Saturday, July 27, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Girl The Sea Gave Back By Adrienne Young

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: September 3rd, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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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 not a bad book by any means, but after loving Adrienne Young's Sky in The Deep, this one just didn't grab me the same way. Not sure if it's just a mood read, but it took me a really long time to get into this one. 

You don't have to read the first book to enjoy this one. This book is ten years after the fact, so there are hints of what happened in the first book, but this story is complete on its own. I do like that we get to see different tribes in this one that have different cultures. Tova's journey is definitely an interesting one, but you do need to suspend some believe about it.

I think part of what lost me on this book is that it tends to go back and forth from present day to the past to explains things for both Tova and Halvard. I felt like it was a bit too much and it took me out of the story a little bit. I also didn't really love the romance in here. I like romance in my books, and I don't mind a slow burn, but this one just felt so subdued. Like so much, that it might have well not even existed. It was super subtle, which some readers might like, but I just felt like it didn't feel necessary or right for this story.

I love books that are based in Norse culture or inspired by it, and this book did give me Skyrim Feels just like Sky in The Deep, but it just didn't wow me like the author's first book. 

*I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley and the publisher St Martin's Press. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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