dear the drowning deep by sarah glenn marsh
release date – october 4th, 2016
genre – ya historical paranormal romance
publisher / imprint – sky pony press
source – received e-arc from edelweiss
summary (from 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.
i love how polished marsh’s writing prose harmonized well with not only the setting but also on the tone of the story. i was surprised that there was slang used in the setting i felt she used their sophisticated language well. i enjoyed the fact that sea monsters was used as a supernatural component in the story added with the use of folklore and fairy tales that made me enjoyed reading stories within a story more. i also enjoyed how her writing felt unsettling and a tad suspenseful as she writes this book and created this setting like no other.
because one of the key genres of the book is historical, i was a bit worried that the pace could be a bit slower since it usually utilizes some information from the historical background; but since i don’t suspect any historical event(s) happening while the story goes on, i end up giving a shot to see if it would happen. and unsurprisingly, it did end up being prolonged (plot-wise), however, there were some scenes where it caught to my attention 100% on what’s currently happening, but i was hoping the whole story, in general, to not feel dull.
marsh pulled off a great job using family dynamics as she applied families being a big contribution to the story. i love how most of the family each play out different roles and personalities that were very unique from each other. but their love towards their family was what captured the true essence of what family should be. bridey cared so much about her family that became very unconditional that felts very endearing and heart-warming.
paranormal romance as a trope has gotten so tiring and cheesy and unlikable for me nowadays. if i were to go back to the younger me just starting out reading young adult novels, i would know that he will always reads books from that genre. but because i don’t want my biased opinion on paranormal romance, it was one of the reasons i give this book a try. after finishing the book, it was not too bad. it was nice to see the romance not blatantly inauthentic nor was it unsatisfying to read, but i felt that with the beautiful writing she has composed, it made the romance felt overdone. i also didn’t get to see the real chemistry between bridey and fynn as i was reading the book. their relationship was more like a “you-save-me-i-should-repay-you-with-my-love” romance that sounded like it seems bogus, but it wasn’t like that, which was interesting.
marsh‘s sophisticated and beautiful writing style blends in with the atmosphere of the novel-unearthly and discomfiting. it was interesting how she incorporated supernatural subjects into sea animals and monsters into her own. since this is her debut novel, i can totally grab another novel of hers some time in the future because of how unsettling this book was without being too suspenseful that comes to the point that i might now read anymore. if you want to read a book for the spirit of halloween that’s not too creepy nor scary nor engrossing, you should totally grab this book. while, the summary enticed me to read the book, the book contained some cliches that should’ve been known from reading a paranormal romance and the ending felts more open that there should be something that could close it off.
sarah glenn marsh writes young adult novels and 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 four rescued greyhounds. when she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. her work is represented by christa heschke of mcintosh and otis. fear the drowning deep is her first published young adult novel. visit her online at her website, twitter, and pinterest.