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Sky in The Deep: Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

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Hello everyone and welcome to the Sky in the Deep UK blog tour! πŸ™‚

This was honestly the best book I’ve read so far in 2019 so I was ecstatic to be invited to the blog tour. Also, be sure to check out the giveaway link at the bottom of this post!

Don’t forget to hop on to the other stops after you read this one and show the bloggers some love ❀


Thank you so much to Titan BooksΒ for kindly providing me with an ARC of Sky in the Deep.

This is a spoiler-free review and all opinions are my own.

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Title: Sky in The Deep (Sky in The Deep #1)
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 26 March 2019
Length: 352 pages

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.
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previous-installments

This is the first book in the Sky in the Deep series (trilogy?). The second book is coming out in September! 😍 *throws confetti around*

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Let me give you a heads up: this review will contain 99% sweet bits. I know, I know, this doesn’t happen often but WHEN IT DOES OH MY GOD, it fills me with so much joy and emotions *fans self*

But I have good reason to gush about this book, so let me tell you all about it:

The Viking era was depicted very accurately. The extreme importance given to religion, war and honour, the animal sacrifices to the Gods, how women were just as vicious warriors as the men (sometimes even more), the tight-knit community who looked after their own, the currency/tools/weapons/garments/hairstyles/war tactics used, the villages and housing – they were all on point and showed not only that the author had done her research but also her ability to seamlessly incorporate her knowledge into the story. You know, without resorting to info dump.

The writing was fluid and engaging and I just couldn’t stop reading. It was to the point, without any big flourishes or lengthy descriptions, and it’s just what I would expect from a book about Vikings – they are the most practical people on Earth! So a story about them would have to be just as no-nonsense and packing only the essential. Thus, creating a very rich yet stimulating experience. There are tons of violent and gruesome scenes that made my skin crawl a bit (again, accurate). Yet it managed to be equal parts brutal and beautiful.

Which means this book had me weeping. Like, a lot. I was so invested in these characters, and especially the protagonist Eelyn, that my heart broke every single time she suffered. And she suffered A LOT. The poor girl didn’t get a rest from beginning to end and I was constantly anxious, wondering what the author would put her through next! It was super unnerving and exciting at the same time (not that I liked her suffering, but you know what I mean).

The truth is, I bonded with her from page one. Her struggles and fears, her insecurities and pain, they all spoke so much to me. She was this strong, confident, independent, reliable, caring young girl who put her family and friends above all else, even herself, who did what she had to do in order to survive and honour her people, who kept going even when things felt helpless and she was paralysed from fear and doubt, and who didn’t need anyone to save her because she always saved herself (and, believe me, there were so many opportunities for some knight in shining armour to come swooping in and predictably save her, but the author had none of it). Not once did she just give up or felt sorry for herself – no, she didn’t have time for that!

And it wasn’t that she was this invincible, untouchable, godly creature who somehow had all the skills and talent and was better than everyone else. She was a realistic warrior who took beatings and gave beatings and whose small frame gave her both advantages and disadvantages like any other human being. She wasn’t depicted as being extremely beautiful or smart or bearing any special traits, and that’s what made her so special in my opinion. She was fierce, and proud, and clever, but in just the right amounts. She was also jealous and irrational and a pain sometimes, and that is absolutely okay! A heroine has flaws too.

The plot and reason for why both tribes fought was not explained straight away, but it WAS explained, which is more than I can say for most fantasy books. There was some historical inspiration behind it, too, which just made it even better. Not many people will understand or think it’s valid, but it takes looking at our own world in this day and age to realise we have not evolved all that much in the conflict department.

Moreover, the plot didn’t simply exist as an excuse or to give way to something else (like a romance). It WAS the book and everything else happened BECAUSE of it, not using it as background. Fate played a big part in this story and I was over the moon about it, especially for how cleverly the author managed to use it.

The friendship and bromance in this were so, so wholesome they made me want to cry. My babies Myra and Eelyn, and the boys, and the strong bonds between family members, especially Eelyn and her dad… They were just too much. They were all too precious for this world and I just wanted to protect them at all costs (which the author made very hard because she kept throwing them into these life-threatening situations! Rude.)

And – I saved the best for last – the slowburn romance. Though, when I say slowburn, I mean SLOW. BURN. I was practically foaming at the mouth at way these two were going in circles around each other, and the tension building up with every chapter, and the absolute lack of self-awareness that basically ruins every romance for me! Did I mention I loved those? Because I loved those.

