All of the Vikings, All the Time (Repost)

Apparently, there’s something weird going on with WordPress, and my scheduled blogs don’t seem to actually, you know, go out when they’re scheduled to go out… so just in case y’all missed it, here’s my blog from Saturday about Sky in the Deep!

 

Thank you so much to  nicolinesimone at copenhagencolours.wordpress.com for commenting on my post about Royals and voting for my next book review to be on Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young! Since I had already written a post about Legendary, I posted that one first, but I got started on my review for Sky in the Deep as soon as I saw the comment!

Sky in the Deep is one of those books that I’ve been looking forward to for a really long time. I first heard about it before yallfest last year, so probably late October or Early November of 2017. It was one of those arc drops that I couldn’t miss at yallfest, so I made sure that my friend Bee and I had built it into our schedules. I started reading it in December, but then I had like a rolling group of like 4 library books that always ended up having to take precedence over my arc for Sky in the Deep because, you know, due dates etc. Once it came out, I was able to actually read it by listening to an audiobook while driving to and from work. My total commute is only about an hour, so it’s not too bad, and listening to an audiobook while driving is one of my favorite things about having to commute to and from the office everyday!

As an aside, one thing I’ve learned about myself in the past few weeks of writing reviews is that I am REALLY bad at writing book summaries! I feel like I know exactly what’s going on it the book, so I get to writing, and then I get too distracted by little details and my summaries end up sounding pretty terrible… so if that happens here, definitely go check out the real summary for Sky in the Deep on Goodreads.

Sky in the Deep 4 star 4/5 Stars

This book deals with two rival Viking clans- the Aska (the clan from which our main character Eelyn is from) and the Riki. Eelyn seems to be your normal Viking, doing normal Viking things like fighting her clan’s mortal enemies alongside her best friend. During the Aska and Riki’s normal fighting season, Eelyn sees something she can’t believe- her brother who has been dead for the past 5 years! Eelyn follows her brother (you know, just to make sure he’s not a ghost or something), and ends up being captured by the Riki. Now, Eelyn is a prisoner/servant in the house and tribe that her brother (who is- spoiler alert- actually alive!) is now a part of. Eelyn needs to escape, as soon as possible, so she can get back to her village, but somewhere along the way, she starts seeing the similarities between the Aska and the Riki. And then, she starts seeing the Riki as real people and not just as “the enemy.” Then, tragedy strikes both the Riki and the Aska and they have to see whether they can work together or have both of their clans wiped out.

When I started this book, like right at the beginning, I was a little worried that it was going to be one of those super hyped books that I ended up not liking, but like maybe 30 minutes into the audiobook, I changed my mind. I started actually connecting with the characters and I couldn’t stop listening! This was my first ever book about Vikings and now, let’s be real, I want all of the Viking books! The one thing I had a little bit of an issue with is the romance in this book. At some points, the only thing I could think of is Stockholm Syndrome…

Have y’all read Sky in the Deep? Did y’all like it?

All the Vikings, All the Time

Thank you so much to  nicolinesimone at copenhagencolours.wordpress.com for commenting on my post about Royals and voting for my next book review to be on Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young! Since I had already written a post about Legendary, I posted that one first, but I got started on my review for Sky in the Deep as soon as I saw the comment!

Sky in the Deep is one of those books that I’ve been looking forward to for a really long time. I first heard about it before yallfest last year, so probably late October or Early November of 2017. It was one of those arc drops that I couldn’t miss at yallfest, so I made sure that my friend Bee and I had built it into our schedules. I started reading it in December, but then I had like a rolling group of like 4 library books that always ended up having to take precedence over my arc for Sky in the Deep because, you know, due dates etc. Once it came out, I was able to actually read it by listening to an audiobook while driving to and from work. My total commute is only about an hour, so it’s not too bad, and listening to an audiobook while driving is one of my favorite things about having to commute to and from the office everyday!

As an aside, one thing I’ve learned about myself in the past few weeks of writing reviews is that I am REALLY bad at writing book summaries! I feel like I know exactly what’s going on it the book, so I get to writing, and then I get too distracted by little details and my summaries end up sounding pretty terrible… so if that happens here, definitely go check out the real summary for Sky in the Deep on Goodreads.

Sky in the Deep 4 star 4/5 Stars

This book deals with two rival Viking clans- the Aska (the clan from which our main character Eelyn is from) and the Riki. Eelyn seems to be your normal Viking, doing normal Viking things like fighting her clan’s mortal enemies alongside her best friend. During the Aska and Riki’s normal fighting season, Eelyn sees something she can’t believe- her brother who has been dead for the past 5 years! Eelyn follows her brother (you know, just to make sure he’s not a ghost or something), and ends up being captured by the Riki. Now, Eelyn is a prisoner/servant in the house and tribe that her brother (who is- spoiler alert- actually alive!) is now a part of. Eelyn needs to escape, as soon as possible, so she can get back to her village, but somewhere along the way, she starts seeing the similarities between the Aska and the Riki. And then, she starts seeing the Riki as real people and not just as “the enemy.” Then, tragedy strikes both the Riki and the Aska and they have to see whether they can work together or have both of their clans wiped out.

