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Given to the Sea
Given to the Sea | Mindy McGinnis
Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is risingand 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 shes allowed to dancean uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzyshe 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, Vincents 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 Pietrafierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation beforeare now marching from their stony shores for the twins 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 landand 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.
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CrowCAH
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#Two4Tuesday

Thanks @Klou for the tag!

1. I liked how the story had multiple POVs, even one of them was the “enemy.”

2. There‘s is a sequel, not sure if I‘ll get to it, but the first was good enough that I may want to see how the story ends. So, I‘d like to see that everyone gets an HEA, especially the Indiri girl to find a mate.

Play along @GondorGirl @StayCurious

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🌞 1mo
jeannasser I am currently in a huge Mindy McGinnis binge. This seems to be everyone‘s least fav book of hers and that‘s why I‘ve been putting it off. Glad to hear a fellow Litten enjoyed it 🥰 (edited) 1mo
CrowCAH @jeannasser oh yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I listened to it and didn‘t mind listening. Though, based on the strong emotions that were tackled in the story, I made sure to moderate my time. I recommend it, especially if you like her work. 1mo
Klou 👍❤️ 1mo
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CrowCAH
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My current #Audiobook, listening on #Libby.
It‘s very good and engaging. Only have an hour left!

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Scisco
Given to the Sea | Mindy McGinnis
Pickpick

The multiple person viewpoint was a bit jarring at times. However the story itself was quite interesting and the characters relatable. The world and the way things work in the world are logically consistent - which is important in a fantasy novel. I‘ve read reviews that complain that the world has violence, rape, racism... I‘m not sure that I understand the problem. The darkness in the story is consistent with the world and the lines drawn clear.

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Preciouz29
Given to the Sea | Mindy McGinnis
Mehso-so

High hopes, but it fell short; it‘s very depressing and I couldn‘t see any glimmer of hope. Additionally, there is a lot of talk about sex and justifying rape; interesting, but not cool. And it could have been shorter; the four POV is a bit challenging to read, kinda like whiplash sometimes.

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Xenatine
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This book has such a gorgeous cover!

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anniekslibrary
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Panpan

It doesn't happen all that often, but I really disliked this book, and for good reason. From the start, it was full of harmful concepts: a massive focus on racial differences, and disabled babies being thrown away to die. Nothing about the story had me interested in what would happen, as the main character wasn't exactly the most likeable character, nor were any of the others. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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Xenatine
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I confess...I bought this book for the cover!

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Xenatine
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I'm in love with everything about this cover.

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Xenatine
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This book? Total eye candy. And the premise sounds really cool too.

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alexreadsboooks
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Bailedbailed

This book was a hard no for me... I barely made it through but it was hard. There's just a lot about it that I think wasn't handled well and downright unnecessary. I go into more detail on my blog where I reviewed it today!
Https://alexreadsboooks.wordpress.com

The_Heeler_Booklife I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book and how some of the description is weird/gross. 5y
alexreadsboooks @allthingskayla I somehow hadn't seen them when I read it, but I kinda wish I had so I hadn't read it in the first place :/ 5y
The_Heeler_Booklife @alexreadsboooks I was going to read it, but I am on some book groups on Facebook and saw a bad review on it followed by people agreeing in the comments, so I went over to Goodreads and read the positive and negative reviews. 5y
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KimmyM
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Bailedbailed

I didn't get far at all. I may come back to this later, since I've loved a couple of her other books.

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ryleyreads
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Mehso-so

Happy Friday everyone!

If you are looking for a read for this weekend, head over to my blog and catch up on any reviews you missed! #GivenToTheSea by #MindyMcGinnis is my most recent review and I didn't love this book as much as I wanted to but it was still good! Check out the link in my bio for more!

.#books #booklover #bookworm #currentlyreading #currentread #ireadya #bookish #booklovers #bookphotography #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookblogger

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Spinatale
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Mehso-so

I was really looking forward to this book but it didn't quite work for me. Had it had more politics/political intrigue and less sexual tension/relationship drama, I would have liked it a lot more. It had a lot of potential though so I'll probably continue with the series and hope the next one is significantly better.

