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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

(Sky in the Deep)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,445 ratings  ·  1,224 reviews
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
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Wednesday Books
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Adrienne Young Yep! A new standalone in the Sky in the Deep world, following Halvard (a character from SKY) ten years later.…moreYep! A new standalone in the Sky in the Deep world, following Halvard (a character from SKY) ten years later. (less)

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Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
there is no better feeling than seeing a lovely cover and discovering that the writing inside reflects that same beauty. its just always a relief when a book is gorgeous, both inside and out.

and its definitely the writing that made this story for me. young took a topic that im not really interested in (vikings) and had me so enamoured with their way of life, their gods and beliefs, their struggle and desire for peace. there is such an atmospheric quality to her words that makes me feel like im
Chelsea Humphrey
I'm a bit shocked, as I feel like this book read much more like a debut that then author's actual debut novel did. The world building is minimal, if non-existent, and the plot is predictable and felt lacking in purpose. Overall, it was a straight forward story without the tension I typically find in fantasy to drive the story forward. I think the idea is here, but unfortunately this one just fell flat for me; however, I will concede that I'm likely in the minority with my opinions. I'm all about ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This cover is absolutely gorgeous, but alas, I couldn’t get into it that much. I liked it well enough but didn’t love it enough to keep the hardback. I did get a cool bookmark for preordering it

This is another one I would buy on sale for kindle

Happy Reading!


Buddy read with For Love Of A Book.

Candace Robinson
I absolutely loved Sky in the Deep, but I couldn’t connect with this one or the characters. The prose is very beautiful and rich here but I wanted more viking stuff and stronger romantic elements between the leads. However, I think it could just be me here. ...more
arini ☆彡
#1 sky in the deep — 3.75 stars
#2 the girl the sea gave back — 3 stars

i hate how conflicted it makes me feel when books would pointlessly drag on for so long only to knock me over with a feather at the end. im talking about that one final battle at the end, which was more than what i couldve asked for. i get the saying, "good things come to those who wait," but do you really have to make the lead up to climax painstakingly long and excruciatingly boring??

it was hard to pull through the
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
“War is faithful to come looking for us time and again.”

Unpopular opinion coming in again everyone!

Imagine getting a beautifully wrapped gift, pretty ribbon, fabulous wrapping paper. Just oh so lovely. And then imagine your disappointment when you open the box only to find it completely empty.

That is this book.

Gorgeous cover. Plenty of lovely, descriptive prose. But sadly it’s narrative falls flat. Somehow, despite its best intentions, it is empty. Without heart. Without soul. Or if there is
Hannah Greendale
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF at page 10. The Girl the Sea Gave Back needs a major editing overhaul prior to publication in September of 2019. Will revisit this book once finished copies are available.
Jun 13, 2019 marked it as just-owned
Recommended to Tucker by: St. Martin's Press

Many thanks to Wednesday Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

omg, it's a manuscript and it's even prettier in person

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The battles were brutal and awesome

This was a bit slow to begin but it had to be with the background information. I didn’t read Sky in the Deep prior to this one and didn’t feel that I had to. I ended up truly loving this book. It reminded me quite a bit of Vikings on the History channel and Halvard was an awful lot like young Ragnar Lothbrok. I can only hope he stays that way, because Ragnar Lothbrok was awesome.

The story was about Tova who was found at six years old on the shore by a surrogate
I feel like everything that kept me from loving SKY IN THE DEEP, was missing in THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK. This makes me very very happy.

I was sure this was going to be an easy three star read; lots to like but not quite getting me all the way there which, I mean, would’ve been a better result than book one. So colour me surprised by this rating.

This story takes place ten years after the events of SKY IN THE DEEP and, once again, we have warring clans. The characters we knew from book one have
Umairah | Sereadipity
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn
"Eye of the gods. Give me sight"

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4.5/5

The Girl the Sea Gave Back was the mystical companion novel to Sky in the Deep, set in the same vivid Viking-inspired world that told a story woven by fate, destiny and omens of the future. Unlike Sky in the Deep, this book was less focused on the theme of family and placed more emphasis on finding a place to belong and coming into one's own. It was a poignant tale which I really liked.

The story
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
It has been like 4 years since I won a Goodreads giveaway, so I’m still in shock. So happy it’s for this b/c I loved the 1st

Here are some of my thoughts:
• This book can be quite brutal. I felt already a little weepy at the beginning of the book because everything seems to be going wrong. This book really goes there at times. I had no idea who was going to live, who was going to die, especially during these war times. I like that some of the characters are wise to know that no one should be
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the first book.. so it isn't really surprising that I fell in love with this one as well.

The girl the Sea Gave Back was so entertaining! It was definitely a page turner and made me fall in love with Tova and Halvard. Now I'm not really a fan of the back and forth with flashbacks because they don't always work in books. Yet, it definitely did in this one. It made everything clearer in a way that I wasn't expecting.
Anja H.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Okay, this wasn't bad at all, but it just wasn't as good as Sky in the Deep in my opinion.
It took a REALLY long time for me to get into the story and the characters and it was only during the last half that I started to enjoy myself.