There was not a single mention of someone finding anyone attractive, or suddenly forgetting about their priorities because they had a new fling, or instalove vibes, or anything of the sort. Vikings don’t have time for that. If you blinked at any point in this book, you would have missed the spark completely up until the point it hit you in the face (though not me, oh no, I was LIVING for it).

And not only that, this had an enemies to lovers trope too! What else could this girl want? (Spoiler alert: nothing, she was squealing with joy and jumping up and down on her bed at 3AM). He was just so soft with her, and she made herself vulnerable around him like she did with no one else, and beyond being a couple, they were a team. They didn’t keep each other back – they had each other’s backs. They didn’t sacrifice their own lives for the other – they made changes that would work for both. They respected and supported and pushed each other, and that’s truly what a relationship should be about. I could go on and on but basically they were goals and were worth all the waiting.

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A glossary would have been nice, I have to admit. It was especially confusing in the beginning and even though the meaning of most words could be infered from context, that wasn’t always the case and I ended up having to Google some of the terms. Yup, this is my only complaint!

overall

If you couldn’t tell, THIS BOOK DESTROYED ME. But in a good way. I’m still recovering. It was just PERFECTION, I mean, what else can I say about it that I haven’t covered in my extensive gushing above?

Let’s recap: there was amazing Viking representation that showed the author’s extensive knowledge (and love) of the era, the incredible (but practical) writing style that complimented the book’s theme and story so well, the epic pace and flow that kept the reader on the edge of their seat without a single moment of boredom, a cast of realistic and wholesome characters and relationships that tore at my heartstrings and made me weep throughout (especially my baby Eelyn aka the best protagonist and feminist inspiration a girl could ask for), a fantastic plot and foundation that made sense and wholly supported everything else happening in the story, and finally the best slowburn enemies to lovers romance I have read in a long, long time.

If none of this has convinced you you need this book in your life, may Odin have pity on your soul.

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And now – the giveaway πŸ˜€ Titan Books will be sending one lucky winner a paperback copy of the amazing Sky in The Deep!

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This will be running from April 1st to April 30th and is UK ONLY (sorry international friends 😦 ) I will be contacting the winner at the beginning of May for some details like name and address so you need to a) be comfortable sharing those, and b) be 16+ years old / have parental permission to participate.

I think that’s about it for now! Good luck everyone ❀ ❀


πŸ“– Do you often give 5 stars ratings? What makes a 5 star read for you?
πŸ“– Do you enjoy Viking stories? What is your favourite historical period?
Let me know in the comments below! πŸ™‚

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47 thoughts on “Sky in The Deep: Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

  1. So….you still haven’t lost your touch in writing fantasti reviews I see (not that I was even remotely worried about that in the first place πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). Great post for what seems to be a great book. Of course also no surprise that I am now adding this book to my to read list. Loved that layout for this post by the way! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one! 😊😊

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    1. Hahaha oh wow, thank you! And welcome back πŸ˜€ *hugs tightly* Where have you been?? How are things?? I feel like it’s been ages since we last spoke… Anyway, I hope all is good on your side 😊
      This was a great great book in my opinion, but of course everyone’s different and you may not think so. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you do, though!
      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked that ❀️ I’ve been trying new stuff and seeing what I like well enough to stick πŸ˜‚
      Thank YOU for reading πŸ€—

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      1. Thank you so much😊 Well…I’m back, and I’m not back so to speak πŸ˜… It’s a bit of a long story, as well as where I have been so this post explains all: https://raistlin0903.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/breaking-the-silence/
        I’m sure I will get to this book eventually at some point, but it might take a while (so many things to do…so little time πŸ˜…).
        Well…it’s cool! So keep doing things like this! 😊 Great to have spoken to you again 😊

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  2. Wow, Sky in the Deep sounds like a perfect read. I love how Eelyn isn’t described as beautiful or special, I love slow burns, and families actually present in a story. I finally added this to my TBR the other day after I saw so many people loving it. I’ve never read a Viking book before. I couldn’t say which was my favorite historical period. Maybe 50s or whatever century Pride and Prejudice takes place. Thanks for the review and giveaway (:

