Haven
"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. (Former title: Hide from Me.)

Haven Details

TitleHaven
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherEntangled Publishing
ISBN-139781633758834
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance

Haven Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Is Rain Ryland dark and dangerous or has life and the school of hard knocks never allowed him to fit in? After his mother’s death, he has the chance to start over, leaving the nightmares of the city behind and moving to a small town with the aunt he never met. Meeting his aunt the first time was a shock, but meeting Friederike Burkhart would become a life-changing event in more ways than he ever could imagine. Rain is about to enter the world of witchcraft and shapeshifters, it won’t make life a Is Rain Ryland dark and dangerous or has life and the school of hard knocks never allowed him to fit in? After his mother’s death, he has the chance to start over, leaving the nightmares of the city behind and moving to a small town with the aunt he never met. Meeting his aunt the first time was a shock, but meeting Friederike Burkhart would become a life-changing event in more ways than he ever could imagine. Rain is about to enter the world of witchcraft and shapeshifters, it won’t make life any easier, but it just may be a place where he finally belongs.HAVEN by Mary Lindsey is breaking some young adult paranormal molds, and I mean shattering them! Forget what you thought you knew about the genre, because this time out, the damsel in distress is more than capable of taking care of herself, all she needs is a little support and the backing of her pack, until she meets Rain and finds he may be the missing link she has always felt.Mary Lindsey has tossed out the rule book, turned tables on the genre and given us a young man who discovering a hidden world, and he is not afraid to stand up to the bullies who live in it. Actually, that chip on his shoulder that Rain came to New Wurzburg with is easily being whittled away, thanks to his aunt, the stories she tells and the desperate need for one young man to be something, beside a teen labeled as trouble. Feel the grit, the tension, and the turmoil as well as the longings that rage inside Rain as we see this tale from his eyes and his heart. Moments of sweetness, heartache and insecurity will pull on your heartstrings as one teen finds a girl he can are about and she becomes like the fuel to his fire of determination as he vows to stop at nothing to keep her safe when the paranormal world is against her.Mary Lindsey has a fresh, fast-paced and tension-filled tale that is magnetic from start to finish!I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC edition from Entangled Publishing.Publisher: Entangled: Teen (November 7, 2017)Publication Date: November 7, 2017Genre: YA Paranormal SuspensePrint Length: 400 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Victoria Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsay writes a hero with kindling and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers' hearts. Don't blink for a moment.
  • Katiria
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received this book by the publisher in exchanged for an honest review, thank you so much too Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity too read and review Haven! ***OMGosh I am so in love with this amazing book, just whoa it was absolutely and utterly fantastic and right up my alley. When I first started reading Haven I totally forgot what the synopsis was about, and I didn't look up the synopsis again after I finished reading it. So I actually went into this book completely blind *** I received this book by the publisher in exchanged for an honest review, thank you so much too Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity too read and review Haven! ***OMGosh I am so in love with this amazing book, just whoa it was absolutely and utterly fantastic and right up my alley. When I first started reading Haven I totally forgot what the synopsis was about, and I didn't look up the synopsis again after I finished reading it. So I actually went into this book completely blind and was just hooked by a couple of chapters in. I wanted too know more about Rain and his aunt Ruby I actually wanted to learn more about his whole family background on why Rain mom ran away from her home town and all she went through with Rain while she was poor on the streets with him. And don't worry we do get to know about everything about Rain family while reading Haven and I thought the secrets that were reveal about his family was really fantastically well done and put together. Ohh my, my, my what dirty secrets was reveal. I so can't forget about the kickass and badass Friederike Burkhart aka Freddie and her gang of cousins she is beautiful, secretive and very mysterious with her pale blue eyes. Ohh Freddie is a very mysterious person to Rain but she has really intrigued him after the stunt she pulled after math class with her cousins but what intrigued him more about Freddie is where and how he find Freddie hiding in Mrs. Goff shed in the backyard. I won't tell you how he find her or why she was hiding in the first place because that is spoiler, but Rain try asking Freddie how she got there when they both were in school the next day. Freddie gave him a sassy comment and basically told Rain to mind his own business, but Rain wasn't going to stop helping her so he told her if she needed any help that he will always be there for her. And that's when Freddie starts getting involve with Rain and things started getting real dangerous for both Rain and Freddie. But no matter what they both will always be there for each other even when there are deep and dirty secrets are reveal, Rain and Freddie will always be together even though things starts getting really dangerous by the end. And here's where I am going to leave it off at without spoiling it for anybody. But all and all I truly and thoroughly love and enjoy Haven so much that I will most definitely will continue reading more books by Mary Lindsey. I really want to read her other books as well in the near future!
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  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely the freshest, most unique, and most well developed mythology around shifters that I've ever read. Add to that the great characters in Rain, Freddie, Grant, Petra, Ruby, and beyond (those are just my favorites), and you get a compelling story that'll keep you turning pages well past your bedtime. Can't wait to read more from Mary Lindsey!
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC copy of Haven from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review. Haven is set for publication November 7, 2017.
  • Chloe ♥ (Blushing Bibliophile)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Rockstar Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review.I remember hosting the cover reveal blitz for this book. All tour hosts were sent book excerpts. I read it and thought, THIS IS SO AMAZING and decided to request for an ARC of this. I love judging books by their covers - Haven has a really cool cover and that makes it even more appealing.Anyway... here's what I think of this book - 400 pages? It didn't feel like 400 pages. I couldn't put THIS down. I was s I received an ARC from Rockstar Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review.I remember hosting the cover reveal blitz for this book. All tour hosts were sent book excerpts. I read it and thought, THIS IS SO AMAZING and decided to request for an ARC of this. I love judging books by their covers - Haven has a really cool cover and that makes it even more appealing.Anyway... here's what I think of this book - 400 pages? It didn't feel like 400 pages. I couldn't put THIS down. I was so concentrated on my Kindle - it was as if we were having a staring contest. I think I finished this in two days because it was just so good and I couldn't stop reading it :)This book = werewolves + wine + cruel people + a hot girl + ROMANCE. LOTS OF IT.There is a little bit of graphic violence in the book, and I cringed so hard when reading parts with it. Still, I have to give credit to the author for writing such detailed and realistic scenes. It was as if I was seeing them with my own eyes.I LOVE THE ROMANCE IN THIS BOOK. RAIN AND FREDDIE ARE SO PERFECT TOGETHER AND I LOVE IT WHEN THEY TRY TO PROTECT EACH OTHER IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. THEY ARE SO SWEET and deserve to live happily ever after <3There are also some really cold-blooded people in this story. They are so heartless and power-hungry and only care about themselves. They torture and even kill people when they become "useless". And that "slavery" part! It's so terrible! I am so grateful I don't live in New Wurzburg.I feel so bad for Rain and Freddie. They don't deserve to be treated so badly by the evil people around them. At first, I disliked Freddie's cousins, because I thought they were douche bags, but at last they become super supportive and even risk their lives for her, so I changed my opinion.Freddie is such a great character. She's effortlessly cool, and the shape-shifting part is just, AAHHH 😍. Horrible and life-threatening things keep happening to her and I just want to offer her ice cream + hugs + overflowing love. Same goes for Rain. He is a really wonderful boy and is willing to risk everyone for the people he loves, and it breaks my heart to read about the dreadful stuff that go on in his life all the time.Rain is an orphan, and he has never experienced any love in his life until he goes to New Wurzburg to live with his aunt, Ruby. Ruby and Freddie offer him love, and when I got to the part where he realizes that he has got something to live for, and something to die for, my heart just melted. I highlighted the whole page on my Kindle. I want to read it over and over and over again. I love that warm feeling it gives me when I read it.
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  • Lisa Richards
    January 1, 1970
    This is probably one of the best YA Paranormals I've read this year. It's told from the rare male's POV, Rain's, which really adds a whole different layer to this story. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out what's going on but this one kept me guessing right up till the ending. Make sure you have nothing else going on before starting this because you will be unable to put it aside. At 400 pages, I flew through it and it left me wanting yet more. I loved the fierce Freddie and she didn't put u This is probably one of the best YA Paranormals I've read this year. It's told from the rare male's POV, Rain's, which really adds a whole different layer to this story. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out what's going on but this one kept me guessing right up till the ending. Make sure you have nothing else going on before starting this because you will be unable to put it aside. At 400 pages, I flew through it and it left me wanting yet more. I loved the fierce Freddie and she didn't put up with any crap from her cousins who always seemed to be around. Rain was another fascinating individual and for the first time in his life, he found a reason to be a better person. Freddie and Rain's interactions were funny yet sad. They both had had horrible childhoods and related very well. I guarantee you will be more than satisfied with this book and hope to see more of this series soon from Lindsey.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    Checkout my full review on my blog!! https://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot... “We all hold a monster inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.” Before I start my review, I have found a new OTP to add to my list of OTPs. Freddie and Rain.This book takes on a unique perspective of Beauty and the Beast. Who says the guy always has to be the beast? I really enjoyed how fresh and unique this tale was. This book is dark with a cast of characters that have their own secrets, some d Checkout my full review on my blog!! https://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot... “We all hold a monster inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.” Before I start my review, I have found a new OTP to add to my list of OTPs. Freddie and Rain.This book takes on a unique perspective of Beauty and the Beast. Who says the guy always has to be the beast? I really enjoyed how fresh and unique this tale was. This book is dark with a cast of characters that have their own secrets, some deadlier than others. The world building is dense but the author does a great job hashing out the important perspectives of the world. I finished this book too fast in my opinion. It's one of those books that has to be slowly read and enjoyed. But everyone has their own reading style. I really enjoyed Haven and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys retellings with a twist.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Haven is an amazing story that sort of reminded me of Twilight at the beginning. Rain is sent to live with his estranged aunt when his mother passes away. He's sent to this small rural town where he realizes that something isn't quite right. At his new school he notices that there is this one group of students who seem to be separated from the rest of the class. Something isn't right with them. Regardless, he finds himself captivated by one of them and pretty soon is immersed in their world. A w Haven is an amazing story that sort of reminded me of Twilight at the beginning. Rain is sent to live with his estranged aunt when his mother passes away. He's sent to this small rural town where he realizes that something isn't quite right. At his new school he notices that there is this one group of students who seem to be separated from the rest of the class. Something isn't right with them. Regardless, he finds himself captivated by one of them and pretty soon is immersed in their world. A world that is filled with magic and things that go bump in the night. Don't worry though, no one sparkles in this novel.Haven was a book that I was aware of but didn't have any idea what it was about. So, I was really excited when I received a surprise box in the mail from the publisher with a copy of Haven inside. I immediately put down the book I was reading (I was only a chapter in anyways) and started reading Haven. I almost finished it in one sitting, too. The story the author created definitely has a way of pulling you in. There's so much mystery behind it because you have no idea what's going on. Why does Rain keep finding this girl naked and hiding from her cousins. Why is everyone acting so weird around him. And why is the local police officer giving him cryptic messages to stay away. So many things don't add up, except for the fact that you know that something isn't quite right and it all centers around the girl.The fact that Rain had been living on the streets with him mother since birth gives him this edge. He's not afraid to stand his ground and fight. He's able to piece together things that he sees when it comes to his classmates and Freddie. He always managed to keep his cool even when everything took a nose dive into crazy territory. Where most people would have lost their minds and probably ended up dead or in a psych ward, Rain looked at it with a calculating gaze. I also liked that he was loyal to the core and would die for those he loved. So, when his aunt and Freddie are threatened, he takes it upon himself to rise up to the challenge. He didn't back down, he didn't cower, and he didn't turn tail and run. Rain may be one of my favorite characters.I couldn't seem to put Haven down. It had mystery, thriller, romance, and fantasy. Basically, it was exactly what I was looking for in an October pre-halloween read. I'm not a huge fan of mystery, thriller, horror, or any other book you'd initially think of when you think of Hallween reads. However, this was so well balanced with my love of fantasy and romance that the "who done it" portions didn't bore me. I was so invested in what was really going on and who the crazy person was, as well as trying to figure out what Freddie was, that I just wanted to be left alone so that I would read it to the end. I'm so glad and appreciative that the publisher sent me a copy of this book because I would have missed out on an amazing story otherwise.
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  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the cover of Haven by Mary Lindsey and when I read an excerpt of this book, I realized this book is one I needed to read. This tale that will have you wondering who really is the monster throughout the entire book and you won’t stop trying to figure out what is going on in New Wurzburg.Rain Ryland hasn’t had an easy life. He and his mother have lived in shelters and on the street throughout his entire life so when his mother dies, and he finds out he has an aunt who will take him in, he I loved the cover of Haven by Mary Lindsey and when I read an excerpt of this book, I realized this book is one I needed to read. This tale that will have you wondering who really is the monster throughout the entire book and you won’t stop trying to figure out what is going on in New Wurzburg.Rain Ryland hasn’t had an easy life. He and his mother have lived in shelters and on the street throughout his entire life so when his mother dies, and he finds out he has an aunt who will take him in, he is a bit surprised and a lot confused as to why his mother preferred to live that way as opposed to relying on family. When Rain gets to New Wurzburg, he senses something different about the people and the town, but he has never really fit in anywhere, so he isn’t that surprised that he stands out here too. Rain is immediately drawn to Freddie and despite her doing her best to push him away, Freddie is also drawn to Rain. I thought the way the relationship was developed between these two characters was well done. Freddie does her best to keep Rain out of danger and her life but there are external factors at work that she just can’t stop. I loved how Lindsey developed the characters in this book. Not only Rain and Freddie but also Grant, Petra, and Ruby. We get to learn everything that is going on right along with Rain and pieces of information come from every angle. I thought it was interesting how we get Ruby’s story which provided more information on why Rain’s mother made the decisions she did. I really loved how Ruby and Rain’s relationship developed and how they became family. Freddie’s family was interesting to say the least. With a pack mentality, there were those that accepted her place and others that weren’t supportive. As she continues to search for the truth behind her father’s death, she is definitely not as secure in her leadership as she would hope. As we start to learn more about Freddie and her family as well as their relationship with the weavers, thing start to become clearer. Add to that the groups intentions for Rain and the pace and danger begin to pick up. That’s about all I can say without ruining anything. Just know that Lindsey wrote a story that not only has well developed characters, but she built them around a paranormal story that had me unable to put the book down until I knew how things were going to end. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more from Lindsey in the future. If you are looking for a story that will have you turning the pages to see what happens, consider checking this one out. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Juicy enough to sink my teeth into it!Haven is a mystery suspense novel which ideally you don't want to find out too much about it before you read it. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He and his mother have fluttered from place to place his whole life. Rain has learned to be tough to protect himself, and streetwise to survive. The world is hard and the dice rolls haven't been in his favour. His mother, unfortunately, has met a tragic end and Rain isn't ol Juicy enough to sink my teeth into it!Haven is a mystery suspense novel which ideally you don't want to find out too much about it before you read it. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He and his mother have fluttered from place to place his whole life. Rain has learned to be tough to protect himself, and streetwise to survive. The world is hard and the dice rolls haven't been in his favour. His mother, unfortunately, has met a tragic end and Rain isn't old enough to be left to his own devices. He never knew his mothers past, but he is about to find a place to call his own.New Wurzburg is a place filled with Magic and mystery. If you don't want to see then you can just close your eyes. Rain sees Freddie and he can't look away. There is something about her that he is drawn to, like a moth to a flame. To the outside world, she seems to be a troublemaker with an attitude. Take a closer look and she is so much more. She may not be beautiful like the prom queen, but her unusual looks are breathtaking. Rain has known a harsh life, and he wants to help Freddie even if she is reluctant. Rain moves in with his aunt and starts a new school. Everything is looking up for his future, but destiny wants to deal her own cards. Rain is about to get sucked into Freddie's world and it's hard to look away.5 stars out of 5. I couldn't put this book down. If you like the look of this story I would recommend you just read it, and don't look too closely into what it's about. The ride will suck you in and I loved every minute of it.This book is intended for the 16 plus audience (U.K.) as it has adult content. *I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. My blog tour date is the 24th November where I will be interviewing the lovely author. Don't worry I'm not planning any spoilers!*
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  • Brenda Drake
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a sucker for a wounded bird type character and I completely fell in love with Rain! Lindsey creates an addictively dark world full of secrets and dangers, which caused me to hold my breath at the turn of each page, worrying what would come next. The characters were so well developed that I felt I knew each one personally, and many I wasn’t sure I could trust. From Rain and Freddie’s romance to the world building and magic to the creepy dark side of the characters, it was so intense that I co I’m a sucker for a wounded bird type character and I completely fell in love with Rain! Lindsey creates an addictively dark world full of secrets and dangers, which caused me to hold my breath at the turn of each page, worrying what would come next. The characters were so well developed that I felt I knew each one personally, and many I wasn’t sure I could trust. From Rain and Freddie’s romance to the world building and magic to the creepy dark side of the characters, it was so intense that I could not put this book down until the end.
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  • Sandra Mather
    January 1, 1970
    When disaffected teen Rain Ryland's mother dies, he leaves his city life wrought with disconnection, homelessness, and fear to move in with his aunt in a small town. He believes he can finally have love, connection, and a place to belong. This electrifying tale will take you on Rain's unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shapeshifters. Lindsey has done an excellent job with this. Her world-building skills are above par and the book is riveting. I want more!
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  • Mary Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much fun to write. Huge hugs to all the readers who make it possible for me to do what I love the most. Thank you.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap that was awesome. I got to beta read Hide from Me and it's her best book yet. It's scary and intense and Rain is hot hot hot.
  • Angela Jones-Cuéllar
    January 1, 1970
    pooled ink Reviews: Haven is both a haven and a hell, filled with chilling secrets and too many mysteries drenched in blood. Teeming with werewolves and witches straining against each other and amongst themselves in a never-ending turf war, one long-forgotten stranger arrives just in time to become the answer for some and the bone for others.[full review coming soon!]
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of Hide from Me at BookCon. It's long at 400 pages, but reads fast. It's from a male point of view (Aaron/Rain) which really worked for me since the heroine (Freddie) and her cousins have so many secrets that I don't want to give away in a summary. There were lots of strong secondary characters (My favorite was Petra) which makes me hope there's a second book coming, though it appears to be a stand alone book. The world building is amazing. It's complex, but well-explained and I received an ARC of Hide from Me at BookCon. It's long at 400 pages, but reads fast. It's from a male point of view (Aaron/Rain) which really worked for me since the heroine (Freddie) and her cousins have so many secrets that I don't want to give away in a summary. There were lots of strong secondary characters (My favorite was Petra) which makes me hope there's a second book coming, though it appears to be a stand alone book. The world building is amazing. It's complex, but well-explained and clear. I've liked other books by this author, but this one is different. Darker and sexier. Warning: there's a scene that's pretty violent (involving the villain and a secondary character). The author said at the BookCon signing that it was for older teens, and I agree. It's creepy and sexy and super intense all the way up to the end. My favorite thing was the strength and determination of the hero, who came from a broken background on the streets of a big city, but still held out hope for making his life better. One of my favorite quotes came early in the book: "Somehow, even after all this time, Rain couldn’t do it - couldn’t give in to the every-man-for-himself hopelessness surrounding him like a cage. There was a way out of here. There had to be."I also liked the opening line: "A strangled scream accompanied the gratifying crunch of breaking bones."
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  • Shanese La'tia M
    January 1, 1970
    I got an ARC at BookExpo and man am I glad I did.I won’t go into much detail as I don’t want to give anything away but this one kept me on toes, I’m usually good at figuring out who to trust in books and very rarely does a book surprise me on that front but this one did. I was side-eyeing every character and only at the very end was I sure about anyone. Every character in the book good or bad had a role to play, and they all turned out to be important to the overall story. For a book with 400 pa I got an ARC at BookExpo and man am I glad I did.I won’t go into much detail as I don’t want to give anything away but this one kept me on toes, I’m usually good at figuring out who to trust in books and very rarely does a book surprise me on that front but this one did. I was side-eyeing every character and only at the very end was I sure about anyone. Every character in the book good or bad had a role to play, and they all turned out to be important to the overall story. For a book with 400 pages not once did it feel long or bloated, I flew right through it. The story flowed smoothly, the pacing was just right. . . .Full review at : http://tinyurl.com/ycadudvz
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  • Raven_Blake
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 Stars!Same Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions* Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *I was excited to read Haven because it's a dark YA fantasy with a paranormal twist and it's also sort of inspired from the beauty and the beast fairytale but it's definitely not its retelling. The refreshing part of this book was the beast character which was portrayed by a girl. It was pretty easy to guess what this book was really about only after finis Actual rating: 3.5 Stars!Same Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions* Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *I was excited to read Haven because it's a dark YA fantasy with a paranormal twist and it's also sort of inspired from the beauty and the beast fairytale but it's definitely not its retelling. The refreshing part of this book was the beast character which was portrayed by a girl. It was pretty easy to guess what this book was really about only after finishing a few chapters, but the mystery in the plot will definitely give you some hard time. I actually didn't have high expectations on it before getting into it, but the plot turns out to be very entertaining and the main characters Rain and Freddie are really enjoyable. However, there are some parts in this book which I'm really not fan of especially the insta-love thing. So, I was little bit put off by this thing but I think other readers might enjoy it who don't mind insta-love. People who loved Black Bird Of the Gallows By Meg Kassel will definitely enjoy this book. Rain Ryland never belonged anywhere due to his rough background and intidimidating size. People always saw him like he was some kind of thug. His hard life has made him pretty tough and after his mother's death, Rain was given a chance to start a new life in New Würzburg where he meets the alluring Friederike Burkhart. Freddy is not like any girl he has met before and her uniqueness makes him even more interested in her. As Rain tries to get close to her, Freddy always warns him to stay away from her. One day, when Rain and Freddy meets in an awkward situation, his curiosity turns into more questions that could kill him. Eventually, Rain learns the shocking secret that she's been hiding and soon he was thrust into a supernatural world that he wasn't aware of. New Wurzburg is filled with so many secrets and Rain gets tangled into a situation that he can't escape from. When he learns that Freddie's life is in danger, he promises her that he will protect her and he wouldn't mind dying for her.The two main characters Rain and Freddie are pretty complex who has their own baggage to deal with. Freddie is a feisty, daring, strong, and stubborn character. Her father's death has deeply impacted her life. She has some insecurities but she never let anyone look down upon her and she would never back down without a fight. I really liked Rain! I expected him to be a bit dark with some jerk-ish attitude but he totally surprised me. Despite his troublesome juvenile past, he really seemed like a good-hearted guy who's gone through a lot of hard times and he just wanted to belong somewhere. In the face of danger or trouble he always stood strong and brave, and he would do anything to save his loved ones. The romance between Freddie and Rain was scorching hot. To be honest, their romance seemed a bit clichéd for me especially with the way they quickly developed feelings for each other. Insta-love is really not my favorite part but I'm sure many readers would enjoy it. From the secondary characters, I liked Freddie's Aunt Ruby, Grant and Petra.  The plot was very entertaining! It's a mix of romance and mystery. The first half was slow paced and it was was mostly focused on the romance which totally gave me twilight vibes but the second half was fast paced filled with suspense and mystery. Even though the romance felt a bit cliché to me, I really enjoyed the mystery in the plot which managed to hold my attention until the last page. The surprising twists in the plot made the story even more interesting to read. The ending twist didn't came as a huge surprise for me because I already suspected it, but I wasn't very sure. Nonetheless, it was really a well written plot which kept me guessing until the end. The writing style of the author was pretty good and easy to understand. The whole book was told from Rain's POV. I usually don't prefer male POV books but I really enjoyed reading this book from Rain's perspective. As for the other aspects, I liked the setting, and all the supernatural elements. Overall, I really liked it! Despite flaws, this will definitely make a good YA paranormal read filled with romance, drama, mystery, and magic. For now, it's a stand-alone but I hope we have another book with Petra or maybe Grant as a main lead.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    You might remember my previous DNF review, but once Entangled Teen decided to be the booking best and send me a surprise box with this lovely book inside, I decided to give it another shot. The reason that I DNF'd it before was not because it was bad or anything - in fact, it was actually quite good. I just had a weird setting stuck in my head of a futuristic Eastern European town and when it was some small town in Texas, I couldn't wrap my head around. Thanks to some time away, I was able to ge You might remember my previous DNF review, but once Entangled Teen decided to be the booking best and send me a surprise box with this lovely book inside, I decided to give it another shot. The reason that I DNF'd it before was not because it was bad or anything - in fact, it was actually quite good. I just had a weird setting stuck in my head of a futuristic Eastern European town and when it was some small town in Texas, I couldn't wrap my head around. Thanks to some time away, I was able to get my book butt together, and it actually ended up being pretty great. I'm going to preface my review with this: I'm not a werewolf girl. I think I have to blame it on the fact that Twilight was probably the beginning of YA book career, and once authors discovered that was the formula to fast cash, vampires and werewolves were everywhere, and every book I picked up had them. I think I wore myself out on them, and I still haven't recovered. I might have had some disconnect from the story at some points, which was just a personal preference, but I'm going to tell you straight up: FOR ME NOT LIKING WEREWOLF STORIES, MARY LINDSEY DID SUCH A GOOD JOB AT CONVINCING ME TO GIVE THIS ONE A SHOT. I thought this story had one of the coolest settings and feels to it. It's kind of this dark, urban fantasy story that brings small town life to the forefront with creepy overtones. It's sexy, it's kind of soap operay in the best way, and it just has a dark Grimm fairytale feel to it. I was completely sold in the setting, and it's so the right book to pick up this November season. It has the autumn feel with an intriguing story behind it. Lindsey did an amazing job with the mythology as well. There was never a moment that I was like, wait, what I don't get it? If I had a question, don't worry - Rain was there to actually ask it and keep asking it until he got a straight answer, which I mean is fantastic since so many main characters will be like, um, I don't get an answer, kk, I'll wait until never again to ask it later. Lindsey explained it well, and took the whole witches, vampires, and werewolves concept and still managed to make it new. I liked the characters as well. Rain was great. He felt very realistic, and I have to say that a lot of these characters had very realistic reactions to what insanity was going around them. I thought Rain was a great narrator. What's odd is my two favorite characters are actually not actually any of the main characters. I absolutely loved Petra who was just a side Weaver, but I thought she was spectacularly done. I would so read another book just about her. I also loved Aunt Ruby as well. She was a character that let Rain just be Rain, and I loved how human and real she felt. It's amazing that Lindsey convinced me to love these little side characters so much. Freddie was great as well, and even if I didn't like some of the other characters, I at least felt what I was supposed to for them. The mystery was intriguing as well. It's just not about Rain discovering there is magic in his new town, but it is also about figuring out who is behind the mysterious deaths appearing in town. I did figure out the killer, but it was quite interesting.The ship was cute, too. It was a little instalovey, but I didn't mind it too much. I never got super, super into it, but it was still quite good. Again, I did feel some sort of disconnect with it. I'm not sure if it was the fact that it is kind of a slower pace or it was the whole werewolves thing, but I never really got super, super into it. This is a well done story, though, and it would have been a concept that I would have skipped over had it not been for Lindsey's wonderful writing. She really draws the reader in, and I got hooked from those first 100 pages. I loved some of the characters dearly, and the setting was just right. This was a super solid story, and if you want a new take on the werewolf story or just a good fall read, definitely pick this story up! Three super high crowns and a Belle rating (because you know, the BEAST).October 19, 2017 Review (aka when I lost my book mind)DNF****Okay, this isn't a DNF on the book's part - totally mine. For some odd reason, I had in my head this book was not at all about a small town but instead some kind of futuristic Eastern European setting (LITERALLY I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE I GOT THIS) and for some odd reason, I cannot get past this disconnect. I've tried five different times picking it up, but I'm just not enjoying it at all. It seems quite interesting and the writing is quite nice, but it's just really not what I'm quite interested in reading about. This book has a ton of potential, and if you can actually pay attention to the summary (UNLIKE A CERTAIN BOOK PRINCESS), you'll really enjoy this from the parts that I read. Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for sending me over a copy even though I so failed hard with this!
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  • Taylor Knight
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent an unsolicited copy of this book from the publisher.I wasn't expecting much from this book so I was pleasantly surprised by Haven in a few ways.I really like that this was a fairly unique take on Beauty and the Beast where the guy isn't the "beast". I've never seen anyone else do that so major props to Mary Linsey. However, this book was slow for the first quarter or so. The first few chapters were a struggle to get through and I didn't start to like the book until much later on. I co I was sent an unsolicited copy of this book from the publisher.I wasn't expecting much from this book so I was pleasantly surprised by Haven in a few ways.I really like that this was a fairly unique take on Beauty and the Beast where the guy isn't the "beast". I've never seen anyone else do that so major props to Mary Linsey. However, this book was slow for the first quarter or so. The first few chapters were a struggle to get through and I didn't start to like the book until much later on. I couldn't really connect to the characters and they seemed a little lack luster to me. The writing was pretty good though. I thought the style was nice and very clear. Overall, Haven was good read but not quite my cup of tea. Even though I really liked the original spin on a very over done concept, my inability to fall in love with the characters was the downfall of this book. I think if you're a less critical reader, you'll enjoy Haven a lot more than I did, especially if you like retellings.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this book without knowing anything about it. I didn’t even read the synopsis. I liked Rain and Freddie well enough. They’re both tough and struggling and yet, still fighting. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow and change. There were a lot of other characters and honestly, it was a bit too much for me to keep track of. There were a few stand outs: Merrick, Bridgette, and Petra, I’m looking at you. Plot wise, it was a bit slow. Much like the overload of characters, it seemed like I went into this book without knowing anything about it. I didn’t even read the synopsis. I liked Rain and Freddie well enough. They’re both tough and struggling and yet, still fighting. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow and change. There were a lot of other characters and honestly, it was a bit too much for me to keep track of. There were a few stand outs: Merrick, Bridgette, and Petra, I’m looking at you. Plot wise, it was a bit slow. Much like the overload of characters, it seemed like an overload of history and mechanics to what was going on. There were little bursts of things happening and the lulls between those bursts is where I sort of started to lose interest.This all sounds like I didn’t like it, but I did. I enjoyed the story and the overall idea of it. Plus the ending was satisfying. However, for me it lacked the spark that would have made me rabid for it. I look forward to seeing what Mary writes next. **Huge thanks to Entangled for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Rain Ryland is my new book boyfriend. I couldn't read this book fast enough and it ended way too soon. I hated to say goodbye to him. My only consolation is that Freddie is perfect for him. The world building and magic in this book is dense, but I never felt lost or confused, which is often my complaint with fantasy, paranormal, and urban fantasy. I loved the history of the watchers and weavers. I also loved the secondary characters. They weren't stereotypes and didn't feel like props for the st Rain Ryland is my new book boyfriend. I couldn't read this book fast enough and it ended way too soon. I hated to say goodbye to him. My only consolation is that Freddie is perfect for him. The world building and magic in this book is dense, but I never felt lost or confused, which is often my complaint with fantasy, paranormal, and urban fantasy. I loved the history of the watchers and weavers. I also loved the secondary characters. They weren't stereotypes and didn't feel like props for the story, which is another one of my gripes with some books. This was a total 5 star read for me.
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  • Kristi Housman
    January 1, 1970
    Haven was a fast paced, fun read. I didn't know too much when I requested this, but was really excited to find out that it was about shifters and magic. The second half of the book was so hard to put down. There was even a murder mystery.Rain grew up on the streets with his mom. They moved around from shelter to shelter and sometimes had no place to go. His mom made him feel like he was to blame for her terrible life. He had no other family and his father, a supposed one night stand, was dead. I Haven was a fast paced, fun read. I didn't know too much when I requested this, but was really excited to find out that it was about shifters and magic. The second half of the book was so hard to put down. There was even a murder mystery.Rain grew up on the streets with his mom. They moved around from shelter to shelter and sometimes had no place to go. His mom made him feel like he was to blame for her terrible life. He had no other family and his father, a supposed one night stand, was dead. Imagine Rain's surprise when his mom died and he found out he had to go live with his aunt. Ruby was his mom's twin sister living in a small Texas town called New Wurzburg. Living with Ruby, Rain finds out about his past and finally finds love and affection.Freddie is standoffish and really only talks to a few select people, mostly cousins. But there is something about her that grabs Rain's attention right away. There is a connection there that neither can deny. Rain finds Freddie scared and naked multiple times and can't figure out why there are so many weird things going on in the town. Freddie's dad died six months earlier. Everyone was told it was an accident, but Freddie knew he was murdered and was determined to figure out who did it and why. I loved both Rain and Freddie. They were strong characters that didn't have the best lives. But they were loyal to anyone they cared about. Watching their relationship grow made me happy. I'm not always thrilled with a romance in a mystery type book, but this one was important to the story and worked so well.Ruby was a suprise for me. Yet again, I found myself attached to an adult a book. She was still hurting over a loss from years before, but she still had a positive attitude and was so loving. It was obvious early on that she would do anything for Rain. Petra was another one that I ended up adoring. She was strange, but it was obvious that she was a sweet, misunderstood girl. Her shock at Rain wanting to be her friend was sad and touching. The town history was pretty interesting. The Enchanted Rock had different stories, but they both revolved around magic. "It's said that on a full moon, the power of the earth reaches for the heavens at that one spot, infusing the surrounding area with magic strong enough to change man to beast."Without getting into too much of the story, the book is about watchers and weavers. The watchers are werewolves/shifters and the weavers are witches. They both have their own roles to play, but there is a divide on sticking to tradition or trying to change and adapt to new rules. Freddie's dad was the alpha and she is supposed to be next in line. But there are others who don't believe a girl can be alpha and they do everything they can to make sure it doesn't happen.There is plenty of action in the book, but I can't get into it much without ruining the book. There are murders and attacks, plus some backstabbing. I really enjoyed Haven and gave it 4 stars.I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen and Netgalley for review (and for a blog tour). My review will be up on my blog the end of November for a review tour.
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  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    10-175 StarsI absolutely LOVED Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke. I’ve been waiting for the next book in the Underveil series for three years now. So when I heard Marissa’s alter ego Mary Lindsey had a paranormal book coming out, I couldn’t wait to read it. Admittedly, when I found out the book was a YA/NA story there was a moment of pause. I hardly ever read New Adult and I definitely don’t read Young Adult. But honestly, once I started reading, none of that mattered.I went into reading Haven 10-175 StarsI absolutely LOVED Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke. I’ve been waiting for the next book in the Underveil series for three years now. So when I heard Marissa’s alter ego Mary Lindsey had a paranormal book coming out, I couldn’t wait to read it. Admittedly, when I found out the book was a YA/NA story there was a moment of pause. I hardly ever read New Adult and I definitely don’t read Young Adult. But honestly, once I started reading, none of that mattered.I went into reading Haven having read the blurb. I still had no idea what the story was about. From the beginning, the story had me intrigued and that intrigue continued as the mystery kept getting deeper and deeper.Seventeen-year-old Aaron “Rain” Ryland arrives in New Wurzburg, a small town in Texas Hill Country, after his mother dies in a Houston area shelter. He’s surprised that his mother had a sister that he knew nothing about and is even more surprised at the things he discovers about his family. Friederike “Freddie” Burkhart isn’t your typical seventeen-year-old girl. She was conceived, born, and raised to be a leader. Freddie and Rain establish a friendship and that friendship grows to be so much more. But there are those who don’t want her to lead and view Rain’s presence as a threat. Soon, Rain and Freddie find themselves in a race against time to figure out who’s trying to kill them and stop Freddie from fulfilling her destiny.First and foremost, I LOVED the characters of Rain and Freddie. They’re simply amazing. They’re strong characters on their own and even stronger and better together. Both believe in doing what’s right, no matter what it might cost them. Both are strong-willed and refuse to back down. I loved that there was a huge mystery/suspense element to this story. The secondary characters definitely help in keeping you guessing as to what was happening.For me, Haven was all about trying to figure out what was going on in the town of New Wurzburg and who you could and couldn’t trust. For that reason, I’m not going to get into all the details. Haven was an addictive read. It’s like Twilight and Grimm rolled together. While there is conspiracy and murder, this story is so much more. Haven is about family, friendship, young love, and believing in yourself. Ultimately, it’s about finding out where you belong and where your safe haven is.**Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    That was GREAT! HAVEN has a little something for every reader: fast-paced action, mystery, suspense, and a romance that is sure to get your blood pumping. Not to mention an entertaining cast of supporting characters who are as intriguing as they are creepy—I’m looking at you, Bridgette and Petra. I’m torn between wishing this was the start of a new series so I wouldn’t have say goodbye to the characters just yet, and being completely satisfied with the ending. I can’t wait to see what Mary Linds That was GREAT! HAVEN has a little something for every reader: fast-paced action, mystery, suspense, and a romance that is sure to get your blood pumping. Not to mention an entertaining cast of supporting characters who are as intriguing as they are creepy—I’m looking at you, Bridgette and Petra. I’m torn between wishing this was the start of a new series so I wouldn’t have say goodbye to the characters just yet, and being completely satisfied with the ending. I can’t wait to see what Mary Lindsey writes next!
