Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young


Rating: ☆☆
Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Series: Sky in the Deep #2
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Caitlin Kelly, Dan Bittner
Length: 8 hours (327 pages)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Source: Library


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.


This book takes place 10 years after the events of Sky in the Deep, but even though it features some of the same characters, it’s more of a spin-off or companion novel rather than a direct sequel. I found this book to be disappointing, unnecessary, and even boring.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this didn’t work. It felt both too similar and too different from Sky in the Deep. I didn’t really care about the characters. The plot was underdeveloped. I felt like not enough happened from the beginning to the end of the story to justify this book. I listened to the audiobook, and by the end it was barely holding my attention, but I wasn’t invested enough to go back and relisten to sections I tuned out.

I do think Adrienne Young is a talented world builder, but this story was a miss for me. I still have high hopes for her other series, though! But if you were a fan of Sky in the Deep, don’t feel like you need to read this.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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