Haven Book Review




Haven by Mary Lindsey

Published: November 7th, 2017

Genre: Paranormal, YA


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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“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”


1) Plot/Pace

Never had he been kissed like that—like the world revolved around that moment.  And he wanted more. He wanted everything.

Rain Ryland is used to a tough life. He lives off the streets, has a high strung up mom, no dad around, been in more encounters with the police than necessary, and eaten out of garbages to stay alive. But, nothing could have prepared him for his mom’s unexpected death and the aunt he never knew he had in New Wurzburg. When he moves there to stay with her he imagines a small town, a simple quiet life, and trying to stay on his best behavior for his aunt that he immediately likes a lot. But then he meets Friederike Burkhart and her cousins. The more he gets to know her and her world the less safe and normal this little town starts to appear. Some of the people watch him weirdly, Freddie and her cousins say and do things that seem a bit beastly, and this town has more secrets than anyone should be comfortable with. Rain should stay out of whatever is going on but that is just not in his nature. I really loved how mysterious this story was. I gave it five stars not because this is some extraordinary literature or it will become a classic but because it was fun, sexy, mysterious, and enjoyable. It was a fast read and a great break from some of the emotional stories I was reading. The mystery in the plot kept me interested, entertained, and questioning everything. The pace was steady and revealed secrets and twists at the right moment.

2) Writing/World-Building/Setting

“Delicious.” He arched an eyebrow. “Almost as delicious as your neck.”
“You must have a death wish. You’re not normal.”
“Says the girl who morphs into Moon Creature.”

As I stated above, the story was mysterious, thrilling and exciting. The writing matched this as well. Like I said, this wasn’t some compelling piece of literature so the writing won’t make you think or question life. But, that is what I loved about it. You are able to get away from life with this book because it is so far from life. It’s supernatural and paranormal fun that makes you laugh and just enjoy it for the light and fun read that it is. I love how the story made me want to solve everything but kept me on my toes by not revealing things until it was needed. It was a fast page-turner. The author created this layered world for us and Rain. As he saw a simple town we saw that too. But, little did he and the reader realizes that underneath the facade was a world of magic and beasts and power. I also loved how as the story goes on you see the connection between so many different people and even Rain’s parents which never seemed like a factor.

3) Characters 

Rain knew he wouldn’t leave New Wurzburg to protect people he loved. He would stay here and die for them instead.

Rain was a really great protagonist. He was sarcastic and funny. But underneath his tough exterior, you saw a lot of his hurt and the rough life he lived. He always does what he needs to in order to survive. He doesn’t let anyone walk all over him and he truly has a big heart for those he deems worthy of his love. Freddie is not like other girls and in Haven that is not in your typical cliche way. She LITERALLY is not like them in a dangerous but alluring way. She is also a smart, mysterious, guarded, and sexy girl that Rain cannot stay away from. Her cousins Thomas, Kurt, and Merrick were interesting side characters. They are very standoffish and do some strange things and say even weirder things. You don’t really understand them just like Rain but the more you dive into their world the clearer life becomes. Then you have other side characters like Grant & Petra who did similar things to the cousins and the outcome was the same. Many of the townspeople are strange and hide things and it all starts to make sense the more turn each page. At that point, you just can’t stay away.


4) Romance

“I don’t need to manage power, I am power. I’m the Alpha, asshole, and I’m your worst nightmare.”

This was an instant attraction but as I said earlier, it was fun and exciting. This wasn’t instant love so I was able to deal with it. I liked watching their attraction grow and seeing the girl being the one to push and pull how the outcome of the relationship would be. I loved seeing the boy more vulnerable and bearing his heart and seeing the girl more guarded and holding the cards. I loved the constant need to know more about each other but wanting to stay away. It was a push and pull that I very much enjoyed. They had different lives but they had a lot in common as well. They were sexy, entertaining, dangerous, and all that fun wrapped up in a one.



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Kathryn Calderon | 24 | Artist of many trades | Villains are my soul

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