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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…

Title : The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea
Author : Axie Oh
Format : Physical ARC
Page Count : 321
Genre : YA Fantasy
Publisher : Hodder Books
Release Date : February 22, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 4 star review

Beautiful characters
Lyrical, fantastical and misty mystery
Spirited Away vibes

The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea had my imagination on overdrive, creating visuals akin to Studio Ghibli. The vibe of the whole piece was stunning, the villages above the sea but even more, beneath the sea, was fascinating.

Mina was a sweet, selfless and often foolish 16 year old. She loved fiercely and stepped in to save those she loved from their difficulties…and found herself attached quite literally to the Sea God. I was not enamoured by the Sea God at all and for a hot moment I thought I was going to lose my interest until that plot point developed and I gave my full investment.

The book was rounded with some amazing character aside from Mina. Shin had all my attention, I couldn’t work him out, who he was, what he wanted but I believed in his connection to Mina. I adored Dai, Miki and Mask quite quickly, but I couldn’t work out their purpose in the story but when I did, oh my word, the emotions were rolling through me.

If I were to describe this book, I’d say it was a beautiful read, a special standalone and one I’d recommend to all YA fantasy lovers.

Thank you to Hodder Books for the beautiful review copy.