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A subversive fantasy-romance steeped in West-African and Caribbean traditions.

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
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Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Wattpad Books
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    ♠️ TABI ♠️
    Sep 13, 2019 is currently reading it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I love dragons but especially shape-shifting dragons because that equals way more shenanigans

    oof just LOOK at that cover!!
    Monica Khan (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

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    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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    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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    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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    Marie-Isabelle Adriaens
    Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: november-2019
    I loved it. Really well written and amazing plot.
    Nicole
    Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Review to come soon!
    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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    Bethany Nichols (beth_and_books)
    The premise of this book is a dream to romance fantasy readers. The blurb promises a story of a fierce princess from another realm (Yenni) going on a quest to foreign lands and meeting a mysterious dragonkind man (Weysh) with the whispered promise of a relationship. Well, it definitely delivers exactly that. Yenni is a fiery princess who can use magic, however, as her father's health continues to decline she is guided by her gods to seek magical help from another realm. This she does, and as ...more
    Cailin | Whiskers & Ink
    I’m a sucker for shifter romances in general, so this book caught my eye off the bat. A lot of people seemed to hate on the cover art, and while I do think the illustrations could have been better arranged, the dragon art is what initially drew my interest.

    From the way the summary is phrased, I went into this book expecting a journey tale of sorts, with the main character meeting the dragon along the way. However, in the book, Yenni actually meets the dragon at a Hogwarts-like school, where
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    Colby
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    First of all, thank you to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Yenni is a Yirba warrior princess. Alone in the Empire of Cresh, Yenni must rely on herself and her runelore to guide her. But the Empire of Cresh is dark and magical, and Yenni must traverse the land and the strange people to find a cure for her father's illness.

    But to her surprise, there are dragons. Weysh is a dragon that can transform into a man, but when they encounter one another, he claims Yenni as his
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    Kendra
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
    In this fantasy novel, a young woman, adept at her culture's magic, goes to a different country to study at its magic academy, which is run mostly by people-dragons who have two forms. Mostly bullied by her professors, she does find allies, and a young man who insists upon seeing her for the first time that she is his "Given"--his predestined life mate, with whom he will have "dragonlings" and continue his line. Although the protagonist initially pushes back against this concept, she and the man ...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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    Katie
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    GIVEN is a fun read with magic, romance, dragons, and LOTS going on beneath the surface.

    Our MC's arc is unusual and thought-provoking. Yenni starts the book as a (view spoiler)

    A very worthwhile read.
    Chasty
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book. Dragons are my soft spot. Yanni is a strong woman lead. She is strong willed and very loyal. Weysch is loving and a protector. I love how different cultures are in this story, it makes it more interesting. This is one of those stories that a few lessons in it.
    V.S. Santoni
    Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Wilde
    Oct 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    That cover is atrocious. Hopefully was within is better.
    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!
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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.

    Her debut novel Given is out Jan 21, 2020

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