(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s use 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 rom trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
Ancient magic and modern society collide in a sexy, spellbinding romance perfect for fans of C. C. Hunter and Maggie Stiefvater that proves sometimes beauty is the beast…
Haven by Mary Lindsey is a YA paranormal novel filled with mystery, romance, and suspense. The story of the new boy in town, Aaron “Rain” Ryland, and the tough girl who everyone tells him to stay clear from, Friederike “Freddie” Burkhart, will have you enthralled and excited to find out what is going to happen next.
Told from Rain’s POV, the story follows Rain from the city to the small town of New Wurzburg when he is sent to live with a newfound aunt after his mother passes away. Once in New Wurzburg, he begins to see that there is something mysterious about the small town and it is not just the puzzling yet beautiful Freddie. Throw in murders, magic, and a well-written mythos that slowly gets revealed and you have a recipe for a great story.
Haven has a lot going on and in a good way. The build-up and reveals as we see it through Rain’s POV is gradual and natural and he is such a strong character to follow. He may appear to be the bad boy, but he has a heart of gold and cares deeply for those in his life. I also liked the chemistry between Freddie and Rain who work well together as a couple. Freddie is a leader, strong and I love how she is a fighter and not a damsel in distress.
Overall, I recommend Haven by Mary Lindsey both for its familiar themes but also how it deviates from the typical standard structures and characters.
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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.