Haven by Mary Lindsey (2017)
-eARC Review-


YA Fiction | Paranormal Thriller
4 Stars

“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.”

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Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy to review!

We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.

Okay wow yeah I admit it, a paranormal novel has finally managed to impress me. I mean, every once in a while they do but for whatever reason I always seem to pick up the duds so I get pretty excited when I do find a good paranormal novel. And this was definitely one.

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 between others.

I really enjoyed this book. Like, I was surprised because I’ve grown pretty skeptical of paranormal books but this one grabbed my interest and held it. Of course there’s a period of time at the beginning of the story where the small town is kind of odd and Rain just tries to figure out his life there, but of course eventually clues and threats start sprinkling around him until at last the beasts are revealed. In a town ruled by a witch coven and a werewolf pack (and surrounded by blissfully unaware humans) Rain has to watch his step and look over his shoulder as the enemies keep shifting around him.

So although it’s a massive shock to Rain to find out Freddie’s big secret, it wasn’t too surprising when I found out because it felt a bit obvious. But of course it’s obvious as an outsider/reader who has read the plot description, seen teasers, casually scrolled through Goodreads, picked up on the clues in the story, and the simple fact that this book is categorized as a paranormal story. The whole existence of the paranormal is not the mystery of this story; it’s a simple fact that must be dealt with to get on with the real meat of the mystery.

With murders, odd characters, secret files, blurry alliances, and suspicious players at every turn, the stakes continually increase for Rain as he has to quickly learn how to navigate this forbidden world. As a human he should be dead just for knowing of their existence, but he’s been selected, and for more than one reason. But for Rain his only reason for sticking around is Freddie.

Freddie is pretty cool. She’s tough and strong and smart but she’s also loyal and kind and good. She also happens to be one of the leaders (once she turns 18 anyway). Technically Rain is the leading character in this book but Freddie plays just as big a role (and way more than as just some love interest).

I actually really liked how the main character was a guy because it’s so overdone to have some big macho mysterious dude and then some sweet but tough girl who stumbles into his dark and unnatural world but is attracted to his danger and charm etc. You get where I’m going. It’s been done in almost every book ever haha. Well in this one Rain is tough because he was raised on the streets in the city, but Freddie is just as fierce and in her crazy world Rain is a bit out of his depth (at first). In fact reading this story through Rain’s eyes was like reading a typical paranormal romance except that this time it was the girl with the dark and dangerous secrets. Also there was a lot more action, intrigue, and thrill than just, you know, kissing and moony eyes.

Every character crafted in this story has a part to play and they all felt dynamic and real. I really loved how they all were involved in the plot and how the plot evolved. It was like for every two steps forwards you fell one step back. There was always more secrets to uncover, more characters to unmask, more threats to riddle… Overall it was just so well written.

So I can’t speak for everyone but I gotta say that this book impressed me. I loved reading it and one of the best parts is that it’s a standalone! A STANDALONE. This book is one fantastic package of character development, mystery, murder, mayhem, love, supernatural, and intrigue wrapped up in one single book! No need to drag this out for a never-ending series, not even a trilogy. Nope, now I have a great book I can grab when in the mood for a paranormal story that won’t take me ages to finish. (I mean, she can always write more books with these characters of course but as for the main mystery of this particular plot it’s solved and wrapped up nicely by the final page). Definitely keep an eye out for this one!


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Meet Mary Lindsey!


Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

(Also writes under the pseudonym Marissa Clarke)

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