The Girl the Sea Gave Back: Review

Thank you to Netgalley who approved the e-arc the same day I received my Goodreads win of the same book. All comments are my own.

I am going to start this review by saying how disappointing this book was. It did not make the impact I was expecting it to given the author’s debut. This book was not fun. It was not fast-paced. It was not interesting. It was missing the heart that SINTD had-the relationships that made me fell in love with it. Most of it dragged, and I slogged through the ending with all the gusto of me getting up in the mornings. That is to say, sluggish and swearing at the gods as to why this was happening.

This story takes place ten years after the events of SKY IN THE DEEP, but do not directly coincide with that book so much. Fiske’s younger brother, Halvard has center stage, as well as a new heroine named Tova who is a soothsayer in a way. She and Halvard are part of two warring clans. Honestly, that is all I got out of it. There were no emotional ties to either character. I feel personally attacked at how pumped I was to get not only one, but two copies of this and feel as let down as I am.

The major things were lack of world-building, lack of character-building, and lack of story-line. The romance fell flat. So, in other words, there was nothing keeping me from talking good about this book. Nothing stood out. Mostly, I wanted it over so seeing as it was short, that was one plus to it all.

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