Spoiler Free Review
4 / 5 stars
Title: Fear the Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: YA Magical Realism/Historical Fiction
Release Date: 4th October 2016
Source: eARC provided by Fantastic Flying Book Club
A Summary (Cheers, GoodReads)
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.
So I don’t really know how to classify this book. It was a mix of historical fiction, romance, and magical realism. And I enjoyed every page.
This novel was a super fast-paced, one-sitting read. The writing was fast-paced, beautiful and easy-to-read. The magical realism elements (hello, creepy ocean?!) were done extremely well, and were dark and mysterious.
The book definitely followed a set plot, but I felt that we saw some great character development, not only from Bridey (the main character), but other side characters too. I really loved seeing the mythology and folklore of faeries and monsters entwined with the rest of the story.
Bridey and her family had a fantastic, positive dynamic that I enjoyed reading about, as I love seeing families explored in YA novels. The world-building made it feel so realistic, and I felt so sucked into the world that when the book ended I was a little sad and just wanted more.
As I mentioned before, this was a one-sitting book. And I think it would be the perfect book hangover or reading slump cure.
Also, the super cute guy in this story, Fynn…I want one just like him (sort of…)!