Book Review: The Girl The Sea Gave Back

Book Review: The Girl The Sea Gave Back

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?

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

The Girl The Sea Gave Back

Author: Adrienne Young
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 336
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: ★1/2

The Girl the Sea Gave BackThe Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss and Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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Content Warning: Death, War, Murder

I’ll start this review off with saying that this won’t be supporting a popular opinion. The Girl The Sea Gave Back was such a let-down, in my opinion. While I enjoyed Young’s Sky In The Deep despite some issues that it had, this book was so dull in comparison. Everything in this book is transparent. Meaning, there is no surprise–and in my opinion, has very little purpose.

He knew that I’d bring death since the moment he first laid eyes on me. And he was right.


The story is told through the alternating perspective of two characters, Tova and Halvard. Tova is a Truthseer, and reads stones to predict the future. She and Halvard are parts of warring clans. While Tova has an interesting backstory, her character, along with Halvard’s, were unimpressive and don’t have much emotional impact. (view spoiler) The last biggest issue I had with this book was, yet again, the world building. Scenes would shift and I had absolutely no idea where I was supposed to be. Nothing was elaborated on, except for maybe the shoreline where Tova was found.

Unfortunately, that’s really all I have to say about this book. It impacted me that little that I just have nothing further to say. This is a far cry to it’s “companion” read, Sky In The Deep, even though it also had it’s issue.

Vulgarity: None that I recall.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: Quite a bit.

My Rating: ★1/2

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