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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young - 5+ Stars [arc review]

WOW!
I thought this would be ok, I did not think this would be amazing. In the end, it was not just amazing, it was heartbreakingly beautiful, powerful, moving, soulful, action packed, exciting... 
Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young

I could go on for quite sometime. As far as YA goes, this is definitely going to be on my favorites for this year.
It was pure Viking  inspired magic with plenty of feels! I was captivated by this story from the first to last page and now that I am done with my kindle arc I cannot wait to re-read it in its physical format. 

The Blurb:
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.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Let's start with the battle scenes. They were intense. The author did not shy away from the reality of battle. They were slightly gruesome scenes, there was plenty of moments that kept me on the edge of my seat suffering from anxiety while my heart beat faster. And yet... it was all also somewhat poetic. Adrienne Young has a beautiful style of writing and I was captivated by it. 

Eelyn was a true bad-ass heroine. She and her ax can do some damage. She was not a heroine because she was a special snow flake with special powers like so many ya female characters out there. She was just Eelyn. And Eylyn has learnt to fight and has fought her whole life.

Fiske had me at hello 😃
He was very much like Eeylyn, a fighter and a survivor. Just sadly for them, one that fought for the enemy. Fiske was given a difficult choice, and through out he tried to make the best he could of the situation. 

The slow burning romance between the two main characters was perfectly written. Everything happened at the right time and for the right reasons. LOVED IT.

Another great thing were all the family dynamics. There was a great emphasis on family and friendships and it made the whole story even more appealing. 

Have I convinced you to go read it yet?
If you like action packed stories and a heavy dose of romance, you are bound to love this book! GO READ!

Release date: April 24, 2018
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