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Haven review

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Hey guys! Today I’m working with the lovely folks over at Rockstar Book Tours to bring you a review of Haven, by Mary Lindsey. A Beauty and the Beast retelling with a twist, this story was a total page-turner. This new YA novel is great for the Halloween season, full of spooky scenes, werewolves, and a good side of romance.

Blurb:

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.

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I thought this was a really fun twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. Freddie, our lovely Beauty, is also the Beast. She’s part of a clan of werewolves who immigrated from Germany to escape persecution, and who now live in a sleepy, small, middle-of-nowhere town. Rain grew up on the streets, a homeless kid following his drug-addicted mother from place to place. After his mother’s death, Rain must move to live with his Aunt Ruby. In his new town, he meets Freddie, and his life is changed forever.

I loved the chemistry in this story. Rain and Freddie are immediately drawn to each other, an attraction that Freddie tries to avoid. She knows the danger it would put him in, but for better or for worse, they can’t deny it. I  liked how this book captured the experience of teen love, how everything feels bigger than life and painfully intense. To Freddie and Rain, their love feels like the whole world. Although more mature people know that’s not the case, it’s still nice to find a book that acknowledges the power of first loves.

Mary Lindsey took a really interesting twist on the classic werewolf trope in this. She really emphasized the community aspect, playing on the intense relationships formed within a pack. She also introduced an interesting power hierarchy: the watchers, the weavers, and the sealers. These groups must work together to protect magic and keep it hidden. I think that Mary Lindsey did a good job of keeping this book from the cliches that are redolent in most paranormal romances.

This was a particularly fun book to read in October. It was suspenseful and spooky, and reminded me of the paranormal books that I was obsessed with in my tween years. It really fit the spooky season perfectly.

Overall, I thought this was a fun romance and an enjoyable book to read during the fall season. For those of you who enjoy a good paranormal romance, this is definitely the book for you.

Final rating- 4/5

Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂

About The Book

Title: HAVEN

Author: Mary Lindsey

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

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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

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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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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

7 thoughts on “Haven review

  1. Oh oh oh. This is so far up my alley I don’t know why it isn’t on my TBR list NOW. Well, now it is. Thank you for sharing this with us! I’m a sucker for a good retelling and this seems to be full of new ideas and I can’t wait to read it! As always great explanation!

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