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Havenfall BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED FANTASY WORLDRating this book took me a while, because there were things I liked and things I disliked and I couldn t figure out which weighed the most for me So, in the end, I settled for a 3 star rating WHAT I LIKED Universe Havenfall is the neutral passageway between the different world, where Earth is one of them I really liked this concept, this idea, and I felt like it was well crafted and thought out world with a rich history, that I look forward to getting into BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED FANTASY WORLDRating this book took me a while, because there were things I liked and things I disliked and I couldn t figure out which weighed the most for me So, in the end, I settled for a 3 star rating WHAT I LIKED Universe Havenfall is the neutral passageway between the different world, where Earth is one of them I really liked this concept, this idea, and I felt like it was well crafted and thought out world with a rich history, that I look forward to getting intoin the next book.Maddie Our female lead, Maddie, was a relatable and sympathetic protagonist She was insecure and vulnerable, which I really enjoyed She felt real WHAT I DIDN T LIKE Plot The plot was large and had many tangents all over the place in my view, too many It made the story feel busy and messy Luckily, it all came together in the end, but the getting there was rough.Twist There were some major plot twists in this book that were probably supposed to be real shockers However, they were not, they were so transparent ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I love the cover, this one and the author s Everless duo Reading this book, one thing stuck out was the constant reminder of Maddie s unhappiness that resulted from what happened with her brother She seems to have a lack of confidence, at Havenfall and even less at home in Sterling The love was pre existing so there wasn t any flirts or banters I don t enjoy following Maddie s thoughts so much so I feel the narrative was lengthy With these characteristics to start the story out, I become le I love the cover, this one and the author s Everless duo Reading this book, one thing stuck out was the constant reminder of Maddie s unhappiness that resulted from what happened with her brother She seems to have a lack of confidence, at Havenfall and even less at home in Sterling The love was pre existing so there wasn t any flirts or banters I don t enjoy following Maddie s thoughts so much so I feel the narrative was lengthy With these characteristics to start the story out, I become less invested in the book Also, Brekken was surprised by the horses this summer even though he came to Havenfall every summer for the past 10 years That just doesn t make sense This book started with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Marcus as he read an age old book promising to keep everyone safe as a new portal keeper The start of the book also summarizes each of the 4 realms and its characteristics, where one of four is the enemy Then the story began, told in the first person point of view following Madeline aka Maddie, 16 She is Marcus niece and has been spending her summer at Havenfall, earth is one out of the 4 realms since she was 6 and is aiming to inherit the Inn Marcus has been running The Inn has access to all 3 realms and has a bit of magic where the rest of earth doesn t The start of summer already go wrong when her uncle fall unconscious and someone is dead Havenfall is a diversity book where the main character is a bi and her uncle is gay I like the mystery of the missing keys and its consequences I love the twists at the end with Nate, Maddie s friends, and the villain Havenfall and the mirror lake sounds pretty especially on top of the mountain One thing I realized is the nice twist to this ya fantasy where this book is a murder mystery If you are looking for a book that gives the test of a big responsibility to someone who wants it but have little confidence to handling it, then this book is for you I rate it 3.5 stars xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com fordetails Many thanks to Bloomsbury for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest 3.5 stars I found Sara Holland s debut Everless a very good kind of surprising It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time While I didn t fall in love with the heroine, I thought she had it in her to BE a heroine and that is something that kept me wanting to readabout her This is a completely new series set in a completely new world and a whole new set of distinct protagonists and antagonists The storyline is not recycled The writing is elegant The ch 3.5 stars I found Sara Holland s debut Everless a very good kind of surprising It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time While I didn t fall in love with the heroine, I thought she had it in her to BE a heroine and that is something that kept me wanting to readabout her This is a completely new series set in a completely new world and a whole new set of distinct protagonists and antagonists The storyline is not recycled The writing is elegant The characters are adequately three dimensional with a back story for each I found the idea of a haven between various worlds intriguing But the pacing is so slow We know the author has something planned for the world building in the future After all, why would she introduce us to the worlds if not to get us excited about them Unfortunately, we do not get to explore them like we get to explore Havenfall through the eyes of Maddie, the innkeeper s niece Because of that, I feel like this first book islike a prequel than an actual first tome Thankfully, there is a semblance of a storyline with action sequences even if this book contains too much talking and too many descriptions for its own good Moreover, there are lots of twists and turns thrown in and you will not see them coming I sure like that Sara Holland did not wait until the final ten pages to shock us with them Instead, they are spread around pretty evenly so it makes for a compelling story even if the pacing really is slow Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin This is one of those fun, light fantasies that are so good to devour over a lazy weekend I m noticing a lot of portal fantasy cropping up