When I started this book, like right at the beginning, I was a little worried that it was going to be one of those super hyped books that I ended up not liking, but like maybe 30 minutes into the audiobook, I changed my mind. I started actually connecting with the characters and I couldn’t stop listening! This was my first ever book about Vikings and now, let’s be real, I want all of the Viking books! The one thing I had a little bit of an issue with is the romance in this book. At some points, the only thing I could think of is Stockholm Syndrome…

Have y’all read Sky in the Deep? Did y’all like it?

May Wrap Up

This May, I finished 10 books, which is a little less than I thought I would read this month, but War Storm was SO LONG, so that took me longer than expected. I’ve also been sicker than normal this week, so all of that extra sleeping has meant less reading that I would have wanted. I’m aiming for 15 books read in June, so let’s see if I can actually make that happen.

May Reads:

The Wish Granter 3 star 3/5 Stars

A Court of Frost and Starlight 4 star 4/5 Stars

The Traitor Prince 3 star 3/5 Stars

Legend 4 star 4/5 Stars

The Diviners 3 star 3/5 Stars

City of Heavenly Fire 4 star 4/5 Stars

War Storm 4 star 4/5 Stars

Daughter of the Pirate King 3.5 stars 3.5/5 Stars

Sky in the Deep 4 star 4/5 Stars

Daughter of the Siren Queen 4 star 4/5 Stars

Top 3 Books read in May:

War Storm- I love the Red Queen series and I think Victoria Aveyard ended Mare, Maven, and Cal’s story in the best way possible. While this book was super long (over 600 pages!), I think it did a really good job encompassing everything needed to really give a satisfying ending without drawing things out or making things seem too quick and easily tied up.

Daughter of the Siren Queen- I had been sitting on Daughter of the Pirate King for about 7 or 8 months, planning on reading it at some point, just not now, and then my hold on Daughter of the Siren Queen at the library got checked out to me, so I had to start reading them. While I was just ok with Daughter of the Pirate King, I liked Daughter of the Siren Queen so much! I thought that Alosa was a little less self centered and definitely less annoying, and I love Riden in general. I also really enjoyed being able to really get to know the crew of the Ava-Lee. The story seemed to be better paced and it was just a cute, fun summer read.

City of Heavenly Fire This was the month of finishing series for me. Not only did I finally finish the Mortal Instruments Series, but I finished the Red Queen series, all of the currently published Ravenspire books, and the Feyre/Rhys story arc for ACOTAR. I read City of Heavenly Fire as an audiobook on the way to/from work for like 1/2 of the month, and it was so good. Sophie Turner was one of the narrators and I thought that she was an amazing narrator. I liked this as the ending for the Mortal Instruments books, and since I’ve already read the Infernal Devices books and the Dark Artifices books, I loved seeing Tessa and Jem as well as the Blackthornes and Emma. It felt like I was coming back to family.

3 Least Favorite Books read in May: (NOTE: none of these books were bad or even less than 3 star books- they were fun reads and I don’t regret reading them, but they weren’t the most amazing ones I read)

The Wish Granter- I loved the Shadow Queen when I read it earlier this year, so I was so excited to read the other two Ravenspire books. Both the Wish Granter and the Traitor Prince was good books, they were just a lot slower than I expected. They had great plots and were really interesting re-tellings of classic fairy tales, I just wish that they had been a little more plot driven. I loved most of the characters in this book (well, let’s be real, I loved Ari. Thad annoyed me.)

The Traitor Prince- Like with the Wish Granter, I thought that the Traitor Prince was a good book, and I really enjoyed reading it, it just moved more slowly than I would have liked. Rahim seemed like an interesting character, and even though he was evil, I was rooting for him in some parts, because he was so much smarter and more wily than anyone gave him credit for! I also really enjoyed all of the easter eggs from the other books that were sprinkled throughout this one. They really tied everything together and brought me back to the parts of the first two books that I liked.

The Diviners–  I liked the Diviners- don’t get me wrong. There were so many interesting aspects to the book and I learned so much about the 20s, which is definitely a time period that I know pretty much nothing about. There were too many characters that weren’t really explained (I’m 90% sure that’s setting up for the future books, which I’m for sure going to be reading) and so much going on that didn’t really have anything to do with the main story. I can’t wait to have everything tied together in the next book or two.

 

What all did y’all read in May? Anything you really enjoyed or really did not enjoy?