Book Review: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Title: Haven
Author: Mary Lindsey
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher - Thank You!
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance

"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.

I was completely intrigued by Haven when I first came across it. It looked like the book that I had been searching for to fill that gap that Twilight and the Shiver series had left. While it did help bring back some of those feelings, it didn't quite get where I was hoping that it would go, and not in a bad way.

Lindsey did a good job creating a unique story with werewolves. I hadn't heard this kind of tale before and I really enjoyed learning more. Not only did we have werewolves, but there were also witches and learning the dynamic between the two grew more and more fascinating as the book went on. I can't ignore the similarities to Twilight though. Just to name a few: Rain, the main character, moves to a small town to live with his aunt, who happens to be a cop. He applies to work at a hardware store. Mysterious people in town, especially the crowd that the girl he is crushing on hangs out around. He starts falling for her. She happens to be a werewolf who desperately tries to protect him from her world. Don't let the similarities deter you though, the more into the book I read, the more the book divulges and creates takes on a story of its own.

There's a good, solid ship in this book. Even if it is a bit inst-lovey. I enjoyed seeing Rain and Freddie developing into a couple throughout the book. I also enjoyed getting to know the other characters as well. The pack dynamics were unique and one of my favorites parts to read about. If you dig paranormal romances, then this one is going to be right up your alley.

I have to mentioned that I enjoyed the mystery suspense aspect to this story. I wasn't expecting it, as the blurb doesn't really mention it. But I liked guessing and trying to figure out exactly what was going on. It kind of has a Sookie Stackhouse vibe to it, in that way,  things start happening in a small Texas town and people are trying to figure out what's going on.

Overall, I would recommend this to you readers out there that enjoy paranormal romance. To those that loved Twilight, the Shiver series and even the Sookie Stackhouse series. If you're craving a unique mythological story with a suspenseful mystery twist, this is the book for you!


  1. Ooh nice! It's funny you mention that Twilight trope. I feel like that ones' been overdone even before Twilight. But I have to admit, it does a good job of setting up the story. Lol.

    I'm really excited for this one now! I bought it on a whim when I saw sooo many bloggers getting the lovely ARC box and I just thought, okay there's gotta be something good to this one! After reading the description I just kind of clicked the autobuy button before I gave it more thought! Seems like I made the right decision! Nice review!


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