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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea de Axie Oh
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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (2022 original; edició 2022)

de Axie Oh (Autor)

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Axie Oh'sThe Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is an enthralling feminist retelling of the classic Korean folktale "The Tale of Shim Cheong," perfect for fans ofWintersong, Uprooted,and Miyazaki'sSpiritedAway. 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... Praise forThe Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea: "A beautiful, mesmerizing retelling I wish I'd had when I was growing up. ... A heartfelt tale that I will be recommending for years to come." --Elizabeth Lim,New York Times-bestselling author ofSix Crimson Cranes "A clever, creative, and exquisitely written tale of sacrifice, love, and fate." --Stephanie Garber,New York Times-bestselling author ofCaraval "A true jewel of a story that shines in the world of fantasy. ... This beautifully woven tale brimming with heart, spirit, and love is a dream you'll never want to end." --Janella Angeles, bestselling author ofWhere Dreams Descend… (més)
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Títol:The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
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Informació:Feiwel & Friends (2022), 336 pages
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This was a beautiful story about love, hope and forgiveness! Once I started I couldn't put it down! The character development is amazing. I really enjoyed every single one of them!The writing here is vivid and stunning! Truly just an all around beautiful story about a girl truly believing and willing to put her brother first! With a mix of folklore and fairy tales the author does a great job blending and adding them together and adding her own little twists!

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  thepageladies | Oct 2, 2022 |
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I am absolutely delighted to say that Axie Oh has done it once again! The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is such an enthralling and beautiful novel. Let me say that I haven't devoured a book this quickly in a while.

I was interested in this book the moment I saw the cover and read the description. I was hooked right from the opening, and I just knew I was going to be in for a treat. Even though we don't know much about Mina and Joon in the beginning, the bits and pieces are enough to show that they care about each other, and I love a good sibling bond. The first meeting between the sea god and Mina was not what I expected, and I thought it was a really interesting plot development. I also loved the other characters, especially Shin. I really enjoyed the layers to his character and each time we got to know more about him. It was also interesting to read about all the other gods, what they represent, and their motives. I was also curious about Mask and Dai and how they were involved in everything, and finding out about their identities was a lovely reveal. I thought Mina was a wonderful main character as she has so much strength within her but also compassion that really shines through.

And of course I have to mention the romance. It was so cute, I was truly screaming, crying, kicking my feet at 3am. I love them so much. The plot twist at the end also surprised me. I think some people may have guessed it, but it got me. I was honestly so enraptured in the plot that I didn't see it coming, and I thought it was a wonderful twist. I only wish we got a little more of an epilogue just because I want to see more of the romance/cute moments between the two.

Overall, The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea was a novel that I honestly could not put down. I highly recommend this to everyone, especially those who enjoy fantasy! ( )
  bookishconfesh | Sep 22, 2022 |
“This is a tale of bravery and sacrifice, a retelling of the Korean folktale “The Tale of Shim Cheong.” Believing they’re cursed by the Sea God who once protected them, Mina’s village annually chooses a bride and throws her into the sea as a sacrifice for peace. Still, floods and wars continue to ravage the land with no end in sight. Shim Cheong is the latest choice, her unmatched beauty thought to be a sign of the “true bride” and impending peace. Her sweetheart Joon risks punishment by death to ride in the boat, joined at the last minute by his younger sister Mina who wants to protect him. Knowing how much the young couple loves one another, Mina bravely throws herself into the sea where she’s carried to the Spirit Realm. She finds the Sea God, but he isn’t the merciless ruler she was expecting; he’s trapped under a sleeping spell. With the help of her new acquaintances led by the enigmatic Shin, Mina navigates a world of demons and spirits to wake her groom and save her home before time runs out, and she can no longer leave as a human.”

If you added “The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea” to your TBR because of Kuri Huang’s stunning art, fear not because the setting and atmosphere are just as magical as advertised on the cover. I wanted to dive in and never come back, minus the sacrifice part of course. My favorite part was the friendships Mina found on her journey through the Spirit Realm which led to an emotional twist that hit me like a ton of bricks. Wow! I may or may not have sobbed in a bubble bath late at night for a lengthy period of time.

Just like Axie Oh’s other book “XOXO,” I thoroughly enjoyed the fictional world and platonic relationships but didn’t quite fall for the romance, although I did feel it a little more in this story. Some of the banter was cute, but overall, the love story felt too young and rushed. My head wanted to root for a happy ending because the couple is swoonworthy in theory, but there were no heart palpitations or stomach butterflies for me, I’m afraid.

Due to an uptick in my enjoyment, I’m giving my second experience with Axie Oh’s work four stars. I recommend this beautiful Korean fantasy to readers who are familiar with the young adult genre and don’t mind a young love romance that doesn’t dive too deep. The world and characters will enchant you!



Content Breakdown:

*Disclaimer: This section of my review is thorough and might contain SPOILERS.

Alcohol: Mentions of Drunkenness, Liquor, & Wine

Blood & Violence: A character slashes her palm with a knife as a pledge.

A character says the humans are responsible for polluting rivers & streams with bloodshed.

During a fight, a spray of blood splatters a paper screen in the room; in the same scene, there’s an inflicted wound & mention of dripping blood.

There are numerous mentions of a murdered body that was tossed into the sea.

As an “Imugi,” Kirin can cut himself open (i.e. his palm) & use his silver blood to heal, an ability he uses a few times. He’s thanked by a recipient of his healing powers who remembers how it felt when his warm blood oozed into the wound.

