December 09, 2017

#BookReview: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Number of Pages: 371
Fiction Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 
How I Acquired this book: Publisher
Time it took to read: DNF
Overall rating: 
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About the Book:
"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. 

(Former title: Hide from Me.)

About the Author: Mary Lindsey is an award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. She loves to connect with readers and can be found at and on Twitter at @MaryL_MarissaC.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I had really high hopes for this one but it fell short of all my expectations. Especially for role reversals (gender swaps) 

Check out author's other books or related books? YES, I love her other books! 

Recommend this book? Not unless you like the "alpha male" trope. 

Notes and Opinions: I really really wanted to read this from start to finish! But I am sorry to say that didn't happen at all.  I started this book yesterday (yes way behind in reading) and I ended up DNFing it around page 68. While writing up this review I even took a look at other's reviews and found, even more, of a reason to DNF this one.  This one starts out with two guys Moth and our MC Rain. Saving some girl from a skinhead. Which was fine it was a great way to start a book. Showing us that Rain is very protective of those that are weaker and in bad situations.  But after that, we get some internal monologue about how he is bigger and hotter. Well, that was just a little off-putting. This book seeps male hormones like they are free for grabs and that made this book just not for me.  I did keep at it until almost page 70 though as I wanted to love it. But I just couldn't. 

This Beauty and the Beast retelling with the genders somewhat swapped just wasn't for me. One part of the book when I was skimming to see what happened really turned me off for good. 

*in one part of the book as Freddie is trying to leave Rain grabs her hand and places it on his crotch without her consent to show her that he wants her.*


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