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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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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??
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.


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
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
Kate (
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
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
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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. Its a land filled with strange magics and even stranger peoplemany of whom mistrust anyone whos different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find a cure for her
Steff Pasciuti
What a disappointment. I couldn't get through Given by Nandi Taylor. It honestly kind of pained me to realize that this novel was going to be a DNF for me, but at about 47% I just couldn't take it anymore. To put it bluntly, if you're looking for a novel with flat supporting characters, excessive info-dumping, the author telling you how to feel about the characters yet showing nothing to validate those supposed feelings, and one of the worst ways to write pre-destined / fated relationships by ...more
Chelsies Crazy4Books
I admired Yennis loyalty to her family and the courage it took to leave everything she knew behind to travel to an unfamiliar country on her own. I found myself connecting to many aspects of her character. Her fierce and confident personality had her standing firm in her beliefs even when it was difficult, but she sometimes took it too far by being stubborn to the point of wallowing in denial. She fought her feelings for Weysh so hard, but I dont blame her for wanting to do her duty as a ...more
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
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
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,
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
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,
Brooke Banks
I loved Given so damn much, its all so*perfect* that I just kinda want to throw up the 5 stars and call it a day.


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

Weysh is dragonkind with fa-mily issues and agirlfriend? What? Until he gets his first sniff of Yenni. Hes in his last year at the top
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
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
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
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
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 Im not happy with it. The plot was really meh and I wasnt invested with the characters at all.

Overall I found this a really weird book. I dont understand the hype at all.
Eva Grinberga
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have tried to get into this story for almost a month but unfortunately I can't. Really liked the first few chapters but I have lost interest since. It's an interesting premise but not much is happening at the moment and I am going to call it a day.
If you like magic and dragons give it a shot as you might have a better experience than me
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
Mahalia Gosla
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc, romance, fantasy
I didnt 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 doesnt 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
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
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.


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.
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come soon!
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!
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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 updiverse protagonists in speculative settings. Common themes she writes about are growth, courage, and finding ones place in the world.


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