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.
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Fear the Drowning Deep caught my attention when I was looking at debut novels at the beginning of 2016 but I never actually requested an ARC or made a big deal out of it. Then I saw that it was having a blog tour and I got excited and I obviously signed up and I got in! I didn't have high expectations though, so I was pretty pleased with it, though the ending did do some damage.
Fear the Drowning Deep had a very captivating atmosphere that was both mysterious and addicting. There were parts that were spooky, and parts that were cutesy and overall this was a great read. I read this in around two days once I actually sat down to read the eArc. The mythological aspect was amazing even if it was a little confusing.
I really enjoyed the writing style as well as the descriptions which weren't too lengthy but really worked. The characters were really interesting and complex, at least in my opinion. I liked Bridey and felt that she was strong and independent.
I thought the romance was sweet although many people didn't see it that way. It was kind of rushed which was really annoying as I prefer the slow burn though it is usually agonizing.
I wouldn't mind giving this a reread in the future.
I rated it 4 Crowns!