recently and I m here for it This also had such cozy feelings of home and familyplus, you know, monsters and multiverses threatening to break and magical conspiracy theories All the good stuff.things to look forward to in this book magical inn that s the intersection of 4 worlds Maddie is queer Maybe bi and three other pivotal characters are gay to This is one of those fun, light fantasies that are so good to devour over a lazy weekend I m noticing a lot of portal fantasy cropping up recently and I m here for it This also had such cozy feelings of home and familyplus, you know, monsters and multiverses threatening to break and magical conspiracy theories All the good stuff.things to look forward to in this book magical inn that s the intersection of 4 worlds Maddie is queer Maybe bi and three other pivotal characters are gay too lots of being attached to a building which is 3 3 relatable monsters who just want to be left alone flamboyant old ladies who wear dramatic clothes and declare they re writing a book me in the future SECRETS Maddie going from I want to run the family inn business to I am stressed and can t do math within 2 days which is, quite frankly, relatable the world I think the premise of this book is the standout It s about this inn called Havenfall, which is basically where 4 worlds connect Byrn, Fiordenkill, Solaria, and earth Solaria has been blocked off because it s full of monsters who murder people But the other three are all buddy buddies and at certain times of the year the inn is busting with people making trades and alliances and doing multiverse meetings Maddie s uncle runs the place but it s her dream to inherit it.Of course, everything goes wrong She has a lot of PTSD from her brother being murdered when they were kids, and this fated summer she comes to work at the inn is when the dreaded door of Solaria gets cracked open It almost goes into one of those closed house murder mysteries like Westing Game etc where everyone goes into lockdown in this magical inn, and they re all MAGICAL PEOPLE Monsters are roaming The staff keeps being eaten Who is to blame.It also really reminded me of A Curse So Dark and Lonely and Every Heart a Doorway and The Ten Thousand Doors of January So if you re fond of those, you ll probably click with this It also felt nicely like younger YA There s murder and such, but it was all very off page and just didn t feel super dark at all characters Maddie narrates and she s pretty nice She s very stressed as a lot of the weight of the inn falls into her lap during this crisis not her choice and her maybe boyfriend vanishes, and there s a cute mysterious butch lesbian girl we love Taya and her gay uncles are not functioning, and oh myyyyy can we talk about The Heiress Who literally goes by THE HEIRESS And is just this enigmatic flamboyant old lady who wears a cloak and is writing a mysterious book and just, I mean I love her Whole book about her thank u.There s also very little romance, which was refreshing.I didn t feel I got to really know the characters though The book is short, the emphasis is on the plot and magic system It s set over a few days, so it s mainly just rushing from event to event, which is fine I liked the book how it was But I couldn t tell you Maddie s personality overall This was a fun light fantasy read, the kind you whip through and get engaged in wanting answers about the mystery It s crying for a sequel too, and I m very intrigued to know what ll happen next with those truth bombs it hurled at us at the end.Havenfall might be dangerous, but I am equal to it I m part of it I belong here,than anywhere else I said once long ago whilst reading the sampler that if the hot motorbike girl Taya wasn t the love interest, I would be politely demanding answers because there were strong sapphic vibes So it is with great delight I can confirm that yes, she is totally a love interest along with some handsome guy okay, there might be a love triangle in future but you cannot deny that the heroine harbours some major crush on her and later books have a high possibility of f f In addition, YES, the heroine is I said once long ago whilst reading the sampler that if the hot motorbike girl Taya wasn t the love interest, I would be politely demanding answers because there were strong sapphic vibes So it is with great delight I can confirm that yes, she is totally a love interest along with some handsome guy okay, there might be a love triangle in future but you cannot deny that the heroine harbours some major crush on her and later books have a high possibility of f f In addition, YES, the heroine is a short haired, Doc Martens wearing bisexual This book serves LGBTQ rep in a very casual, nonchalant way Perhaps this can be attributed to the marketing, as it was never marketed outright as LGBTQ which seems to be the Bloomsbury way, as no one realised Priory was f f until reviewers mentioned it But genuinely one line Taya says is Girls are so distracting, don t you think Okay, look, I have to make this clear I would lay down my life for Taya, the hot motorbike girl with massive gay energy Besides my new obsession with Taya, HAVENFALL has lovely scene setting The idea of an inn in these beautiful, scenic mountains had me drooling I loved the different worlds and hope we get to seeof them, and I really enjoyed the plot The villain, similarly, was really good He actually gave me Darkling vibes he s mysterious, enigmatic, incredibly powerful and clearly knows how to manipulate people But he s not a love interest so there s nothing like Alarkling, guys, sorry.HAVENFALL works really well as an opening novel, luring readers into the wider world I am very very invested in book two and dearly want to know what s going to happen next asap I can t believe it s only going to be a duology, though It feels like it has the potential for a trilogy or even longer, I ll be honest And I d be up for that, because it s the most engaging and original YA novel I ve read in a while I m glad someone s finally done the magical inn on the borders between worlds idea finally tbh I loved the characters and I didn t see changes in the plot coming from a mile away bar one It s not gothic, though In the early marketing materials the PW acquisitions release, the word gothic was used and that got me really excited But there is fantasy, murder and mountains so it s all good, really 4.2 stars things I really like the gothic genre