Havenfall (Havenfall, #1)
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it -- at any cost.Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds -- each with their own magic -- together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie's brother. It's where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it's where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.But this summer, the impossible happens--a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She'll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she's letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie--no one can be trusted, and no one is safe...

Havenfall (Havenfall, #1) Details

TitleHavenfall (Havenfall, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherBloomsbury YA
ISBN-139781547603794
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Havenfall (Havenfall, #1) Review

  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    im not a fan of novellas, so no one is more surprised than me when i say this would be better as a novella and serve as a .5 prequel to a main series. and heres why i think that:- while the plot and world-building is definitely unique, i dont feel the high-stakes intensity that should accompany some of the more life altering situations that occur in this. i do think that will come later on in the series, now that an introduction has been made to how the world works, why it is what it is, and the im not a fan of novellas, so no one is more surprised than me when i say this would be better as a novella and serve as a .5 prequel to a main series. and heres why i think that:- while the plot and world-building is definitely unique, i dont feel the high-stakes intensity that should accompany some of the more ‘life altering’ situations that occur in this. i do think that will come later on in the series, now that an introduction has been made to how the world works, why it is what it is, and the appropriate players have been all set up. and while this is all good information to have, it doesnt feel crucial at this point in time. - the characters have no depth to them. like, i can tell you their names and where they come from, but thats probably it. there just really isnt any in-depth characterisation present. the focus is definitely on the world-building, and while that is important, i just couldnt connect with any of the characters. - the pacing is glacial. oh my goodness, its so slow. this is told in first person POV and its constant internal monologue. i would say its a 60/40 split between internal narration/description and dialogue (respectively). and as someone who prefers dialogue, this just seems to drag on and on. i mean, overall, this isnt a terrible book. it lays a pretty decent foundation and promises to be a pretty interesting series. there just isnt enough substance to this to merit a full-length novel, in my opinion. ↠ 2.5 stars
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  • Nenia ❤️️ I hate everything you love ❤️️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p.55 This was kind of intolerable and read like self-insertion fic. Maddie was such a Mary Sue. When I was a teenager, it was really popular on Quizilla for people to write about characters who had these totally messed up home lives who were then spirited away to this alternate world or dimension where they were the chosen one and (of course) there was a really hot guy. Well, this book has all of that. Maddie's uncle is the owner of Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p.55 This was kind of intolerable and read like self-insertion fic. Maddie was such a Mary Sue. When I was a teenager, it was really popular on Quizilla for people to write about characters who had these totally messed up home lives who were then spirited away to this alternate world or dimension where they were the chosen one and (of course) there was a really hot guy. Well, this book has all of that. Maddie's uncle is the owner of this hotel in Colorado that's a way station for a magical world. Maddie goes there without telling her father because she needs to escape from her life and the fact that her mother is on death row. Oh, and of course the hot faerie guy she likes hangs out around there, too.WHAT A SHOCK. Here's the thing-- even though the writing is okay, the story-telling is not. This author annoys me for the same reasons authors like Emily A. Duncan, Sarah J. Maas, and Maggie Stiefvater annoy me. If you like those authors, you might like this. But if you're tired of Basic Girl YA and the formulaic tropeyness that seems to be a rule in fantasy... WELL.If you want to read a better story about a magic hotel that serves as a fantasy way station, read Ilona Andrews's Sweep series. And if you want to read a better chosen girl story about a hapless girl from our world who ends up in a dark and interesting fantasy world of the author's own design, read Clive Barker's Abarat.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  1 star
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I found Sara Hollands debutEverlessa very good kind of surprising. It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time. While I didnt fall in love with the heroine, I thought she had it in her to BE a heroine and that is something that kept me wanting to read more about her. This is a completely new series set in a completely new world and a whole new set of distinct protagonists and antagonists. The storyline is not recycled. The writing is elegant. The 3.5 stars. I found Sara Holland’s debut—Everless—a very good kind of surprising. It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time. While I didn’t fall in love with the heroine, I thought she had it in her to BE a heroine and that is something that kept me wanting to read more about her. This is a completely new series set in a completely new world and a whole new set of distinct protagonists and antagonists. The storyline is not recycled. The writing is elegant. The characters are adequately three-dimensional with a back-story for each. I found the idea of a haven between various worlds intriguing. But the pacing is… so slow. We know the author has something planned for the world-building in the future. After all, why would she introduce us to the worlds if not to get us excited about them? Unfortunately, we do not get to explore them like we get to explore Havenfall through the eyes of Maddie, the innkeeper’s niece. Because of that, I feel like this first book is more like a prequel than an actual first tome. Thankfully, there is a semblance of a storyline with action sequences even if this book contains too much talking and too many descriptions for its own good. Moreover, there are lots of twists and turns thrown in and you will not see them coming. I sure like that Sara Holland did not wait until the final ten pages to shock us with them. Instead, they are spread around pretty evenly so it makes for a compelling story even if the pacing really is slow. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those fun, light fantasies that are so good to devour over a lazy weekend. I'm noticing a lot of portal fantasy cropping up recently and I'm here for it. This also had such cozy feelings of home and family...plus, you know, monsters and multiverses threatening to break and magical conspiracy theories. All the good stuff.things to look forward to in this book➢ magical inn that's the intersection of 4 worlds➢ Maddie is queer! (Maybe bi?) and three other pivotal characters are gay This is one of those fun, light fantasies that are so good to devour over a lazy weekend. I'm noticing a lot of portal fantasy cropping up recently and I'm here for it. This also had such cozy feelings of home and family...plus, you know, monsters and multiverses threatening to break and magical conspiracy theories. All the good stuff.things to look forward to in this book➢ magical inn that's the intersection of 4 worlds➢ Maddie is queer! (Maybe bi?) and three other pivotal characters are gay too!➢ lots of being attached to a building which is <3 <3 relatable➢ monsters who just want to be left alone 🥺➢ flamboyant old ladies who wear dramatic clothes and declare they're writing a book (me in the future)➢ SECRETS➢ Maddie going from "I want to run the family inn business!" to "I am stressed and can't do math" within 2 days which is, quite frankly, relatable.[the world]I think the premise of this book is the standout! It's about this inn called Havenfall, which is basically where 4 worlds connect: Byrn, Fiordenkill, Solaria, and earth. Solaria has been blocked off because it's full of monsters who murder people. But the other three are all buddy-buddies and at certain times of the year the inn is busting with people making trades and alliances and doing multiverse meetings. Maddie's uncle runs the place but it's her dream to inherit it.Of course, everything goes wrong. 😌 She has a lot of PTSD from her brother being murdered when they were kids, and this fated summer she comes to work at the inn is when the dreaded door of Solaria gets cracked open. It almost goes into one of those closed-house murder mysteries (like Westing Game etc) where everyone goes into lockdown in this magical inn, and they're all MAGICAL PEOPLE. Monsters are roaming. The staff keeps being eaten. Who is to blame.It also really reminded me of A Curse So Dark and Lonely and Every Heart a Doorway and The Ten Thousand Doors of January. So if you're fond of those, you'll probably click with this!It also felt nicely like younger-YA? There's murder and such, but it was all very off-page and just didn't feel super dark at all. [characters]Maddie narrates and she's pretty nice! She's very stressed as a lot of the weight of the inn falls into her lap during this crisis (not her choice!) and her maybe-boyfriend vanishes, and there's a cute mysterious butch lesbian girl (we love Taya) and her gay uncles are not functioning, and oh myyyyy can we talk about The Heiress. Who literally goes by THE HEIRESS. And is just this enigmatic flamboyant old lady who wears a cloak and is writing a mysterious book and just, I mean. I love her. Whole book about her thank u.There's also very little romance, which was refreshing.I didn't feel I got to really know the characters though. The book is short, the emphasis is on the plot and magic system. It's set over a few days, so it's mainly just rushing from event to event, which is fine! I liked the book how it was. But I couldn't tell you Maddie's personality.[overall]This was a fun light fantasy read, the kind you whip through and get engaged in wanting answers about the mystery! It's crying for a sequel too, and I'm very intrigued to know what'll happen next with those truth bombs it hurled at us at the end.Havenfall might be dangerous, but I am equal to it. I'm part of it. I belong here, more than anywhere else.
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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    I love the cover, this one and the author's Everless duo. Reading this book, one thing stuck out was the constant reminder of Maddie's unhappiness that resulted from what happened with her brother. She seems to have a lack of confidence, at Havenfall and even less at home in Sterling. The love was pre-existing so there wasn't any flirts or banters. I don't enjoy following Maddie's thoughts so much so I feel the narrative was lengthy. With these characteristics to start the story out, I become I love the cover, this one and the author's Everless duo. Reading this book, one thing stuck out was the constant reminder of Maddie's unhappiness that resulted from what happened with her brother. She seems to have a lack of confidence, at Havenfall and even less at home in Sterling. The love was pre-existing so there wasn't any flirts or banters. I don't enjoy following Maddie's thoughts so much so I feel the narrative was lengthy. With these characteristics to start the story out, I become less invested in the book. Also, Brekken was surprised by the horses this summer even though he came to Havenfall every summer for the past 10 years. That just doesn't make sense.
This book started with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Marcus as he read an age old book promising to keep everyone safe as a new portal keeper. The start of the book also summarizes each of the 4 realms and its characteristics, where one of four is the enemy. Then the story began, told in the first person point of view following Madeline aka Maddie, 16. She is Marcus' niece and has been spending her summer at Havenfall, (earth is one out of the 4 realms) since she was 6 and is aiming to inherit the Inn Marcus has been running. The Inn has access to all 3 realms and has a bit of magic where the rest of earth doesn't. The start of summer already go wrong when her uncle fall unconscious and someone is dead.
