July 21, 2021

#BookReview: Haven (Haven #1) by Mary Lindsey

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: 1 Star
My Review: 
I had really high hopes for this one but it fell short of all my expectations. Especially for role reversals (gender swaps)  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.


Booksellers Best Award Finalist
Golden Quill Award Finalist 2018
Dear Author Recommended Read

"An exquisitely written tale featuring a noble, hopeful protagonist who finds his true love." Kirkus Reviews

"Dangerous, dark and a definite page turner.  Mary Lindsey rocks this book."- C.C. Hunter, NYT bestselling author of the Shadow Falls Series

"A smoking hot hero and spine-chilling mystery = total win." -  Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Lux Series

"This electrifying tale will take you on an unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shape shifters. Romance, adventure, and magic! Lindsey leaves you breathless and wanting more." - Adriana Mather, #1 NYT bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch

"This is not your mama's paranormal! Sexy, dark and intense. Unputdownable!" - Sophie Jordan, NYT bestselling author of Firelight 

"Lindsey writes a hero with fire and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers' hearts. Don't blink for a moment." - Victoria Scott, author of Fire & Flood

"Gripping and grittyHaven had me glued to the pages from beginning to end! Rain is the best kind of hero -- tough, sexy, sweet, loyal. He charges through this action-packed tale that had me tearing up more than once, and I was perfectly happy to follow!" - Pintip Dunn, NYT bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow.
"An utterly gritty and satisfying resurrection of the monster genre.Rain is an intense narrator and you won't know whether to scream or swoon. Haven is an instant classic!- Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire 
"Darkly compelling and deliciously chilling, Haven hooks you from the first line and never lets up. Gritty, spine-tingling, and full of nail-biting tension." - Amalie Howard, author of Bloodspell
"Dark, different, sexy, and edge-of-your-seat intense." - Shawna Stringer, bookseller 

From the Author

Want to read more from Mary Lindsey?
Check out her other titles: 

The Souls Series 
A young adult paranormal series centered on Speakers, who help the dead find closure for issues that keep them earth-bound.
  • Shattered Souls (Lenzi and Alden)
  • Fragile Spirits (Vivienne and Paul)
Ashes on the Waves
A dark gothic reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "Annabel Lee."
  • Ashes on the Waves (Anna and Liam) 
Haven Series 
This upper YA/NA story follows a community of current day shifters and spell weavers whose ancestors fled persecution during the Wurzburg and Bamberg witch trials of the 1600's. 
  • Haven (Friederike and Rain)
  • Havoc (Friederike and Rain) November 2018
Connect with Mary Lindsey
Website: marylindsey.com
Twitter: twitter.com/MaryL_MarissaC (@MaryL_MarissaC)
Facebook: facebook.com/mary.lindsey.54

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