Today I’m reviewing Haven by Mary Lindsey, and because this is part of a blog tour, there’s a US only giveaway near the end of this post (I feel for you fellow international readers). This is the first blog tour I’ve participated in, so I really hope I’m doing it right.
About The Book
Author: Mary Lindsey
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Sometimes beauty is the beast…
“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
“Dangerous, dark and a definite page turner. Mary Lindsey rocks this book.”
– New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter
“A smoking hot hero and spine-chilling mystery = total win.”
– #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout
“This electrifying tale will take you on an unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shape shifters. Romance, adventure, and magic! Lindsey leaves you breathless and wanting more.”
– Adriana Mather, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch
“This is not your mama’s paranormal! Sexy, dark and intense. Unputdownable!”
– Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight
“Lindsey writes a hero with fire and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers’ hearts. Don’t blink for a moment.”
– Victoria Scott, bestselling author of Fire & Flood
“Gripping and gritty, HAVEN had me glued to the pages from beginning to end! Rain is the best kind of hero — tough, sexy, sweet, loyal. He charges through this action-packed tale that had me tearing up more than once, and I was perfectly happy to follow!”
– Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow.
“An utterly gritty and satisfying resurrection of the monster genre.Rain is an intense narrator and you won’t know whether to scream or swoon. Haven is an instant classic!”
– Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire
“Darkly compelling and deliciously chilling, Haven hooks you from the first line and never lets up. Gritty, spine-tingling, and full of nail-biting tension.”
– Amalie Howard, bestselling author of Bloodspell
“Dark, different, sexy, and edge-of-your-seat intense.”
– Shawna Stringer, bookseller
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4
It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book. The last book I rated positively was Words on Bathroom Walls on August 31st, so a positive rating has been long overdue. With university sucking all my time and all the1-3 star reads lately, motivating myself to make time to read has been a struggle. Thankfully, motivation came this month in the form of an email from Rockstar Book Tours reminding me that I said I would review Haven as a part of the blog tour, and I hadn’t even started it at that point.
Let me preface this review by saying if you are heavy classics/ high quality literature reader, this is not the book for you. Haven is not going to win any literary genius awards, and it isn’t going to challenge or inspire you. Haven is for the reader that wants to escape the real world and purely enjoy what they’re reading.
I’m not a seasonal reader, but Haven fit surprisingly well with the creepiness of October. In fact, it’s a shame it comes out in November, since I would love to be able to tell you to go out and buy this paranormal fantasy to celebrate Halloween today.
I think the world- building was pretty solid. I didn’t see anything wrong with the paranormal aspects of this book. My one gripe, and the major gripe of this review, is that once the paranormal aspects are explicitly explained for the first time in the middle of the book, many “info dumps” follow. Haven features a complicated magic system and hierarchy that needs to be explained, I just think the author could have spread the information out a bit more.
I’m also happy with the character development. Frankly, it’s just refreshing to see characters who I can remember more than one thing about. The main character is also male, something fairly uncommon in modern YA.
While the characters and world-building are important, the most important aspect of Haven for me was that it was fun to read. It’s difficult to describe how much it meant to me that after nearly 2 months of not, a book was finally making me smile again.
Overall, while I did have a few gripes (like how I didn’t agree with how Calculus was defined) Haven was an entertaining read. It has therefore earned 4 stars out of 5.
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of HAVEN, US Only.
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