and the writing style. I can't quite put my finger on WHAT I liked about it. Maybe that I read it while my toddler napped on me. Maybe because it was really interesting and there was a lot of background happening away from the main story. But I feel positive about this book. I love the rich history in the pages, learning a tiny tiny bit about Turkey. I love the Aunt, and her ramshackle hotel. It's just a very rich story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Zan's father is a politician caught in a sex scandal-- Zan reacts to this by shoplifting, which gets her on the news. To escape, her mother takes her to Turkey to provide emotional support to her aunt, whose husband was killed in a hiking accident. He was supposed to be the lecturer on the cruise, so the aunt is taking the cruise as a sentimental journey. Zan's just pissed with life-- her friends all dropped her after the scandal, her mother doesn't trust her, and she's very self conscious about Zan's father is a politician caught in a sex scandal-- Zan reacts to this by shoplifting, which gets her on the news. To escape, her mother takes her to Turkey to provide emotional support to her aunt, whose husband was killed in a hiking accident. He was supposed to be the lecturer on the cruise, so the aunt is taking the cruise as a sentimental journey. Zan's just pissed with life-- her friends all dropped her after the scandal, her mother doesn't trust her, and she's very self conscious about her vitiligo, which requires extra maintenance in the hot Mediterranean sun. Luckily, she meets a girl her age, Sage, who is mysteriously on the cruise by herself. Soon, Zan finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy involving antiquities, and is given ample opportunity to make all sorts of mistakes which lead to her being arrested, drugged, and kidnapped. Will she be able to figure out what's up with Sage, as well as the circumstances of her uncle's death. Strengths: Lots of good details about traveling in Turkey, as well as about antiquities. Lots of action and adventure-- reminded me a great deal of Mrs. Pollifax, although Zan doesn't have the mad skills that she has! Weaknesses: This felt more like an adult novel, with all of the side stories about the aunt's struggles with infertility and keeping a hotel going, the mother dealing with her husband's infidelity, etc. There is some nice romance, though. Also, neither Zan nor Sage make good choices. Seriously, who gets drugged with juice anymore? Haven't they read the news? What I really think: Picked up a copy at a book look, so will probably put it in my library, but this will be a hard sell in middle school. Nothing inappropriate, just really long. Readers who liked this author's Tokyo Heist will enjoy this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cashman

