Given To The Sea by Mindy McGinnis | Book Review

Given To The Sea by Mindy McGinnis is one of those books that just IMMEDIATELY appealed to me. The cover is so gorgeous. I am a big fan of the color palette used as well as the font. I’ve read Mindy McGinnis’s Not A Drop To Drink duology and very much enjoyed it. Plus, I like books that are set by the sea. As you can imagine, my expectations were set a little bit high for this book. Alas, it was not my favorite and honestly was kind of a drag to read.

Mindy McGinnis’s Given To The Sea follows four point of view characters – Khosa, Vincent, Dara, and Witt. Essentially the characters live in a world where the things that live in the sea are to be feared. In this world, the sea will rise and the creatures in it will destroy everything unless a sacrifice is made. That’s where Khosa comes in. She is what’s called the Given. Khosa will be sacrificed in order to appease the sea, but first she must bear a daughter to be the next Given.

As for Vincent, he is the prince in the kingdom that’s going to sacrifice Khosa. He doesn’t expect to rule though, given that people live an obnoxiously long time in his kingdom and his grandfather still sits on the throne. Dara and her twin brother have been adopted by Vincent’s mother. They are the last of the freckled people called the Indiri. Finally, Witt’s storyline is that he leads these people who are planning to attack and invade against Vincent’s kingdom.

Khosa is hard to really connect with as a character. I mean, she reads as kind of distant. I understood her motivations and why she was so repulsed by her fate and could not choose someone. Plus we get an actual explanation for why she is the way that she is. As for Vincent, he reads as weak and I just do not feel sure about his leadership abilities. Dara is a character where I would rather this whole book be about her because she is very interesting and active. Her character actually does things. Witt, while about to commit terrible acts, at least has a military strategy mind. He kept my interest more than Vincent.

However, where Given To The Sea really lost me was with the writing style. I guess I expected it to read as quickly with the pacing as the previous books by McGinnis that I have read. Unfortunately, this book was super slow for me to get through. I ran into difficulty with the world building. It was hard to get an image in my head of what it looked like. I also did not entirely understand the inner workings of the world or the different factions of society. Results are definitely going to vary with this book. You may like it though, so give it a shot I guess.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I felt the same way. I couldn’t become invested in the characters or even the story. It was if the book was monotone if that makes sense. Loved her other books.

  2. I was rally hoping this one was going to be good. I have it on hold at the library, so I guess I will see how it goes.

  3. Aw, that’s disappointing! This has such a pretty cover. 🙁 Sorry that this one was a bust for you! Thanks for your honesty!
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