The Girl the Sea Gave Back: E-ARC Review



42867937Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis: “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.” (Goodreads)

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My Review: (Minor Spoilers)

I loved Sky in the Deep and knew I couldn’t wait until September to read this one. Luckily I was able to read it before then and although it took me awhile to dive in I was not disappointed and the hype is real! This will be a shorter review as I don’t want to give much away!

This book is set 10 years after Sky in the Deep and follows Halvard who was mentioned in the previous book and a new character named Tova. Each have their own point-of-view which I loved. I was excited to also see that the main characters in the last book made appearances every once and awhile which ties it altogether nicely.

Tova has a tragic background story and even her life now isn’t all that great. She is strong and does what she must to protect herself. She sees and goes through so much that even when it seems fate is not on her side, she will do anything to change it.

Halvard doesn’t go through as much as Tova but he does have to deal with loss and finds himself thrown into a new position. He doesn’t have to go through any of it alone because he always has his brother to help him along the way. He is mighty but knows that war isn’t always the answer and sometimes you have to put your differences aside to find that common ground.

Fate always has a way of bringing two characters together and I enjoyed seeing how both their stories came together as one.

The writing is just as beautiful as the first book and the plot is full of action. If you were a fan of Sky in the Deep then definitely pick this one up! You won’t be disappointed!




WWW Wednesday (7/10/19)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?




Currently Reading:

I am currently working my way through American Royals by Katherine McGee. I am not entirely sure how I feel about it at this point but we will see where it goes!





Recently Finished:

I finished The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young last night and it was perfect! Definitely a must-read if you loved her first book as this one is set 10 years after those events.





Reading Next:

I am always torn for this question as I am usually quite indecisive but I think I will be starting The Justice Project by Michael Betcherman next because it is a quick read and one I have from NetGalley!




What are you currently reading? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR 2019

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Hello, Lovelies!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I’ve been thinking about my summer tbr for awhile so this post should be quite easy. maybe. I don’t know if I will have ten but by the end of this I guess we will find out!

P.S. I think that I will do a reading update on the last day of summer to see if I accomplished this whole list or how far I got.


1.) The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young


2.) Seafire by Natalie C. Parker


3.) Wicked Fox by Kat Cho


4.) To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


5.) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning


6.) Rage by Cora Carmack


7.) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (series)


*I am cheating with this one and putting the series together as one because well I have a long list, haha.

8.) To All the boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (series)


* I am doing it again for this one  too!

9.) Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro / Cornelia Funke


10.) Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer


Well, I was able to get ten and more if you count me doing a couple as a series, haha!

Are any of these on your summer tbr? If not, what is? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Hello, Lovelies!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

We all have those books were excitedly waiting for! Today I am going to be sharing the ones I am most excited for that come out in the last half of 2019 because well, this year is basically halfway over with already. Isn’t that crazy!

These are in no particular order:

1.) Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

2.) The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

3.) The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox

4.) Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

5.) Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

6.) Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

7.) Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

8.) Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd

9.) The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli

10.) Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis


Are any of these on your list? Let me know!