Hey lovely readers!
I am so excited to be writing this review for Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. Like seriously I finished this book in a day and I wanted to write this post as soon as I finished (at 1 a.m. last night) but you know….sleep. But now here I am well rested and ready to gush obsessively about this book. First there’s something I want to say. I don’t care much for YA anymore, unless it’s a series I’m already invested in. I just think so many YA books are over-hyped, over reviewed, and the genre is so crowded with bloggers. If you know me you know I love my NA and adult romance, so I only picked up this book because of a buddy read thing. Zero good expectations. But OMG you guys this book blew my mind. Hands down best YA book I have ever read (and I’ve read MANY). This book is everything. Okay let’s get to the review!
” 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.”
I freaking love this book. Like last night when I was reading it and only had a few chapters left I was sad! I wanted to know how it ended, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end. 🙁 Such conflicting feelings! But seriously this book is so well written I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was with Eelyn every step of the way. This book and the story is not for the faint of heart I think. On that not I want to make something clear. There is a difference between YA and Teen (13-17) fiction. YA is young adult meaning 18 (maybe 17) to like 22. Yes I know, that’s a small gap, And I’m not saying people on either side of this gap shouldn’t read YA, I mean I’m 25 and I loved it. I’m just saying be weary who you recommend this book to, because it is full of death, blood, gore, and brutality. Okay moving on.
Eelyn is everything you want in a book heroine honestly. Especially in this day and age. Like I think she is officially my number one book heroine from here on out (must update that post now). She’s the most beautifully complex female character I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. And that, I think, is what makes her so god damned relate-able even as a medieval freaking viking type warrior. You can absolutely find yourself in her. Whether it’s through her ferocity, her subtle kindness, her strength, her devout beliefs, her loyalty, her devotion, her love for her family, her stubbornness, the slow opening of her heart and mind, or yes even her blind hatred and prejudice.
Now I don’t want to give major spoilers, so I’m just going to tell you some things I loved about the book. So you guys know I love my romance, like I normally don’t like books unless there’s some kind of romance involved. And this one was exceptionally well done. The romance was almost accidental, but like fate at the same time. It was subtle, quiet, and understated. But I think that’s what made it so powerful and it really enhanced the story in a quiet way. It added some tension, some passion, some angst. And it helped make Eelyn’s choices all the more important and poignant. Don’t get me wrong, I love a romance that hits you over the head! But for this story, this one worked.
I also loved the view of religion this book gave, these two clans are devoted to their separate gods and willing to constantly go to war for them. Honesty time: I’m not religious, I don’t believe in god. But seeing Eelyn’s devotion was an interesting addition to the story. And it gave thee changes she went through a much more powerful feeling. Her devotion and pride towards her god could be her downfall and OMG if that isn’t relevant today I don’t know what is. And lastly I just want to say that bear scene with Eelyn and Fiske was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read. It was almost painfully intimate in the most unexpected way. Really any scene between those two was so powerful and I’m obsessed now. <3 Also I think I figured out why it’s called Sky in the Deep 🙂
Okay that’s it guys! If you haven’t read this book stop what you’re doing and read it now! If you’ve already read it or are reading it please come talk with me about it, Because it’s freaking amazing.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads