Haven

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...

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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Alyssa

    This book was excellent! I'm so glad Entangled introduced the book to me. I would have missed it and that would have been a shame (and I would have never known)!

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    Haven by Mary Lindsey

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Publication Date: November 7, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

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

    Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s us

    This book was excellent! I'm so glad Entangled introduced the book to me. I would have missed it and that would have been a shame (and I would have never known)!

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    Haven by Mary Lindsey

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    Publication Date: November 7, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    "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.

    What I Liked:

    It's been a while since I read a YA paranormal romance novel, and an even longer while since I read a YA shifter type of paranormal. In the last few months alone, I've read a few of them - two of which are published by Entangled Teen. Black Bird of the Gallows and Haven are two of Entangled's biggest titles, and I can definitely see why. Both were excellent. Haven was intense, dark, and sexy, and I couldn't read it fast enough.

    When Rain Ryland's mother dies unexpectedly, he has no one and nowhere to go. Or so he thought - but as it would turn out, he has an aunt in a small town called New Wurzburg, and she has offered to take him in. Aunt Ruby is sweet and loving and everything Rain never had in a mother. But New Wurzburg is... strange. Eerie shadows lurk in the dark, and nothing seems to add up when it comes to Friederike Burkhart and her bizarre family. Rain doesn't know what is going on, but he intends to find out - especially when the town has plans for him. Trouble has always followed Rain, but this kind of trouble is the kind that could end his life.

    This book is told from the third-person perspective of Rain. It's so rare that YA books are told exclusively from the perspective of the male protagonist, and I found it very refreshing. I love third-person narratives, and a third-person male narrative was so interesting to read from.

    I liked Rain from the start. He seemed like a troubled kid, running the streets and getting into trouble. But when he moves to New Wurzburg, he tries to better, to not worry his aunt. But both he and his aunt are ignorant to what really goes on in New Wurzburg. Rain is a good guy with a lion's heart. He immediately jumped to Freddie's defense without even knowing her. He was always taking up for her, wanting to stand up for her, wanting to protect her. He knew she could handle herself, but he wanted her to know that he stood behind and with her. He's protective and loyal, but also cognizant of Freddie's personality and her role and being.

    Freddie is tough as nails, and a total alpha female. She is so kickbutt and fierce, and she goes after what she wants. I liked her a lot. She isn't the type of alpha female to lord herself over rain and drag him around. I like that both characters were alpha types, but they were both respectful of each other and neither of them tried to control the other or assert their will over the other. I loved Freddie's confidence and her assertiveness.

    Rain and Freddie really work as a couple. They immediately hit it off and have such great chemistry from the start. That chemistry spills over and they end up having some steamy times together. The chemistry is great, and so is the romance. Rain and Freddie fall for each other as the book goes on, against Freddie's wishes (she thought she would be protecting him if she left him alone. But of course she couldn't leave him alone!). I really liked the romance - it was passionate and steamy and intense, and very well-written.

    The first half of this book is slightly creepy! We as readers are reading from Rain's POV and we have no idea what's going on because he has no idea what is going on. The slow reveal of information is so well-written, and really hooked him. I couldn't stop reading if I tried, because I had to know the what's and the why's and whatnot.

    The paranormal aspect of the book involves werewolves and Weavers, people with spell-casting abilities. It was really cool to understand, as information was slowly revealed. I would definitely say that this isn't your typical YA shifter paranormal romance. There is a lot of politics at work, with Freddie being set to inherit the Alpha position of the pack, but a lot of contention and dissatisfaction brewing in the midst. On top of all of that, there is a huge mystery going on, which takes some creepy and chilling turns. This is a paranormal romance novel, but it's also a mystery novel, and there are tiny pieces of horror (not enough to label this as a "horror" novel. This book had my heart pounding throughout many chapters, and my pulse racing in other chapters. At no point was I bored or in danger of not finishing; this was a book that demanded my attention and kept me hooked until the very last page.

    It was so hard to tell who were the "bad guys" and who were the "good guys", because the author had a great way of making characters seem bad but end up being good, and vice versa. You can't trust anyone in the town! Freddie's cousins are trouble, as are their fathers... or are there? Who is on Freddie's side? Is Freddie trustworthy? Seriously, the author had me questioning everyone.

