I usually don’t write these kinds of posts, the ones where I talk about a book I loved without it being a review. I’m a book blogger, I should be good at this I know but I’m so not. My last post was about And I Darken and why you should read it and I’m starting to think that fierce female leads are rare to find but when you do find one, it’s on!

As a bookworm, I love reading book series, the more books, the better for me but once in a while I just need one good book to read and not have to wait like a year for the next one, and more specifically a YA fantasy book. YA standalone fantasy books are as rare as a YA books not mentioning someone “growling” a response or a protagonist not having a unique shade of eye color (why is that still a thing?!).

YA books usually have a pattern and it goes like this:

  • Girl knows meets boy
  • Girl meets another boy at some point
  • Boys might be related
  • Both boys definitely hate each other
  • Girl has to choose at some point
  • BUT NOT ON THE FIRST BOOK WAIT
  • ADD A CLIFFHANGER AT THE END OF THE FIRST BOOK
  • Now you gotta buy the next one *evil laugh*
  • *spoiler alert* Girl doesn’t chose a boy in the second one either, gotta keep the readers guessing and all that
  • Oooops maybe she chose wrong
  • Choose again girl!
  • Might chose on the third one?
  • FOURTH BOOK COMING OUT YOU DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING DID YA
  • In case I failed to mention it so far ALL THE PARENTS ARE DEAD YALL THESE KIDS ARE GOING WILD
  • Might be one parent left alive for an emotional last scene before they finally die after persuading the protagonist to FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND GET THE OTHER PROTAGONIST AND KISS
  • But keep it PG, this is YOUNG adult after all
  • Might include a wedding because the readers are most definitely not teens anymore after decades of these series being published
  • You want to wrap this up? I’M GONNA LEAVE STUFF IN THE AIR FOR POTENTIAL SPIN OFFS DUHHHH
  • Loved this character? THEIR BOOK COMING OUT NEXT CENTURY *Click here to be notified when it goes live*

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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

*deep movie trailer voice* In a world where we have to wait years upon years for THE FINAL BOOK, Sky in the Deep was a refreshing standalone that did not follow the same pattern. This is a family-centered Young Adult, heavily influenced by the Vikings, fantasy book that at its core features a sibling bond. *gets chills just describing this without mentioning love triangles and love in general omg* Sky in the Deep did everything Young Adult Fantasy avoids like the plague:

  • skipped the love triangle
  • skipped the insta-love *I’m crying people*
  • relied heavily on brotherly love and family bond
  • didn’t info dump
  • we got parental figures who are not assholes
  • didn’t stretch it with more books *🎉🎉🎉🎉* although I’d totally read more books just fyi
  • got straight to the fucking point *my ghost is typing this..*
  • perfect standalone
  • Fiske *yes, Fiske needs to be a thing on YA from now on, TAKE NOTES AUTHORS*
  • IRI *same*
  • action scenes but also small village life with badass viking elements
  • heroine that despite being badass in the battlefield is also smart AF

Obviously I loved this, I wish there was more, as much as loved this being a standalone I know I will be thinking about it for some time and that’s so refreshing in itself, knowing this is it and I don’t have to wait for another one, I can go back to re-reading immediately. I urge you to give this one a chance and if you have any YA fantasy standalone recommendations let me know so I can cry happy tears!

18 thoughts on “SKY IN THE DEEP // WHY WE NEED MORE YA STANDALONES LIKE THIS ONE”

  1. I’m so glad to see you loved this book too. And I’m with you — as glad as I am it was a standalone, I kind of still want more, just because I was really into Fiske and wanted more of him. Hmmm, now that I think of it, wouldn’t a Fiske spinoff be fabulous?

  2. I think one of the reasons I struggle with YA is that it is so formulaic. And seriously-if you went by books, you would think the majority of the world had violet eyes and growled every word they spoke.
    Glad this one broke the mold!
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  3. Reviews are great, but these types of posts are also great and do just as much to promote books! So you keep writing whatever you want 🙂 And this sounds awesome! I do love seeing sibling and family relationships! And more and more lately I’ve been ok with not having romance in books (although idk if this one has no romance or just a small romance or what). Glad you loved this one!

  4. THIS MAKES ME SO EXCITED?!? I’m really tired of a ton of the typical YA fantasy tropes too and if this focuses on siblings and skips the love triangle/instalove then yessss I am SO here for it omg. 😍😍I actually have an eARC I haven’t had a chance to get to yet, but this week for sure *flails*

    Also I’m currently reading To Kill A Kingdom which is also a fantasy standalone! I think it might be becoming more a thing which is so cool?!
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