Havenfall is a diversity book where the main character is a bi and her uncle is gay. I like the mystery of the missing keys and its consequences. I love the twists at the end with Nate, Maddie's friends, and the villain. Havenfall and the mirror lake sounds pretty especially on top of the mountain. One thing I realized is the nice twist to this ya fantasy where this book is a murder mystery. If you are looking for a book that gives the test of a big responsibility to someone who wants it but have little confidence to handling it, then this book is for you! I rate it 3.5 stars!xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details ***Many thanks to Bloomsbury for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    I said once long ago whilst reading the sampler that if the hot motorbike girl Taya wasn't the love interest, I would be politely demanding answers because there were strong sapphic vibes. So it is with great delight I can confirm that yes, she is totally a love interest (along with some handsome guy; okay, there might be a love triangle in future but you cannot deny that the heroine harbours some major crush on her and later books have a high possibility of f/f.)In addition, YES, the heroine is I said once long ago whilst reading the sampler that if the hot motorbike girl Taya wasn't the love interest, I would be politely demanding answers because there were strong sapphic vibes. So it is with great delight I can confirm that yes, she is totally a love interest (along with some handsome guy; okay, there might be a love triangle in future but you cannot deny that the heroine harbours some major crush on her and later books have a high possibility of f/f.)In addition, YES, the heroine is a short-haired, Doc Martens-wearing bisexual. This book serves LGBTQ+ rep in a very casual, nonchalant way. (Perhaps this can be attributed to the marketing, as it was never marketed outright as LGBTQ+ - which seems to be the Bloomsbury way, as no one realised Priory was f/f until reviewers mentioned it.)But genuinely one line Taya says is: "Girls are so distracting, don't you think?". Okay, look, I have to make this clear: I would lay down my life for Taya, the hot motorbike girl with massive gay energy. Besides my new obsession with Taya, HAVENFALL has lovely scene-setting. The idea of an inn in these beautiful, scenic mountains had me drooling. I loved the different worlds and hope we get to see more of them, and I really enjoyed the plot. The villain, similarly, was really good! He actually gave me Darkling vibes - he's mysterious, enigmatic, incredibly powerful and clearly knows how to manipulate people. But he's not a love interest so there's nothing like Alarkling, guys, sorry.HAVENFALL works really well as an opening novel, luring readers into the wider world. I am very very invested in book two and dearly want to know what's going to happen next asap! I can't believe it's only going to be a duology, though? It feels like it has the potential for a trilogy or even longer, I'll be honest. And I'd be up for that, because it's the most engaging and original YA novel I've read in a while. (I'm glad someone's finally done the magical inn on the borders between worlds idea finally tbh). I loved the characters and I didn't see changes in the plot coming from a mile away (bar one). It's not gothic, though. In the early marketing materials/the PW acquisitions release, the word gothic was used and that got me really excited. But there is fantasy, murder and mountains so it's all good, really! > 4.2 stars*things I really like:- the gothic genre- the fantasy genre - murder - mountains things I really need:- this freaking book!!!!
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | B&NThank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.Havenfall combines two of my guiltiest reading pleasures, fantasy and mystery, to deliver the story about a girl tasked with the job of overlooking a safe house between magical worlds during a time of strife. In theory, the story could be exciting: humans and two of the fantastical worlds that have an alliance come together once a year to celebrate and discuss Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | B&NThank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.Havenfall combines two of my guiltiest reading pleasures, fantasy and mystery, to deliver the story about a girl tasked with the job of overlooking a safe house between magical worlds during a time of strife. In theory, the story could be exciting: humans and two of the fantastical worlds that have an alliance come together once a year to celebrate and discuss matters of their worlds so that they may continue to live in accord. The innkeeper, our lead's uncle, is usually the one who oversees everything. But after the door to one of the other worlds opens again, which has been sealed for years due to a war that broke out where lives were lost, death comes knocking again and the innkeeper is left unconscious and unable to continue overseeing his duties. Enter Maddie, who has dreamed her whole life of having this role, feels that this is what she has been working for, and while nervous, believes herself to be ready to face whatever Haven needs in order to keep others safe.It's an entertaining read, and I greatly enjoyed the mystery reveals that occurred. But the story fell flat for me. While it aspires to be rousing, it doesn't reach that potential. The whole thing delivered just a little monotonously, and I felt that most of the characters were sorely underdeveloped save for Maddie and maybe Taya, to some extent. One of the elements that I always delight in, especially in fantasy novels, is the antagonist. There is so much room in this genre to make the “bad guy” anything you want him/her to be. The Silver Prince fell so short. Not only do we only see him a handful of times, but we never get to know him. What motivates him and moves him, other than the need to take over the keep and reign? Why does he want this? We're not given enough information, and while a handful of his actions are imposing enough, and he manages to brainwash Maddie fairly easily, the strength that he could have as a being is just not there.Maddie is very believable in the doubt that she has in herself to do her job as innkeeper. She knows nothing of what needs doing and has no problems reaching out to others for help. She does have a ridiculously easy gift of trusting the wrong people, however, and keeps mentioning this throughout. It's almost as if she tells the audience “Most people I trust lie to me, here, let me show you,” while it continues to occur again and again. It's repetitive. Almost everyone in this book has something to hide, and a secret to reveal. It happens so often that we keep doubting whoever appears next in the novel. It's fantastic for what the author accomplishes as far as the story's mystery, and yet it's so ironic that our lead doesn't seem to catch up.While there is a clear love triangle playing out between Maddie, Brekken and Taya, I was so glad to not see the usual stereotypical tug of war that tends to happen. Love triangles are one of my least favorite tropes in stories, because usually they're overdone. Sara Holland wrote it well, showing the intense attraction that is to be expected between Maddie and Brekken with the years that they've known each other and the bond that has been growing between them since they were children, as opposed to her newly developed closeness toward Taya. Havenfall itself... I definitely got the sense of the town, and it did—as Maddie points out at one point in the story—feel like an old western type of world in which to live. It's still charming, well run down, full of vegetation and woods nearby. It does a really nice job of conveying how isolated the keep is to the rest of town and how suspicious and full of gossip others are about the place. The ending, as I have been reading too often with books lately, came far too swiftly and easily. There is going to be a second book, surely, especially with the way that Havenfall closes. But we could have taken a little longer to see the conclusion of this one develop and play out. More time, overall, was needed with this book to expand.