CommasAndAmpersands This picture is absolutely gorgeous! 5y
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jrosewordsmith
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I haven't read anything by Mindy McGinnis yet. I like the sound of Female Of The Species as well as this.
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#yafantasy #fantasy #booksoutside #bookishoutofdoors

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queenbeebooks
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my June fairyloot box was waiting for me when I got home today! so I figured I would honor the book from April! April was all about dreams and wishes and this book, like so many others, inspires me. Whether it's something that helps shape one of my own novels or just something that makes me smile, books are the best form of magic we have ❤️

#books #litsybooks #giventothesea #stackthis #tbr #love #dream #mindymcginnis #read #follow

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DrawnToThePages
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New coasters in store. 😍💙

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Bailedbailed

*several blinks with confused face*
I have absolutely no idea what in the hell is going on. There's four POV which are relatively easy to keep organized but the entire plot and appeal is just going right over my head (or doesn't exist).

DNF @40%

Parabatibooks This is next on my Tbr list >. 5y
Mommamanzi I hate when this happens!!! I've had 2 this year already! 5y
SassenachTheBookWizard At first it was cute but then I just got bored. @Parabatibooks maybe it's for you! While it's a fantasy, it was written kind of like her contemporaries 5y
The_Heeler_Booklife I've heard it had some bizarre things happen in the book. 5y
Laurenspageturners I got a copy of this from Fairyloot and I've definitely been hearing some mixed reviews about it! 5y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Mindy McGinnis is an instant buy for me (I've got her next release pre-ordered and the first book of the Not A Drop to Drink series in the mail too) so I'm definitely bias.
There's been some not great reviews of the book and since I'm a few chapters in...I can understand. It's definitely an odd book and she tends to dance around using words and wants you to fill in the blanks. I'm a little lost but it's intriging me--not deterring me

Nerdy.little.things She's an autobuy for me too. I haven't read this I've yet. Hope you enjoy it. 5y
Bookish.leigh I really like her writing & she's a fellow Ohioan so I like to show home state support. It's like my version rooting for a sports team. 😁 5y
Daizy I read the Not a Drop to drink series. I liked it. I haven't read her other books. She came to my school as a guest author and it was great to hear her speak about her experiences. She's very down to earth and students were able to see the long and sometimes arduous process of becoming published. 5y
SassenachTheBookWizard @Daizy I've read A Madness So Discreet and A Female of the Species were so wonderful 5y
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abooktasia
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Such a beautiful cover and a very interesting and in-depth plot line. I can not wait to start reading it this summer!! 🌊🌊

Also that candle smells phenomenal - by far one of the most nicest smelling candles I have ever smelt 🌼❤

abookandacup I am really curious about this book 5y
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LinasLibrary
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Panpan

UGH i really didn't love this book 😒 i got it in a Fairyloot box and i was so excited because so far i liked every book featured in the box 🙈 i just had some issues with the stories and couldn't connect with any of the characters.

anniekslibrary What a shame! I still have to read it... 5y
LinasLibrary @anniekslibrary i was so disappointed ! i hope you like it better 🙈💙 5y
anniekslibrary @LinasLibrary Hope so too!! 5y
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ludreadsbooks I can't wait to read it! The kdea look promising, I really hope to like it. Although you're not the first one who shared a negtive opinion 🤔 5y
LinasLibrary @ludreadsbooks yeah i thought so too ! i really hope you will like it !! 💙 (edited) 5y
MrBook Nice pic and review! 😊👍🏻 5y
LinasLibrary @MrBook thank you ! ☺☺ 5y
Babbsinbookland I couldn't even get through this one. I was really bummed about that. Gorgeous photo. 5y
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Rachel_R._Smith
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From my summer TBR 💙

#fantasy #ya #epicreads #tbr

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KimmyM
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Starting this one before bed!
#publishercopy

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TbrandBeyond
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I love Mindy McGinnis but this beautiful book has been getting some fairly poor reviews 😞Hopefully I will enjoy it. Great concept though. Anyone read this? Thoughts ?

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Bokravnen
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I don't think I'll ever grow tired of how beautiful this cover is! ? And the "Heart of Tefiti" candle by novelheartbeatcreations.com fits perfectly with it ? I hope I'll be able to read it as soon as I finish Passenger and Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, which is also about the sea and ocean. Shocking I know ?

