The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young | YA Book Review by An-Mari Fouché
In this new novel by Adrienne Young, she takes readers even further into the Viking-inspired world she created in her debut Sky in the Deep. For readers who haven’t read the first book and are reading this as a standalone, however, this journey might be a little confusing due to the lack of world-building.
"Young writes with a fast, flowing pace and the battle scenes are convincing and keep you riveted. She creates emotion beautifully." - @amifouche @adriennebooks #thegirltheseagaveback #bookreview
The Girl the Sea Gave Back follows the story of Tova, a Truthtongue from the Kyrr clan who ends up casting the runes for the Svell; ostracised and feared. And then there is Halvard from the Nãdhir clan – striving for peace yet determined to protect his people. Their paths are fated to intertwine.
Tova and Halvard are brilliantly written characters that are easy to connect with. Tova’s character development is strong and believable; showing her progression into a capable young woman who is capable of taking her future into her own hands and fighting for it.
Young writes with a fast, flowing pace and the battle scenes are convincing and keep you riveted. She creates emotion beautifully. Tova being a Truthtongue has the ability to cast the stones and tell the future. These elements and omens are cleverly used as foreshadowing and smoothly blended into the storyline.
Sadly, the book left me feeling I need more. While this is normally a good thing, in this case, the ending did not justify the build-up in a satisfactory way. In my opinion, the novel needed at least one more chapter to give the reader that pay-off they need. This novel could have been amazing, but unfortunately leaves the reader feeling disappointed instead of satisfied.
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"Tova and Halvard are brilliantly written characters that are easy to connect with" - @amifouche @adriennebooks #thegirltheseagaveback #bookreview
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