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  • Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨
    January 1, 1970
    BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED FANTASY WORLDRating this book took me a while, because there were things I liked and things I disliked and I couldn't figure out which weighed the most for me. So, in the end, I settled for a 3 star rating. 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍Universe: Havenfall is the neutral passageway between the different world, where Earth is one of them. I really liked this concept, this idea, and I felt like it was well crafted and thought out world with a rich history, that I look forward to getting into BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED FANTASY WORLDRating this book took me a while, because there were things I liked and things I disliked and I couldn't figure out which weighed the most for me. So, in the end, I settled for a 3 star rating. 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍Universe: Havenfall is the neutral passageway between the different world, where Earth is one of them. I really liked this concept, this idea, and I felt like it was well crafted and thought out world with a rich history, that I look forward to getting into more in the next book.Maddie: Our female lead, Maddie, was a relatable and sympathetic protagonist. She was insecure and vulnerable, which I really enjoyed. She felt real.👎 WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE 👎Plot: The plot was large and had many tangents all over the place - in my view, too many. It made the story feel busy and messy. Luckily, it all came together in the end, but the getting there was rough.Twist: There were some major plot twists in this book that were probably supposed to be real shockers. However, they were not, they were so transparent. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Lucy Langford
    January 1, 1970
    1.5**This book had a really interesting set up and the first 50 pages I was kind of intrigued...but I found the rest just didnt deliver. There wasnt much world building and it was difficult to empathise with the characters. There was a romance which I dont think added anything to the plot. As well as a MC who was frustrating and naive / made stupid choices consistently.Overall I just didnt enjoy this one with most things making me eye roll. 1.5**This book had a really interesting set up and the first 50 pages I was kind of intrigued...but I found the rest just didn’t deliver. There wasn’t much world building and it was difficult to empathise with the characters. There was a romance which I don’t think added anything to the plot. As well as a MC who was frustrating and naive / made stupid choices consistently.Overall I just didn’t enjoy this one with most things making me eye roll.
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    We all want to believe the best of intentions in others... But it's not always the truth. representation: bisexual MC, lesbian side character, m/m side relationship.[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]✧゚: ✧゚: 4 s t a r s :゚✧:゚✧YOOOO THIS WAS SO GOOD. I did not expect the bi, lesbian & gay rep and it was so nice to see! I loved everything about this, except for the fact that it was super predictable, but it was still so much fun! I also highly “We all want to believe the best of intentions in others... But it's not always the truth.” representation: bisexual MC, lesbian side character, m/m side relationship.[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]✧·゚: ✧·゚: 4 s t a r s :·゚✧:·゚✧YOOOO THIS WAS SO GOOD. I did not expect the bi, lesbian & gay rep and it was so nice to see! I loved everything about this, except for the fact that it was super predictable, but it was still so much fun! I also highly recommend the audiobook, it was superb! Random things I love in books that this has:➽ a magical inn➽ elemental magic!!!➽ portal worlds!➽ diverse characters without their diversity being the centre of the narrativeJust... yes, yes and YES!!! “There has always been war; that doesn't make us all monsters.” trigger warnings: death of loved ones (in the past), incarcerated loved ones, history of living in foster care, blood, gore, kidnapping, near-drowning.Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for the review copy!
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  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    January 1, 1970
    There is a lot that worked for me in this book, but more that didnt or just not enough. Full thoughts to come.
  • alana ♡
    January 1, 1970
    "You're strong enough to make hard choices in service of the greater good." Sara Holland is back with another beautifully written world that combines a lot of fantasy and mystery elements together. I would be 100% lying if I said I didn't fly through this and read it in two sittings. And despite the fact that I did give it a three star rating there is a lot in here that I think readers will fall in love with. Plus, can we all just agree that the over of this is STUNNING, like, totally gorgeous! "You're strong enough to make hard choices in service of the greater good." Sara Holland is back with another beautifully written world that combines a lot of fantasy and mystery elements together. I would be 100% lying if I said I didn't fly through this and read it in two sittings. And despite the fact that I did give it a three star rating there is a lot in here that I think readers will fall in love with. Plus, can we all just agree that the over of this is STUNNING, like, totally gorgeous! It's also one of those cases where the further you get into the story the more the details on the cover make sense aside from it just being super pretty.What I Liked✍🏻 Writing. It's no surprise that I fell in love with Sara's writing in this book. She has a way with words and building worlds that makes everything so lush and vivid that it jumps off the page. From the minute I picked this up I was instantly sucked into Holland's new world and even though I didn't love everything about this book, her writing still had me flying through this in no time.✨  Magic system . The magic system/worlds in this was well written and thought out. I loved that in the very beginning of the book we get a breakdown of the magical worlds behind each doorway, the powers their people have, and the history of the way the worlds came together during the war and after. Having all of this information before the story even started made for an easy time piecing people/magic together and I think overall let the story flow at a faster pace without confusing readers.👨‍👩‍👧‍👦  Side characters were the stars. For me...I loved the side characters more than our main character. They all added so much to the story and I was more invested in Taya, Brekken, Graylin, Marcus, and The Heiress than I was Maddie. I was rooting for them all to get whatever answers they needed on top of solving who the villain was throughout this. And I have to say I would absolutely lay my life down for Taya, no questions asked. 🏳️‍🌈 LGBT+ friendly.  I am loving that we are getting a lot more representation in books nowadays. Although we definitely still have a ways to go and there is always room for improvement, this book does have LGBT+ rep that is so casually placed in the story and feels so right. We love to see it.So, why three stars?👤 Another bland MC. One of my biggest issues with this story was Maddie. It's not that I didn't like her, but she just didn't do much for me. Now, I'm not trying to take away from the fact that Maddie is dealing with a whole lot in this story. Her plate is full and she struggles throughout this book with the responsibilities of running the inn while her uncle is sick, trying to figure out who the bad guy is, finding out secrets from her family's past, and working through her feelings for Brekken and possibly a new love interest. So yeah, definitely a lot going on but at the same time she just wasn't as fleshed out as I would have liked and I was more interested in who the bad guy was rather than rooting for Maddie to succeed with everything else going on.😴  Predictable at times.  