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    1. It absolutely is! That was certainly one of the things that absolutely sold me on this one… You won’t be disappointed!
      Oh the Georgian Era – yeah I agree, especially when you’re able to live it through your favourite characters’ eyes. It sounds incredibly romantic and idyllic!
      No worries, I hope you enjoyed it and best of luck πŸ˜ŠπŸ€πŸ€

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  3. I’m so glad you loved this book Sophie, and wow the fact that it’s in the running for your best book of 2019 says a lot about how much you loved it as well. I read Sky in the Deep a while back (last year I think) and I really enjoyed it. The Viking aspects were so well written, like you said, it’s easy to fall into the story when the world is that detailed and intricate.
    It’s been a while since I read this book but I remember Eelyn’s story being very moving, I especially loved the relationship she had with her brother. It was complicated, especially because of all that was between them what with him joining her enemies, but it was just so incredibly well-written. I really enjoyed seeing their dynamic play out on the pages.
    Great review. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Indeed! I’m really happy I didn’t have to reach the end of the year to have a favourite hahaha (or not have a favourite at all! 😱)
      Eelyn and her brother were too angsty for this world – I LOVED it. Their relationship was so so heartbreaking and realistic and their father as well – there were times where I was honestly close to sobbing. My precious cinnamon rolls 😭😭😭 (I wasn’t too keen on his girlfriend/wife though… But oh well, he was happy and that’s what counts 😊)
      Couldn’t agree more – a less skilled author would have butchered all those important connections and dynamics and made everything about the romance. Young is a great storyteller and was careful to pay attention to each element so as to not let them overlap each other. Perfection, really!
      Thank you so much, Beth, and I’m really glad you loved the book too ❀️😊

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      1. My problem always ends up being reaching the end of the year and having too many favourite books, but I guess that’s a good problem to have isn’t it? πŸ™‚
        It was great, I love well written family dynamics and this one was one of the best because it was so real. I felt so heartbroken at times reading it.
        I did like the romance aspect, but I loved even more that it wasn’t the whole part of this story.
        That’s all right, and thanks Sophie. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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  4. You review makes me WANT to read this book. I just added it to my TBR list. I’m fascinated about history, and learning about Vikings along with a strong female protagonist has sold me. I might have to close my eyes during the gruesome parts though…Or put my hand over my eyes, leaving a gap between my fingers. πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh please do!! I’m sure you’ll learn quite a lot πŸ™‚ What it did was it made me want to go and research this historical period further, as I was just so invested in the story and characters and the world and wanted to just be completely immersed. Wish my History lessons had been as interesting πŸ˜‚
      They were a bit… Hmm. But what else would you expect from Vikings, right? The author knew she had to make them quite ruthless and unwavering, otherwise it wouldn’t be realistic at all!

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  5. This sounds like it’d be an awesome read! Definitely adding it to my TBR list. I love anything to do with Vikings so this sounds like the perfect read for me!

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    1. Yay, so glad to hear that, Alicia! It’s a blogger’s greatest honour ❀
      I loved everything about it – world-building, characters, relationships, plot… They all worked wonderfully together and I never felt like they overpowered the others. It was, overall, a really well-balanced book.
      The slow burn was MAGIC! I sincerely hope you feel the same way I did about it because I need more people to fangirl with hahaha
      Thank you so much, lovely ^^

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  6. OMG, all my favorites tropes are in this book! I love a good slow burn romance and I’m a total sucker for books with bromance, and enemies and lovers romance. I currently have this book on my TBR but I hope I’ll get to it soon. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! Fantastic review btw! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, mine too!! And they were all done wonderfully, to boot!
      I hope you enjoy this one, Raven, it’s honestly so so good I don’t see why you wouldn’t but still, we all have our tastes…
      Thank you so much, hon ❀ Glad you liked it ^^

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  7. Wow, this book sound amazing! I love slow burn romances and enemies-to-lovers, especially if combined with no-nonsense characters. It’s going on my list! I’d enter the giveaway but I don’t live in the UK… oh well, I prefer audiobooks anyway so I might just wait patiently for an audiobook version to come out πŸ™‚

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    1. It so is!! You need to read it, I’d love to hear if you feel the same way πŸ™‚ I guarantee the romance will, at least, be to your liking because the enemies to lovers slowburn is just done perfectly.
      Oh I’m so sorry! The giveaway is hosted by the publisher so I’m afraid I can’t change any of the rules… 😦 I definitely plan on hosting more in the future and hopefully they’ll all be international πŸ™‚
      I hope they make an audiobook, for sure! I think it’d be interesting to dive even deeper into Eelyn’s mind and also physically hear her voice (though the narrator would have to be amazing). She’s such an amazing protagonist, I was really immersed in her life and story.

