Review of Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis


Given to the Sea
By: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Putnam’s Childrens
Format: E-Arc
Source: Publisher

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:
I really love that McGinnis’ style and genre changes for each book she releases. When I saw she was venturing into fantasy I had to have this book. It was a tad different than I expected but it did have some of the McGinnis trade marks- it wasn’t an overly happy story and it had a complex world. The story was told from 4 point of views. I am a fan of multiple POV so I didn’t have trouble with this though I did sort of mix up a character or two. For some reason the Witt story line had me confused each time it went to his chapters. I don’t know if I couldn’t get a good feel for his character or what but I was always having to remind myself who he was.

I thought at first that I would enjoy Khosa’s character the most but I never did really connect to her. I thought the idea of her family history and her draw to the sea was so interesting though. What a completely original story idea! Her constant draw, even against her will, to the ocean was mesmerizing. The fact that she felt dancing in her bones and the need to dance to her death? Wow, that’s dark and awesome.

The characters I really grew to like were Dara and Donil. The fact that they were the last of their race was so sad to me. I loved their magical abilities and how much it really weighed on them and their actions. The unrequited love Dara felt had my heart breaking for her. Really- they just had such a sad story.

Vincent was likeable and easy to read about. I enjoyed his POV and I might have felt he was the easiest to connect to. With the combination of all these characters and their stories it was a really complex storyline. I admit, there were times I wasn’t sure what was happening! I still felt the draw to continue reading regardless.

Final Thoughts:
Given to the Sea wasn’t what I expected exactly but regardless I found the characters and story to be incredibly interesting even if I didn’t follow everything throughout my entire read. It all pulled together and the further I read the more I could grasp the world and reasoning behind character’s actions. As with most McGinnis books, this one wasn’t overly happy but it had a realistic quality to it that I really appreciated.


  1. says

    I really have no idea what to think about this one. I’ve only read A MADNESS SO DISCREET by this author and loved it, but I haven’t read FEMALE OF THE SPECIES yet and have to get to this one as well. I really hope I love it, but I’m also pretty wary of it, for whatever reason. I’m glad you enjoyed it though, even if it wasn’t what you expected!

  2. says

    Your review make me feel better. I got the book only recently but McGinnis became one of my favorite author thanks to The Female of The Species. ANyway, I’ve read many mixed reviews, so it’s always good to read that someone ejnoyed it.
    I’m probably going to read it next month. Hope I will be lucky to love it

  3. says

    That cover! Very nice. This sounds interesting. I love multiple POVs too. It’s really fun to see the story through different perspectives. I might have to give this a try if I ever see it around the library. 🙂 Nice review!

  4. says

    Awesome review sweetie. <3 I'm glad you liked this one 🙂 But aw, I'm sorry it wasn't perfect. But yay for liking the characters 😀 They do sound pretty interesting. Sadly, this author isn't for me.. I need more happy, haha 😀 But glad you adore her. <3

  5. says

    I wasn’t really interested in it, but now that I read your review it sounds very original and interesting. It also seems like it has amazing characters and well-developed world building. Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    I’m happy to hear that you liked this one. I was super excited about it, but then I started hearing some mixed things. I need to bump it back up my TBR.


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