ARC Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

OMG HI GUYS! I am ALIVE! I AM STILL HERE. July was my last blog post. I know, I know. Four months is truly too long. But with a infant and a small business I don’t get much (if any) leisure time.

Remember me saying I was starting up my own business? Well I am still doing that! It consumes more of my time that what I ever imagined but I like it. It brings me joy and stress. You can’t hardly have joy without stress, right? Right? Okay, maybe not but that is just the way it is with a busy, busy life.

I have missed everyone so very much. Now that I am learning how to manage my time, just a little, I would love to start writing blog post again. I feel like I can really be myself on here with open arms from you lovely bookworms.

With that being said I have a ARC review to bring to you. It is a little late but better late than never!?

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep)
Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home. 


-Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for this ARC in exchange for a honest review.-

Where do I begin? I haven’t wrote a review in so very long so I am pretty rusty.

So The Girl the Sea Gave Back was easily going to be a five star rating for me, or so I thought. Sky in the Deep was probably my favorite fantasy from last year so I had high hopes for this one.

This story follows Tova and Halvard. Tova is new to the viking story we love but Halvard is somewhat familiar because we hear of him in Sky in the Deep. I was expecting a lot of the same story line from Tova and Halvard like we had from Fiske and Eelyn. But it wasn’t quite so.

There were a lot, a lot, a lot of war. That consumes 95% of the book. While it had a lot of detail my interest in the story kept getting pulled back. Hence why it has taken me two months to finish this. I still love the vikings, their world, and history. It is very intriguing. But war, not so much.

I am a sucker for romance. While Sky in the Deep wasn’t a big romance book it had a lot of love hints here or there. Kind of a love to hate story. Actually that is exactly how it was. I am a sucker for that trope. Well Tova and Halvard was more of the insta-love trope. That can be okay at times. In this story it works but I was disappointed at the lack of romance. Very disappointed.

The world-building was great. The characters felt like home because of Sky in the Deep. That is why I am giving this a little higher of a rating than what my interest in the story actually was. Will I read more of Adrienne’s viking stories if there is anymore? Absolutely. She is a fabulous writer and knows how to write a good book.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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One thought on “ARC Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

  1. Charlotte says:

    Welcome back (: I’m glad to hear the business is working out although I can imagine it’s pretty time consuming as you’ve said. I still need to read Sky In The Deep but it’s definitely on my TBR and so many people love it so I’m pretty curious about it. I’m sorry that the second book wasn’t as much as a hit for you though.


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