Very excited to be part of the Sunday Street Team blog tour, hosted by Nori from ReadWriteLove28 for Fear The Drowning Deep! This was one of the rare beauties I've actually been able to finish and enjoy this year.
Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: E-ARC via Edelweiss
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
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.
*Thank you so much to Sky Pony Press for providing me with an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review. *
I wasn't sure how I would fare reading this when my reading slump hasn't really allowed me to get much reading done. But I found this story to be very easy on the eyes. I was swept away instantly especially in the beginning when I usually always struggle to get past the beginning of any novel and that wasn't the case with this one. There was just something so eerie and mystifying.
We follow the main character, Bridey, who is sixteen years old and afraid of the ocean. She was six when she witnessed her grandfather die when he was mysteriously lured into the sea. Nobody ever believed her word and people thought she was crazy. When a girl turns up dead by the shore, and more occurrences of girls starting to disappear, she knows the incidents have to be related to whatever killed her grandfather.
An island. People disappearing. A mysterious and eerie sea. This seriously reminded me of Charmed because of how the mother of the protagonists was drowned by a sea monster and Supernatural because in one episode when the protagonists found themselves in a town where people started disappearing all of a sudden and it was so creepy. I just thoroughly enjoyed the vibe I got from Sarah's writing.
What I loved about Bridey is that she still cared about the people in her town, everyone in the island, even though she wasn't treated fairly and not believed. I could easily get behind her story and found her to be an interesting character.
Overall, I thought Fear The Drowning Deep was definitely just the book I needed at the time to get me into reading. After I finished, I scavenged Goodreads to find a similar books even though I knew books are never one and the same. And books that have unique premises can never be toped by other novels! I ended up loving the uniqueness that this was.
I seriously can't wait for Sarah's next novel called Reign of The Fallen!!
4 Stars: A Great Read!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children's picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. When she's not writing, she's often painting, or engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. Her work is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis. Visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com.