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adoredpages
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Mehso-so

I can't even describe what I think about this book because it was just so weird. The story was very unique and there were some characters which I really enjoyed reading about but some parts just didn't feel right. And sometimes it was just really boring. And I didn't like some aspects of the world ...

TbrandBeyond I was really excited for this because I love Mindy. Reviews don't seem very good though 😞 5y
adoredpages @NovelDescent Yes I was excited as well bec the premise seemed quite interesting but it was not as good as I expected. 😕 5y
aeeklund I felt the exact same way! 5y
adoredpages @aeeklund it's so sad. I had such high expectations! 🙊 but good to know I am not alone! 5y
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Ali-Reads
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I was taking part in a book photo challenge yesterday so thought I'd share the pic here too. This is one of my upcoming reads and while it's not one I'd heard of before it popped up in this month's #FairyLoot box I'm looking forward to it. Has anyone read it?

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 💙💙💙 5y
Ali-Reads Thanks. This was my first attempt at outdoor book pictures and it was a lot of fun 5y
TbrandBeyond Love this photo 😍😍 5y
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aeeklund
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Halfway through this one and honestly not certain how I feel about it. The world created is absolutely fascinating, but the characters are a little juvenile. I'm intrigued enough to keep going, so we'll see what happens. Anyone read this? #maybookflowers #bodyofwater

398.2 I put this on my TBR list but a couple of people posted that it was "all over the place" so... don't know if I would get to it. 5y
aeeklund @398.2 "All over the place" is a good description. I'll let you know what I think when I finish! (edited) 5y
TbrandBeyond I have it but haven't started it yet. Reviews are so mixed 😟 5y
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Teenreadsdotcom
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Pickpick

Our reviewer had this to say about @bigblackcat97's new book, "I loved #TheFemaleoftheSpecies, but #GiventotheSea had so much more. It was fantastical, romantic and heartbreaking; it transported me to another world. McGinnis‘s excellent writing was in full-force, and I could not stop reading."

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QueenOfWands
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Panpan

This book was all over the place. There are four povs but none of them are very strong. Two are first person and two are third. Came across as awkward. The world sounds like it could be really interesting and lovely but there is very little description. Some good dialogue from time to time but it could all be happening in a white room. The talk of babies and sex got tiresome. Glad I picked this one up from the library. #yafantasy #fantasy

TbrandBeyond Oh no! I was so excited about this one. I love Mindy. She does like genre hoping a lot. Though lo Can't win them all lol 5y
QueenOfWands I'll have to give her other books a try. Might be that this one just didn't resonate with me. 5y
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TracyReadsBooks
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This week's book mail. To the top of the TBR pile it goes.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Pretty pretty new releases

miss_ruark Oooooo....I have my eye on Spindle Fire. 5y
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NovelGirl82
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Book mail!!!! I've been waiting on this one!!!

DragonSadhana Let us know how it is! 5y
Soubhiville Beautiful cover! 5y
NovelGirl82 @DragonSadhana I definitely will!! @Soubhiville Isn't it?! That's what initially drew me to it! 5y
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BookFreakOut
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Panpan

Cannot in good conscience recommend this. With the exception of Witt and the Pietra people, the culture and character building fell flat, and the magical elements held little interest for me. Biggest detractor was that literally every problem revolves around who can/wants to/won't have sex and/or babies with various other personages. Politics? Race and heritage? THE FREAKING WEATHER??? All about them babies. 🙄😑😒

BookHoarder32 😱 oh no 5y
Lizpixie Thanks for the heads up, this was on my tbr. 5y
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BookFreakOut
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I understand why authors show sexual empowerment in their characters, but these motives...

Vincent wants to sleep w/ Dara BUT she won't NOT because they're basically adopted siblings but because she's holding out for a man of her own nearly eliminated race that may not even exist BUT if that doesn't work out then they'll GET MARRIED but she won't just be his lover because she won't be relegated to a "kept woman." Oh and Vincent is the prince.

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BookFreakOut
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All I have to say right now is that everyone is very concerned with having babies.

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mdemanatee
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Good news: I got the apartment! Bad news: still having trouble focusing because now I have a move to organize--and potentially will have to move one weekend earlier than originally planned based on when I can get time off work 😬Thanks all for being a sounding board and offering encouragement as I get this done.

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AlarissBritt
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