Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1) by Mindy McGinnis

Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1)

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 wa...

Details Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1)

TitleGiven to the Sea (Given Duet, #1)
Release DateApr 11th, 2017
PublisherPutnam's Childrens
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1)

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    Her eyes, skin, hair—everything that has always been Dara—comes together in a burning moment in which I want her so badly I would take her there on the blood-slicked grass, among the dead, with her brother watching. Like, ew.Let me clarify the quote above. It is spoken by a "prince" (more on the quotation marks later), referring to his adopted sister and her twin brother, who is, obviously, his adopted brother also. Double ew.This was a prett...
  • Emily May
    DNF - 60%I started reading Given to the Sea late Friday night. I made it through five chapters before I thought "Wait a second - what is going on? What's the story? Who are these people?" Thinking that I must be overtired, I decided to start again in the morning. But the exact same thing happened. The first problem with this book is the writing. It has other problems too, but it takes a while to dig through the convoluted, messy narrative in orde...
  • Nastassja
    *ARC of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher.* Actual rating: 1.5 stars Given to the Sea was one of my anticipated releases after I've read Mindy McGinnis's A Madness So Discreet and heard a lot of good things about her recent The Female of the Species, which I really want to read as well. Given to the Sea is the author's first fantasy novel, and one of the things that really interested me about this book is that it was about the...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Trigger warning if you need it: This book depicts a scene of attempted rape and examines rape culture in a fantasy setting. There is also some animal cruelty that is mentioned twice.If you've read anything else by Mindy McGinnis, you know that she writes about social issues. I was surprised by how much of that carried over into her fantasy world. Here, she shows a flawed society full of sexism, racism, and ableism that our main characters have to...
  • Alyssa
    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnisBook One of the Given seriesPublisher: Putnam's ChildrensPublication Date: April 11, 2017Rating: 2 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontr...
  • Cinda
    Prepare to dive into a terrifying world where the hungry sea demands human sacrifice and the people are willing to comply—by sacrificing somebody else. The story centers on Khosa, a girl whose sole job is to breed and produce a daughter before she dances into the sea, assuring the survival of those left on dry land. Awkwardly, Khosa seems disinclined to deliver. McGinnis delivers a tangle of fantasy, love and politics, leavened with veins of da...
  • Vivianne
    DNF (on page 63)!“A good person does not necessarily make a good king.”Spoiler free review!So this was my first Fairyloot book, April 2017. And unfortunately it wasn’t very successful.Well I tried. Several times even. But I just have to give this up, it’s just not for me. The concept was interesting but I don’t think that I would have bought this book on my own. I didn’t like the story of Kosha, the fact that she is solely born to hav...
  • Allison
    4.5?Started strong, lagged a little in the middle, and finished strong. One of the best secondary world YA fantasy novels I've read in last year! Longer review to come! Thanks to Penguin Teen for the review copy!
  • Kate Quinn
    This is a terrifically inventive fantasy novel - unlike anything I've ever read before. The harsh world these characters live in is totally believable and utterly captivating, while the characters (with the novel being told from several different POVs) are fully realized.
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Khosa has been born to be given to the sea, as was her mother and her mother's mother and beyond, as a sacrifice to appease the brutal sea and prevent another wave like the one that once destroyed the Kingdom of Stille hundreds of years ago. However, before she fulfills her purpose she must give birth to an heir to follow in her footsteps in order to secure the kingdom's safety for generations to come. Unfortunately, Khosa can't withstand the tou...
  • Zaide
    Actual rating – 2.5 stars Given to the Sea had a lot of potential but for me personally, it fell short of delivering on that.The author has built an entirely new world for this story, and while it is impressive and very well thought out, there is a lack of description and actual in-story world-building. As a reader you are essentially just thrown into this world with very little explanation of what the terms used mean and how the world works. I...
  • Morgan
    DNFNope. Did not take long to come to the conclusion that this was just a huge nope for me personally. Was glad though to see that others had very similar reactions for similar reasons. I'm very disappointed. My first Mindy McGinnis book was Not a Drop to Drink and that was 3 stars. My second was A Madness So Discreet which I LOVED. (5 stars)Third time was not the charm, because I just can't make myself do this. A whole string of generations of w...
  • Jade Ratley
