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06 September 2019

Book Beginnings #78

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young.
The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

"Give me the child." 
Turonn's hands reached for the girl cradled in his wife's arms and she looked up, her swollen eyes glistening. 
"They're waiting, Svanhild."
First off, the cover is stunning. I've been staring at it at least once a week since it was revealed because I Have A Problem. As soon as I got my hands on this book I took it to the beach for a photoshoot. I sat and stared at it so much. It's just so visually stunning, dramatic and eye-catching. I love the colours and the drama and the depth and the strength just in the images.

Interesting first lines, and although it doesn't give much away but it's still pretty poignant. I can see what's going to happen next and it's a little bit heart-breaking.

"When I was your age, I watched my friends die in the fighting season." His voice turned sharp, his eyes narrowing, and Halvard relented. The only thing worse than standing chest-deep in the icy fjord was invoking the disapproval of his brother.
This is a direct reference to the events in Sky In The Deep and I love it. You don't have to have read Sky In The Deep to read The Girl The Sea Gave Back, but it will give you a bit more of the history behind clans like the Aska and the Riki and there are lots of familiar faces. That's all covered in this book though, so you won't be missing out.

Honestly I am just so happy to be back in this world. It's rich and vivid and brutal, and there's something about it that gives me goosebumps.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Oh I've been seeing this a lot on Twitter but had no idea what it was actually about! This weekend I am reading Ninth House By Leigh Bardugo and Indulgence in Death By J.D Robb!

    1. It's excellent, a Vikings inspired fantasy :)
      Lucky you reading Ninth House! Are you enjoying it?

  2. Ooh I didn't know this was the second one in a series! I've been fascinated by the cover as well and I love how the opening lines drop you straight into the story! I hope you have a lovely weekend and feel free to drop by and check out my Friday Post
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. I've been seeing this series around and would love to read them!

    Here's my Friday Post. Happy Friday!

  4. I've seen so much about this book! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. I'm about to start my review of this one!! I really enjoyed it despite never reading Sky In The deep!

  6. Wow, I loved what you said about the cover...I can relate. When I am attracted to a cover, I do tend to savor it. Great excerpts!

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  7. I've never read any books about Vikings. I bet the scenery and setting are gorgeous. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. I have this one on my TBR as well. It sounds fantastic and I love your 56. Enjoy!! :)

  9. I love the cover too. And you aren't the only one. Sometimes I can't help myself but gaze upon a beautiful cover as often as I get the chance too. :-) I really want to give this series a try. I hope you love this one! Have a great weekend.

  10. Okay, I'm hooked! I've gotta check this series out. And I agree, the cover is stunning! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  11. Sounds like a wicked viking read!!! Happy weekend!

  12. Lately I've been hearing about The Girl The Sea Gave Back. It haven't read any of the books from the series, but it looks interest.

  13. The cover on this one might be one of my favourites for the year.

  14. I've been seeing this everywhere lately. Hope you'll love it!

  15. Ooooh. Do I want to read these books?

  16. This cover is stunning! Kinda wanna give these a read now.

    Katie @ The Queen of Teen Fiction

  17. I just read this one and I can't wait to see your thoughts on it. :)

  18. I have never heard this before but sounds interesting. Not usually what I would read. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this book x

  19. I've heard so many wonderful things about this, I hope you also love it!
    - Kate xo

  20. You are right, those opening lines don't give much away, but they re definitely important. And I couldn't agree more, to cover of this book is to die for! So lovely.


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