Haven ARC Review and US Only Giveaway


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

Title: HAVEN

Author: Mary Lindsey

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: AmazonB&NTBDiBooksKoboGoogle Play Books, IndieboundGoodreads


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.

Early Praise:


“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.

About Mary:


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.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of HAVEN, US Only.



Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/23/2017- Twinning for Books– Review

10/23/2017- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review


10/24/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

10/24/2017- Ex Libris– Review


10/25/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review

10/25/2017- Novelties- Review


10/26/2017- Deep Dark Feminist Reviews– Review

10/26/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review


10/27/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

10/27/2017- Why I Read– Review


Week Two:

10/30/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

10/30/2017- Betwixt the pages– Review


10/31/2017- For the Lover of Books– Review

10/31/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Review


11/1/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/1/2017- Tea With Mermaids– Review


11/2/2017- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

11/2/2017- The Best Books Ever – Review


11/3/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review

11/3/2017- Nerdophiles– Review


Heir of Illaria ARC Review

Heir of Illaria.jpg

Number of pages: 265

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 1

Release date: January 23rd 2017

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.

I’ve become incredibly sceptical of ARCs, especially fantasy ones. With Heir of Illaria, the synopsis is so incredibly vague that I had no idea what to expect, but I knew by the end of chapter 1 it wasn’t going to be good.

The author really didn’t leave enough time for things to happen. One chapter would end with Wilona incredibly angry with the love interest (whose name escapes me), and the next would start with them making out. Another chapter would end with them deciding they need a plan, and the next would start with the plan being put into action. It also wasn’t as if weeks went by off the page. The next chapter would often be set on the same/ following day.

The characters were all one dimensional. I feel like the author built Wilona’s character around the line “I don’t want to rule”, but didn’t go much further than that. The other characters weren’t very distinct either, as evident by the fact that I can no longer remember any of their names.

The plot is your basic YA fantasy plot: girl living in poverty learns she’s the super special heir to the throne/ saviour of the world. There’s absolutely nothing new here. The Necromancer King aspect could have been interesting, but he really wasn’t a big part of the book.

The dialogue was so stilted and strange it felt like the author had never had a conversation with another person. The book had an extraordinary amount of dialogue as well, so it was a rather important aspect of the book.

Overall, Heir of Illaria wasn’t anything new or near good enough to make me forget it wasn’t anything new, earning it 1 star out of 5.


100 Followers Appreciation Post

I hit 100 followers in late September, but like many things concerning For the Lover of Books, I’m way behind. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed For the Lover of Books, or even simply read one of my posts! It really does mean the world to me. I never thought I would find an audience, or a place in this wonderful community, but I’m so grateful I never gave up on blogging now that I have.

So I came up with a fun (and embarrassing) way to celebrate reaching 100 followers. I’m going to react to my old reviews. The first one is the first review I posted on For the Lover of Books (I had another blog that was pretty terrible before I started For the Lover of Books), and the second one is my review of Heir of Fire, which I remember being not very nice. You can check out those reviews here and here, but I’m really not encouraging you to.

Review 1: Grave Mercy

Number of pages: 549

Time it took me to read: Approximately 1 week

Rating (out of five stars): 3.5

I’m so glad I replaced “time it took me to read” with “number of times read”. No one cares how long it took me to read it.

My first impression of Grave Mercy was skeptical.

What a terrible sentence.

After skimming the blurb on the back of the book, this book did not really seem like something that I would enjoy, but having received it as a gift, I decided to give it a shot. The cover, for me, wasn’t spectacular; a friend had to point out the crossbow in the girl’s hand for me to notice it.

No one care what you thought of the cover, past me. They’re hoping you’ll review the actual book.

The romantic aspects of Grave Mercy were entirely predictable. The very minute you’re introduced to Ismae’s (the main character) love interest you could tell that this book was going to be exactly like multiple other YA (Young Adult) romances

1. Past me mostly read paranormal fantasy, so I’m not sure where this extensive knowledge of YA romances is coming from. 2. I’m pretty sure my readers would have been able to figure out who the main character was without the brackets. 3. If you mention YA, people know what it means without having brackets explain it to them. This isn’t an English essay.

Even though they were entirely predictable, the romantic aspects of Grave Mercy were written exactly to my tastes (I like for there to be something going on (For example: War) while there are sweet hints of romance in the background).

I’m cringing so hard. Why on earth did I think I should put this on the internet? Also, what on earth does “sweet hints of romance” even mean? Why did I like my war with a side on romance? The grammatical aspects of this sentence are also a mess, but I’m more upset about the other stuff.

Grave Mercy also had almost no description.  I honestly appreciate that there is a fine line between too much description *cough, cough A song of Ice and Fire* and so little description that the reader can never fully immerse themselves in the world of the author’s creation, but telling the reader the hair colour of approximately three characters and the eye colour of approximately one character is definitely not going to cut it description wise.

This bit is actually okay. I still write parts of my reviews like this. I still bash other books in my reviews as well.