Mina tells a tale in which a man finds an injured swallow & nurses it back to health, receiving wealth in return for his good deed. His older brother mirrors those actions to receive the same wealth, but after he pushes a baby bird out of the nest to expedite the process, he recieves bad luck instead, including a beating from a group of demons.

During a conversation on page 175, the words “left bleeding on the floor” are said as a hypothetical situation. In that same scene, a knife is used to cut an attacker, leaving a bleeding wound on his cheek, and one of the rescuers stands above the unconscious bodies he’s responsible for.

On page 180, Mina sees the River of Souls in person, witnessing the steady flow of pale, bloodless bodies & a child desperately trying to get out.

When two “Imugi” clash on page 192, the bigger creature bites through the skin of the other & draws blood.

A character is shot in the shoulder by a crossbow and left in a coma due to blood loss.

An “Imugi” is stabbed in the neck by a sword, writhing in pain & spewing blood & venom.

At the end of chapter 33, a character is pierced through the heart by an arrow, blood flowing out of his mouth as he slowly dies.

There are at least seven other brief mentions of blood throughout the book.

Creatures, Gods, & the Afterlife: A main element of this story is the web of gods, goddesses, & the afterlife. Among those named are a death god named Shiki, the goddess of creation, the goddess of moon & memory, & a white fox demon who eats human men (and women within the Spirit Realm) & is served by a group of priestesses. Additionally, there are mentions of shrines & temples.

There’s one deity known as the god of gods & ruler of them all: the “Sea God.” Every year a girl is thrown into the sea, given to him as a bride in hopes of peace.

There’s a dragon-like creature called an “Imugi” who worships no gods, instead believing it can become a god itself by living long enough or fighting a certain number of wars.

The Spirit Realm is a place between heaven & earth where gods, spirits, & mythical creatures reside. They pulled themselves from the River of Souls, not wanting to move on to another life. Once they die in the Spirit Realm, they return to the river for the final time.

Humans craft paper boats to carry their wishes to dead ancestors in the Spirit Realm who will bargain on their behalf with lesser gods to fulfill dreams & desires.

Disability + Insensitive Language: There’s a blind character who’s known by villagers as “Shim the Blind,” a nickname that could be interpreted as insensitive & reductive.

Death: Mina’s father died at sea & her mother in childbirth.

On page 18, there’s a discussion about a baby who was born early & died because any child born during the storms doesn’t survive; this death is mentioned again later in the book.

Mina touches a paper boat & has a vision of a young, pregannt woman crying; she tries to help, but the wish is old, the woman & her child long since passed away.

Language: B*st*rd

Orphaned: Mina was raised by her grandparents after losing both parents.

Sensual/Sexual: From the end of chapter 22 to the beginning of chapter 23, two characters sleep wrapped in each other’s embrace as one of them battles a fever.

There is kissing on pages 287 & 320. ( )
  LaurenMicheleOnline | Aug 4, 2022 |
CW/TW: Violence, fantasy violence, death, sacrifice

RATING: 4/5

REVIEW: I honestly wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. It had a strange beginning, just jumping into the action without any background of what was happening…but once I got past being a little gobsmacked by that, I came to really enjoy this book.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is the story of Mina, a girl who lives in a world where one girl is sacrificed to the Sea God every year in order to appease the winds and storms that otherwise batter their shore. Mina takes the place of her favorite brother’s girlfriend and casts herself into the sea instead.

What she finds below the sea is nothing that she can imagine and she soon makes it her responsibility to find out what is wrong and fix it in any way she can. But in a world of gods, what difference can one human girl make?

I did enjoy this book. It was creative, and easy to read. My few complaints are the beginning, which I mentioned above, and that I would have liked certain relationships to have had more time to develop organically. But other than that, I definitely recommend this book. ( )
  Anniik | Jul 16, 2022 |
I loved this book. When I sat down to read it, I didn't want to put it down and I ended up finishing it in one day.

This book gave me all of the same feelings as whenever I watch Spirited Away. It's just as gorgeous too, and I don't just mean the cover. The world, the characters, and the story is all so beautiful and made me feel the love that Axie Oh was trying to portray. The plot expertly balanced the lines between world-building, action, and adventure- all while making the romance between Mina and Shin grow more powerful and meaningful in each small moment they have together.

Mina is a strong and loveable character. She loves deeply; her people, her friends, the Sea God, and Shin. Her love is so strong that it reminds the spirit world what it is like to love and be loved. I loved the spirit world, the Sea God, Shin, Mask, and EVERYONE. A loveable cast of characters, and no REAL villain. The Goddess of Moon and Memory ended up being one of my favorites in the end.

I will likely re-read this book in the future because it is such a gorgeous book of mythology and love, while not being overly-romantic. It's just love in it's purest form; the kind that gives you the courage to do the impossible, even when it's painful. But the reward of your love and patience makes it all the sweeter in the end. ( )
  ktreads22 | Jul 13, 2022 |
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Axie Oh'sThe Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is an enthralling feminist retelling of the classic Korean folktale "The Tale of Shim Cheong," perfect for fans ofWintersong, Uprooted,and Miyazaki'sSpiritedAway. 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... Praise forThe Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea: "A beautiful, mesmerizing retelling I wish I'd had when I was growing up. ... A heartfelt tale that I will be recommending for years to come." --Elizabeth Lim,New York Times-bestselling author ofSix Crimson Cranes "A clever, creative, and exquisitely written tale of sacrifice, love, and fate." --Stephanie Garber,New York Times-bestselling author ofCaraval "A true jewel of a story that shines in the world of fantasy. ... This beautifully woven tale brimming with heart, spirit, and love is a dream you'll never want to end." --Janella Angeles, bestselling author ofWhere Dreams Descend

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