Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Title: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
Author: Axie Oh
Genre: YA Fantasy / Retelling / Romance
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

“Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…” (Goodreads)

After reading the book I find the cover to be even more magical than before! The details of everything that fills the pages is amazing and I just want to stare at it all day. 😍

This is one of those reviews that is hard to right. The plot is easy to follow along with and get swept away in, but there is also so much depth to it all! I honestly didn’t think this book would make me cry but I did…multiple times. It’s actually what I needed after being in a slump.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Mina. Under some very unforeseen but selfless circumstances she finds herself beneath the sea and to the spirit realm where the Sea God resides. There is so much to say about Mina. She is brave, fearless, stands up for what she believes in, tries to follow her own path, and so much more! Even through harsh times she doesn’t give up and it is very admiring. It was also easy to relate to her when she talked about the gods not caring and wondering how they can be so cruel. As a Christian it’s hard not to think those same thoughts at times, especially when they world feels like it is in utter chaos. I just really felt that.

The other characters in the book may seem minor at times but I still couldn’t help but enjoy what they had to offer to the story. They were dealing with their own thoughts but still hung to the hope that Mina seemed to bring. Although, some made it harder on themselves and tried to resist, haha.

The romance was pure gold and I stand behind them 100%. I will die on a hill for them. I don’t care! From the first meeting between Mina and him I couldn’t help but sense something and I am so glad it went the way I was hoping but with such a big twist! Ugh, I loved the conversations between them and I probably have way too many quotes from this book saved on my kindle.

But seriously, the plot twists were wonderful and really had me reading on and wanting to finish the book as fast as I could.

Overall, I just adored this one. The more I think about it the more I want to just pick it up again. This author has a way with words and I will continue to pick up every book she writes. I’m glad that I preordered a signed copy with the goodies because now I am going to need every bookish goody I can find for this magical and inspiring book!

P.S. I know my review is kind of vague but I feel like it’s just better to go in knowing as little like I did!