Haven by Mary Lindsey is a YA Fantasy novel that will leave you addicted.
“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.“
This book started out really strange. For one, there is this weird vibe between the main character and this girl. Then the guys she hangs out with start acting even more strange, so pretty much I had mixed feelings going into this one.
But then, it all starts making a little more sense. And finally, I am completely hooked!
Honestly, the weirdness makes sense with our main character’s perspective. It isn’t until roughly halfway through until I was sunk into the story to the point where I could NOT put this one down.
Between the paranormal wolves and the mysterious murder, the vibes of the story became more of a mystery. It was fun to try and figure out what exactly was going on, so if you love murder-type mysteries, I highly recommend this book.
The only down-side was how much the main character started to annoy me in how obsessed he became over a certain someone. The relationship progressed rather quickly, but at the same time, it was low-key. It kind of just happened and then the story quickly moves on. So the writing balanced out for me in the end.
The female main character also made me sigh on multiple occasions. Like, yes, you have a secret.. now can you just tell us?!
But other than that, the last half of the story was read in one quick sitting. If it wasn’t for my annoyance with a few of the characters, this book would be a 5 star read, but instead, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
The emotional connection to the second half was very strong for me. I was emotionally invested. AND if you love endings that seem to continually go on, and on, this book will be right up your alley. I never guessed how the ending was going to turn out which I really love in a story. No predictability.
So if you are looking for a YA read with mystery, wolves, hints of romance, and a fly-through story, I highly recommend this one!
P.S. – If you are triggered by strong language (i.e. – the f-bomb), just know this book does scatter it throughout the dialogue.
Published: 7 November 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Paranormal
How I Read It: eBook from Publisher
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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