    I loved every page of this YA thriller - if I could give it 10 stars I would! It is a page turning, heart pounding mystery, but it is also so much more. Zan is a damaged young woman who has made some bad choices with terrible consequences, lashes out, and feels that no one understands her. But throughout the course of the book she realizes she is stronger, smarter and braver than she ever imagined. Zan is struggling to come to terms with life in the limelight when her father becomes a rising poli I loved every page of this YA thriller - if I could give it 10 stars I would! It is a page turning, heart pounding mystery, but it is also so much more. Zan is a damaged young woman who has made some bad choices with terrible consequences, lashes out, and feels that no one understands her. But throughout the course of the book she realizes she is stronger, smarter and braver than she ever imagined. Zan is struggling to come to terms with life in the limelight when her father becomes a rising political star, and struggling to be the "perfect" daughter. But when her father's career comes crashing down, so does Zan's social life - and all of her friends drop her. A few bad decisions - caught on social media - lands her on a forced mother-daughter trip to visit her recently widowed aunt in Turkey. Despite her initial reluctance, Zan begins to enjoy the Blue Voyage along the Mediterranean, spending time with her aunt, in whom she finds an unexpected and sympathetic ally, and her new, worldly friend, Sage. But Zan soon realizes that Aunt Jackie's delusion that her husband was murdered may not be that crazy after all. She finds herself the target of an antiquity smuggling ring, followed by thugs who believe she can retrieve an ancient cursed treasure - and if she doesn't - her family will pay the price.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I became a huge fan of Diana Renn’s international YA thrillers with her first book, TOKYO HEIST. Taking place in Japan and starring manga-obsessed Violet, Tokyo Heist is a roller coaster ride filled with twisty plot turns set against the backdrop of the art world. In Renn’s second book, LATITUDE ZERO, she presents a similarly engaging story, set in Ecuador amid the high-stakes world of bicycle racing. So when I heard she was coming out with her third YA novel, set in Turkey, I was eager to read I became a huge fan of Diana Renn’s international YA thrillers with her first book, TOKYO HEIST. Taking place in Japan and starring manga-obsessed Violet, Tokyo Heist is a roller coaster ride filled with twisty plot turns set against the backdrop of the art world. In Renn’s second book, LATITUDE ZERO, she presents a similarly engaging story, set in Ecuador amid the high-stakes world of bicycle racing. So when I heard she was coming out with her third YA novel, set in Turkey, I was eager to read it. Happily, BLUE VOYAGE did not disappoint. In this captivating story, Zan, an avid rock climber and risk-taker, travels to Istanbul with her mother to help out at her aunt’s inn after her Turkish uncle dies under suspicious circumstances. Zan is quickly swept into a mystery around antiquities, forgery and a secret smuggling ring and, in so doing, uncovers the truth of her uncle’s death. Renn has a remarkable talent for creating unique teen protagonists whose passions, talents, and pluck serve them well as they solve complex mysteries. In BLUE VOYAGE, she adeptly weaves together mouth-watering descriptions of Turkey, its culture and history, the main character’s backstory and the family’s dynamics, making for a thoroughly satisfying and engaging read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    This fast-paced, complex mystery is one of those books that you hate to finish because the world of the book is so enveloping. When the novel opens Zan, the teen girl at the heart of story, feels like her privileged life is falling apart. Her high-powered Dad has been caught having an affair and Zan has been caught shoplifting. Her distraught mother takes her to Turkey for a Blue Voyage, but this vacation takes an unexpected turn when Zan gets inadvertently pulled into an international smuggling This fast-paced, complex mystery is one of those books that you hate to finish because the world of the book is so enveloping. When the novel opens Zan, the teen girl at the heart of story, feels like her privileged life is falling apart. Her high-powered Dad has been caught having an affair and Zan has been caught shoplifting. Her distraught mother takes her to Turkey for a Blue Voyage, but this vacation takes an unexpected turn when Zan gets inadvertently pulled into an international smuggling ring. Exquisite glimpses of Turkey and its artifacts, are intermingled with its darker side in this compelling mystery. I love that not only does Zan use her wits as she tries to unravel the mystery, but she’s also a rock climber. In this beautifully written novel all her skills are put to the test and she emerges as a likable kickass heroine who is both vulnerable and strong! I highly recommend Blue Voyage to lovers of mystery who also want to vicariously experience the thrill of traveling to exotic places.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Weatherford

    “Blue Voyage” by Diana Renn is an enthralling story of an ordinary girl who finds herself in an attempt to take down a massive smuggling ring in Turkey. After Zan embarks on a cruise with her aunt and mother, she meets a foreign student Sage, who is much more than she seems. After a quick escape from the cruise, Sage later reconnects with Zan in Istanbul. With Sage’s help, and the bellboy from her aunt’s hotel, Zan learns the secrets her late uncle was entangled in. The story takes the reader th “Blue Voyage” by Diana Renn is an enthralling story of an ordinary girl who finds herself in an attempt to take down a massive smuggling ring in Turkey. After Zan embarks on a cruise with her aunt and mother, she meets a foreign student Sage, who is much more than she seems. After a quick escape from the cruise, Sage later reconnects with Zan in Istanbul. With Sage’s help, and the bellboy from her aunt’s hotel, Zan learns the secrets her late uncle was entangled in. The story takes the reader through the history of some of Turkey’s greatest sites and artifacts, all while keeping up with the exciting actions of Zan. The book is as imaginative as it is factual and combines many elements: adventure, history, teen romance, action, to make a story that is well worth the read. Zan is relatable, yet capable to accomplishing things many teenagers could only dream of. Any teenager looking for a little adventure would love this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    If you are looking for a book that will make you want to turn every page, this is the book for you! Set in the mysterious country of Turkey, Zan is a politician's daughter. To get away from all the drama, Zan and her mom decide to take a trip to Turkey to visit their aunt whose husband had recently died. On the cruise ship that they were taking a vacation in, Zan makes a new friend, Sage. After her mysterious disappearance from the cruise ship and being jailed at the airport for Zan carrying unl If you are looking for a book that will make you want to turn every page, this is the book for you! Set in the mysterious country of Turkey, Zan is a politician's daughter. To get away from all the drama, Zan and her mom decide to take a trip to Turkey to visit their aunt whose husband had recently died. On the cruise ship that they were taking a vacation in, Zan makes a new friend, Sage. After her mysterious disappearance from the cruise ship and being jailed at the airport for Zan carrying unlicensed artifacts (that wasn't clearly hers) she starts to doubt Sage and her friendship that leads her into adventuring into the dark illegal artifact business in Turkey. It is a very compelling mystery thriller this is a great book for you! It teaches us a lot about the meaning of friendships, determination and bravery. These powerful themes and Zan's character should be something we all should look up to.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed it! But that ending! I usually want an extra 20 pages to the end of a book like this but for this book I NEEDED, at least 2 more pages! What if she fell of the building after she jumped? Do you get what I'm saying? I would be fine with an epilogue too. And I wanted to see more of Nazif at the end! I wanted him to be at Zan's bedside when she woke up at the hospital! But I can't really blame him because he was really cute! I LOVED this book. It took so many great twists and turns I really enjoyed it! But that ending! I usually want an extra 20 pages to the end of a book like this but for this book I NEEDED, at least 2 more pages! What if she fell of the building after she jumped? Do you get what I'm saying? I would be fine with an epilogue too. And I wanted to see more of Nazif at the end! I wanted him to be at Zan's bedside when she woke up at the hospital! But I can't really blame him because he was really cute! I LOVED this book. It took so many great twists and turns that. I was not expecting. Their were so many great aspects to it that I loved exploring, the last 300 pages flew by! I couldn't believe this story was over!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catey

