Monday, August 1, 2016

Blog Tour: Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh (Review+Giveaway)

Young adult, historical fantasy
Publication.Date  October 4th 2016
Published By:  Sky Pony Press
AuthorSarah Glenn Marsh

Fear the Drowning Deep on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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.
"They found her body at dusk, washed up in a tide pool with a handful of sea urchins and a slender green starfish." 
"The sea’s a fickle mistress."
"The sea did strange things to people. It played tricks on the mind. Its vastness hid things. . . . Bodies. Secrets. The deadly bulk of icebergs."

     Set in the summer of 1913 on the Isle of Man, Fear The Drowning Deep is a beautifully written, refreshingly unique and deeply atmospheric read. It's a story filled with superstition, folklore, uncommon traditions and beliefs, and it's just as eerie and dark as it is enchanting. I loved everything, from the isolated and slightly creepy setting of the island, to the mystery that propelled the plot forward. If you enjoy historical settings and creepy, edge-of-your-seat plot lines, you'll probably love this book just as much as I did!

    Witch's apprentice, Bridey, is an islander who absolutely hates the ocean and everything about it. When she was younger, she witnessed her grandfather's death among the waves, and ever since then she felt distrust and fear towards the vast, murky waters surrounding the Isle of Man. She believes she saw something white in the water that day, and she's convinced that her grandfather's death wasn't just an accident. When a body of a young, unknown girl washes ashore, she knows that whatever or whoever it was that took her grandfather away is now back for more victims.

    Fear The Drowning Deep was a very compelling read. Sarah's writing elevated this already fascinating story to another level of almost poetic beauty.  I couldn't get enough of it. I loved how rich and vivid the world felt, I enjoyed reading about the traditions, superstitions the islander way of life a lot. I loved all the stories, and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. And most of all, I really loved Bridey and Fynn together. I thought the chemistry between them was amazing.

     The ocean itself is a character in this book - and what a character it is! It's dark, it's unpredictable and it can not be trusted, for something within it lures people to their deaths. I absolutely loved this part of the story. I was always fascinated by big bodies of water and the mythology surrounding them. The ocean alone is kind of scary - it's wild and vast, and extremely powerful - but when you add to it the element of some potentially malicious force lurking within it, determined to get you, that's even more creepy and thrilling. I loved, loved, loved it!

     I'm not going to lie, I kind of suspected what was hiding in the waters around the Island of Man right from the get-go, but the ending of this book still managed to leave me speechless. I loved where Sarah took the story, and I loved the journey there. Overall, I'm extremely pleased that I got to read this wonderful book in advance of its publishing date. And I seriously can't wait for Sarah's next one!

About the author:

Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of the YA fantasy Fear the Drowning Deep from Sky Pony Press, the forthcoming Reign of the Fallen fantasy duology from Razorbill (Penguin), as well as several forthcoming 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 her tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish.

When she's not writing, she's often painting, or engaged in nerdy pursuits from video games to tabletop adventures. You can visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter @SG_Marsh. 


Open INTL, the winner will be given an ARC of Fear the Drowning Deep, plus the tote bag designed by Evie Seo!
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Tour Schedule:
Week 1: 
8/1 -   Bookish Lifestyle - Review + Tote Design
8/2 -   A Perfection Called Books - Review + Pinterest Board
8/3 -   Booknerd Addict - Review 
8/4 -   Caught Read Handed - Review + Interview
8/5 -   Dana Square - Review

Week 2: 
8/8 -   Alexa Loves Books- Bookish Style Files
8/9 -   It Starts at Midnight- Review
8/10 - The YA Book Traveler - Interview
8/11 - Brittany's Book Rambles - Review + Playlist
8/12 - Stories & Sweeties - Bonnag Recipe + Excerpt

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