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Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.

All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind.

Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people's needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and
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Kindle Edition, 536 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Inkspell Publishing, LLC
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Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a surprisingly fun series starter! With a good mix of sci-fi, intrigue, humour, action, and delicious romance, Joined is a new debut out today from Mara Gan. Meda is a spunky ruler-to-be from a destroyed planet and – though she won’t admit it – somewhat in need of protection from the mercenary Perseus. Fate brings these two crazy kids (ok, not kids) together, and the result was an entertaining story that I read in a day, d
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Jill Jemmett
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome story!

It reminded me of popular YA fantasy stories, such as Throne of Glass. However, this story has a princess who gets a protector.

Though this is a stereotypical story (of the princess being saved), Meda is very rebellious. She is a multidimensional character: she has flaws. But I really liked her.

The story was fast-paced. Some parts were repetitive because Meda kept acting up in the same way, which was frustrating. But the action moved quickly, so I was never stuck in one
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E.A.
Joined by Mara Gan was an rather unique sci-fi/romance/the special one, story that had my reading until the wee hours on the morning.

Okay lets start with something that, not so much I didn't like, but what drew me out of the story and had me skipping some pages to get back on track. This my friends is about filler, unnecessary repetitiveness filler, that drives up the word and page count. I would like to say, that once I am told the background of an important situation, or background info on an
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Sara Oxton
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined by Mara Gan a five-star read you will want to be joined at the hip with. This is the first book in the Joined series and also the first book by this author I have read, it was a classic case of judging a book by its cover and being glad I made the right choice. I liked the cover as it reminded me of another book that I loved by an author I adore, and I’m pleased I picked it up as it was well worth a read and I can’t wait for the second book. It is a dramatic read, and it will suck you in ...more
Maisy
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, sci-fi
*this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely loved this book and I am so mad I will have to wait till the next one comes out!!
The romance was understated for quite a lot of the book which I liked because you really got a sense of their journey as a couple.
I don't normally read sci-fi books so this was a nice change for me and has persuaded me into reading more.
I loved the writing style and I really want to read more from Mara Gan.
I loved the plot and characters too
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Louisa
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome and full of snark, I loved Meda's perspective! So hilarious! Plus, there was a lot going on, and it made for an awesome read! And that ending! I need to read more!
Liz
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“She is the raven, and she is the wanderer
Chaos dwells in darkness while an ancient lady fights
She is the one soul created to save the galaxy
And swallowed by the shadows in the ultimate price."
~The Prophecy

This is the first book that I have read by Mara Gan. I wouldn’t normally have chosen this genera, especially as a first time reading a new author, but I was hooked with the blurbs and by the description of the main character that was portrayed. I did find the writing to be captivating and int
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Angela
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Joined is the first book in the Joined Series and debut novel by Mara Gen. What an exceptional, and spellbinding start to what I can imagine will be a phenomenal series! I was really blown away by this book- completely enthralled by this unputdownable read! To produce something so polished, so imaginative, and as well written as this is, and for it to be a debut novel as well, is just sheer brilliance. I have just added another author and book to my favourites list, and her work (series)
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Deborah Adams
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Andromeda is the Heir to a Galaxy and this is a big year for her. She’s getting engaged, about to take over the throne, and under threat of assassination on a daily basis. Enter the Protector, who was chosen by an Oracle to see to her safety. He’s a big, dangerous mercenary who just happens to set her heart pounding double-time. Joined followed these two characters in a tug of war of emotions that had me on the edge of my seat the entire story. Just love each other already!

