Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl The Sea Gave Back

Title:  The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Format: eBook
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Source:  Purchased
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.

Sky In The Deep was one of my top reads of 2018, so I was BEYOND excited to see that Adrienne Young had another book set in this world coming out. And The Girl the Sea Gave Back, did not disappoint. It was almost as good as Sky In The Deep, and it was different enough that I can’t really compare to the two. Tova and Eelyn are just such different characters! I really loved that because it wouldn’t have felt as fresh if Tova were a slightly different Eelyn. Adrienne Young is a brilliant writer, and her writing as a very ethereal and visceral quality. Yes, I’m aware that those things are normally contrasts but it works in this book.
The plot is brilliantly laid out, and I really enjoyed the dynamic between Tova and Halvard. I also like that the romance isn’t overwhelming to the story, because seriously Tova has some stuff to figure out! And I like that the potential was there and obvious, but without overwhelming the other aspects of the story. I did like how there was a twist towards the end, and how it was a good one that warmed my heart. The only detractor here was that the second half of the book felt dragged out, I think that was to build tension, but it ended up pulling me out of the story a bit. Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“War is easy. It comes again and again, like waves to a shore. But I lived most of my life driven by hate and I don’t want that for my grandchildren”