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Monday, September 26, 2022

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

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep #2) by Adrienne Young
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Fantasy/Historical/Romance)
Date Published: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books

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.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back is the second book in the Sky and Sea duology by Adrienne Young. This one didn’t captivate me the way the first book did. I hate to say that, because Tova has such an interesting story and history. She carried this book. But, the other characters with their weird names all blended into one another. It was a bit frustrating because there wasn’t much to set them apart from one another. I got them all mixed up through the whole book. I enjoyed getting to see some of the characters from the first book though. I just wish the new characters were fleshed out more. 

Have you read the first book?

Adrienne Young is the New York Times, USA Today, and Indie list bestselling author of Sky in the Deep, The Girl the Sea Gave Back, Fable, Namesake, The Last Legacy, and the forthcoming Spells for Forgetting. 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, sipping wine over long dinners or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

To learn more about Adrienne Young and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Goodreads and Instagram.

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