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"The captivating worldbuilding of magical lands and well-paced plot and character development combined with intriguing twists will have readers looking forward to more. " - Kirkus Reviews

As a princess of the Yirba, Yenni is all-but-engaged to the prince of a neighboring tribe. She knows it's her duty to ensure peace for her people, but as her father's stubborn illness
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Wattpad Books
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♠ TABI ♠
DNF @ 27%

"She's too sensitive," Weysh concluded. "Most women are. I just have to show her I'd never hurt her. Once she realizes that, she'll come running with open arms."

look I came for dragons not men with delusions of what they deserve & why did there even HAVE to be a crap romance? Why couldn't it just be Yenni learning a new culture, struggling with the bias against her own culture, and being badass??
Kate (katereads13.blogspot.com)
Thanks so much to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

my rating: 2.0 stars

Given follows Yenni, the princess of the Moonrise Islands, as she goes to school in Cresh as part of a ritual journey before she becomes queen. During her time in Cresh, she desperately tries to find a cure for her ill father. This being her main motivation throughout the story. While at Cresh, she meets Weysh, a dragon kind, and finds out she is his "Given," in other words, mate.

I desperately wanted
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Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Wattpad Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

YENNI AJANI GAVE ME OKOYE VIBES ALL THE WAY!

Ugh I was just so proud of Yenni Ajani and her strength, her determination to save her father, standing up for herself against the people that were low
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Monica (books_over_everything)
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title Given

Author Nandi Taylor

Release Date January 21, 2020

Description from Amazon

Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people—many of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find a cure for
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Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
DNF 52%

I really wanted to like Given by Nandi Taylor. The cover for the novel is absolutely gorgeous. Plus, it sounded like a more diverse take on Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon, a book I really enjoyed! Furthermore, the summary for Given promises a grand adventure with Caribbean and West African roots with tribal princess Yenni Ajani at
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Bespectacled Petal
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Given is the first book by Nandi Taylor. I can safely say that based on this book, I hope Ms Taylor is planning to write more books. The books is based on Yenni's life. Yenni is a princess of an island tribe whose father, the chieftain, is dying from a mysterious disease. She has to make a journey to find the cure to save her father. She goes to the Empire of Cresh, which is a new land to her full of strange people and magic she has never seen before. She meets Weysh, a dragon who insists that ...more
Sage Knightly
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Paige Green
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Given

Author: Nandi Taylor

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Diversity: West-African and Caribbean

Publication Date: January 21, 2020

Genre: YA Romance

Recommended Age: 15+ (romance, some violence, and… lots of romance)

Publisher: Wattpad Books

Pages: 352

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Synopsis: Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Abandoned 100 pages in. Things were moving too slowly, the focus was very heavy on the romance when I wasn't expecting it, and when I put it down, I had no desire whatsoever to pick it back up. I'd rather just quit now and say this much than punish myself by finishing the book and writing a bad review for something that simply wasn't what was marketed to me.

This is the first time I've said this in nearly ten years of reviewing books, but Given reads less like YA fantasy and more like new adult
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Rachel Penny
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC of Given in exchange for this review! (The Given e-ARC has 447 pages.)

During the first half of the story I was "hooked" on knowing what would happen to Yenni Ajani during her year in Cresh. The world and magic system was very well constructed, organized, and explained. Runelore magic really interests me and I'd like to know what will happen to Yenni and Weysh after the events in Given. Overall, the story was enjoyable,
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Spira Virgo
I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

Warnings: (view spoiler)

I think books tends to be misleading sometimes base on their summary and the pitch the companies are trying to sell us. For example one of my favorite authors, Amanda Hocking release a Valkyrie Duology series in 2017 or was it 2018? Can't remember... But anyway, I expected a full on fantasy Norse fun and instead I got
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V.S. Santoni
I got an ARC of this book from Netgalley. This book is a gem, and Nandi Taylor is a great writer who will only get better with time. Other fantasy writers better watch out.
Anais Piccoli
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced reader copy of this novel!
(recensione in italiano sotto a quella in inglese)

The worldbuilding in this book is superb, articulated and so detailed, it makes the culture clash very realistic: we follow the journey of an islander princess to a country completely different from her own, and the author showed her disorientation with many, explicit experiences anybody could live when going abroad -therefore, creating an evolving,
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Brooke Banks
I loved Given so damn much, it’s all so…*perfect* that I just kinda want to throw up the 5 stars and call it a day.

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Yenni is driven and clever. She’s a warrior, mage, and a scholar. Her father is sick and she is going to get to the bottom of this. She’s a princess that’s going to be promised to another that she’s not hot over, but whatever, she always does her duty.

Weysh is dragonkind with fa-mily issues and a…girlfriend? What? Until he gets his first sniff of Yenni. He’s in his last year at the
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Aly
2.75/5 stars

I had a lot of trouble getting through this book. I found it to be very uninteresting for me most of the time, but the parts I enjoyed truly stood out. I found the description of the book a bit misleading, as I wasn't expecting to get academy vibes from this at all. I can see why we end up going to a school for a majority of the book, but I'm personally finding myself less and less interested in books that take place in an academy setting. I found the characters to be alright. Yenni
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Bookishly
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am beyond hesitant to call a book perfect but holy crap. Givenis absolutely perfect.

