Hey guys! Today for the Fear the Drowning Deep blog tour, I'm sharing my review and Sarah Glenn Marsh's playlist! I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to check out the awesome giveaway, as well as all the other tour stops ^_^
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Format: Paperback ARC, 310 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Expected Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
I knew going into this book that it was going to be masterful, and I was not disappointed! Fear the Drowning Deep is like nothing I've ever read before. Sarah's writing is hauntingly beautiful in this enchanting and treacherous tale. The characters are wonderful, the plot is well-executed, the writing is gorgeous—I mean, what more could you ask for?
Fear the Drowning Deep brings to life a culturally rich setting that I've never read about; I truly loved reading and learning about the Isle of Man! Sarah seamlessly weaves it into the story in such an enthralling way—I simply couldn't get enough of it! For me, Sarah is an auto-buy author, and trust me, my auto-buy list is tiny. In short? Do yourself a favor, and read this book!
1) I am a huge fan of Sarah's writing! Her prose is so incredibly melodic and passionate that I could easily get lost in her words, and never want to be found. Whenever I read her work, it yanks at my heart-strings, and I become a messy ball of emotions.
2) For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the sea and everything undiscovered and mysterious within its depths. In Fear The Drowning Deep, the ocean is almost it's own character because of how big a role it plays in the daily lives of the people in the book, as well as all of it's fishy, mystical, and creepy inhabitants.
3) The rich setting in this book was a joy to discover. The story takes place on the Isle of Man, which I have never heard of before, but now I want to learn even more about it! The culture, language, and history of this tiny island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland all sound extremely interesting. Most importantly, Sarah really brought those aspects to life, all while weaving in her fantastical twists.
4) Bridey, the main character, has one of the most interesting character arcs I have ever read. She's almost a different person entirely by the end of the book. I enjoyed watching her change and grow as the story unfolded. She's really easy to root for! I hope we'll get to see more of her in the future! Perhaps Sarah will delight us with a sequel? *hint hint*
5) I looooove the family dynamics in this book. It's so rare in YA to find a family with both parents alive, and a generally happy home life; it brought warmth to my heart to finally read a book like this. I love Bridey's entire family, from her quirky parents to her endearing sisters. They made me want to propel myself into the book to compliment them all on what a wonderful family they were.
6) The ending of this book will have your heart racing and pumping with so much adrenaline. I could not contain myself as I was tearing through the last section. I don't want to spoil anything, but be prepared to feel like you want to jump out of your skin.
1) Bridey and Fynn have a great chemistry and a lovely relationship, but I wanted to see even more of it. I was desperately craving more "Brynn" scenes together of them talking and bonding! Basically, I just wanted more to swoon over xD
Brittany: You can listen to all of these songs on this YouTube playlist I made ^_^
Sarah's Playlist for Fear the Drowning Deep
* You Brought Me Up by Méav- this song sets the tone for the book!
*Atlantis by Ellie Goulding
*When It Comes to Us by Frances (ft. Ritual) - a song for Bridey and Fynn
*Salt Skin by Ellie Goulding
*It Was Always You by Maroon 5 - a song for Bridey and Lugh
*Full Fathom Five by Méav - this is a Shakespeare sonnet-turned-song with an eerie, siren-like quality that reminds me of the forbidding ocean.
*Wild Child by Cardiknox - a song for Bridey, and possibly Grayse and Mally as well!
*Runaway by Aurora
*Newry Boat by Méav - this is a beautiful song about longing for lost love, sung in Irish Gaelic
*Empty Threat by Chvrches
*Dark Paradise by Lana Del Rey - this song evokes the dark mood of a certain creature in the water
*Bow Down by Chvrches - a song that reflects Bridey's determination to save her town
*Strong by London Grammar - a song for Morag, the town witch
*New Love by Maroon 5 - another song for Bridey and Fynn
*King of Anything by Sarah Bareilles - a song that describes how Bridey feels about certain people in her town!
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