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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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 an
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
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book giving off Throne of Glass vibes along with some Star Wars bits. It starts off with Meda who is a non-royal born into a prophecy that deems her saving the galaxy. She has a bodyguard who is a mercenary but she doesn't think she needs one and is perfectly fine being able to do what she wants. Meda is an empath and semi-frequent telepath who gets overwhelmed sometimes with all the people around her and escapes quite a bit that her bodyguard, Perseus gets angry with her. Not wanti ...more
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
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
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
*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
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joined by Mara Gan was a fulfilling scifi/fantasy romance. I would give this book a 5 out of 5. I thoroughly enjoyed the story building and character development. Meda was a fantastic read, I really felt close to her throughout the book. Her protector is notorious around the galaxies, but is not what he seems. I had trouble putting the book down!
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! ...more
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
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)
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
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
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
Karyn Taylor
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joined: Book One by Mara Gan is a fantastic science fiction/fantasy novel. I have only recently started reading this genre and I’m so glad that I gave it a go as I absolutely loved this book. This is a new author to me and I had no idea of their writing style but I can safely say now that Mara Gan sure knows how to write a fantastic engaging story.
When I think of the imagination required to create this story, it blows me away. Not only are there many different characters who all play a vital ro
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
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
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Angela Shirley
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joined: Book One by Mara Gan

4 Stars

I went way out of my comfort zone on this book. It was recommended when I mentioned I needed something different. This was definitely different for me. I don't read sci fi and I'm not a huge fan of YA, but in saying all of that I did enjoy many parts of this story. I definitely had no questions regarding the characters as they were well described and had the depth you need to truly understand. The surroundings and times I could almost visualize with the descri
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
Tausha Treadway
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joined: Book One by Mara Gan. This is the story of Princess Andromeda aka Meda who is next in line to rule the Galaxy so she is taken from her family and given to others to raise. Meda is also a empath and telepathic and only wants to read her books, play sports and help people. Only sometimes people don't want her help or even know they need her help. Being able to sense peoples emotions and thoughts even sometimes before they do can be a hard life. It can drive a person crazy but she keeps thi ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Joined: Book One by Mara Gan is Science Fiction/Romance book . I was drawn in from the beginning and had a hard time putting it down. There’s a little bit of everything from action to danger and even romance.The author’s style of writing and her characters are almost flawless. Her attention to detail was incredible and I literally felt like I was right there with them. At times I was on a emotional rollercoaster ride and others I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what happen
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
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
Michelle Austin
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joined was a great 4 star read and book one in the Joined series.

You get all sorts of great things in this sci-fi book, humor, action, romance and so much more. I like being taken to another world and I really enjoyed this one.

Princess Meda was great, she has feistiness to her. She also has a love for reading. She has people out to get her, trying to prevent her from taking her rightful place as the next ruler. When things take a scary twist and she is forced to flee, she has Perseus assigned t
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
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
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 ...more
Laura Furuta
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joined: Book One
By: Mara Gan
5 out of 5 stars

The story Joined: Book One by Mara Gan is a YA/Science Fiction/Romance book. It is a story that pulls you in from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go until that final page. I loved the storyline and also the characters. The main female character is independent, strong, intelligent, and stubborn. She has a bodyguard that is overbearing and very protective of her. She also is finding herself with an attraction to him. The bodyguard is determined to
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A Pacific Northwesterner by birth and disposition, Mara has lived in Washington, D.C., Oregon, Japan, and most recently, the beautiful Pacific Grove, California, before returning to her roots in Seattle. By day she teaches history to unsuspecting teenagers, and by night she writes books and travels to far-flung places. A black cat enthusiast, she loves to read, play sports, and drink far more Lond ...more

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