The dual perspective just didn't sit well with me. I know it's because Tova and Halvard were separated throughout 80% of the book, but I would've preferred seeing things unfold through one of them instead of both, because it made some things
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
Holy shit. This is the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen. AND MAGIC! I’M SO EXCITED.

LOLLLLLL ^ Ignorant me

DNF 50%

I’m sorry, but… was Adrienne Young murdered and then her murderer took over her author life and wrote this book?! It’s the only explanation I can come up with for what a disappointed this book was. I guess I should say half of this book because I DNFed at 50%. I wanted to DNF at 25% but I tried to push through because I got an ARC but you know what, GIRL HAS JOB APPLICATIONS TO
☽ TheBibliotheque
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-arc
”I blinked, my gaze following the edge to the feet that stood down the cliff, the moonlight on his white tunic a faint glow. It pulled around him in the wind, his hair blowing across his forehead. And when I looked up into his face, Halvard’s eyes were on me.”

After spending a considerable amount of time deciding how I feel about this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a little bit sad.

It’s not that I didn’t find the story and world I discovered and loved in Sky in the Deep interesting,
3 stars

It didn't matter what the stones said.
Nothing was sure until death came.
Genre: YA Fantasy
Type: Standalone book from Sky In the Deep collection
POV: First Person - Dual
3.75 stars

Since she could remember, Tova had always been an outcast. Growing up among the Svell she was shunned and feared for her ability. When an innocent move led her to Halvard, a young man from a rival clan, she never thought it would take her to a path that would change the course of their lives and the people around them.

It had been a long time since I’d prayed to Thora or Sigr. Not
Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing a stunning finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know y'all. As you can see from below I was more than ready for this companion novel, but it didn't live up to the standards set by SitD in my opinion. I'm still very happy I read it and that I got to spend time in Young's viking world, but I just wish the content matched the beauty of the cover. Full RTC.

Original thoughts: Let’s pretend I wasn’t already sold on this author,
Lisa Marie
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was not able to get into Sky in the Deep but really wanted to give this one a try and glad I did.
I love when an author can write a book so well and in depth that you can see the scene. I felt like I was there in the battles. I felt the emotions Tova felt. Just perfect!
Very well written and recommend!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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ARC provided by the publisher through a giveaway.

3.5 stars

Buddy read with Nikki at Synopses by Sarge!

Sky in the Deep quickly became one of my favorite books after I finished reading it, and so The Girl the Sea Gave Back was something I was highly anticipating. Adrienne Young continues to be a wonderful storyteller and has crafter another novel full of strong characters and powerful writing, however it’s quite capture my attention the same way Sky in
May 19, 2019 added it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
At 50% I DNF the book. I loved "Sky in the Deep", so I had high expectatives for liking this one... but it wasn't to be. I didn't connect to the characters, the writing got me lost sometimes with the time jumps and I felt like the plot wasn't all clear or for me...

We follow two main characters from rival clans: Tova, who comes from another clan and is hated on the clan she is now because she is a fortune teller and they kinda fear/hate it; and Halvard, the kid from the Rikki clan from the
Thoughtful, atmospheric, and grim, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK embraces the more mystical side of Adrienne Young's Viking-inspired setting and shows its two teenage protagonists - Tova, a rune-reading seer, and Halvard, a chieftain-in-training - taking their destinies into their hands. It lacks the spark that made its predecessor SKY IN THE DEEP such a compelling story, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Characters from SKY also return in this book, but they play minor roles this time. So you can ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I really really loved the way this book was written- and I enjoyed the story... but it was missing something and I can’t really figure out what just yet....
Feb 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
I just double took as the read the synopsis. The main character's name is Tova. I repeat, THE MAIN CHARACTER'S NAME IS TOVA!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED and I haven't even read Sky in the Deep.
Miri ♪ Book Dragoness ♪
4.5 maybe? RTC!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

When Sky in the Deep came out I tried to get a review copy, but wasn’t lucky enough to get one. When I heard that The Girl the Sea Gave Back was a spin off and not a sequel I was thrilled and this time I was lucky enough to get a review copy. I was very excited for this one and love that it is based on Viking culture. I wound up really enjoying this book.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back is more character driven than plot driven.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This felt the debut I expected from Sky in the Deep.

It was set in the same world as the previous novel, old faces were mentioned and similar rituals and tribes were acknowledged.

On the whole this just felt a bit more lacklustre and fell flat compared to Sky in the deep. It was more or less the same premise with different characters, however it was still enjoyable and I flew through it.

The characters just felt a little bland for me. You could tell who you were supposed to hate and supposed to
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Ooh this was so good! I loved the first book and this was a great sequel. The back and forth between Tova and Halvard, plus the flashbacks really moved the story along and made it easy to read this all in one sitting. The way the relationship between Tova and Halvard unfolded was unique, just these small moments that meant so much. I enjoyed the mystical aspects of the truth tongue, casting the stones, and fate. We also got some glimpses of the characters from Sky in the Deep which made me ...more
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New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK & the upcoming FABLE duology from Wednesday Books. Agent: Barbara Poelle, IGLA

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

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