Given by Nandi Taylor

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: GivenAuthor: Nandi TaylorBook Series: StandaloneRating: 3/5Diversity: West-African and CaribbeanPublication Date: January 21, 2020Genre: YA RomanceRecommended Age: 15+ (romance, some violence, and… lots of romance)Publisher: Wattpad BooksPages: 352Amazon LinkSynopsis: 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 her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail.No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.Yes, there is something powerful and compelling about the violet-black dragon known as Weysh. In human form he’s muscular, beautiful—and completely infuriating. What kind of arrogant creature claims a stranger as his Given; as his destined mate? Yenni is no man’s—or dragon’s—plaything. But other magics must be at work here, because Weysh might just be her best hope at finding the answers she seeks.Only now Yenni can’t tell if she’s fighting her attraction to a dragon…or fighting fate itself.Review: Overall, I thought this was an interesting tale with very interesting characters. For the most part, they’re developed and the book had a lot of interesting lore that I’d love to know more about.However, the book is completely different than what the synopsis leads me to believe. It’s basically a romance. The book also didn’t do well in the writing department. The book didn’t fully incorporate racism and it didn’t really develop the plot well in my opinion.Verdict: It’s worth the read, but it could use some work in my opinion. But it’s got a really interesting concept and I’d love to see it further developed!

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