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Waiting On Wednesday: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back
The Girl the Sea Gave Back

by Adrienne Young
Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

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 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.

Expected publication: September 3rd, 2019

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Reviews

Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Book Review

Sky in the Deep
Sky in the Deep
by Adrienne Young
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Synopsis
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 on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

What I thought
Sky in the Deep is a young adult historical Viking age inspired fantasy novel. This is an amazing standalone novel. Yes even with that ending it is a verified standalone. Eelyn an Aska warrior believes she saw her brother die in a battle five years ago.  Now when in combat with a Riki clan she sees her brother fighting on the battlefield with the enemy. Eelyn is captured by the Riki’s and now hows to decide how to forgive her brother and whether or not to trust Fiske.

“Ond Eldr
Breath Fire.”

I received this book in the May 2018 Owl Crate box and I was on the fence whether or not I wanted to read it.  Some days it sounded so good and other I was meh. All in all, I am very happy that I gave this book a chance. It really surprised me how much I liked it. I am really impressed with Adrienne Young’s writing especially since this was a debut novel. I am not a person that is big on a lot of companion novels but I will have to check out what she has coming up next year.  Since its going to be a companion novel I really hope that it focuses on Fiske. I just need more.

Vegr yfir fjor.
Honor above life.”

If I am being honest I was on the fence about how I felt about this book until the last fourth. That last fourth was just remarkable. Such a good balance of action and romance. I also am a sucker for Hate to love is the one trope I can never get enough of. Adrienne Young did not hold back on the gore in this book. So if you are not very good with that you may want to be careful reading this book. I cringed more than once.

I don’t normally do this but I have included the book trailer.

Enjoy!

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrapup

What can I say September was not the greatest month personally.  So much is going on and I finally crashed and broke down.  Honestly, we all knew it was going to eventually going to happen there was six months of stuff that I let just keep piling up and you can only push so much stuff down before it all comes bubbling to the surface. I had a month’s worth of post prepared and I feel that is the only reason I made it through last month. I am hoping to get time to build back up my reserve and get things scheduled before the day they are due once again. On a positive note, I think I am getting better but these first two weeks are going to be crazy. Lots of Doctor appointments for the three of us a Wedding and Homecoming. Oh, and I am looking for a job if anyone knows of one 🙂

Now let’s get into the books that I read during the month of September!

I finished 7 books during the month of September. I am happy with this even though it is a much smaller amount than the past 2 months. With everything else going on I am honestly surprised I was able to accomplish that.

 

Sabriel by Garth Nix
4 Stars
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The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
4 Stars
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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
5 Stars
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Eldest by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
4.5 Stars
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Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
5 Stars
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How was your reading the month?

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