This is a spoiler-free review of Haven by Mary Lindsey. This was a book that I quickly fell in love with, and I am so incredibly excited to share with all of you my thoughts about it. I was hooked from start to finish, and the world blew me away.
I received this eARC (advanced readers copy) of Haven through Netgalley, thanks to Entangled Publishing for reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The first thing that pulled me in to requesting this book was the beautiful cover. Admittedly, I am someone who judges a book by it’s cover, or at least a cover is the first thing that influences me to pick up a book. I think maybe that’s because I’m an artist. Anyways, I’m rambling.
Haven is centered around Rain Ryland, a teen whose been down on his luck. He goes from living on the streets to being whisked away to the small town of New Wurzburg to live with his only existing relative, his aunt. Upon arriving in this new, peculiar town he meets Friederike, who goes by Freddie. He quickly learns this town isn’t what it seems.
Rain is a fiery character who sticks to his decisions. He finds himself falling for Freddie, and she begins falling for him, too. Despite her warnings to keep away from him, for fear of his life, he doesn’t listen. He sticks by her and in the process begins to uncover secrets he could never imagine, of a monsterous magnitude.
I won’t keep going too much with a summary because I don’t want to spoil things, but I found this story to be really wonderful. Mary Lindsey wonderfully built the world, and enough information was revealed over time to keep me wanting more. I did not feel overwhelmed with the story, which kept me hooked. When an author can make it so that I don’t realize I’m reading, I’m definitely enthused!
There was a large cast of characters, but of course I absolutely adored the romance between Freddie and Rain. One thing I’ve noticed in paranormal romances is sometimes the paranormal side of the romance tends to be over protective with the human side having little choice in matters concerning them self. Haven does not have this.
Both Rain and Freddie are strong willed characters. Despite Freddie’s warnings, Rain presses on. Freddie is also willing to do whatever it takes to uncover her own mysteries (which, in the process, uncovers some unknown facts about Rain’s heritage and his fate in New Wurzburg).
There is also a large cast of other characters (and creatures), which I would adore to learn more about, though I was perfectly satisfied with the story given. i just really loved the characters!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal romance with a mix of mystery. Some common tropes in this book was overcoming odds and opposites attract. Furthermore, for those who loved books such as Twilight, this should be something you add to your shelf immediately.
Rating: 5/5 stars on Goodreads
RELEASE DATE: NOV 7, 2017
PAGE COUNT: 400
PUBLISHER: Entangled Publishing
About the author:
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning,
RITA® nominated author of romance
for adults and teens. Her books
Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits
have been selected for the 2017 Spirit
of Texas Reading Program.