Overall, I thought that Grave Mercy was okay. While there are many cons to reading it, something about this book made me go and purchase the other two books in the series with the remaining Chapters cards that I had to ration until Christmas. Because of this, I give Grave Mercy 3.5 stars out of 5.

I mentioned almost nothing actually wrong with Grave Mercy, yet apparently there are “many cons to reading it”. Also, no one cares about your rationing of Chapters cards.

Review 2: Heir of Fire

Number of pages: 562

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 3.5

Warning: If you have not read the first two books do not continue reading.

Same rating, but a much harsher review. If you haven’t read the first 2 Throne of Glass books, apparently there are spoilers ahead.

“Forget Morgan Rhodes’ awful series, I give you a review of A Game of Fire by George R. J. Maas. It has everything you could want in a book: unnecessary P.O. V’s, unnecessary details, and it’s even dreadfully boring. Sarah J. Maas has truly made a Y.A. A Game of Thrones.” (Me, halfway through Heir of Fire)

Not only did I feel the need to bash 3 books in one paragraph, I also felt it was necessary to quote myself in my own review.

The above quote may seem harsh, but it’s something I actually said aloud while reading this book.

No duh.

I’m just so frustrated with this series because I can see the potential and I know that Sarah J. Maas will write a fantastic book one day, but there are some times that this book fall so short of its potential that I wanted to throw it.

Did I even proofread this?

Part of me wanted this book to earn 4 stars, and it was really close to doing so, but there are too many things that need to be fixed.

Did the other part of past me go into Heir of Fire hoping to hate it? Also, I’m fairly certain this was a lie, since I most definitely did not like Heir of Fire, but I wanted to justify reading Queen of Shadows, which I had already purchased.

The first issue I had was with the cousin thing, specifically the discussion about Celaena marrying Aedion and the inevitable addition of Rowan to the triangle of love (I’m just predicting here). I don’t care how distantly related you are, if you are cousins you should not marry or go out with each other (again, I’m just making a prediction).

I think the use of “the cousin thing” as a descriptor was a result of me trying to keep this review spoiler free, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a really bad descriptor. The poor grammar returns.

The plot twists in this series are so predictable. I predicted the whole long lost, part Fae queen thing from book one, and as soon as the really rare bond between Fae was mentioned, I put two and two together and figured out who (because she wasn’t special enough) had this rare bond with someone who, for spoiler purposes, will  remain nameless.

So far, past me hasn’t spoiled the first 2 books, but she has spoiled the one she’s reviewing.

I have grown attached to this series, and though I have many criticisms, I have enjoyed reading this series so far. This was the first book to make me emotional, although not as emotional as I normally get, and I appreciate that in a book.

Please tell me my grammar is better now. Also, “though I have many criticisms” makes almost no sense.

I think that the characters are growing into better characters and I’m even starting to like Celaena. However much I started to like Celaena, there is one thing that still bothers me that is perfectly stated by Rowan (I’m not saying that I am a fan of his) on page 102 “…I don’t know what the hell you’ve been doing for ten years, other than flouncing around and calling yourself an assassin”. Also, as much as the addition of new characters irritated me, I found their perspectives and plot lines interesting.

I feel like a broken record, but the grammar in this paragraph is just as terrible as it was in the last ones. Also, this isn’t an English essay, past me. You don’t have to set up quotes like that.

Overall, I enjoyed, yet was frustrated by Heir of Fire and it has therefore earned 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a review of lies. I really didn’t enjoy it. I ranted to my friends about it for months.

I hope you enjoyed that pile of humiliation, and thank you again for making me a part of this community. I don’t know where I would be without it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book Review

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Number of pages: 422

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 2

I avoided this book for a long time. The moment I saw angels and demons in the synopsis, I knew I wasn’t going to like it. I had been scarred by reading Fallen years ago (it really is that bad), so I tend to avoid angel books at all costs, but after loving Strange the Dreamer, I really wanted to give it a try. After all, it was supposed to be amazing.

This book isn’t overwhelmingly bad. I’m not mad at it like I would be at a 1 star read, and I’ve even forgotten most of what I was going to complain about, but it wasn’t fantastic either.

If you read Strange the Dreamer before Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you’ll be able to tell almost immediately which book came out first. Daughter of Smoke and Bone features a very obviously early version of Laini Taylor’s writing, which would have been fine had I not stopped reading every few chapters to consider some of the odd metaphors at length.

The characters really fell flat for me. I didn’t hate how they were done, but again, you can tell this is an older book. There was nothing particularly interesting about them. So she has blue hair; so what? So he’s an angel; why should I care? I felt no attachment to any of them.

I also feel like nothing really happened. If you aren’t attached to Karou, you’re basically in for a book of backstory and Karou wondering why she feels incomplete. That’s it. In fact, the whole thing reminded me of Fallen. Controlling, angry angel falls for strange girl with no memory of her past life. I’ve already read 4 books of this (I used to have a thing where I had to finish series even if I hated them); I’m not up for reading it again.

Overall, Daughter of Smoke and Bone really wasn’t for me, earning it 2 stars out of 5.

