The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.
Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.
Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.
But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…
This will be a spoiler-free review! Also, I was given a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book actually comes out tomorrow so make sure you pick it up! 🙂
So, I thought this was a fun book and the author has a beautiful writing style. I don’t read too much YA anymore but I like standalones, haha. I liked the story as well as the characters and thought it was a pretty interesting concept. A lot of people have said it’s similar to Spirited Away, I can’t comment on that since I haven’t seen it, but that’s what I’ve seen people compare it to.
I think this book started out strong for me but kind of started to fall off the farther I read. I wish this book was longer and had more depth, because there would be lots of times where it felt very rushed which led to most things feeling anticlimactic. I also would have enjoyed the relationship more if it went into more depth as well…I feel like the relationship felt pretty surface level with less interaction between the two. It would have been cuter if they actually communicated more and were around each other more, but once again I feel like it’s because this book kind of lacks depth. I also started to get a little bored in the middle of the book and I think it lasted for the rest of the book mainly because everything felt so anticlimactic.
I really enjoyed the story as well as the characters. I thought this was a very fun and cute read. This book also has some relevant content especially when it comes to religion and such. I just thought it had a lot of relatable quotes and I found it very interesting the way it talked about the relationship between the Gods and the people. Very well written.
I think since this book feels rushed at times and can lack depth it made it harder for me to form a real connection with the characters. Like I said I enjoyed this book as well as the twists and turns, but this is a book I would have loved to see over 400 pages. Take that time and overexplain everything because I need that world to swallow me whole.
Overall if you like YA fantasy I definitely recommend this book. If you’re also a fan of Spirited Away then maybe you should give this book a try. It’s a fun and enjoyable read and obviously who wouldn’t want that cover on their shelves?? I enjoyed this book and I’m so glad to have gotten to read it! 🙂