Sky in the Deep
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible...more
The thing is, Sky in the Deep feels like one more in a long line of shallow and emotionless fantasies. When I began reading, I knew very little about i ...more
I'll be honest. I was a little worried about connecting to the heroine. I LOVE badass girls, don't get me wrong, but it seems every book is throwing us a hard heroine who wants to cut down a bunch of people and not apologize for it, and they often have no heart or redeeming qualities. (And a lot of the times, they are written by men.) I find myself having a hard time rooting for them unless their character arc is extremely compelling ...more
Because rare are the YA fantasy books that are so original they don’t immediately remind you of previous fantasy books you’ve read. This is why it’s extremely easy for readers and professionals to market those stories as ‘‘said book’’ meets ‘‘said book’’.
Freaking loved it!!
I loved Eelyn and Fiske! There were others too. This definitely wasn't what I thought the book was going to be but I loved it all the same. A few bloody fights and some strong women.
But the thing is, you need to read this book for yourself! Don't listen to the know it all people. Read YOUR own damn books!! I hate if someone decides not to read something I didn't like because you could miss out on your own ge ...more
ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
“…the last time I saw my brother was five years ago. Lying dead in the snow.”
Sky in the Deep is a debut, standalone, young adult fantasy novel that stars two different Viking clans. But this is a story about betrayal, then survival, then a choice. You all, I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was unique, well written, and has some amazing characters.
Our main protagonist, Eelyn, has lived the last five years mourn ...more
truth be told, i actually actively stayed away from this. i hated the cover because i thought it tried too hard to be edgy and rough, vikings dont appeal to me in the least, and the plot just sounded meh. but let me be the first to tell you that i was sooo wrong (except for the cover - i still dont like it. lol).
what really blew me away was how original this is. i was ...more
This was a letdown; plain and simple. I don’t know how else to express my shattered expectations.
This was not the “Viking” book I was eagerly awaiting to read and in fact, the only thing Viking about this was pretty much the setting and that’s where it stops. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Put every cliched ya plot together, mash it up, say it’s Viking, throw in some Nordic ...more
But I will give it a try.
Sky in the Deep is a Viking-inspired tale, following the steps of Eelyn, a fierce and devoted warrior. Her clan, the Aska, worship the god Sigr and, according to his will, they fight their enemies, the Riki, the ones who worship the goddess Thora, every five years. This ancient blood feud has filled the hearts of the Riki and the Aska with ingrained hatred, but the fates of the two people ...more
“Vegr yfir fjor. Honor above life.”
First of all, let me say that I went into this book feeling cautiously optimistic; the synopsis didn’t completely sell me, and I was a little bit worried that it would be one of those ...more
This was so good!! Now I need more enemies-to-lovers books 💕😍😍
I can’t believe this is the first book by the author because it did not feel like a first book at all. I found it well written and engaging.
What I liked
- The first chapter is a battle one. I love books that start off being action-y instead of having to wait until the middle of the book. So I was immediately invested in the story.
- I love books that have belief systems and this book had two: I loved learning abou ...more
Barely any world building, cliched characters (especially our dear "heroine"), an underdeveloped romance and an unrealistic, very rushed ending.
It really did have potential though, there were some parts that I really enjoyed. The writing style isn't too bad either. It's relatively easy but still "pretty" (even though there were a few sentences that made me cringe hard lol).
Sooo.. The world building.
Pretty much nonexistent. We get to know, that there are ...more
They were words I'd heard before. Breathe fire.
I admit that the first reason I read this book was because I knew there would be enemies to lovers and I FUCKING LOVE ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE, LIKE I LOVE IT SO MUCH. So me being a fan of enemies to lovers thought that I had no reason not to read the book and the synopsis of the book didn't sound bad. It sounded intriguing and the kind of story that maybe I would love but I was wrong. I mean, the boo ...more
Sky in the Deep. Not what I expected.
I have had this book on my radar for over a year and was anticipating it SOOOO much.
I have to be honest, I was disappointed. I can't quite put my finger on what it was about it, but it just didn't click with me. It was okay.
I mean, it wasn't bad. The writing was fine, the characters were fine, there is nothing glaringly bad about it but, I don't know, for me, it just fell FLAT.
As far as the plot goes, in my opinion, there wasn't mu ...more
RUTHLESS VIKINGS, ancient rivalries, falling for the enemy and strong has hell female and male characters.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?💘
“We find things, just as we lose things. If you’ve lost your honor, you’ll find it again.”
