TITLE: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
BY: Adrienne Young
SERIES: Sky in the Deep #2
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
PUBLICATION: September 3rd 2019 by Wednesday Books
RATING: 2 1/2 Blissful Pages with Lilies
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.
I already started writing this post when I realized I don’t have a lot of things to say. But here we go.
First, for me this has a better and more intriguing and interesting concept than the author’s previous novel, Sky in the deep. Yes, still Vikings and in the same world. The male MC is even a beloved side character from the previous book, but “the Girl The Sea gave back” gave the readers more about the supernatural in the author’s fictional world.
Tova, our female MC, is a truthtongue, as every woman in her family. I really enjoyed the epilogue of this book, which only titled as “13 Years ago”. It’s so full of mystery and of course, pulled me into the story right away. But as the book progresses, it became obvious the storyteling is lacking something, or things. The intrigue’s gone, the mystery along with it.
I think there’s not enough building in every element: world, character, and plot. There’s no tension too, maybe because somehow, halfway through the story everything seemed predictable already. The pacing is slow too and the lack of action is really underwhelming. Everything went flat, even the romance is not that interesting.
But still, I can’t say this is a bad book. It’s just okay book, for me.
What do you think of this book? Have you read it? Or planning to? Let’s chat. 🙂