Great twists to the s
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Bobbi Wagner
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joined: Book One by Mara Gan is Science Fiction story that is engaging and fast reading. This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it. This authors attention to details were creative and made me feel as if I was right there with the characters. Her story is easy flowing and is easy to understand. Her characters are both connectable and lovable. They took me on a roller coaster ride of various emotions including laughter. There are also some twists and turns that left me on the edge of m ...more
Sarah
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a spellbinding and brilliant addition to the fantasy genre. Meda the empath is Heir to the throne of Galaxies, an outer space fantasy world, and is chosen by the oracle to save the galaxy in a prophecy. as she nears her time of ascension to the throne, attempts on her life become more common. when it gets out of hand, her advisors appoint a Protector who is also a mercenary, Perseus but when negotiations get out of hand and people aren't what they appear, will Meda manage to stay out of trouble ...more
Angela Shirley
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibbb-reviews
Joined by Mara Gan is the first book in the joined series and what a great book to start this series with. I am not normally a reader of this genre of books but thought I would give it a go when I read the blurb on the book.

Did I find a gem, I love it when I get blown away by a book I would not really read, the story was fast paced and rich with descriptions and dialogue between the two main characters that you believe you were in the room with them listening to the conversation unravel.

This is
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Francis
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined: Book One is, as the title suggests, the first book in Mara Gan’s Joined series. It’s a sci-fi fantasy that has a fairly Star Warsy feel to it. A princess whose home has been destroyed ends up in the care of a mercenary who at least pretends that all he cares about is getting paid. There are prophecies and oracles and all sorts of wonderful things!

I really like the attention to detail in Gan’s worldbuilding, particularly with regards to the different species and races represented in the c
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Ashleigh
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Joined by Mara Gan, is the first book by this author and what a great opening act! Following the story of Andromeda, or Meda, who prophets have seen her as the future ruler of the galaxy has been raised from birth with this responsibility on her tiny shoulders. Being both empathic and telepathic, can make getting time to herself alone with all the noises going on in her head. While Meda does great with diplomacy she wants only to be a normal person more than anything. When death threats become a ...more
Barbara
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Andromeda, or Meda, was prophesied to be the next ruler of the galaxy at birth, so she was taken from her family and raised by others to be everything she needs to be to fulfill her destiny. Meda is empathic and at times telepathic, which helps a lot with diplomacy, but she just wants to have a bit of time to herself, away from all the noise in her head. Oh, and people keep trying to kill her for some reason, including blowing up her whole home planet. Now she’s been saddled with a larg ...more
Kerry Baker
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined by Mara Gan is a fantastically written book about destiny and prophecies with enough romance and humour to add a lighter side to the story. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Meda is a simple soul. All she wants is to sit and read. She doesn’t want hassle or stress. And yet that is exactly what she has. As an empath, and something telepathic, her life isn’t not simple. And that is before you through in the assassins and the prophecy that say
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Faith Howard
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with this book and read it all in one day! I really loved the main characters, Meda and Perseus, as they were so well developed throughout and their relationship was so exciting. The writing style was wonderful, I really enjoyed this futuristic universe which was created as it contrasts so much to everyday life now and I could completely escape in the story! And it is important to note that creation of a new, different world was only successful because of the detail and ...more
Candida Hopper
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined by Mara Gan is an excellent fantasy, romantic read!!
I found that as soon as I started reading this story that I couldn't put it down. The detail the author put into the story makes you feel like your there. I loved Meda, she is such a strong woman with a big heart who wants to help everyone she can with her gift, but she also struggles with her duty to do what is expected of her. Then there is Perseus her protector, a big guy who is a mercenary and hot tempered, but he has a big heart. I
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Katie
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Joined
By Mara Gan
5 stars!

