Standalone Sunday: Given to the Sea

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Hello, everyone! I haven’t done a Standalone Sunday in weeks, so I’m so excited to be able to participate today, especially since this book is one that I am DYING to get my hands on when it comes out next month!

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan@bookslayerReads. This meme is about a Standalone book (that is not part of a series) that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her awesome bookish blog!


Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

25314447Khosa 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.

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Wine Pairing

I recommend sipping on this GORGEOUS SeaGlass Riesling while reading Mindy McGinnis’s latest book Given to the Sea. Not only are we sticking with the “sea” theme, but just look how beautiful this bottle looks with the book cover!


I’m so excited for this book to come out! And if you’re looking for a list of more fabulous standalone YA fantasy novels, then check out this article over on Epic Reads! 

27 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday: Given to the Sea

  1. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I saw this book on the list you’re mentioning (Epic reads) and I must say it picked my interest too. Great choice! 🙂

  2. litthis says:

    It’s actually not a standalone, there will be a second book next year to complete the duology 🙂 I really enjoyed it though, I hope you love it!

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