The Girl the Sea Gave Back is Adrienne Young’s second published book, and is a companion novel to her first book Sky in the Deep. I read Sky in the Deep last year and it was so amazing! You can find my review of it here. While The Girl the Sea Gave Back is set in the same world as Sky in the Deep and has some of the characters it takes place 10 years after. In my opinion, you don’t have to read the first book to understand the second but it will definitely enrich the reading experience for you if you do.
I’m going to gush over the cover here for a second because this book is so damn beautiful I may cry. I just am freaking in love with it and can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy of this book. There is a preorder campaign for this book, as well as the first edition of this book, will have a hidden cover under the dust jacket! I will leave links to all that below!
This story is told through alternative points of view. Halvard, one of our main characters and a character from Sky in the Deep. He was only 8 years old in Sky in the Deep, but boy did he grow into a handsome man in this book *swoons* and we also have Tova. The girl that the sea literally gave back. Her story is a unique and interesting one and I really wish we were able to learn more about it. Her whole life has been a mystery to her since she washed up on the shore of a different clan in a funeral boat, alive. She spends her whole life thinking her people cast her off. Throughout the whole book, I’m wondering what exactly happened to her and why. We do get some answers near the end of the book, but they aren’t clear and I wish we were able to learn more about her and her past.
This book is mainly all about faith and fate. While every clan has their own god that they worship, there is one begin higher above all of them and that is the Spinners. The Spinners weave everyone’s future from the time before they are even born. And Tovas people believe strongly in them and the runes stone that they cast that help them see the future. I found it interesting that they would only do what the stones told them to do and what they thought the Spinners would want. That is a strong unwavering faith that I don’t even think exists in today’s world so it was very interesting to see.
This book ends with the mystery between Halvard and Tova unsolved. They have this unimaginable bond between them that neither can explain, and I really thought that there would be some explanation as to why those two are fated to be in each other lives other than the spinners deemed it so. The ending was very aloof and was left wide open for a whole other book, but from my research, I don’t foresee us getting one😭 Adrienne is signed to write a new duology coming out in 2020.
Overall I really enjoyed this book! I received an ebook ARC from NetGalley! A million thanks to them for giving me the opportunity to read this book early! The Girl The Sea Gave back will be available on September 3rd, 2019! Get your preorders in before then and email your name, proof of purchase & mailing address to aybooks.info(at)gmail.com to get a free goodie! Here is the link to the original post for all the details! You can find The Girl the Sea Gave Back on Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Adrienne’s website! Here is also a link to a picture of the secret cover under the dust jacket for the first print only of these books! If you preorder this book you are GUARANTEED to receive one!
Until next time!
Keep on reading!