The Girl the Sea Gave Back
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 Details

TitleThe Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250168481
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Girl the Sea Gave Back Review

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    *HEAVY BREATHING INTENSIFIES*Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Sky in the Deep, but I couldn’t connect with this one or the characters. 😩 The prose is very beautiful and rich here but I wanted more viking stuff and stronger romantic elements between the leads. However, I think it could just be me here.
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  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at page 10. The Girl the Sea Gave Back needs a major editing overhaul prior to publication in September of 2019. Will revisit this book once finished copies are available.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    OMG THIS IS A THING????????????????????????????????We get a sequel to Sky in the Deep!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    4/1/19So it seems this will be about someone new, interesting. I wonder if we'll see her encounter our former protagonists. Also, I'm not mad at this cover. - - I hope this book will either be about Evelyn’s best friend or Harvard. Because I’d love to spend more time with them. Harvard's story could be especially interesting, what with him growing up amongst his clan's former enemies.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    It has been like 4 years since I won a Goodreads giveaway, so I’m still in shock. So happy it’s for this b/c I loved the 1st book ☺☺ It has been like 4 years since I won a Goodreads giveaway, so I’m still in shock. So happy it’s for this b/c I loved the 1st book ☺️☺️
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  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    January 1, 1970
    Heeeej! Nějak tomu chybí konec :-) Nebo bude pokračování? Hmmm, to by se mi líbilo.
  • Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhh liking the cover! Question time: do you like this cover more or less than Sky in the Deep?
  • Christina Kneidel
    January 1, 1970
    *GOODREADS GIVEAWAY*if you liked the first book, you will probably love this. This book and Sky in the Deep are definitely a "it's me, not you" type of situation. A lot of people really loved Sky in the Deep, but I was just not feeling a lot of the relationship dynamics. This book sadly had similar issues for me. I also wish we could have followed Tova's own clan more, they seemed VERY interesting. Instead we have the MC living amongst a "group of enemies" similar to the first book. However, ins *GOODREADS GIVEAWAY*if you liked the first book, you will probably love this. This book and Sky in the Deep are definitely a "it's me, not you" type of situation. A lot of people really loved Sky in the Deep, but I was just not feeling a lot of the relationship dynamics. This book sadly had similar issues for me. I also wish we could have followed Tova's own clan more, they seemed VERY interesting. Instead we have the MC living amongst a "group of enemies" similar to the first book. However, instead of a slave, Tova is taken in only to be feared and spat on for being a "Truthtongue" aka fortune teller.I really wish I could have given this a higher rating, but these books are just not for me.
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  • Desirae
    January 1, 1970
    I really want this to be about Runa, But I have a feeling it's going to be about Myra.Either way,
  • Tova
    January 1, 1970
    I just double took as the read the synopsis. The main character's name is Tova. I repeat, THE MAIN CHARACTER'S NAME IS TOVA!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED and I haven't even read Sky in the Deep.
  • Sonja
    January 1, 1970
    Manuscript Review🖤 If I had an entire constellation of stars to give this book, I would✨🌟💫 I’m not sure if I even have the words to describe all that I feel, but it’s like this bone deep connection to every word that Adrienne poured out onto these pages... simply incredible. Do the right thing and go preorder it now!
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  • Jessica Peace
    January 1, 1970
    I got approved for an ARC of this! I want to just scream! OMG! Starting this ASAP. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press!
  • Cyn (chinchilla hunter, shameless reader of trash)
    January 1, 1970
    Cover time! It's beautifulSo this is an all new clan? Interesting. I'm still holding on to hope about what the author said about Halvard, that maybe the MC ends up meeting Halvard and the Aska and Riki? Oooh, I'm so looking forward to this! --------It's going to be about Halvard when he's all grown up! GAH! I can't wait!
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  • asbah
    January 1, 1970
    COVER REVEAL:Umm HOLY CRAP THIS COVER IS GIVING ME LIFEEE 😍😍✨••••••••••••••••••••••••so I just finished Sky in the Deep yesterday and omg HALVARD IS GETTING HIS OWN BOOK SET TEN YEARS AFTER SKY YES YES YES 2019 IS MY YEARR!!
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  • Isabel Ibañez
    January 1, 1970
    Ya’ll are not going to want to miss out on this one. It’s everything I hoped for and more!!! Review to come down the road, but for now—add this one to your TBR friends. You won’t regret it. :)
  • Iris
    January 1, 1970
    No I didn't really love Sky In the Deep, but I'm adding this anyways. Don't question me. I just feel like Adrienne Young has so much POTENTIAL is all. And I'd like to give her another try.
  • Hypatia
    January 1, 1970
    I really hope this is about Myra! There was so much death in her life and I just want good things for her. 😞
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s pretend I wasn’t already sold on this author, this synopsis, or this title....(I know it’s hard to fathom, but just play along)...so here I am “on the fence” 😉and then they publishing team drops THIS COVER on me?????Like give my wallet a chance, y’all 😘But for real when can I buy this??
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  • ♆Hayley (TheVillainousReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit. This is the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen. AND MAGIC! I’M SO EXCITED.
  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    on the third of september in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, my life will be complete.
  • Bryn
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely one of the better written/crafted stories I've read so far this year. Unfortunately, the grim tone just couldn't keep my attention. I need a little more heart in my reads. Probably a 'me' thing so if you were a fan of Young's earlier work, this might just work for you. *Netgalley read
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    MORE. VIKINGS.
