February 14, 2021

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






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.
 



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Rating: 5 Stars
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! 





Review

"Lyrical prose ... and an evocative atmosphere elevate Young’s tale of war, identity, and fate." - Publishers Weekly

"Young’s lyrical writing and lush descriptions make this world of fjords and forest come alive." - Culturess

"A fast-paced and fierce atmospheric story with a heavy dose of fate and a light touch of romance." - Young Adult Book Central

"Gripping and exquisitely written. The Girl the Sea Gave Back tore at my heart strings until I was completely unraveled. Readers will fall in love with this story, whether they are fans of Sky in the Deep or new to Adrienne Young's breathtaking world." - Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

"Eerie and beautiful, The Girl the Sea Gave Back is set in a world so vivid, you can almost touch it. I devoured this story of a lonely, powerful young woman with the ability to change the fate of her world, and the brave young chieftain who must stop her at all costs." - Kristen Ciccarelli, bestselling author of The Last Namsara

"Ignore this omen at your own peril--you will love this book! Perfect for fans of The Last Kingdom, it really immersed me in the Viking world that felt so mystical, complex, and fully formed. From the moment we first meet them, Tova and Halvard unravel the complicated threads of family, fate, and destiny." - A. C. Gaughen, author of Reign the Earth

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, as well as The Girl the Sea Gave Back.










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