Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
I was not expecting to get to this one this year (well I had been in the summer but then life happened) but then the weekend came and I just really felt like doing zero studying and so for the first time in forever, I actually did that.
I finished this book in one day! I can’t remember the last time that I actually did that isn’t that sad that’s really sad.
There is one word to describe this book and that is: ORIGINAL.
I LOVED this (if you can’t tell by the rating). From the first chapter, you are thrust into a battle, thrust into action and you’re just churned into this epic world and there are just so many things happening at once and the author just throws bomb after bomb in.
I loved Eelyn’s character development throughout the whole book. I found it super realistic and I loved how despite she was such a skilled warrior and could easily kill the average man, she still cried and sobbed whenever she needed to.
I just love that because I feel like for a lot of these badass female characters they just need more feeling to them and you know, if you’ve gotta cry, you’ve gotta cry there’s no more to it. That’s just so realistic and so true and yes I need more of that when it comes to these badass characters because I love badassery but I also love rawness and realness.
I know I just mentioned the author throws in bomb after bomb which may suggest every single chapter ends with a cliffhanger and the rest of it, but no, the middle is more calm and I really, really loved that. I loved how we had a chance to get to know Eelyn more, and the world more, and also help to digest what had just happened and although a battle isn’t happening or anything there are still a lot more delicate things progressing.
There have been some negative reviews, and I can sort of understand when people say this story lacks depth. Because yes, there are the standard YA fantasy tropes in here which I did notice and which I didn’t like but the overall rest of the book was so good it didn’t majorly affect my rating or enjoyment.
However, it’s very fresh to read a standalone novel for once (there aren’t many in YA fantasy), but when I got to the end I really wanted a sequel because throughout the read I just grew really attached to the characters but the ending wrapped everything up really well.
What were your thoughts on this book? Speak soon!