Some of the bigger plot twists in this book like who was the bad guy, what were the secrets of Maddie's past, and Taya - the newcomer's secret, were all kind of painfully obvious. For me it felt like the author was trying to dangle information in front of readers and distract us before flipping the story around towards the end. But in the end it was something I felt coming from a mile away making the shock factor pretty minimal. I will admit though, there was one plot twist in the story that really got me.🤡  The bad guy.  I figured it out pretty early on thanks to my sleuthing skills and honestly, just a lot of context clues. I'm not disappointed on who it was necessarily but we get little to no answers on the why part of it. Maybe we'll find out more in the next book but it was just odd that Maddie and the side characters go to great lengths to catch the villain and then they just...go home? Kind of weird in my opinion and I definitely would have liked a little more clarity on that whole topic.All in all, even though there were parts of this that didn't work for me I still had a pretty good reading experience overall. Havenfall ends on a note that makes me feel like the next book should be promising and I'm definitely going to check it out!Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review!Blog | Twitter
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  • Lilith Black Bee
    January 1, 1970
    2 chapters sample provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am completely hooked! These 2 chapters made me want to read this book so so much! I have no words, though I feel like I am full of them! It passed such a long time since I got this fast involved in a book! I am 90% sure that this one will be my top 10 for 2020! March, please come faster!You can follow my TWITTER If you want to support me, you can check my WHISHLIST
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    i swear all the characters shared a single brain cell◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram i swear all the characters shared a single brain cell◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
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  • sarah xoxo
    January 1, 1970
    review coming soon!thank you to Bloomsbury for providing me with a finished copy of this book
  • Tara ☽
    January 1, 1970
    How many times will I give authors who have disappointed me second chances before I just go ahead and call myself a masochist?
  • NAT.orious reads ☽
    January 1, 1970
    At this point, I severely regret not choosing a career in private investigation. Yet again I am bold enough to proclaim I might know something you don't know.
  • Fantasybooksrus
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me the set of arcs as well as a finished copy of Havenfall for my review.When I received my finished copy of Havenfall from Bloomsbury Publishing a week and a half ago I knew it was a sign that I absolutely needed to start this amazing new series as soon as possible which Im very glad I did.Havenfall is set amongst the mountainous ranges of Colorado where the inn at Haven holds a special secret. For years Haven has served as a neutral point Special thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me the set of arcs as well as a finished copy of Havenfall for my review.When I received my finished copy of Havenfall from Bloomsbury Publishing a week and a half ago I knew it was a sign that I absolutely needed to start this amazing new series as soon as possible which I’m very glad I did.Havenfall is set amongst the mountainous ranges of Colorado where the inn at Haven holds a special secret. For years Haven has served as a neutral point of delegation for people of four adjacent realms, Fiordenkill, Byrn, Solaria and Earth . The story follows Maddie, niece to the innkeeper, who is also bisexual #birepresentation, who wishes to take up the role when he passes it along.However, this summer is different and when a brutal murder triggers series of unprecedented events Maddie must step up to protect those, she loves against those who wish to unsettle the steady balance that Haven holds.Personally, I really enjoyed Havenfall as it gave a sense of nostalgia to the YA genre by exploring magical realism and the idea that our world is not the only world to exist, something that as of late has not been explored very much in current YA fantasy. I found the first quarter of the book to especially interesting the world build the way Holland explores Maddie’s hardships and her connection to Haven. I will say that the first half of the book does have moments were the story can feel a little slower, however, I found this very easy to move through as it is the first book in a new series and thus does require some deep world building that at times is required in place of the action.Throughout the books there were moments where I believed that I was fully aware of all the exciting twists and turns only to be build sided by other exciting revelations. The way Holland writes allows you to feel as though you know exactly what is going on, only to be throw off by another sneaky twist. I found this especially exciting, with some yelling out moments arising from this, especially since I usually am so acutely aware of the hidden twists it was fun to be surprised. There is definitely something extremely inviting and stimulating about reading a new series, exploring new worlds, plots and possibilities which I believe makes Havenfall, and its sequel to come, extremely interesting!I would definitely recommend Havenfall to fans of The Raven Cycle, The Cruel Prince and A Curse So Dark and Lonely as each of these books have similar elements to mystery/fantasy style with hidden twists and turns as well as new and exciting worlds to explore. Finally, a song to sum up the mood of this book! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ebEV... • Madness, Ruelle
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  • Vee_Bookish
    January 1, 1970
    I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishThis was one of two books I read at the same time, that I found difficult to finish because I was just so incredibly bored (the other one was Girl, Serpent, Thorn). Originally I thought that this may because we've just hit the Coronavirus epidemic, but after finishing the books I realised that they both have major issues that affected my reading.If I told you that this was an Agatha Christie style murder mystery at a magical inn with guests from different I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishThis was one of two books I read at the same time, that I found difficult to finish because I was just so incredibly bored (the other one was Girl, Serpent, Thorn). Originally I thought that this may because we've just hit the Coronavirus epidemic, but after finishing the books I realised that they both have major issues that affected my reading.If I told you that this was an Agatha Christie style murder mystery at a magical inn with guests from different worlds, with fantasy creatures, this sounds exciting, yes? If I now tell you that this is a book about an inn with magical doors that leads to different worlds, but we never get to see those worlds, you now feel a little cheated, right?That was the problem I had with Havenfall. I am a Christie fan so I picked up on that vibe quickly and guessed who the Bad Guy was pretty much as soon as they turned up. That was, when we finally got past the 100 page constant infodump. The first third was rougher than a dog's backside with sandpaper taped onto it. I couldn't really enjoy the story because Maddie kept dragging me back to past events that I didn't really care about.So, what we have here is a confusing murder mystery, the most random hidden secrets ever that took so long to get to I no longer cared and a character that disappears for most of the book, makes a reappearance later on and really doesn't give a satisfactory answer as to why they vanished, except Plot Reasons.I would read the second book because God Damnit I want to finally visit those other worlds, if we ever do. If we do not, I'm giving the sequel 1 star and calling it a day.
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book Ive tried by the author and I couldnt connect to this one either. The writing is very good but I just didnt love the MC as much as I wanted to. This is the second book I’ve tried by the author and I couldn’t connect to this one either. The writing is very good but I just didn’t love the MC as much as I wanted to.
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  • Amybibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided with an ARC and finished copy of Havenfall, and to be a part of Bloomsbury's blog tour for this exciting new title! However this has in no way influenced my thoughts, my review is my own.Sara Holland's first duology Everless was my absolute favourites when I read it last year, so I could waste no time when it came to having Havenfall in my hands - I started this book with immense expectations.... and it was exactly what I wanted it to be!Maddie wants to become Innkeeper at the Inn I was provided with an ARC and finished copy of Havenfall, and to be a part of Bloomsbury's blog tour for this exciting new title! However this has in no way influenced my thoughts, my review is my own.Sara Holland's first duology Everless was my absolute favourites when I read it last year, so I could waste no time when it came to having Havenfall in my hands - I started this book with immense expectations.... and it was exactly what I wanted it to be!Maddie wants to become Innkeeper at the Inn of Havenfall, a role she has been yearning and learning for every summer for years from her uncle. The Inn acts as a gateway to the realms, only two now being accessible within Havenfall after the treaty made between Byrn, Fiordenkill and Haven (earth). Solaria was a part of that treaty too, but a feud between the worlds had their doorway shut off. Now they are seen as evil bloodthirsty beings that are able to shape-shift.Every year the most important of the realms come together at the Inn for a period of celebration and negotiation to ensure a repeat of Solaria's attack will never happen again.After only a few short days of being back at the Inn, Maddies uncle falls ill in a coma after a mysterious attack, not only that her maybe-boyfriend has disappeared and her keys have gone missing... everything now falls on Maddie to make sure the negotiations and meetings go ahead as planned and at the same time make sure no harm comes to the people in the Inn or worse, earth. Maddie soon realises that she is in over her head and her dream of inheriting the Inn at Havenfall isn't everything she thought it would be!Sarah is queen of duologies, but I am scared that only having two books to contain this story will leave a lot of unanswered questions, already we are introduced to the four main worlds in this young adult adventure but that being said there wasn't much world building along the way as humans are not able to survive in any other world but Haven. The potential this has to be an epic fantasy so large I am a little disappointed already knowing this wont be. “You have more happy memories than scary ones, don't you? Why give the scary ones so much space in your head?” I found the characters to be like-able but once again not massive amounts of character building, Sara gives you enough to leave you charmed but no real emotional attachment. For me there were two characters who I enjoyed reading the most: Taya & The Heiress. Taya nearly runs over Maddie on their way to Havenfall, immediately we are told she is lesbian and there is even a little touch of romance starting to bud between the two, but nothing too intense. I loved how mysterious she was and I always felt all along that she was up to no good but didn't think she was a deceitful character.The Heiress is a lady I aspire to be in the future! That old lady is full of sass and class, I literally love that nobody knows her actual name and just her nickname, I think she will have a great character arc in the next book.I adored this story so much all I want to do is visit the Inn at Havenfall myself, the idea of having adjoining realms fascinates me, there is so much I want Sara to give me with this world she has created now that I have been introduced to it. I can only hope we get to spend more time in Byrn, Fiordenkill and not forgetting Solaria! This was a perfect fantasy book to settle into your reading-nook with and be absorbed!4.5 stars
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  • anna ✩
    January 1, 1970
    WOW - 4 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this. Havenfall is a safe haven between four realms, one of which has been sealed closed in order to protect all the other 3 and maintain peace amongst them. Maddie is the niece of the current Haven Inn Innkeeper, the human responsible for ensuring peace between the realms and stability at Havenfall. Maddie aspires to be the Innkeeper - and this summer, she gets to. This is one of those fantasy novels thats just easy and fun to read. I WOW - 4 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this. Havenfall is a safe haven between four realms, one of which has been sealed closed in order to protect all the other 3 and maintain peace amongst them. Maddie is the niece of the current Haven Inn Innkeeper, the human responsible for ensuring peace between the realms and stability at Havenfall. Maddie aspires to be the Innkeeper - and this summer, she gets to. This is one of those fantasy novels that’s just easy and fun to read. I managed to guess a few of the plot twists that were coming, but some other parts kept me completely on the edge of my seat. Sara Holland creates in Havenfall a world that’s so unbelievably beautiful that it’s made me wish it was real, so I too could go spend a summer at the Havenfall Inn. This had all the elements of a fun well crafted fantasy with a slight touch of the who done it murder mystery trope. All the characters give you reasons to be suspicious of their actions and all the twists and turns the story takes will leave you feeling like you ant trust any of them. And that’s the beauty of it. I really recommend this book to any fans of light fantasy stories mixed with surprises and twists.
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  • ⠀annie⠀✧*ೃ༄
    January 1, 1970
    ⠀⠀✧ ° . ◦ *⠀┊ three and a half stars. ⠀for me, there is no question this book is 3.5 stars. to my understanding this will be a series and i will most likely continue with it. ( * i feel as if the majority of my gripes will not continue in the second book based on what has happened in this book). with that said, i rolled my eyes far too many times and swore this book wouldnt receive a rating higher than 3 stars for 75% of the novel. the last fourth of the book really saved it for me. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀✧ • ° . ◦ *⠀┊ three and a half stars. ⠀for me, there is no question this book is 3.5 stars. to my understanding this will be a series and i will most likely continue with it. ( * i feel as if the majority of my gripes will not continue in the second book based on what has happened in this book). with that said, i rolled my eyes far too many times and swore this book wouldn’t receive a rating higher than 3 stars for 75% of the novel. the last fourth of the book really saved it for me. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀and here’s why. . .⠀⠀⠀⠀❥ ┊ the beginning was extremely slow. i don’t mind if a novel takes a hot minute to get to the main story as long as what we are reading isn’t, well, boring and seemingly useless. if i hadn’t sat down with the intention of diving into the majority of the book, i’m not sure if i would have picked it back up. for what it’s worth, i’m glad i did. ⠀⠀⠀⠀❥ ┊ between the introduction to the adjacent worlds and our main character’s inner monologue, the repetition was honestly outrageous. obviously, world building takes time and inherently calls for redundancy but sara holland seemed to repeat the same bits of the world and magic systems. the main character repeated her trauma over and over, but hardly added anything to it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀❥ ┊ our main character’s inner monologue was borderline insufferable for the majority of this book. between moaning about her trauma, trust issues, and the guy she was in love with, it was a wonder she never had any friends! she didn’t strike me as the “i’m not like other girls” type, but she is still a “i’m different” type that you may find in fanfics. she refers to herself as a freak (because of the trauma that was entirely out of her hands) and uses her short hair as an example for that. let’s not talk about the doc martens and leggings every day (girl, i do it too. you aren’t special). ⠀⠀⠀⠀❥ ┊ i found some of this rather predicable. i don’t necessarily have a complaint with this, but any “twists” i saw dozens of pages before hand. i’ve also gotten used to how jkr implants hints throughout her books so i’ve been trained to look for important things, haha. ⠀⠀⠀⠀❥ ┊ the good news, kind of, is that there is lgbt+ rep in this. with that said, it was just there and never impacted the story—which is fine in some cases. sara holland, however, seemed to include subtle remarks hinting to sexuality every so often and then just left it. our main character is bi and we see her confess her feelings about a guy and occasionally flirting with a girl. this girl is a lesbian, a fact only given to us in sly hints. her uncle is gay and married to his partner but... if you read this... you will understand, lmao. i don’t knows, it almost came off as tweaking character’s sexuality for inclusion points. ⠀⠀⠀⠀❥ ┊ this was my march book of the month book so i solely went of the description that they provided. as a warning for other readers, this was a bit more frightening and thriller - like than i anticipated. it is no secret this novel deals with murder, but that wasn’t the scary part. this is partly on me because i didn’t think to look too far into the scare factor (mainly because i don’t care) but i was more “scary” than expected. ↠ botm hardback↠ 03.27.20 — 03.29.20↠ annotated? yes↠ readathon? n/a
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a sample copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.The sample copy of this book is great! The beginning gives a small amount if information as a build up to setting the scene for the story and I enjoyed what I read and will definitely read the rest of the book when I can get my hands on it.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously this might be my favorite cover of 2020! It's just stunning. And the book is fun and a very quick read, but readers should know what they are getting.Havenfall is a contemporary YA fantasy set in the mountains of Colorado. It would make a fantastic CW show and definitely feels targeted at teens (as opposed to more of a crossover story for a mixed audience). It's very fast-paced and surprising number of plot threads are pulled together in this relatively short book. There is teen angst Seriously this might be my favorite cover of 2020! It's just stunning. And the book is fun and a very quick read, but readers should know what they are getting.Havenfall is a contemporary YA fantasy set in the mountains of Colorado. It would make a fantastic CW show and definitely feels targeted at teens (as opposed to more of a crossover story for a mixed audience). It's very fast-paced and surprising number of plot threads are pulled together in this relatively short book. There is teen angst and recklessness, a sort of love triangle, shapeshifters, political intrigue, doors to other worlds, family secrets, and more. It's a good time, as long as you realize what you're getting. I suspect some readers have been hoping for a different sort of book and thus might be disappointed. This isn't a new favorite for me, but I did enjoy it.Maddie is the main character and she dreams of becoming the Havenfall Inkeeper (responsible for overseeing peace delegations between worlds) when her uncle retires. She is determined to prove herself capable, but things go very wrong. Maddie is kind of bland as a character, but she interacts with a lot of interesting side characters and the plot has a lot going on so this never lost my interest. One thing that could have been better is the queer elements of the book. Maddie is bisexual and has both a male and female love interest. However, while I bought the passion and romance with the male character, the female one read more like a friend. I think if you are going to try for a f/f romance plot, you need to go all in and make it feel believable. The highlight of the book for me was definitely the setting. Havenfall is beautifully described and feels like a magical place I would love to visit. The mythology and lore are interesting as well, although I was definitely left wanting to know more. Hopefully book 2 fleshes that out further. While this wasn't a perfect book, I really enjoyed my time with it and do plan to read on when the second of the duology is released. I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jenny Baker