The Disney Princess Sidekicks Book Tag

I was tagged to do this in August *hangs head in shame*. Thank you to Mandy from Book Princess Reviews  for tagging me. She’s also the creator of this tag, so you can check out her answers here. If for some reason you don’t already follow her, you should definitely go check out her blog. She does some great reviews, and she has this great series where she answers the question “what YA books would Disney princesses read” called The Princesses Read. Without further ado, on with the tag!







Nicolae from And I Darken and Now I Rise by Kiersten White. He’s such a great comic relief character who gives some sage advice on occasion, and I will be more upset if he dies than I will be over most of the main characters.

the seven dwarfs




*desperately looks through read shelf on Goodreads in the hope of finding a crew other than the gang from Six of Crows* Who am I kidding? No other ensemble can beat the Six of Crows cast.




Out of the Easy

I loved the first chunk of Out of the Easy, but the last third dragged a bit too much for me.




I have a habit of seeing through a lot of plot twists, so I’m struggling to answer this one. I’m more concerned with if an author can make me forget that I know what’s going to happen in the moment than anything.




I don’t know if Sage and Elle actually count as best friends, but Sage is such a good friend nonetheless.




This Song Will Save Your Life is about a girl learning to be a DJ to cope with bullying at school.




Words on Bathroom Walls

Adam from Words on Bathroom Walls has Schizophrenia, and he also has to deal with navigating a new school.

meridas bros



The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give features one of the best family dynamics I have read about.



Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey was the first contemporary book I read that I strongly related to. Relating to it so much was how I realized I should seek help with my depression (and get it diagnosed).

hei hei



When the Moon was Ours

I know they’re both main characters, but Sam really stole all the spotlight from Miel in my opinion.

gus and jaq



A Crown of Wishes

I think Guari and Vikram are different enough to count for this. The banter between these two is seriously amazing.

I tag:

Michaela form Journey into Books

Thoughts of a YA Fangirl (This is my cousin. She just started blogging recently, so she’s only posted a few things, but you should go say hi.)

Mackenzie form The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Library

and anyone else who wants to do this tag.

Words on Bathroom Walls Book Review

Words on Bathroom Walls

Number of pages: 304

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 4.5

There’s something about reading mental illness books when you have a mental illness that’s strangely comforting. For me, it’s like snuggling up in a warm blanket. I don’t even have schizophrenia like Adam does. Depression is a completely different mental illness, but there just always seems to be something for me to relate to with characters with mental illnesses.

Words on Bathroom Walls is told in a unique format; it’s told in journal entries written by Adam to his therapist. Despite this meaning Adam could easily be an unreliable narrator, the account appears to be fairly unchanged, since Adam doesn’t always appear in the best light.

Adam as a character was well done. He has the same self-aware, dry humour that I have and love, and he has so many human moments. Sometimes he comes off as a jerk, and sometimes he comes off as a genuinely caring character. I can’t speak to the accuracy of the portrayal of Adam’s schizophrenia, but from what I could tell it seemed well researched.

Since everything is told through journal entries that focus heavily on Adam, the side characters aren’t as present or well developed as they normally would be. Because of the format, this wasn’t as big of a deal it would have been if Words on Bathroom Walls had been written differently.

Like many other mental illness books I’ve read, Words on Bathroom Walls perfectly balances humour and the hardship that comes with living with a mental illness. It has you laughing out loud one moment, and near tears the next.

With all the good, there is some bad. I was really bothered by how Adam often referred to himself as crazy. I really don’t like applying the term ‘crazy’ to anyone, but I especially don’t like applying it to people with mental illnesses. I refer to my brain as “stupid” often as way of dealing with my depression, but for me, crazy is different. I’m especially bothered since Words on Bathroom Walls does not appear to be own voices (please don’t quote me on this). I would love to know how others feel about this.

Overall, Words on Bathroom Walls was a really solid and enjoyable read with a few minor issues, earning it 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Update: University Readings are Long

So, I’ve been MIA since classes started, and I wanted to do an update post before I actually got back into doing reviews.

Until 5 minutes ago, I have been behind on readings. On my first day of Classics, we were informed by the professor that we were supposed to have 40 pages of reading done for the first class, which made it very difficult to catch up on all of the reading for the next class. I’ve been doing readings every moment I’m not in class or preforming basic functions (eating, sleeping, etc.), so it’s been really hard to justify blogging when there was so much reading to get done.

I also haven’t done much reading for fun. I just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone last night, and I’ve been reading it since the 3rd of September. I’m kind of upset I haven’t been able to read more books for fun, since my copy of Invictus by Ryan Graudin came 2 weeks early.

As far as posts go, I have to write my Words on Bathroom Walls review, complete a book tag, and review all of the books I’m trying to finish this weekend. I’m in the middle of writing the Words on Bathroom Walls review, so that should be up later today. As for the rest, they should be up by the 15th of October at the latest (reading week starts for me after my graduation on the 5th of October).

There you have it. I’m alive and still very much active on here. I was just drowning in a pile of readings until now.