Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Review: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

by Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Putnam
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Everyone has a place.

Khosa was born to be fed to the sea, to prevent the kind of wave that once destroyed the Kingdom of Stille. She can’t be sacrificed until she produces an heir, but human touch repulses her…except for the touch of the Indiri.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race with magic that’s seductive—a force of nature—but dwindling since the Pietra slaughtered their people.

Witt leads the Pietra, the fierce warriors who are now marching on the Kingdom of Stille. The stone shores of Witt’s kingdom harbor a secret threat, and to ensure the survival of his people, he’s prepared to conquer every speck of Stille’s soil.

Vincent stands to inherit the throne of Stille, but has no wife to share it with. When the beautiful and mysterious Khosa arrives without an heir, Vincent knows that his father will stop at nothing to make sure she fulfills her duty. Torn between protecting his kingdom and protecting the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is soon at odds with his heart.

While royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the Indiri struggle to survive, the rising sea calls for its Given, and Khosa is destined to answer.

If you're as big of a reader as I am, then you've likely heard of Mindy McGinnis. Mindy wrote one of my favorite 2016 titles, The Female of the Species, in addition to a few of my other favorites, which include A Madness So Discreet, and Not a Drop to Drink. When I learned of Given to the Sea, prior to it's synopsis' release, I was told it was somewhat of a Little Mermaid/Thrones of Glass fantasy title that was sure to please many YA fantasy readers. I was instantly sold with just the description, however when the full synopsis made it's way online, I absolutely couldn't believe how insane the plot sounded, and that's insane in a good way. Not only did it sound promising, but it had a wide array of characters I couldn't wait to learn more about. I'm often one to be overwhelmed with too many characters or too large a world, however I was almost certain Mindy McGinnis would not disappoint.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis was unique, well-written, filled with depth, and possessed quite a bit of lore I had not come across in the YA fantasy genre. It was, at first, extremely difficult to keep track of it's characters, alternating perspectives, and settings, however after catching on to the rhythm, I found myself enjoying the title quite a bit. Even so, I did find quite of bit of Given to the Sea's events to be extremely problematic, and at times, uncomfortable to read, so I heavily suggest that readers who are sensitive to steer clear or be cautious when reading the title. Despite that, I found Given to the Sea to be a fairly promising title. I eagerly look forward to reading it's companion!

3.5 / 5 Cupcakes

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