Hey lovely readers!
Here’s a book review for you. I was provided and ARC of this book from the publisher.
“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.”
So first of all, that cover is just gorgeous right? In case you didn’t know, I absolutely love Sky in the Deep of which this is a spin-off. I’m not much into YA books anymore. I tend to only read them if they’re apart of a series I’ve already been reading. So I was not optimistic about Sky in the Deep and now it’s one of my favorite books of all time. You can find my review for it here. Of course when The Girl the Sea Gave back was announced I couldn’t wait. So what did I think? Welll….
I think if you liked Sky in the Deep you’ll enjoy this book. It takes place in the same world, it has similar vibes, and characters from the previous book do appear in this one. But as a book on its own I was a little disappointed. I just couldn’t get into this one as much. I think for me the plot wasn’t super interesting and the pacing was off. Maybe my expectations were a bit high, but I just couldn’t love it.
I absolutely did love reading about little Halvard 10 years later. And the book does give us some snippets of the past so you kind of get to see how he ended up in the position he’s currently in. I unfortunately didn’t enjoy the female character of the book. Her storyline confused me a bit, and even when I finished the book I still didn’t really understand how she came to be where she was. It was all a bit too mystical for me haha. And the ending? Well I really did not like it. I’m hoping there’s some kind of continuation with this story, because nothing really felt resolved. Not a favorite read of mine, but worth a try if like me you adored Sky in the Deep. 😊
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads