Book Review: Haven by, Mary Lindsey

I’m a big fan of young adult fantasy books. Bring on the werewolves, witches or whatever else you want to add to the mix. So when I was offered the chance to review the Haven series by Mary Lindsey, there was no way I was going to say no! Today, I will be reviewing the first book in the series – Haven – just as the second book – Havoc – hits bookstores. Look for my review of Havoc later in the week.

by, Mary Lindsey
371 pages
Published November 7th 2017
by 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 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.

I had a great time with Haven by, Mary Lindsey. Finishing in the book in about a day and a half, this was a quick, entertaining read. Lindsey created a wonderful town in New Wurzburg filled with plenty of intrigue that unfolds as the pages turn. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business – or so they think. The town is filled with a combination of humans, Watchers and Weavers – but you’ll have to read the book to see what that means and who is who!

New Wurzburg and the history of its inhabitants is based in real life. The Wurzburg Witch Trials is among the largest witch trials in the early modern period. From 1626-1631, 157 men, women and children were in the city of Wurzburg, Germany, were burned alive at the stake. A total of 219 people were executed in the city. It is from these witch trials that the ancenstors of the current inhabitants of New Wurzburg fled and made their own life.

Rain, the book’s main character, is very likeable. I was rooting for him from the very first chapter. He’s had a hard life and is just trying to make the best of it all. When he has the chance to start a new life with his Aunt Ruby, things really start to get interesting for Rain. I enjoyed getting to know him and unravelling the secrets of New Wurzburg with him.

I’m very glad that the second book in the series, havoc, is now available so that I don’t have to wait to catch up with this story and Rain. I’ll be reading Havoc next!

I give this book 5 Sips!

And don’t miss the second book in the series – Havoc – now available in bookstores everywhere!

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