Author: Mary Lindsey
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
“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.
As I was sitting down to write this review, it just struck me that male main characters in YA paranormal romances are few and far between (in my experience!), so props to Mary Lindsey for that. I can’t say that I would mind being in Freddie’s head for a while, though.
YA paranormal romance was my first true love, and I’ll forever have a soft spot for vampires, witches, werewolves, etc. Haven scratches that itch I have to return to the genre, and it scratches it well. There’s a certain darkness and grittiness to this story, so much so that the overall tone almost takes on a primal, or even feral feel, especially towards the end. Haven doesn’t shy away at all from the blood and the violence that comes with having a beast inside oneself. On that note, there’s some decently explicit content here and there, as the characters are older teens.
The beginning is a tad bit slow, but once things pick up about halfway through, you’ll be turning page after page trying to figure out just what’s happening in this town. I wouldn’t say the pacing is ever fast, as it’s a story that is best enjoyed thoroughly, or a tiny detail might be missed. As for the characters, my favorite character is probably Petra, even though she doesn’t get too much page time. Her sense of humor is extremely dark, and in line with my own. Trust me, you’ll like her.
Overall, I give Haven 4 out of 5 stars, and I recommend it to anyone who’s up for a bit of good old paranormal romance with a side of brutality and badass throwdowns.