October 14, 2019

#BookReview: The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep, #2) by @adriennebooks @WednesdayBooks


Synopsis: The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

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.
 

This title will be released on September 3, 2019.

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About the Author:  Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun. 
Adrienne is the author of the New York Times bestseller Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: 
Tova’s first memories are of herself washing up on the shore of the Svell.  She always knew she didn’t belong.  The markings on her skin alone told her this.  She was being used by the Svell clan because she had a special gift, she was a Truthtongue.  However, the clan leaders of the Svell are divided for the first time in generations and it looks like war will be on the horizon.  What will happen when Tova casts the stones?
This book was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year.  The story was beautify written with amazing characters.  I enjoyed learning about Tova’s tribe and how each person was marked as well as the little bit of magic thrown in.  It was also packed with action however it seemed slow to me in the beginning.  Though I loved learning about how Tova wound up with the Svell tribe and why she was “cast away” by her people.  Though I liked how the book ended it seemed to wrap up rather quickly to me and I would have liked to see more of what happens after the war.  I look forward to reading more by Young and hope we hear more about Tova and her adventures!







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Praise for Sky in the Deep

"A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles." - Kirkus, Starred Review

"Drawing on Viking history and lore, debut author Young crafts an exciting, at times heart-wrenching story centered around 17-year-old Eelyn, her Aska clan, and their centuries-old war with the Riki...Young’s often poetic writing forms a stark juxtaposition with her vivid descriptions of battle and bloodshed, creating a clear picture of the brutality of war." Publishers Weekly

"Young’s brutal, emotional debut is set in a land that is as unforgiving as its people. The strongest aspect of Young’s work is the world building; she packs it with details that viscerally pull the reader into Eelyn’s world. Young has also populated this world with complicated characters who evolve as readers get to know them. Even better, the theme at the core of the story―overcoming prejudice and unifying to fight a greater threat―resonates with current real-world issues. With its gorgeous prose and epic battle scenes, fantasy lovers will be easily satisfied." - Booklist
"Eelyn is a relentlessly fierce warrior, and even her romance with a Riki fighter doesn’t quite soften her; indeed, the two find that their lust for blood is almost as strong as their lust for each other... The action on the battlefield and the rising political tensions between the clans will easily keep readers involved through the final page." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections." - School Library Journal










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