    I had the great privilege of reading an early copy of Blue Voyage, and I enjoyed it so much I wasn't ready to leave it when I finished. One of my first thoughts in early pages was that it reminded me very much of Agatha Christie novels, and that comparison stuck for the rest of the book. The novel is set in Turkey features a unique and compelling protagonist, a complex mystery with lots of moving parts, and a loveable-if-not-trustable cast of supporting characters. Renn's writing is witty and en I had the great privilege of reading an early copy of Blue Voyage, and I enjoyed it so much I wasn't ready to leave it when I finished. One of my first thoughts in early pages was that it reminded me very much of Agatha Christie novels, and that comparison stuck for the rest of the book. The novel is set in Turkey features a unique and compelling protagonist, a complex mystery with lots of moving parts, and a loveable-if-not-trustable cast of supporting characters. Renn's writing is witty and engaging and Blue Voyage is a great read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lourdes

    If you want to read a timely, contemporary YA novel that asks different questions about the necessity of preserving historical artifacts, the ways to handle grief and family estrangement, and why it is important to know and define what we want out of our lives, read this fantastic book. Not only is the setting different compared to most YA, the added layer of mystery and intrigue makes the novel one you won't want to put down for very long. Also, awesome rock climbing and a hint of romance don't If you want to read a timely, contemporary YA novel that asks different questions about the necessity of preserving historical artifacts, the ways to handle grief and family estrangement, and why it is important to know and define what we want out of our lives, read this fantastic book. Not only is the setting different compared to most YA, the added layer of mystery and intrigue makes the novel one you won't want to put down for very long. Also, awesome rock climbing and a hint of romance don't hurt either.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    The book was interesting. I loved how the author described Turkey and all the information she had in the the book. The main character Zan is a cool chick and so were all the other characters. My biggest problem with the book was how simple the plot twists were and how I was not surprised once with this "mystery". A good amount of time I was banging my head against the wall hoping Zan would get it together and realize what was going on. The book in general was okay but I cannot stress enough how The book was interesting. I loved how the author described Turkey and all the information she had in the the book. The main character Zan is a cool chick and so were all the other characters. My biggest problem with the book was how simple the plot twists were and how I was not surprised once with this "mystery". A good amount of time I was banging my head against the wall hoping Zan would get it together and realize what was going on. The book in general was okay but I cannot stress enough how much I loved the setting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abby Fennelly

