Review || Fear the Drowning Deep

Title: Fear the Drowning Deep
Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Copy: Digital

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Before anything else, I received a digital Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Sarah Marsh for her generosity!

Set in the year of 1913, Fear the Drowning Deep starts off with the tide bringing in a young, dead girl to the shores of the Isle of Man. This event, in turn, catalyzes sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill’s suspicions about the evil lurking underneath the ocean – the same mysterious force that compelled her granddad to leap into the sea with a smile on his face, never to be seen above the water’s surface ever again.

Soon enough, villagers begin to vanish without reason (or so it seems) in the night. With the body count of missing people continually increasing, Bridey is forced to take matters into her own hands by confronting the very thing she’s spent years fearing the most: the sea. Otherwise, she might lose more of her loved ones to the treacherous waves.



Interview with Sarah Marsh: Fear the Drowning Deep (+ Giveaway)

Sarah Glenn Marsh is an author of young adult novels and children’s picture books. Her debut novel is a historical fiction story (with a hint of paranormal elements) entitled Fear the Drowning Deep, which is expected to be officially published on October 2016.

An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish.

When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in nerdy pursuits from video games to tabletop adventures.


Hi, Sarah! I’m so pleased to have you on my blog today. Thank you for being here! Let’s start this interview off with a couple of questions about you. If you weren’t a writer, what alternative career path do you see yourself in?

Thank you for having me!

If I weren’t a writer, I would absolutely be a veterinarian. Outside of publishing, helping animals is my greatest passion (as is evidenced by my ‘zoo’ of rescue dogs, fish, and a bird!).


Wrapping up August 2016 [Quite possibly the worst reading and reviewing month I’ve had so far]

The post title itself is quite misleading as it suggests that I’m displeased by my progress for the month of August — which is not true at all! But more on that later.

As a lot of you know, August is my birth month (it honestly still feels quite strange to know I’m already twenty years old) so it isn’t really a surprise that things got significantly hectic for me. August 2016 was particularly busier than usual because (a) I returned from my month-long hiatus and officially relaunched my blog, and (b) a new college semester started and it took me two whole weeks to get enrolled. I won’t lie. I felt very overwhelmed every now and then. Things just kept happening, and I legitimately never ran out of things to do. Overall, however, I feel rather proud of myself for being more productive than I expected and for sticking to the goals I’ve set for myself. Certainly, there is still a lot of work to be done — both on my blog and in real life — but I’m confident I made a pretty strong start and I intend to continue this momentum.


1,000 followers!!! [Read: Shealea loses the ability to even.]

Had anyone told me when I first started blogging that I would eventually gain a thousand blog followers, I probably would have laughed until my stomach hurt, taken a screencap of the conversation and forwarded the photo to my closest friends with the accompanying caption, “Them bitches be cray.” And yet, funnily enough, here I am writing this blog post less than nine months later(!!!).

To say I never expected anything this wonderful and momentous to happen to me would be an extreme understatement. Having that this massive of a readership seemed so unattainable that I never really thought twice about ever reaching this milestone. Much less within my first year of blogging.


Let’s talk about TV series – those that kicked ass and those I kicked myself for trying || Rec’d & Wreck’d

Hey there! Yesterday, I introduced my most recent idea for a blog post/feature, which I have aptly named as Rec’d & Wreck’d. You can read more about it on this blog post, if you’re curious and/or interested. As promised, I am releasing my own Rec’d & Wreck’d post to get the ball rolling! (And so that everyone else will get a better idea of how this feature actually works.)

What exactly is Rec’d & Wreck’d?

Rec’d & Wreck’d is essentially a means to put more things under your radar. What’s great about this feature is that it isn’t limited to book recommendations; rather, it talks about anything — books, films, bands/songs or TV series — you would encourage others to try (rec’d) and anything you would like to warn others of (wreck’d). It’s a fun and interactive way to collect honest opinions!


New blog post idea? || Rec’d & Wreck’d

Let’s be completely honest here. Am I the only one who no longer makes use of Goodreads to look for book recommendations and (possible) next reads? Am I the only one who occasionally visits the site for the sake of updating my 20XX Reading Challenge progress and cross-referencing the book reviews I post on my blog? Am I a rare Pokemon?

Since I started this blog, I have begun to rely on Goodreads less and less when it comes to determining what book to read next. I typically use the site to retrieve book information (e.g. synopsis) for my reviews and similarly bookish posts, but I no longer take the time to explore the site for new releases and hyped reads. I mean, at this point, I have all of you (my fellow bloggers and kindred spirits) for that.

Which brings me to the whole idea behind this feature I’m about to introduce to you.


That Bookshelf Bitch Relaunch: what’s new, what’s next, and what’s gone

Exactly a week ago, I formally relaunched That Bookshelf Bitch(!!!). In my reintroduction post, I shared a number of the things I’ve learned and realized as I underwent a month-long hiatus from blogging. Today, I’d like to discuss the actual changes I’ve incorporated and what you, wonderful reader of mine, can expect from That Bookshelf Bitch in (what I hope is) the near future.

By the end of this post, I hope to have successfully answered the following questions: What’s new? What’s next? What’s gone? And my god, Shealea, what took you so long to finish? (On second thought, I can’t promise anyone a proper and valid answer for that last question.)