book reviews, young adult

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis


Title: Given to the sea
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Source: Bought
Edition:Trade paperback
Publication: April 11th 2017 by Putnam’s Childrens
Pages:  352 pages
Category: Fantasy, YA


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.

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4. 5 hearts and more)

Warning: Possible Spoilers

Thoughts.. Thoughts..Thoughts..

It is a dark fantasy which has a very awkward heroine. Khosa is the “given” who is supposed to be sacrificed to the sea for the Kingdom of Stille to have prosperity and peace. This is her destiny but it could not be fulfilled because she does not have an offspring yet. To save her from this fate, Vincent executes a plan which would let her live. However, this plan is like transferring a bird from one cage to another. Even if the Kingdom of Stille does not sacrfice Khosa, war is brewing and the sea is about to kill everybody.

Why I like this story..

  • The story is complex
  • I did not expect the ending
  • Diverse characters..

What i did not like in the story..

  • How Vincent and Vincent’s father perceive Dara..
  • It has 4 POV which made it hard to follow

I gave this book a 4.5 hearts rating because I enjoyed reading it. However, It was annoying reading some lines from Vincent and Vincent’s father concerning Dara. Some thoughts were lecherous and very demeaning. Also, the 4 point of views for me did not work very well in this story. I felt that I was just hit with the story and killings. The setting, characters were very confusing. In my opinion, the first chapters were messy. I only understood the story when Khosa arrived in the Kingdom of Stille. Despite this, I like that there were different characters in the story. Also, the way that the prince saved Khosa showed that he was really cunning despite the good image he wanted to show Khosa.The story was very complex that it was confusing at first. But as I read the other chapters, I slowly understood the story. Just to satisfy my curiosity, I would read the second book. I hope it would talk about the life of Khosa after being saved. If not, I would like to know more about the Indiri (race of Donil and Dara). Also, I would like to know which will destroy the Kingdom of Stille: a giant wave (tsunami), flood from the sea or War against the Pietrans.

BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Buy, because its a dark fantasy which has diverse characters.. Never mind, if you are allergic to lecherous princes


Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my own copy of Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis. The book photo and synopsis here is from


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