    I cannot express enough how much I loved Blue Voyage. It had been catching my eye on the shelf for a while, and I was meaning to pick it up. But then, I had the chance to attend a writing workshop with Diana Renn at Buttonwood Books and Toys and picked up a copy then. Her personality was so endearing that I knew any writing that she produced would be incredible. This book is perfect for not only people who love adventure and crime novels, but for lovers of travel and history of artifacts as well I cannot express enough how much I loved Blue Voyage. It had been catching my eye on the shelf for a while, and I was meaning to pick it up. But then, I had the chance to attend a writing workshop with Diana Renn at Buttonwood Books and Toys and picked up a copy then. Her personality was so endearing that I knew any writing that she produced would be incredible. This book is perfect for not only people who love adventure and crime novels, but for lovers of travel and history of artifacts as well!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Steve

    Full disclosure: If I did not have to read this book, I would not have. I prefer middle grade and adult over YA and the cover did not appeal to me personally. The premise mildly interested me, but it is 450 pages long so I would have passed. All that being said, I'm glad I read it. It was a good mystery, with lots of twists, and was very fast-paced once we got passed the necessary character/setting/plot introductory chapters (which I enjoyed as well). Definitely recommended for those people looki Full disclosure: If I did not have to read this book, I would not have. I prefer middle grade and adult over YA and the cover did not appeal to me personally. The premise mildly interested me, but it is 450 pages long so I would have passed. All that being said, I'm glad I read it. It was a good mystery, with lots of twists, and was very fast-paced once we got passed the necessary character/setting/plot introductory chapters (which I enjoyed as well). Definitely recommended for those people looking for an international mystery/adventure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Gabridge

    Diana Renn is back with yet another gripping international mystery and adventure, this time in Turkey. Blue Voyage has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader trying to guess what's going to happen next, all as we follow a flawed and compelling Zan (and her friend Sage) who struggles with family turmoil and a disease that make her try to hide herself from view. I love watching her find use her strengths and skills to overcome danger and doubt. Diana Renn is back with yet another gripping international mystery and adventure, this time in Turkey. Blue Voyage has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader trying to guess what's going to happen next, all as we follow a flawed and compelling Zan (and her friend Sage) who struggles with family turmoil and a disease that make her try to hide herself from view. I love watching her find use her strengths and skills to overcome danger and doubt.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liisa Stover

    I received this yesterday from a the author via a Goodreads giveaway. The pages were still cold as I sat down to read a few paragraphs.......good thing that today was my day off!! I finished the book this afternoon, and I really enjoyed it. I love stories set in exotic locales, and the author really brought Turkey to life. I am terrible at writing reviews, so I won't go on and on, but I really do recommend Blue Voyage, it was very exciting with great characters, and events. Cheers :) I received this yesterday from a the author via a Goodreads giveaway. The pages were still cold as I sat down to read a few paragraphs.......good thing that today was my day off!! I finished the book this afternoon, and I really enjoyed it. I love stories set in exotic locales, and the author really brought Turkey to life. I am terrible at writing reviews, so I won't go on and on, but I really do recommend Blue Voyage, it was very exciting with great characters, and events. Cheers :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kip

    BLUE VOYAGE is such a thrilling ride. I immediately felt for Zan, the Athleta thief, and absolutely loved all of the sights and sounds of Turkey and the fast-paced action in this story. I also love that it's a story about trust, because figuring that out--life-threatening action aside--is what makes friendship so difficult to navigate, especially for a teen who's been burned before. Such a great voyage! BLUE VOYAGE is such a thrilling ride. I immediately felt for Zan, the Athleta thief, and absolutely loved all of the sights and sounds of Turkey and the fast-paced action in this story. I also love that it's a story about trust, because figuring that out--life-threatening action aside--is what makes friendship so difficult to navigate, especially for a teen who's been burned before. Such a great voyage!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mayra

    For first Diana Renn this book haves been one of my favorite books I have ever read. I love it, Blue Voyage haves action, romance and its like a teen experience. I just can't think much, this book have got me thinking of my life too. Zan the main character changes over the book and its awesome. I racomen this book, its jusy amazing, fantastic, oh my gosh I love it so much. For first Diana Renn this book haves been one of my favorite books I have ever read. I love it, Blue Voyage haves action, romance and its like a teen experience. I just can't think much, this book have got me thinking of my life too. Zan the main character changes over the book and its awesome. I racomen this book, its jusy amazing, fantastic, oh my gosh I love it so much.

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