Well hellllllo, Book-I-Wasn’t-Expecting-To-Be-An-Emotional Read. Thanks for ripping my heart out.
I mean, holy shit: I had tears within the first twenty pages and it only went up from there. (Oh, by up, I mean more emotional upheaval.)
Goodreads synopsis linked here.
First things first, I’m now an Adrienne Young fan. The kind of fan who wishes she would’ve been a fan in 2018 but never got around to it but awfully damn glad she became a fan in 2019.
Picking up what I’m putting down?
Sky in the Deep was my first one-sitting book of the year. I literally gobbled it up between cups of coffee and a bag of almonds. The thing is, I read it during a Midwest snowstorm and, let me tell you, that set the mood harder than my ovaries could handle.
Young throws us right into the action then immediately shatters our heart. Because, DAMN! Homeboy, aka Fiske, (who we all can admit we fell in love with eventually) gets real rough with the MC. Like, physically made me tense up and hurt while reading.
Extremely visceral. It was like I felt every slap, burn, and ache (both physical and emotional) that Eelyn felt.
And, I can imagine, some people didn’t enjoy Young’s writing style because of that… but I DID! She wrote with such brutal edges and created well-rounded, survivalist characters.
Also. Slow burn romance. This is key, y’all.
Instalove is trash, IMO.
Give me a hate-to-love arc between two dynamic characters any day.
And Young does it well.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 Star) read. Would recommend to anyone who digs Vikings, (Norse undertones), super slow-burn love storylines, and man vs. culture conflict at the forefront.
Such a good book.