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

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep) by Adrienne Young

Goodreads Rating:  4.16 / 5 Stars

My Rating:  3.5 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟.5

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Recommend to: Anyone who loves some Scandinavian inspired historical fiction – with a touch of romance.


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.


In this book, we follow Tova as she starts to discover more about her past and herself.

Although this is a stand-alone, I think I should have read Sky in the Deep first. There is barely any world-building which made it slightly confusing to read as a supposed stand-alone story. It did make me want to read her debut. Her debut novel was much hyped and much loved. I am a huge fan of the historical aspects of the book.

Young has some beautiful writing and an amazing grasp of her world. Her story is exciting but predictable which means that there were no real surprises. My favorite thing about reading is the surprises and gasps but because they were missing, I didn’t feel any love for the plotline.

The writing was beautiful and the characters were interesting but there was barely any world or character development which is why I gave the book a low rating. It also ends on a high note but left me with a lot of questions.

I’m sad I didn’t love this book. I don’t think it was terrible but I do think there was a lot of missed potential. I do think that Sky in the Deep will be amazing when I read it, and perhaps reading it will shed some light on the world and on this book.

Happy Reading !


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