    January 1, 1970
    It took me three days to read 58 pages. I've been off work those three days, so I should have been able to finish this book in one day. The premise sounds interesting and it could have been a fun read, but the storytelling is so damn boring. I just can't continue. Sorry. I really enjoyed Everless and Evermore, but this book does nothing for me. In those 58 pages, nothing happens. It's mostly worldbuilding with some info dumping and a few scenes with boring dialogue. If I had finished the book It took me three days to read 58 pages. I've been off work those three days, so I should have been able to finish this book in one day. The premise sounds interesting and it could have been a fun read, but the storytelling is so damn boring. I just can't continue. Sorry. I really enjoyed Everless and Evermore, but this book does nothing for me. In those 58 pages, nothing happens. It's mostly worldbuilding with some info dumping and a few scenes with boring dialogue. If I had finished the book and it didn't get better, I would have given it at most, two stars.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the sample from Netgalley and the publisher, thank you💕 A female lead, murder, magic, multiple worlds, portals and a snarky new girl in town - whats not to like?! Looking forward to its 2020 release date #Havenfall #NetGalley Loved the sample from Netgalley and the publisher, thank you💕 A female lead, murder, magic, multiple worlds, portals and a snarky new girl in town - what’s not to like?! Looking forward to its 2020 release date 🥰 #Havenfall #NetGalley
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  • Jackie ϟ Bookseller
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.3/5 stars: ★★★☆☆"The difference between monsters and people...is what we do."Havenfall is a neutral meeting point between different universes, shaped like a mountain hotel but with doors to other worlds beneath it. Maddie's uncle is the current "Innkeeper," and she longs to be the next in line and learn how to host the delegates that meet at Havenfall every summer to mingle, trade, and maintain I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.3/5 stars: ★★★☆☆"The difference between monsters and people...is what we do."Havenfall is a neutral meeting point between different universes, shaped like a mountain hotel but with doors to other worlds beneath it. Maddie's uncle is the current "Innkeeper," and she longs to be the next in line and learn how to host the delegates that meet at Havenfall every summer to mingle, trade, and maintain political alliances of peace between their worlds. But when a door to a previously-sealed world begins to open, a monster may have been released into Havenfall, threatening the safety and stability that everyone at Havenfall depends upon. Maddie suddenly faces the leadership she has long dreamt of, but feels overwhelmingly under-prepared as she must navigate intricate politics, cope after betrayal, protect Havenfall's guests, unravel a mystery of magical proportions, and face her childhood demons all at once.Magical doors to other places must be a trend right now. While I didn't adore this attempt at creating a story around the convergence of many of these doors, I did enjoy this interpretation to a certain degree, and I have hope that it will improve in following series installments, as the author dumped a lot on the reader to set up this vast and complex world.I'll post a more detailed review closer to the publication of this one, but overall, I liked it enough that I would recommend it to anyone who likes the concept of converging magical worlds, a fantastical hotel perched in the Colorado mountains, thrillers, twists, and multi-layered characters.
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  • Sanne ♔ (Sanne and the Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm hoping this book/series/whatever will be better than her Everless duology, because that one was downright boring, filled with excruciatingly lame clichés that would have been groundbreaking when Twilight was first published.
  • ThatBookGal
    January 1, 1970
    I adored the concept of Havenfall, it takes an inn, a feature of all great fantasy novel, and puts it right at the very heart of the story. I loved the unique idea of the doors to several realms being concealed there and was intrigued to know as much as possible about them. I was pretty sad that we didn't get to visit any of those other places, cold and icy Fiordenkill, hot and barren Bryn and the creepy unknown, Solaria. Having said that, there are a world of possibilities for the next book, I adored the concept of Havenfall, it takes an inn, a feature of all great fantasy novel, and puts it right at the very heart of the story. I loved the unique idea of the doors to several realms being concealed there and was intrigued to know as much as possible about them. I was pretty sad that we didn't get to visit any of those other places, cold and icy Fiordenkill, hot and barren Bryn and the creepy unknown, Solaria. Having said that, there are a world of possibilities for the next book, and I'm really excited to see if the story heads in one of their directions. Outside of the realms, the setting of the inn itself was just beautiful, with picturesque mountain views, a whole host of quirky patrons and eternally perfect weather. Where can I sign up for a permanent room?! Whilst this is predominately fantasy, there is also an underlying air of mystery throughout the book. There were so many questions, I needed answers to, and the slow reveal was wonderful. Unsure who to trust throughout most of the pages, everyone could easily have had ulterior motives. Although I enjoyed Everless, I definitely think Havenfall is better, and I can't recommend it enough to fans of contemporary fantasy. I've still got a few questions that need answers, and will be patiently waiting for news of book 2!! Full review here.
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