Given to the Sea

Given to the Sea

eBook - 2017
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Penguin Putnam
Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising—and cannot be escaped.

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.

Praise for Given to the Sea:
"Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters [. . .] Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet."—Romantic Times

"[T]his book isn't just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire."—Kirkus Reviews

"Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny [. . .] There’s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty—plus a strong feminist element too."—Booklist

"Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters’ connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Baker & Taylor
Born to produce an heir before being sacrificed to the ocean, Khosa is championed by lesser prince Vincent, who seeks to identify a way to protect both the girl and their kingdom from an attack by a magical native race. Simultaneous eBook.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Young Readers Group, 2017
ISBN: 9780399544637
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A dark story of star-crossed love set in a mythical land near the sea. -- Recommended by Hannah


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RebelBelle13
May 31, 2018

I kind of see where McGinnis was going with this, but it crashed and burned miserably. This entire book is really about figuring out how to breed The Given so she can save the kingdom. She doesn't like being touched by people, so that makes it hard. There's 4 perspectives here, which makes it difficult to follow at times, especially when we're thrown into the head of the King of the neighboring kingdom (why?). Khosa (The Given) spends a lot of time reading and pining over Donil- the last of a male species that lives in the castle as well. She wastes time trying to figure out if the tides could be rising, instead of, oh, I don't know.... SAVING THE KINGDOM?? Really, please read something else.

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miraellie
Jul 10, 2017

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 so pretty I wanna have all the sex with them but oh no I can't because of... reasons!!!!" Seriously, this book was way too focused on what/who everyone's genitals were doing and not the fact that their world is literally ending.

The thing was, I would have accepted the focus on the sex/desire if any of these characters had any interactions that made me believe they saw each other as human beings and not pretty people they want to sleep with. Donil is immediately attracted to Khosa, and she to him; Dara has supposedly been in love with Vincent for a while, but from the way she acts around him, you wouldn't know it. Vincent and Khosa had more development than any of the others, and yet I'm supposed to believe two interactions with Donil makes it unbearable for Khosa to consider saving her own life and running? No.

What a waste of a pretty solid concept.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 21, 2017

This was… interesting, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s a complicated fantasy universe that McGinnis plunges you into, and the use of four POVs makes it no less confusing. (Equally confusing is her decision to use first person for two of those POVs, and third person for the other two – seriously, WHY?) And yet, something about this was really compelling. Without ever featuring anything more heated than a kiss, this book has a lot of sexual undertones, in ways that I found fascinating – the fact that the titular Given is expected to choose a mate and have a baby before flinging herself into the sea; the lingering threat of sexual violence throughout the book; all the various undercurrents between the different characters; etc. Definitely a read for older teens, rather than younger ones. Fans of Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns will find this a similarly atmospheric read, and I have to give McGinnis credit – while I can’t be sure exactly how I felt about this, I am 100% certain I’ll read the sequel.

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Brooke_Nicole
May 04, 2017

Pros:
- beautiful and emotional ending (near the end, tension builds quickly as conflicts climax and the diction McGinnis uses to describe these parts is stunning)
- some areas of the book seem to be written like a movie script (I love it)
- Dara is developed well as a character (and she is my favorite)

Cons:
- most of the book bored me (strong focus on the history of the world where I would rather see character development or imagery)

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May 30, 2018

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Brooke_Nicole
May 05, 2017

Sexual Content: Sexual themes define this book, but aside from that, there are innuendos and an attempted rape scene.

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Brooke_Nicole
May 05, 2017

Coarse Language: ~3 cuss words

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