Haven by Mary Lindsey

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...

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Haven Reviews

  • Victoria Scott

    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.

  • Mary Lindsey

    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.

  • Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble)

    It definitely leaned heavily on the mystery side, and we started out just as clueless as Rain Ryland. When Rain arrived in the little town of New Wurzburg, to live with his Aunt Ruby, he realized that something felt off. And as Rain started school, met his Aunt's coworkers and even got a job, things

    It definitely leaned heavily on the mystery side, and we started out just as clueless as Rain Ryland. When Rain arrived in the little town of New Wurzburg, to live with his Aunt Ruby, he realized that something felt off. And as Rain started school, met his Aunt's coworkers and even got a job, things become even more confusing. While little clues appeared here and there, Rain became more than determined to get to the bottom of whatever was going on in New Wurzburg.

    Rain was by far my favorite thing about this book. You know I'm a sucker for a tortured soul, and with his history of a hard life and being raised on the streets, it drew me right into him. Rain wasn't expecting much in this little town, but moving in with his Aunt Ruby was the new start he desperately needed. He slowly started to make connections, find hope and even some happiness. And

    And when Rain first met Friederike Burkhart, I loved how he saw her.

    And while Freddie was intense, tough and struggled with her father's recent passing,

    But I still loved watching him fall in love with her. And I loved even more how Rain vowed to protect Freddie, when he learned that her life was on the line. Sigh, Rain was beyond amazing. I desperately wanted to love and be obsessed with everything that he was, yet I wasn't. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you connect to Freddie and the romance much better than I did!

    But I still had a lot of fun reading Haven despite my inability to connect to Freddie or the romance. So

    After finishing Haven I picked up Shattered Souls by this author, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I completely connect with that duology!

    PS I loved Petra! She's a girl who is hmmm yeah I'm not going to tell you that lol. But she was by far my favorite secondary character and I wish I got to spend more time with her!

  • Sabrina

    Checkout my full review on my blog!

    Also, checkout my interview with the author here!

    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

    Checkout my full review on my blog!

    Also, checkout my interview with the author here!

    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.

  • Beth

    Rain is in for a few shocks. He had more family, outside his mother who recently passed away. That his aunt, his mother’s identical, twin wants custody of him. That he is overwhelming welcome back to his mother’s hometown, when he and his mother had been living homeless on the streets. And the biggest shock is his connection to an unusual girl that sits in the front of the class at his new school.

    Rain’s meeting with Fred, Friederike, was life-changing. He immediately knew something was different

    Rain is in for a few shocks. He had more family, outside his mother who recently passed away. That his aunt, his mother’s identical, twin wants custody of him. That he is overwhelming welcome back to his mother’s hometown, when he and his mother had been living homeless on the streets. And the biggest shock is his connection to an unusual girl that sits in the front of the class at his new school.

    Rain’s meeting with Fred, Friederike, was life-changing. He immediately knew something was different about her, but when he finds out what’s really going on, not just his and Fred’s lives are at stake.

    is not your typical young adult read. If you are more conservative, you might want to take a pass because it does contain sex.

    That being said, I was hooked. Mary Lindsey wove an intricate tale of intrigue, plot twist and a love story that was destined to happen. Be ready to get your pulse pounding because the telling is action- intense and suspense-filled, accented by some machinations that will leave you reeling.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication November 7, 2017.

    My Rating: 5 stars

    Written by: Mary Lindsey

    Series: Haven (Book 1)

    Hardcover: 400 pages

    Publisher: Entangled: Teen

    Publication Date: November 7, 2017

    ISBN-10: 1633758834

    ISBN-13: 978-1633758834

    Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance

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  • Carrie

    Aaron "Rain" Ryland had to grow up tough to survive life on the streets in the city with his mother. Nicknamed Rain early on after his mother said that Rain was the dark cloud that followed her in life Rain never expected to amount to much or succeed in life. When Rain's mother passes away suddenly however Rain thinks he's been left all alone until a court orders him to head to the small town of New Wurzburg to

    Aaron "Rain" Ryland had to grow up tough to survive life on the streets in the city with his mother. Nicknamed Rain early on after his mother said that Rain was the dark cloud that followed her in life Rain never expected to amount to much or succeed in life. When Rain's mother passes away suddenly however Rain thinks he's been left all alone until a court orders him to head to the small town of New Wurzburg to live with an aunt Rain never knew existed.

    After arriving in New Wurzburg Rain finds himself drawn to a group of kids that seem to be on the outside of the rest of the students in school or more specifically Rain is drawn to Friederike Burkhart. There is just something different about Freddie, the tough as nails leader of the group of outsiders, that grabs Rain's attention. Freddie tries to warn Rain that danger surrounds her but Rain has never backed down from a challenge a day in his life and he's not about to start now but he never expected that a whole new world would be found in this little town.