The world buidling is absolutely amazing.

The character development is top notch.

The relationships were defined and healthy.

The topics discussed were important, current and put into the story seamlessly.

Yenni, the princess to Yirba, goes to Cresh on a holy mission hoping to save her family with what she learns. On her first day there, she meets her Given, Weysh. A dragon.

Givens are dragons’ soul mates. Their
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Orianna
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I really wanted to love this book, and for the most part I did like the concept. The one thing that really just kept tripping me up was how rushed and patchy some of the writing felt. Characters and scenes fell flat and there were times that I sped through and times that felt slow and I was easily distracted.

I was somewhat disappointed in the ending just because it felt rushed and not fully complete, if that makes sense. On the other hand, I did find Yenni and Weysh quite charming, and they
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Ola Adamska
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2020
This book was a good debut of a new author. It had signs of this being a debut story as in some parts that story was unpolished and rough around the edges.
The description of this story I find not accurate in some parts as its misleading in some parts. There are some things I had not expected from the blurb like the school part/vibe and lots of growing romance parts.
I really liked the world-building and how this story was developing in that matter. It made this read really intriguing how two
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alissa avaline
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to DNF this because the plot was just too slow for me. The writing style was good but the slow pacing ruined the book for me.

It got so boring. What started of as something interesting ended up being a bit weird and overall just not my thing.

I had hoped for a book that was powerfull, but instead I got this and I’m not happy with it. The plot was really meh and I wasn’t invested with the characters at all.

Overall I found this a really weird book. I don’t understand the hype at all.
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Marie-Isabelle Adriaens
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2019
I loved it. Really well written and amazing plot.
Caitie Deranek
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Books that feel like a strange mix of elements from other books are often disorienting. I found Given to be a strange mix of magic systems, dragons/shapeshifters, tribal lore/language, romance (kinda), and academia. Most of the ideas I have read elsewhere, and I'm just not sure they came together for a cohesive story in this novel.

Yenni, princess of her tribe and proficient practitioner of runelore magic, is forced to take a journey to the empire of Cresh to pursue a cure for her father's
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Mahalia  Gosla
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc, romance, fantasy
I didn’t finish this. I know that the character is supposed to go through this massive change, but Yenni is annoying. Yenni whines on and on. About how she is a princess, however, at the beginning of the book, she says that she doesn’t want to abuse her rank. Yenni finds her Dragon (soulmate) name Weysh, who I have pitied through the chapters I have read so far. Although he does do some creepy stuff in their first meetings, this is a school environment where Yenni is to learn how to heal her ...more
Kira
I struggled with this book, it's mostly likely me though and not the book itself. Why you may ask? It's the whole you are mine from a character to another character who goes from being strong and independent to changing themselves to fit together with the other character. Now, you give me two strong characters who stubbornly stay strong ,both independently and together, then I'm all there for that. When characters give up huge parts of themselves for others I struggle.

This was hard for me to
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Sheila Goicea
Thanks so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me be a part of the GIVEN Blog Tour!

I received an ARC of this book from Wattpad Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Attempted murder, Violence, Sexism, Prejudice, Discussion of a past Rape, Mugging
Magic belongs to everyone, Yenni Ajani. Rich and poor.
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Nicole
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come soon!
Fanna
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as definitive-tbr
Shelves: 2020-releases
There's dragon, there's culture, there's POC. Isn't this all I want? Super excited to read this. Thank you, Wattpad Books for the digital copy via Netgalley!
Cara Davis
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A copy of this book was provided to me by Wattpad Books in exchange for an honest review.

Well, I suppose I should start out by saying that the summary you just read above is kind of misleading. When counting off in my head all of the exciting things I was expecting from this book, the central setting being a boarding school was not one of them. If I were to give a more honest summary of the book, I’d still include what the book already has but add the missing tidbit about the setting. I’d also
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Lauren loves llamas
Well, at least the cover is gorgeous. First off, I’m still puzzling over how the blurb calls this a “subversive fantasy-romance” when honestly it’s pretty much exactly like every other enemies-to-lovers fated mates romance out there. At best, it suggests an unfamiliarity with either genre that explains a lot about this book.

“Well, because I am a woman who enjoys hunting, and learning about runes, and learning about combat, people act as if I am strange and unnatural.”
“Hmm,” Diedre and Zui said
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Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

I remember being a teenager when I discovered Wattpad and its world of mating romances (yeah, I was a sappy teenager, sue me :P) – so the blurb of this current book had me twice as interested – first, dragons and second mating, for it reminded of those
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Nandi grew up devouring sci-fi and fantasy novels, and from a young age wrote books of her own. Her books are an expression of what she always wanted more of growing up—diverse protagonists in speculative settings. Common themes she writes about are growth, courage, and finding one’s place in the world.

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