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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

(Sky in the Deep)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,139 ratings  ·  736 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 o
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Wednesday Books
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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
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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.
Hannah Greendale
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.
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 on
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. i get the saying, "good things come to those who wait," but do you really have to make the wait painstakingly long and excruciatingly boring??

im torn between wanting to flush the content of this book down the toilet and frame its gorgeous cover on the wall of my room. to be fair, this book still has rich viking elements to it. however, the overall story just
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
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
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 lo
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. I
Umairah | Sereadipity
"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
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 b
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
☽ TheBibliotheque
”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, w
Miri ♪ Book Dragoness ♪
4.5 maybe? RTC!
Anja H.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 o
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 previ
Feb 19, 2019 marked it as 2019-releases  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

It is beautifully written tale full of Scandinavian culture, mythology and a bits of rune magic.

The book tells a story of a girl, who thinks her own people didn't want her, so she survives with a different clan and casts the rune stones for them, and a boy/man with a good heart and sharp sword and axe. There are two POVs of the main protagonists plus some flashbacks into their past.

I enjoyed reading this book, the language and writing were soft and almo
♆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 FIL
 Vanessa  B. ☽♡
Sky in the Deep was a book I liked, but had a problem connecting with in the beginning. This was not the case with The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back, is set in the same world as Sky in the Deep, 10 years in the future. It follows the story, of Halvard, a young man that grew up in peace, and Tova, a girl blessed by the gods, raised in fear. From the moment, I read the first chapter/prologue, I was hooked.
It's not a sequel to the first book, but If you have read Sky in the D
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 happy ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Definitely enjoyed this one more than Sky in the Deep.

Another Norse tale from Adrienne Young and it begins with the funeral ceremony of a young girl child who is given to the sea- believed dead and given over to the Fates. Miles away, a Svell man comes upon the young child and takes her back to his village. They recognize her tattoos and use her as a Kyrr "Truthtongue." As Tova grows, the villagers fear what the gods might be playing at and what it means for their survival. Meanwhile, a warrio
Before I start, let me preface this with the fact that this was my most anticipated read for 2019. I loved Sky in the Deep, and I could not wait to see what the next chapter of this story held.

This was a quintessential 3 star read for me - not horrible by any means, but barely scraping the term "good," which would encapsulate a 4 star book for me.

Biggest issues: (view spoiler)
Christina Kneidel

if you liked the first book, you will probably love this.
This book and Sky in the Deep are definitely a "it's me, not you" type of situation. A lot of people really loved Sky in the Deep, but I was just not feeling a lot of the relationship dynamics. This book sadly had similar issues for me. I also wish we could have followed Tova's own clan more, they seemed VERY interesting. Instead we have the MC living amongst a "group of enemies" similar to the first book. However, ins
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you sooooo much to Wednesday books and NetGalley for the free eARC in exhange for an honest review!

Call me crazy but I liked this book just as much as the first, because it delivered what I was looking for... AKA more Halvard. We know that Eelyn and Fiske have a family and are happy, that's all I need from them. I wasn't thrilled with Eelyn's luck at the end but that girl is TOUGH!

The combined tribe of Riki and Aska are weakened by war, and the Svell are strong, ready to instigate. When tw
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....
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, this synopsis, or this title....(I know it’s hard to fathom, but just play along) here I am “on the fence”
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
Ohhh liking the cover! Question time: do you like this cover more or less than Sky in the Deep?
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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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