    The ending is a very good one, which was lovely! After all of the dark craziness that happened in the book, I was happy to see a HEA. I love how the author ties everything together, from Rain's parents, to his friend Moth, to the murder of Freddie's father, to the pack politics. The end is very wrapped up and airtight, which I like. Standalones are wonderful things!

    What I Did Not Like:

    I can't think of anything specific that I didn't like. I'm not giving this one five stars (you all know how particular I am with a five-star rating) but I really enjoyed the book regardless.

    Would I Recommend It:

    Any fan of YA paranormal romance would enjoy this book! Years ago, I read a ton of YA novels with vampires, or werewolves, or other types of shifters, and I got sick of those paranormal novels really quickly. Years later, I'm dipping my toes back into the YA paranormal world and I must say, I'm loving what I'm reading so far. Haven is a really excellent YA paranormal novel with a fantastic murder mystery. Another Entangled book that is YA paranormal romance that I'd totally recommend is Black Bird of the Gallows. Super great book, one of my favorites of the year!

    Rating:

    4 stars. Haven was new to me up until a few weeks ago, when I saw it on Goodreads. It has loose references to Beauty & the Beast, with the tagline being "Sometimes Beauty is the Beast...", and I thought that was pretty neat. I am very thankful to Entangled for sending me a review copy of this book! It's like they read my mind. I will definitely be looking out for Entangled's big titles publishing in the future!

  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    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!

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    Honestly it was so angsty that I giggled a bit so I think I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons, but that's me. Talented at being terrible. Anyway the gist of it is a bunch of alpha males, paranormal screamings, and actually quite a lot of blood and murder. Nice.

    • Heya there's nothing quite as soothing as the cliche of a small town FILLED WITH CREEPY PSYCHO PARANORMAL THINGS

    • I do like werewolves ok so this works for me

    • I liked the gend

    Honestly it was so angsty that I giggled a bit so I think I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons, but that's me. Talented at being terrible. Anyway the gist of it is a bunch of alpha males, paranormal screamings, and actually quite a lot of blood and murder. Nice.

    • Heya there's nothing quite as soothing as the cliche of a small town FILLED WITH CREEPY PSYCHO PARANORMAL THINGS

    • I do like werewolves ok so this works for me

    • I liked the gender-swap of this! It's the boy-from-the-outside meets the paranormal-snappy-girl and I totally am here for that.

    • I mean boy POVs are rare so I do enjoy them a lot.

    • Rain (who is actually a boy) is equal parts heckin' annoying with his alpha-male-showdown going on, but he's also a bit cute and endearing and I was glad he was having a good life finally.

    • I mean apart from all the murder

    • lmao sorry Rain this is not a good life

    • THERE'S A LOT OF MURDER

    • it was funny but not because it was humours but because it was so angsty so I giggled

    • I'm a terrible person

    • I should go

    • I do actually freaking hate reading about Super Masculine Guys. I mean Rain is basically like "I WILL SAVE YOU BECAUSE YOU NEED ME" while Freddie is like "lmao please leave me alone".

    • Also Rain x Freddie basically went from "hi" to "let's have make out and have sex in a cave" very very fast

    • Should there not a be a rule of, you should give each other gifts of food before gifts of saliva???

    • IDK it seems like a good idea

    • Also there was so many characters I haven't a clue who was who for half the book

    • It was pretty cliche (even if it was kind of in an endearing way)

    • Rain pretty much had the emotional range of a toaster.

    • Everyone running about cryptically and being creepy was pretty tiring. I mean, Rain, it's 2017 surely you have heard of Twilight and are ready for this.

    Lots of blood and murder always help things along. And I love the whole "beast within" plot lines. They are fun. I mostly found everyone's personalities to be a bit of a flat pancake but pancakes can be delicious. And when Rain says: "I'LL DIE FOR YOU!" Freddie just says, "COULD YOU NOT BE SO EXTRA, M8" so I love her.

  • 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

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