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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea, by Axie Oh

hanahana139's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

icelandicbookworm's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 ⭐

sad_hony_cake_horse's review

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adventurous hopeful lighthearted
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

rtd's review

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adventurous emotional mysterious relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

isabel_joy's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny hopeful lighthearted mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

neilazaara's review

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adventurous hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

Cute but felt rushed.

I liked the retelling part of this story and the setting was definitely whimsical. However, I don’t know exactly why but this felt very MG and not YA. I think one of the main reasons it didn’t work for me is that everyone seemed to be running around like headless chickens without really a specific direction. The pace was just too quick and everything felt hurried. It was supposed to be over a month time but felt more like 24h… 

There were also a few too many characters that didn’t get to be developed and were there just for the purpose of the plot, which made it feel even more MG. The twitsts and reveals related to the characters were more than obvious which made it feel very fairytale like but also very childish. 

The giveaway messages were very mushy and feel-good, and although I don’t mind a cheesy story this just ended up feeling more like a children’s story than a YA novel. 

Overall, quite cute but too immature and fast paced to my liking. I don’t think I’m the target audience and I don’t think that the marketing team has found the target audience either…  

booksteastories's review

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

koogachi's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

tezarit's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.75

papergalaxy's review

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adventurous emotional lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

i love this book SO FUCKING MUCH. there are some technical issues: the romance feels a little rushed because although mina's in the spirit realm for a month, there really isn't a clear timeline between meeting her love interest and falling in love with him, but tbh i really don’t care because despite the quickness, the romance was so so sooo heartfelt and warm. i love the two of them so much. i also think the plot fits the more whimsical storytelling that we get from this book. overall, highly recommend. mina is a fantastic main character and i loved reading her grow and develop throughout the story.