Alex’s Review of “Sky in the Deep” by Adrienne Young
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“I purchased this book as it was part of the book club that Kayla and I are a part of. Once I read what it was about I was really excited to read it because Vikings have always intrigued me and I was hoping for a good love story.” – Alex
Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Page Count: 352
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Content Warning: Violence, Death
“OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.”
Overall Rating and Review Blurb
Book Review for “Sky in the Deep”
Readability: 4 out of 5 Tree Stars
“She’s got fire in her blood.”“Sky in the Deep”, Adrienne Young
Adrienne Young’s, “Sky in the Deep” was a quick and entertaining read. I felt like I was actually with Eelyn during her adventure. A lot of the anger that Eelyn held inside of her made a lot of sense as she had to deal with so much hate and violence with the Riki. This book throws you right into the action at the very start. It was pretty violent from the beginning and I never felt confused by what was going on throughout the book. Eelyn did a good job narrating what she was going through. I definitely needed to know how Iri, her brother, survived and that was what pulled me in.
Plot: 3 out of 5 Tree Stars
“Even if you can’t see her when you close your eyes, our bodies and our minds remember things that we can’t. They hold onto things.”“Sky in the Deep”, Adrienne Young
I was really excited to read this book since I’ve never really read a book about Vikings. Learning what happened to Eelyn’s mother was heartbreaking and how it played a part later in the story was one of the parts of the story that had the potential to work really well if it had been expanded on more. I got to about 80% of the story when I felt like more details needed to be added when it came to the antagonists. We didn’t have much backstory or motive and by the end, I knew that I wasn’t going to get that.
Characters: 4 out of 5 Tree Stars
I think that Eelyn was a well-written character and her anger made sense considering her beliefs and how she was raised. Watching her slowly grow throughout the book was great and made her feel more well-rounded. While I loved Eelyn and some of the side characters, Fiske was so boring to me. Very one dimensional, which is always disappointing.
The romance in “Sky in the Deep” was really strange to me. It started building up well and then just kind of happened which made the payoff a little lackluster. I never felt like their feelings were completely real for each other because we didn’t get any deep or connecting moments. At times, it seemed like it was a relationship based on convenience. I feel like we didn’t get to watch them fall in love even though there was the potential for a great love story.
Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 Tree Stars
There really wasn’t that much of a wow factor in “ Sky in the Deep” which is why I scored it so low. I wasn’t surprised by anything that happened. I had high hopes for this book and I felt like I was let down by the ending.
For as much violence as this book has, I felt like everything ended almost too happily. While I am a sucker for a good happy ever after, this book felt like it was missing a chunk and I was waiting for more to happen, everything was very cookie cutter. There was no real emotion since everything felt like it fell into place. There really weren’t any loose ends but that doesn’t mean I was entirely happy with how it ended.