Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky In the Deep #2) by Adrienne Young

SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣             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.



THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣


⬥VIKING INSPIRED
⬥10 YEARS AFTER SKY IN THE DEEP
⬥DUAL POINT OF VIEWS
⬥INTENSE ACTION SCENES
⬥ONLY A SMALL SPLASH OF ROMANCE


STATS⇣


AUDIO PERFORMED BY⇢ Caitlin Kelly & Dan Bittner
BOOK COVER It is gorgeous...if only the story fulfilled what the cover promises.
SETTING The Fjord.
SOURCE Libby Audiobook (Library)
AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 8 hours, 27 minutes


MY THOUGHTS⇣


The action scenes were incomparable...but they weren't enough to carry the whole story.  I wanted more than what this story delivered.  I wanted the romantic tension that the first book had.  Instead, there were only a handful of scenes with both the main characters present.

I also found it difficult to keep all Viking inspired names straight...after a while, I stopped trying, which also lessened my enjoyment of the story.  The writing was there for a potential higher rating, but unfortunately, the story was lacking.  It felt like it could have been told in a lot fewer pages...more like a novella.  Overall, if you really liked the world-building in book #1 of this series but thought the romance brought the story down than you could possibly really like this.

Caitlin Kelly can fall into any role and do it well (she also narrates The Folk In the Air series and several other books I've listened to).  The same can be said about Dan Bittner, I've always enjoyed his narration.


MY RATING 3 STARS | GRADE C


BREAKDOWN⇣

Plot⇢ 3/5
Characters⇢ 3/5
The Feels⇢ 2/5
Pacing⇢ 3/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 2.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 2.7/5
Originality⇢ 4/5
Ending⇢ 3.5/5



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