    Haven by Mary Lindsey is a young adult fantasy read that would best be described as a bit of Beauty and the Beast meets Twilight with a gender swapping tale that breaks all of the genre molds. Gone is the story featuring a weak female that needs to be saved replaced with a street smart and tough male lead that doesn't back down from anything.

    The story begins a lot like Twilight in the fact that the main character gets sent to this supernatural town to live with an aunt that is a cop. But quickly a reader finds that Rain is nothing like the timid Bella and Freddie is nothing like the sparkly vampire in the fact that there is a beast lurking inside of her.

    There was a whole hidden world to discover within the pages of Haven that was rather well done with giving the town it's own unique take of the tales that we have known. The town is full of Watchers and Weavers which are other names for what most would call werewolves and witches with mentions of the world containing vampires and zombies to add to the layers of world building. With all the rules of this unique world slowly built throughout the story it certainly became quite fascinating to learn about.

    The plot within this book was also unique to those it's compared to in other ways beside the main character being a tough male lead. Once a reader is introduced to the dark world hiding in the small town the author also infused a murder mystery into the story along with the politics of this world. A lot of different unique supporting characters and details of the world are brought in to keep the pages turning until the very end.

    When finished reading Haven I'd rate this one at 4.5 stars and it certainly became a book that I'd recommend checking out for the young adult fantasy fans. I would warn though that this does contain sexual situations so it may not be suitable for the younger readers.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher.

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  • Candace Robinson

    Come the freak on. This was baby Twilight but with only werewolves. Which is fine, but by the cover and summary, I was expecting pure viciousness! I needed more darkness! 🖤

  • Dianne

    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.

    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, 2017

    Genre: YA Paranormal Suspense

    Print Length: 400 pages

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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    We've all heard the

    story in some format or another, but in

    , Beauty

    the beast. When Rain's mother passes away, he's taken in by his aunt in Haven, a small town with a big past and even bigger secrets. He thinks his life's finally going to get peaceful and quiet for once, until he falls for Freddie, a girl who's a lot scarier than she seems.

    I really wanted to love this book

    We've all heard the

    story in some format or another, but in

    , Beauty

    the beast. When Rain's mother passes away, he's taken in by his aunt in Haven, a small town with a big past and even bigger secrets. He thinks his life's finally going to get peaceful and quiet for once, until he falls for Freddie, a girl who's a lot scarier than she seems.

    I really wanted to love this book. I thought it was such a unique take on the classic story of "girl falls in love with a beast" by swapping the gender roles, and I was totally here for the idea of what I expected to be a full role reversal, where the new guy in town was going to be some sort of fairly helpless, lost thing, while the girl would be some sort of wickedly strong and impressive mythical creature who would sweep him off his feet and save him from the woes of her world.

    Instead, from the very first chapter, Rain is

    with macho charisma. He's over six feet tall, built like a linebacker, and can win any fight, thanks to his years on the streets. He oozes masculinity, isn't deterred by anything, and - most notably - he's a totally typical sex-crazed teen.

    If the

    is up your alley, this might be the perfect YA version of that for you, but I found myself cringing every other time he opened his mouth, and

    he had any sort of internal monologue about Freddie. He can't look at the girl for more than ten seconds without becoming aroused, and he

    oversteps serious consent boundaries - in one scene, as she is

    he literally

    to show her that he wants her.

    (Coincidentally, that scene was the point where I stopped caring at all about this book or these characters.)

    Meanwhile, Freddie, who's supposed to be this terrifying, fierce, beastly young woman... is typically reduced to a sad, moody, and almost-equally-sex-crazed girl whenever she's alone with Rain, which just further kind of ruined the hopes I had for these characters.

    As far as the plot itself goes, there isn't much I can say that won't spoil the story, but at the same time, it's all incredibly predictable and full of tropes and cliches that any reader of the paranormal romance genre will see coming a mile away.

    All in all, there isn't really anything good I can say for

    experience reading this story, but I'm still giving it two stars because I do think that this book has its audience - it's just not me, and I would hope it's not any impressionable young girls who might read this and think these are healthy behaviors for teen boys in their lives.

    violence, death, mentions of drug addictions

  • Kim

    Haven is definitely going down as one of my favorite YA novels of 2017. It’s a unique take on werewolf, witches, and vampire lore, that hands down, beats anything else out there! By turns, lushly romantic and dark and gritty, the story has the air of a Grimms fairytale, only set in a small Texas town. Everything about this is just sheer perfection, from the incredible characters to the amazing world-building.

    I could keep gushing about Haven all day, but I’m going to end by saying older teens an

    Haven is definitely going down as one of my favorite YA novels of 2017. It’s a unique take on werewolf, witches, and vampire lore, that hands down, beats anything else out there! By turns, lushly romantic and dark and gritty, the story has the air of a Grimms fairytale, only set in a small Texas town. Everything about this is just sheer perfection, from the incredible characters to the amazing world-building.

    I could keep gushing about Haven all day, but I’m going to end by saying older teens and adults who like these genres are going to fall in love with this book. I’m hoping this is only the first installment in a future series, because I need MORE!

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