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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

REVIEW: Haven by Mary Lindsey @entangledteen @MaryL_MarissaC

by Mary Lindsey
Entangled Teen


Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for this copy!

"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.

My Review:

I went into this book with a little trepidation.  Teen romance, werewolves, witches, pack mentality, men having issues with a woman coming into power.. yada yada yada.  I was expecting the usual YA fluff that you get.  But hell, I do have a deep love for this genre and was hoping it was done in a way that kept my interest.  Well, I got that and a WHOLE LOT MORE!

The beginning was typical in itself - kid from the wrong side of the tracks gets taken in by his aunt.  Goes to school, is the odd guy out (he's totally used to this), get enamored with the tough girl in class... the other guys are protective of her.. and then it gets weird.  Weird in a good way. 

This definitely ended up being a bit darker than I had expected and the last 40% had me not wanting to do anything else but read.  On the subway ride home, I actually ended up gasping out loud during a fight scene, which elicited a few weird looks from those around me (sorry, not sorry).

The only thing I didn't care for too much were the sex scenes and some of the dialogue that came with it.  Just my own preference and the only thing that kept me from a five star rating for this book.  However, as the book progressed so did my engagement with each of the characters.  Rain and Freddie are adorable together, whether I want to admit it or not.  And this is the second book ever where there's been a character named Moth.  😊  

In a nutshell, I have to say I was thoroughly entertained and by the end of the book had fallen in love with it.  Hey Mary, are we going to be seeing more of them?  I certainly hope so.  I'll definitely be checking out more work by this author.

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