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Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep #2) by Adrienne Young

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I finally picked up the popular Sky in the Deep second installment, The Girl the Sea Gave Back. I had a NetGalley ARC of it from back in 2019 and I’m glad that I decided to read it.

I’ve yet to check out Sky in the Deep, the first book in this series that is based in the same world as The Girl the Sea Gave Back. However, after reading this one I am compelled to pick it up even more now.

I loved how Adrienne Young crafted both this new world and how she crafted her characters as well. Tova was interesting main character, a lost child who can see the future. It also follows the point of view of Halvard, the leader of a rival clan.

My biggest issue was the ending. I felt like the novel could have been longer and the romance/plot more developed. It felt like it just ended and the last bit was rushed.

I recommend checking out the Sky in the Deep series by Adrienne Young. It was a well-crafted and interesting YA Fantasy.


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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