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Haven" was a really fantastic YA fantasy that follows Rain (Aaron Ryland) from right around the time his mother dies. Rain and his mother have lived on the streets of Houston for a long time, and he has grown up believing that it is all his fault. When his mother overdoses, he is scared for his future. A judge sends him to live with his aunt out in the middle of nowhere- an aunt he didn't even know existed. She is so unlike his mother that it's hard to believe they are twins. Rain slowly untang "Haven" was a really fantastic YA fantasy that follows Rain (Aaron Ryland) from right around the time his mother dies. Rain and his mother have lived on the streets of Houston for a long time, and he has grown up believing that it is all his fault. When his mother overdoses, he is scared for his future. A judge sends him to live with his aunt out in the middle of nowhere- an aunt he didn't even know existed. She is so unlike his mother that it's hard to believe they are twins. Rain slowly untangles the mystery of his past and family as well as the secrets the town is desperate to keep hidden.To add to the intrigue, Rain finds himself attracted to Freddie, a beautiful young woman who seems to be trouble and is hiding a bunch of secrets of her own. As the mysteries heat up, so does their attraction. Between the romance and the mysteries, this book was impossible to put down! The writing flows so beautifully, and the pace is really perfect. Rain gets to piece together what he knows (not only about the secret lives of the townspeople but also about some recent murders) and learns tidbits from others in town that really keep the pace intense and steady throughout.Overall, it was a really great story. I liked Rain a lot as a main character- although he had a bit of a rough side, he's really just a very lonely and isolated boy and experiences a lot of growth during the story. Although the story is wrapped up by the end of the book, I would love to see more books with these characters. There were a few side characters that I wish we could have learned even more about (like Petra- she was awesome!), and I will keep my fingers crossed that we can spend more time in this world and with other characters in future books. I don't want to say too much about what the fantasy elements are as they are slowly described in the book (and would be spoilery), but it has so much potential for a really fantastic series! I highly recommend this to all YA fantasy lovers!Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Cillian
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really love this woman. Mary Lindsey and I bumped heads a bit with Shattered Souls. Mostly because of (view spoiler)[Lenzi's treatment of Zack in the end (hide spoiler)].But I still have a soft spot for her, and can't wait for this book to be out.Mary, come November:
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • lacy
    January 1, 1970
    A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen Publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by being giving this book. 3.5 stars This book was kind of a hard book to rate because it had a lot of positives that I really enjoyed and a lot of negatives that got in the way of me fully enjoying this book. I really did want to love this because it had a super cool premise and a take on (view spoiler)[ werewolves (hide spoiler)] that A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen Publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by being giving this book. 3.5 stars This book was kind of a hard book to rate because it had a lot of positives that I really enjoyed and a lot of negatives that got in the way of me fully enjoying this book. I really did want to love this because it had a super cool premise and a take on (view spoiler)[ werewolves (hide spoiler)] that I thought was incredibly interesting. I think one of the reasons I didn't love this book was how fast paced it was. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy fast paced novels. Sometimes, I just want to get into the thick of things. But from the get go, this book was just go go go. I barely had time to catch a break and just breathe. It some parts, the fast paced-ness served it well, while at other parts it wasn't needed and things needed to be slower. Another thing that kind of bothered me was the information overload. I love information overload. I love learning about the world and what makes it tick. But man, every secondary character had so much information about everything and gave almost entirely monologues about what they knew. It just got to be a bit much. But the main characters, Freddie and Rain, were the shining lights in this book. Rain was incredible. He had a hard life but he didn't let that affect him. His heart was so full of good and he took to love and acceptance so well. Too many times, I have read books where the MC took forever to accept help and love from others and even then, there was a lot of self sabotage. With Rain, he admitted he had issues accepting love but he worked on it. I really enjoyed him as a character and being in his head. Plus, I loved that he tried to accept everyone. Even people that were considered "weird" by standards of the town. Freddie was a fantastic strong female. I loved that she didn't let anybody bring her down. When Rain, who I really loved, got all macho man, she quickly let him know he better knock that crap off. She didn't let her cousins run her over either and she was constantly fighting, even when she was in pain. She is an incredibly strong person and I respect her so much for it. Overall, I liked this book. The fast paced action brought it down for me but the world was very cool. I must note, however, that this is an upper YA book. There is a lot of swearing and some sexual tension scenes that might be a little much to someone younger. But this is a good book for someone interested in the YA paranormal genre and constant fast paced action.
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