I'm surprised with this book, I expected to enjoy it but not as much as I did.
The story is original and intriguing.
This book was an action-packed gift. SO MANY FIGHTS, there was never a dull moment in this, and there was also a lot of heartbreaking moments.
The cha ...more
― Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep
This was a buddy read with The one and only
The story is about a female warrior who comes face to face on the battlefield with her brother who she thought died five years ago. And as much as I want to be generous as my beautiful friend who gave it 3.5/5 stars, this was just way too plain for me, aside from the cover, the originality and the beginning, I don't think I liked anything this book offered, the world building ...more
‘Vegr yfir fjor. Honour above life.’On paper, Sky in the Deep sounds like everything I would want in a book: historical fiction, vikings, and an enemies-to-lovers relationship (I’m such a sucker for this trope, not gonna lie). However, I felt that the execution ultimately failed.
The writing was mediocre, the phrasing sometimes awkward and clunky, and the worldbuilding was barely present. Although Sky in the Deep never lacked for action, there was little substance or depth backing this.
“There was only the white and cold and quiet of that forest. There was only loneliness. There was only the very barest part of me, waiting for the end to come. It crept toward me in the dark. It came for me. And when it overtook me, my last thought was I don’t want to die.”
“Ond Eldr. Breathe Fire.”
Wow! This. Book. Is. Insanely good!! Finally, after having read several books this year I found what I was looking for, something that sucked me in com ...more
#1 Sky in the Deep — 3.75 Stars
#2 The Girl the Sea Gave Back — 3 Stars
Bloody viking, this was epic and hit you just right in the feels!! My first book about vikings, and it’s packed with brutal battle scenes, badass characters, true kinship, long lasting friendship, sweet and slow burn enemies to lovers romance. What more do you ask for??
I love Eelyn so much. She’s like this wonder woman/viking warrior who’s really cool and strong but also has a sense of loyalty and vulnerability when ...more
8/30/2018: I keep thinking on this book. I may need to do a reread to satiate my need. The trials Eelyn faces, the love she finds, keeps coming back to me. The same thing happened with Strange the Dreamer, and rereading (for a second time in the same year) really helped nip the need.
5/28/2018: Here is my reminder that this book is amazing. <3 I hope all of you are able to ...more
The story is about vikings, and we follow the young warrior Eelyn as she and her people, the Aska, fight against an enemy clan, the Riki, in a massive battle they gather for every five years. There are axes and blood flying from the very first pages, and I was immediately pulled into the story.
Very shortly the premise of the story unfolded as Eelyn spots her brother Iri on the b ...more
Thank you to the publisher St. Martin's Press: Wednesday Books and NetGallery for providing me with a ebook copy of this beautiful book! Quotes taken from the book are subjected to change with the official release. All opinions on are mine and mine alone.
Release Date: April 24th 2018
Call the coast guard, I am drowning my need to become a viking. Who can I call to train me in how to use an ax and where can I get about fifty of them? As a young 20-something, I feel it would scare ...more
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Sky in the Deep is not released until April 24, 2018, so this will definitely be a spoiler-free review. The setting is a re-imagined historical fiction/fantasy about Vikings. Eelyn is seventeen and a warrior in the Aska clan. During a battle against an enemy Riki clan, Eelyn discovers her brother, Iri, thought dead, is actually still alive and fighting agains ...more
It's one of those books that finish before they even start. It started with our protagonist in a battle field (this is set in the Vikings era fyi) so the start was great and all but a bit too fast paced. Things happened so quickly I couldn't even keep track of it all.
The romance was unrealistic .You see I find it very hard to believe that a guy who adamantly believes in family over everything falls so much in 'loove' with the girl that after her living with his family for a few da ...more
3 1/2 stars
Initially, I hadn't even really planned on reading Sky in the Deep, but, and this happens quite often and is very detrimental to my financial responsibilities, I randomly was really in the mood for it and none of the other books I already own. I don't question that anymore. So I just went ahead, got it and dove right in.
The first chapter opens with this massive action sequence, and if I tell you that I was here for i ...more
I'm not sure I read the same book as the rest of you..
Where is this badass heroine that shows you how badass she is rather than tell you? I mean, there were three times she acted badass, and they all lasted for less than two pages. For the rest of the book she simply told you that she could have killed someone, or she could have done this or that rather than actually doing it.
And is it too much to ask for a heroine that doesn't cry once every chapter for half ...more
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Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for ...more