  • Stephanie Gillespie
    January 1, 1970
    Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
  • milou ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    but also the cover is gorgeous!
  • Sydney Smith
    January 1, 1970
    St. Martin’s Press, thank you for the ARC!I’ll start by saying that I’m disappointed with this book, and I think 3 stars is generous. This is more like a 2/2.5 read for me overall, but a few things were better than others. It had a lot of successful elements that worked well on their own, but when put together it just didn’t form an interesting story to me. Was I supposed to read Sky in the Deep first? This is supposed to be a standalone, but I saw that this tells the story of a character from t St. Martin’s Press, thank you for the ARC!I’ll start by saying that I’m disappointed with this book, and I think 3 stars is generous. This is more like a 2/2.5 read for me overall, but a few things were better than others. It had a lot of successful elements that worked well on their own, but when put together it just didn’t form an interesting story to me. Was I supposed to read Sky in the Deep first? This is supposed to be a standalone, but I saw that this tells the story of a character from that first book, 10 years later. I feel like I would have (maybe) enjoyed the world and characters more if I had read that one first, but who knows. It took me a long time to get somewhat invested in the story, and I’m not sure I ever was truly invested. I didn’t want to pick it back up whenever I put it down, and that’s saying something. Very dense with a lot of information, lots of names and places, politics and religious customs, none of which were interesting to me. So many random villages, random battles, jumping back and forth in time, introducing random characters and having no idea if I’ll need to remember them or not… it’s just not fun. I sound like a brat, but I read fantasy to dive into another world with fascinating characters and places, and the plot needs to be solid of course, but the most important thing is that it should be entertaining. It could be a horrifically dark and violent fantasy like The Ogre Gods, where nothing “fun” happens, but it’s still fun to read because all of the elements come together just right to create something truly special. A fantasy book should be entertaining, not a chore. It’s beautifully written, almost like poetry in its descriptions, and it feels like reading an ancient text. But this book is in desperate need of a map. It’s difficult to keep track of all the different clans and territories. I ended up trying to make my own map, but it was just kind of frustrating to have to do that, and I had to keep stopping what I was doing to do some mental gymnastics and try to place things and people in the right territories. It was also difficult to figure out the land mass itself, the fjords, mountains, shores, etc. I gave up and decided Adrienne Young must not want us to bother with the specifics (despite the fact that the locale/territories/clans are painstakingly catalogued and detailed). I’m going to attach the map I started making while reading the first 50 pages, before I gave up, but be warned, it’s crap, and you might need to actually save the picture to see the details. or this link: There’s also a near constant reminder that the Svell don’t like Tova. She’s a curse, a scourge, she’s bad luck, they’re afraid of her, they want to kill her, she can’t believe she’s lived this long, blah blah blah. We get it. There’s also this “big moment” about 75 pages in, where I’m pretty sure we readers are supposed to get emotional. I felt nothing. I feel no connection to any of these characters, and I really can’t figure out why. One thing that I thought was creative, as I noted before, was the writing, and that includes the POV. Interestingly, it’s written in a first-person narrative that switches to different characters’ POVs, telling their individual stories in different chapters. Initially it was confusing and I didn’t like the jump, I felt like it would’ve been better to have written the book in third person. I did change my mind eventually, and it was a bold choice, so I respect it. I haven’t read a book that did that in a while, and it kind of grew on me. I don’t usually go for Viking/tribal/ancient rune/political/war drama type stories, but this one sounded interesting in the summary. I love mythology and lore, and The Girl the Sea Gave Back seemed to have a fresh take on mythos. Bottom line: it was boring. I’m very disappointed because all of the elements separately should produce a great book. The writing was good, the idea was good, the world-building was gigantic and impressive. It just didn’t come together in a way that worked for me. It could be that I just wasn’t the right audience for this, because the battle strategy/war stuff, the land disputes, the politics… so dull. I’ll admit that I scanned the last 50 plus pages, just so I could finish this book and move on to something else. So, if something amazing happened in those pages, I probably skimmed over it barely taking it in. Know that when considering how I feel about this book. If you like political drama, historical fiction, and Norse/Viking/seafaring war tales, you’d probably enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I don’t, and I didn’t.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review doesn't reflect the final published book.**I really wish that I'd given Sky in the Deep a re-read before this so I could better remember some of the characters that are mentioned in this book. Other than that, it was a pretty good book. The beginning felt slow and when a lot of the action came it felt like it was too rushed at the end. Aside from that, the world and overall conflict of the book were int **I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review doesn't reflect the final published book.**I really wish that I'd given Sky in the Deep a re-read before this so I could better remember some of the characters that are mentioned in this book. Other than that, it was a pretty good book. The beginning felt slow and when a lot of the action came it felt like it was too rushed at the end. Aside from that, the world and overall conflict of the book were interesting. I liked our main characters and their internal struggles. I think I just over-hyped this in my mind. Maybe I'll give the published copy a read and see if my thoughts have changed.
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED IT.
  • L.C. Perry
    January 1, 1970
    THE TITLE.THE COVER.BOTH ARE SO STUNNING. I NEVER READ SKY IN THE DEEP BUT THIS BOOK IS GOING ON MY TBR
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