Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 337 Pages
Release Date: April 24, 2018
My Rating: ★★/5
“Vegr yfir fjor.” Honor above life.”
Goodreads Summary: 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.
My Review (SPOILER FREE!)
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and I am just so unbelievably disappointed. I’m going to spread this review into categories to express my thoughts more clearly.
Plot: Not only was this book unbearably predictable, but the first half or more of the book is the exact same every chapter. This is the plot: My brother betrayed me, I’ve lost my honor, I’m going to escape before the thaw, I’m doing chores, repeat. Then, in the second half, everything was just SO. PREDICTABLE. You literally don’t even have to read the book because it’s so obvious what is going to happen. So underwhelming.
Writing: I struggled a lot with Young’s writing style. It seemed as though she was trying too hard to set the scene which just led to paragraphs of tedious descriptions. It was so bad to the point where some of the descriptions didn’t really make sense and I just ended up skimming descriptive paragraphs. Also, though the concept itself is original, there were very weak overused YA themes. The one thing I did love about Young’s writing were the action scenes. The first half had fights clouded with useless description, but the second half fight scenes were super awesome!
Characters: Thankfully, the main character was everything I imagined. She was so ridiculously badass and was just incredible and fierce. There was only one character other than her that I enjoyed, because there was no character development except for Eeyle. Also, all of the other characters had no personality. Somebody, please give me one character trait/personality trait of Fiske or Iri. You can’t because the don’t exist. There was also terrible insta-love and the relationship was so unnecessary to me. They never talked before and suddenly…BAM, in love! WHAT?? NO??? It could have easily been a slow burn even though the romance was unnecessary to me.
Creativity/Originality: This was a very unique concept that was sadly conveyed wrong. The rivalry between clans was pretty basic and led to a boring plot. However, the beginning viking battle was unlike anything I’ve ever read!
Pace: The pace of this book was terrible. The final hoorah/battle, if you will, was literally 3 pages long at the VERY END of the book. The whole first half of the book is the same events on repeat and then the pacing of the second half just did not work at all. Next to nothing happened until the last 10 pages.
Ending: Like I’ve said, terribly predictable and pretty meh. Because I couldn’t really be attached to any of the characters (because of their lack of personality/depth), it didn’t really affect me at all. It was a happy ending and I was just kind of like… okay? when I was done. Like I’ve said, super underwhelming. Not bad, but not good either.
I would like to include that my opinion is VERY rare for this book, so don’t let this deter you; a majority of people loved it.
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