Reviewing Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I signed up for this tour to review because I love creepy books. Large bodies of water freak me out already, so what could go wrong?

Apparently the romance. But gratefully, this and an obvious turn of events are the only things that hindered my reading experience.

Fear the Drowning Deep

by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction

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.

The Good The Bad & The Other
+Atmospheric, creepy, haunting with some great lines -Did NOT like the romance with Fynn. It was too instant and too creepy for me.
+Loved the Port Coire setting & the use of Manx, a Gaelic language -Fynn’s twist was obvious to me, was itching at how long it took to reveal
+Mythology I haven’t heard or explored much of =Missed Bridey’s friends in the middle, but they comeback in a strong way at the end
+Liked Bridley, her close family, and her friends
+Liked how Bridey’s romantic troubles were portrayed and handled well
+Ending was left open, perfect for romantics and non like me

The romance is where Fear the Drowning Deep went wrong for me. But thankfully, this and an obvious turn of events are the only things that hindered my reading experience.

Besides Bridey and Fynn’s part creeped me out TOO much. Plus, it’s all about the physical attraction, which I don’t get. I can’t root for them, because I can’t see them together in a meaningful way. That might just be me, but it’s the main reason I didn’t enjoy this book more.

I do wish the blurb didn’t give away the working for the witch aspect, because she isn’t when the story starts. It gives away what doesn’t happen for a while. This and being able to foresee Fynn’s origins didn’t leave much to the imagination. I was just waiting for them to get to it and move along.

I still wanted to know exactly how it turned out and the atmosphere carried a lot of weight. Bridey and her family carried the rest. I loved how loving and supportive they all were. Bridey’s friends took a back seat during the middle but they were gone for a reason and come back.

If you want a creepy paranormal murder spree, Fear the Drowning Deep has what you want. If you like the romance included, even better.

About the Author:

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.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallenduology, and several picture books.

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