    Not worth the time of day. This was a pain to get through, I wanted to DNF so many times, but I needed to finish just to justify my strong feelings against this book.I felt nothing. The characters were nothing, the world nothing. I had no emotion in this read at all. Do we want to get started on the love octagon? Yeah, not a triangle, so much worse. I can't even describe the frustration at how poorly it was executed. Big thumbs down from me. Don'...
  • Sandra
    I love Mindy McGinnis both as an author and person, but this book bored me to death. It was hard for me to keep up with the multiple POVs and to actually care about the characters. I really wish I had loved this book as its premise sounded truly interesting.
  • Rachel (APCB Reviews)
    "Given to the Sea" was a pleasant surprise, despite its being completely different from my expectations. It is a solid standalone fantasy novel, but if you're looking for a fun fantasy romp then I recommend you set this book aside for another time. "Given to the Sea" centers on a land surrounded by a terrifying and merciless sea and the lengths the leaders will go to as they attempt to save their people. Mindy McGinnis did a wonderful job craftin...
  • Danielle Steenrod
    I really wanted to like this book. I really, really did. It took everything in me to finish it. The premise was great and I was excited to read it. As I was reading, I noticed this book was full of sexual references and I became highly frustrated very quickly. I didn't like the way the book focused on this topic. A little bit is fine, but my goodness! Every chapter had a sexual comment about men taking women to bed or something along those lines....
  • Miranda
    90% sex, 10% actual good content. I've read romance novels less concerned about sex than this book was.I'm uncertain if McGinnis meant to do a study of rape culture in a fantasy setting, but if she did, Given to the Sea fails miserably. The truly annoying part, however, is that the world is just interesting enough and the stakes are high enough to be engaging, but the rushed pay off did not make it worth sticking with 300+ pages of "omg he/she is...
  • Taylor Knight
    I'm a huge fan of Mindy McGinnis' and her books will always be on my auto-buy list. I was super excited to read Given to the Sea and I might have had my expectations a little high.Given to the Sea is a lot different from her other books and I can't quite place my finger on what it is that was so different. The writing was oddly different from her other books so maybe that's what was throwing me off. I did really love the concept of this book. I t...
  • Anniek
    It doesn't happen all that often, but I really disliked this book. And I believe I have good reason to. From the start, it was full of harmful concepts like a massive focus on racial differences, and disabled babies being thrown away to die. Furthermore, nothing about the story had me interested in what would happen, as the main character, whose only purpose in life was to have a child and then drown herself, wasn't exactly the most likeable char...
  • Erin
    Not sure how to feel about this one. I mean I love the concept. Khosa is the given, a girl who dances her way into the sea as a sacrifice so that the waves will not destroy her kingdom. However, she must first give birth to the next girl who will be given to the sea. The problem is she cannot stand even the slightest touch of another. Her village is destroyed and she ends up at the palace where she meets Prince Vincent and his two adopted sibling...
  • Kayla
    ****SPOILERS*****Sooooooooo I liked the story . . . but there was A LOT I didn't like.I don't like how it seemed Vincent forced himself on Kosa. She liked him enough to be his friend, but if she can't stand anyone's touch but Donald and Dara, none but those 2 should attempt to touch her unless to save her life. I hate that Vincent basically ignored his feelings and attraction to Dara all because a shiny new toy (Kosa - who didn't even want him th...
  • Hannah
    I am so sad This was so disappointing I don't even think I can explain it. I've been looking forward to reading Mindy McGinnis for so long and I thought this sounded amazing but it's not executed particularly well at all. To be fair, I had misunderstood the premise of this and thought it would be like a political fight in a tower to get away from the rising sea- how it looks on the cover (which frankly is a better idea!) so when it wasn't that...
  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    It's Mindy McGinnis, so duh, I wanted to read it. But as with all her books, I knew going into this one not to expect a happy ending, and so I've put off reading it. Thus, the audiobook from the library, which probably helped since there are so many freaking points of view. I'm loathe to actually reada book when there's more than two perspectives and this one had plenty more than that. The one I really could have done without was Witt's. I unders...
  • Michaela (Journey into Books)
  • Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
    *Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*I've never read anything by Mindy before this but I have to say that this is one of the most unique duets I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The premise, the world, the characters, the romance... they all fascinated me to no end. They brought fresh experiences to the table and I was awestruck from the very first page.The fact that this book followed 5 different point of views didn't...
  • Kat
    This book was.. forgettable.