ARC Review | The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave BackTitle: The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep)

Author: Adrienne Young

Rating:  ★★★☆☆

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: September 3, 2019


“They didn’t understand that there was no such thing as a secret. The truth was everywhere. You only had to open your eyes to see it.”


The Girl the Sea Gave Back creates this epic, yet calming atmosphere around you when reading – much like the sea itself. It’s powerful, evocative, and fast paced. Set in the future of the same world as Young’s debut novel Sky in the Deep, we follow Tova and Halvard, two people torn between peace and vengeance, past and present, as their lives become intertwined in a fight for their survival.

Things I Liked 
I thought the action was very well done, if predictable at times. There was a lot of it and it kept me engaged. It also made the story a super quick read for me. I basically read the whole book in a day and a half.

I knew to expect it, but I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed the hints of romance throughout the story. I think because it wasn’t very in-your-face, but it was more the promise of a romance, so it didn’t feel too rushed.

Things I Didn’t Like 
In the beginning of the story, the shifting POVs could feel a little repetitive at times. I was glad to see from Tova and Halvard’s perspectives equally, but it made the first quarter or so drag at times.

I do think the story relied a bit too heavily on flashbacks. I’d say that around half the book was flashbacks, and while I appreciate fleshing out the world and giving plenty of background to the characters, I was much more interested in what was happening in the present.

The Kyrr were my favorite part of the story. They’re so mysterious and intriguing, so I kinda wish the whole story was about them instead of them barely being in it. There’s so much to explore about their history and culture and I really hope she writes a story for them in the future.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a great addition to Sky in the Deep, though the worldbuilding here is a little lacking, I could not put the book down. The action did drive the story quickly, there was a lot of smaller more human moments that gave you time to settle and breathe between scenes. My biggest takeaway is that I just really want a story about the Kyrr people asap.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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