I loved this book! Absolutely loved it! It’s not my usual genre to read but I fell in love with these characters straight away. I was completely glued to the book the whole way through. I love Meda, she was great. She was funny, feisty and everything a female lead should be. I felt her attraction to Perseus straight away; I probably would have been like that too! He was particularly alpha male and very sexy!! The plot and storyline in the book was really good, very uniqu
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Jenni Bishop
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined is the first book by Mara Gan is one incredible read and is wonderfully written story. It is a Sci Fi, Fantasy, romance that is a winner. I am not typically a Sci Fi lover but I loved this gripping and riveting story. Mara’s unique writing style makes it easy for this magical world of magical races to become a reality. The story is well written and thoroughly enjoyable with a plot full of twists and turns, mystery an intrigue, bounties and evil that will keep you on your toes and unable t ...more
Natalie Hanley
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joined was the first book I had read by Mara Gan but the premise of the story sounded like something right up my street and I was not disappointed. Meda is an empath who loves to read -already loving this part -but unfortunately life gets in the way, and there is the small matter of a prophesy about her and her inevitable death! When she is assigned a burly bodyguard who is very different from her, sparks fly in the best way.
I was hooked on this book from page one. The writing was vivid and full
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Elissa
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Joined” was a pretty great story. I really loved how the characters had amazing dialogue and the plot was fantastic. You really felt like you were watching the characters interact with each other and not just reading about it. There was a ton of details that gave you an amazing picture of the surroundings, which only made it that much better because you could really visualize a place like this. I did get a little frustrated with how much information was repeated and didn’t need to be. I felt li ...more
Erin
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I give Joined: Book One by Mara Gan, 5 stars!

I loved this book! Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. The story itself was so engaging, I adore Meda. There was a prophecy about her, so she has lived all of her life knowing what she was expected to be. She is not comfortable with it, nor can she escape the horrific events of her past. But she must do this for the good of her people. She is quite lonely, but she expects this also. Then he comes along and her world is turned upside do
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Maura
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The good: This book was written in such a way that it was like "reading in color". It was written with texture and detail. I've recently learned a new way to describe a book which is "world building"... That's what this book was for me. It's a layered world full of color.

The good: Characters are quickly developed and described in a way that you know what role each plays. Again with the descriptive writing, it was easy to visualize what these characters looked like.

The good: The book moved quickl
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Dee
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Emma Morreale
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined by Mara Gan is my current instant recommend to anyone who speaks to me at all! This is the first book by this author and I am already a huge fan.
I relate so much to the main character, Meda. She's an empath like me and just wants to read so I connected to her so fast. She is the heir to the throne and has been brought up to be a caring diplomat. Unfortunately everyone wants to kill her. The most feared assassin in the galaxy as become her bodyguard and the sparks are palpable. He seems so
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Erica Fish
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever think about being a ruler of the Galaxy? What would your life turn out to be? Let’s add that you are an empath and telepath. Your world would be traveling throughout the galaxy trying to help people and not be assassinated by others. Did I mention there was a bodyguard who is a jerk, but I think I am starting to have feelings for this jerk? This is a brief synopsis with no thrills or frills. I will leave that to you to sort out when you read this story. I would consider this book a ...more
Krystal gaston
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined is written by Mara Gan. The cover caught my attention first then “prophecies suck” sold me on the book lol. Let’s face it with a cover like it catches your attention. The story itself I really liked. You get to know Andromeda (Meda) throughout the story and you read about her growing up and learning how to handle situations. Her biggest problem? Her body guard, the most feared assassin in the galaxies….and she thinks she falling for him. However she wouldn’t need him if she wasn’t being t ...more
Andie
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joined is an exciting YA sci-fi by Mara Gan and the first book in a series with the same title. This is the story of Meda who only wants to be a normal girl but a prophecy placed the weight of the galaxy on her shoulders. I really enjoyed this story, it was fast paced and imaginative. Meda is the kind of character that is easy to relate to, she is funny and strong and I found myself cheering for her the whole way through! The love story between Meda and her body guard, Perseus was full of chemis ...more
Heather Lovelace
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book snuck up on me somehow. The pace and my involvement in it started slowly. But before I knew it the train was running full throttle and the story just took off. I loved the setting and characters. Rich and full, this plot will not disappoint fans of dystopian fiction and space/sci-fi adventures. For me, it was Star Wars meets Hunger Games meets Divergent. Well written; an enjoyable read for young adults and older readers.
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