Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review:Given To The Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Title:Given to the Sea
Author: Mindy McGinnis 
Release Date:April 11th 2017 
Publisher: Putnam's Childrens

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 uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Mindy McGinnis is one of my favorite authors so when I saw that she had a new book coming out I had to get it and give it a read. Fun fact even though I ordered Given To The Sea well in advance it took me weeks to finally read the book. However once I stared it didn't take me very long to finish reading Given To The Sea. Then I had to reread the novel because I wasn't 100% sure what I just read and If I even liked it...

There are four POVs. Which was a bit confusing at first but it wasn't to bad after a while.I think my favorite POV was from  Khosa. Khosa is a bit hard to like at first but after a while she grows on you and she also spends most of her time in a library. There is a love square involved (:/) which isn't as weird or ridiculous as you would thing.The character's were a bit hit or miss for me and I'm curious about how they will develop in the possible sequel. The world building was nice,but I really with we could have been given more background on the Indiri.

 The cover is eerie,vibrant and really quite lovely. One thing I like about Mindy McGinnis, is that she writes about social issues.So it's not all that surprising that 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 face.So even though I'm not a huge fan of this particular novel, I cant deny that Mindy is a dam good author that gave writing fantasy the good ole college try.This books was not for me but I can kinda see why others would like Given To The Sea.2/5

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