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      1. Aw, thanks Lydia! ❀ You always leave the loveliest of comments so we're even hahaha
        I sincerely hope you enjoy this one, but I don't see why you wouldn't! It really is not your typical YA. It's much more mature and level-headed and plot-focused. Everything in it is pretty balanced and the final result is just so much more than I was expecting.
        Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it if you decide to pick it up! πŸ™‚

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  8. Oh wow! I love how much you love this book! I haven’t seen this much gushing from you in a while! LOL. It’s so exciting to see that there are quite a few aspects of this book to appreciate. It’s interesting, though, that I’ve heard some people felt there was a lack of Norse mythology in this book, but maybe there wasn’t supposed to be all that much? Maybe instead there was supposed to be a larger focus on Viking culture and lifestyle. No matter the case, you’ve made me very excited to add this to my wishlist. I am LOVING for your description of the slow-burn romance. That’s my favorite kinda romance πŸ˜‰ And I love heroines that are flawed and relatable. Can’t wait to read this one now. So happy you enjoyed this! Fantastic review, Sophie! ❀ I hope you love the second one as much as the first when it's released πŸ˜€

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    1. I know!! I was excited too! XD
      I felt there was an adequate amount of Viking culture – the religious aspect was especially present, and had quite a great impact on the overall plot and the characters’ journeys. So I don’t really know what people were expecting but if it was some sort of fantasy-related theme, then they would be disappointed.
      I hope you love it so so much, Azia! Everything was just on point, I cannot complain. I look forward to reading a 5 star review from you too! πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much, hon ❀ ❀

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      1. Thanks for letting me know. For a moment I was expecting a fantastical read too, but now that I’ve read your review, I’ve got a better sense of the book. Definitely moving it up on my TBR! ❀

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          1. I love me some historical fiction, so the book and I are meant to meet. Hopefully it will be love at first sight but I’m all for a slow-burn romance LOL. I’ll let ya know when I get around to it! πŸ™‚

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  9. Loooove this review πŸ™‚ It makes me so, so excited to pick this book up now and even better because I have a physical copy waiting for me! It sounds really good- I had high hopes for it and I think I am going to enjoy this as much as you did πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! ❀ I think you will love it, but then again everyone's different. I went in with high expectations and it didn't affect my enjoyment at all, which is super rare but welcome hahaha
      Looking forward to reading your review! πŸ™‚

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  10. So glad this was wonderful! The writing sounds engaging and it’s amazing you were so invested in the characters. And I love slow burn romances! And Vikings this definitely sounds like a book for me. Also thanks for hosting a giveaway- it’s exciting that it’s in the UK cos I usually can’t enter these giveaways. And I follow your blog, so I’d really appreciate an extra entry! Thanks so much!! And great review! ❀

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    1. Thank you! It was, although it wasn’t (as I mentioned) anything special or lyrical. It was just very straight forward but for some reason it really worked here.
      This slowburn is AMAZING, I’m sure it’ll make you melt too hahaha
      Of course, no worries! Best of luck πŸ˜€
      Thank you again ^^ ❀

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  11. Ok ok I am officially even more excited to read this book. I bought it a year ago when it came out and still haven’t gotten around to it, but your review mentioned so many amazing things (slow burn romance –yaaasss). I have to read it, I must! Viking books are something I def want to get into and I think this would be a great start! Amazing review, Sophie!

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    1. Hahaha mission accomplished! πŸ˜€ I honestly thought I’d be super disappointed because my expectations were SO high but everything turned out even better than expected. I hope you have the same reading experience!
      The slowburn is *on point*, it’ll make you seriously swoon ❀ I love Vikings yet never read any fiction about them, oops…. This got the ball going though hahaha
      Thank you so much, Rendz! I look forward to reading your thoughts on this one ^^ (I'm crossing my fingers it'll be a 5 star review as well!)

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  12. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this book Sophie. It’s still on my to read list. And I can’t believe there’s a second book for it already. I will have to read it soon. Great review!

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