November 17, 2017

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Haven by Mary Lindsey (Nov. 7. 2017)
Length: 371 pages
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: I received a free eARC from the publisher. This did NOT affect my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: "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.

My Review

Haven in Three Words: Mysterous. Dark. Passionate.

Reminiscent of novels like Blood and Choclate by Annete Curtis Klause and Velvet by Temple West, Haven is sure to please fans of young adult paranormal romances.

Unlike your average YA paranormal romance novel, Haven is told from the point of view of a male protaganist. Not only is this a breath of fresh air, but having the female being the strong, dangerous, mysterious one to the normal human boy is pretty fantastic. Although Rain is no weakling, he is merly a human among a world of mythology and magic. Rain is an interesting main character who is forced to go live with the aunt he didn't know he had in a small town he didn't know existed. Inserted into a small town where he is clearly the oustider is barely a problem when he realizes that the small town has more secrets than people.

Mary Lindsey does a magnificant job at describing a small town setting filled with mysterious stories and weird residents. Although Rain is fresh meat at his new school, he is drawn to the dangerous Freddie, a tough girl who Rain finds scary and yet alluring. Their forbidden friendship turns more, and the author does a nice job with its unfolding. Actually, the pacing of the whole book was well done. Although the plot keeps a lot of the usual paranormal tropes, it still manages to bring a few surprises to the reader. I will admit that the foreshadowing was a little heavy handed. Otherwise, it's an entertaining story with great chemsitry between the main characters and a high-stakes ending.

The Bottom Line: Give it a shot.

About the Author

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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