the fantasy genre murder mountains things I really need this freaking book Blog Instagram TwitterB N Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine Havenfall combines two of my guiltiest reading pleasures, fantasy and mystery, to deliver the story about a girl tasked with the job of overlooking a safe house between magical worlds during a time of strife In theory, the story could be exciting humans and two of the fantastical worlds that have an alliance come together once a year to celebrate and discuss matters o Blog Instagram TwitterBN Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine Havenfall combines two of my guiltiest reading pleasures, fantasy and mystery, to deliver the story about a girl tasked with the job of overlooking a safe house between magical worlds during a time of strife In theory, the story could be exciting humans and two of the fantastical worlds that have an alliance come together once a year to celebrate and discuss matters of their worlds so that they may continue to live in accord The innkeeper, our lead s uncle, is usually the one who oversees everything But after the door to one of the other worlds opens again, which has been sealed for years due to a war that broke out where lives were lost, death comes knocking again and the innkeeper is left unconscious and unable to continue overseeing his duties Enter Maddie, who has dreamed her whole life of having this role, feels that this is what she has been working for, and while nervous, believes herself to be ready to face whatever Haven needs in order to keep others safe.It s an entertaining read, and I greatly enjoyed the mystery reveals that occurred But the story fell flat for me While it aspires to be rousing, it doesn t reach that potential The whole thing delivered just a little monotonously, and I felt that most of the characters were sorely underdeveloped save for Maddie and maybe Taya, to some extent One of the elements that I always delight in, especially in fantasy novels, is the antagonist There is so much room in this genre to make the bad guy anything you want him her to be The Silver Prince fell so short Not only do we only see him a handful of times, but we never get to know him What motivates him and moves him, other than the need to take over the keep and reign Why does he want this We re not given enough information, and while a handful of his actions are imposing enough, and he manages to brainwash Maddie fairly easily, the strength that he could have as a being is just not there.Maddie is very believable in the doubt that she has in herself to do her job as innkeeper She knows nothing of what needs doing and has no problems reaching out to others for help She does have a ridiculously easy gift of trusting the wrong people, however, and keeps mentioning this throughout It s almost as if she tells the audience Most people I trust lie to me, here, let me show you, while it continues to occur again and again It s repetitive Almost everyone in this book has something to hide, and a secret to reveal It happens so often that we keep doubting whoever appears next in the novel It s fantastic for what the author accomplishes as far as the story s mystery, and yet it s so ironic that our lead doesn t seem to catch up.While there is a clear love triangle playing out between Maddie, Brekken and Taya, I was so glad to not see the usual stereotypical tug of war that tends to happen Love triangles are one of my least favorite tropes in stories, because usually they re overdone Sara Holland wrote it well, showing the intense attraction that is to be expected between Maddie and Brekken with the years that they ve known each other and the bond that has been growing between them since they were children, as opposed to her newly developed closeness toward Taya Havenfall itself I definitely got the sense of the town, and it did as Maddie points out at one point in the story feel like an old western type of world in which to live It s still charming, well run down, full of vegetation and woods nearby It does a really nice job of conveying how isolated the keep is to the rest of town and how suspicious and full of gossip others are about the place The ending, as I have been reading too often with books lately, came far too swiftly and easily There is going to be a second book, surely, especially with the way that Havenfall closes But we could have taken a little longer to see the conclusion of this one develop and play out More time, overall, was needed with this book to expand 1.5 This book had a really interesting set up and the first 50 pages I was kind of intriguedbut I found the rest just didn t deliver There wasn t much world building and it was difficult to empathise with the characters There was a romance which I don t think added anything to the plot As well as a MC who was frustrating and naive made stupid choices consistently.Overall I just didn t enjoy this one with most things making me eye roll. to everyone who s ever felt like they don t have a place the summaryHavenfall follows Maddie Morrow, a teenage girl who helps her uncle at an inn every summer The inn, Havenfall, is a meeting point for people from four different realms to congregateThe centre of everything, the heart A home for people from all the worlds The inn is Maddie s safe space, away from her troubles at home, and she hopes to one day take over from her uncle as innkeeper But one day, a door to a previously sealedto everyone who s ever felt like they don t have a place the summaryHavenfall follows Maddie Morrow, a teenage girl who helps her uncle at an inn every summer The inn, Havenfall, is a meeting point for people from four different realms to congregateThe centre of everything, the heart A home for people from all the worlds The inn is Maddie s safe space, away from her troubles at home, and she hopes to one day take over from her uncle as innkeeper But one day, a door to a previously sealed world cracks and a monster may have been unleashed The peace shatters, and Maddie is thrust into the forefront of political intricacies, allegiances, betrayal and a murder mystery the atmosphereby far one of my favourite parts about this book was the atmosphere and world building The inn is found amongst the misty mountains of Colorado, and the setting allowed the story to be filled with an air of mystery and magic From the moment I opened the first page, I was transported to Havenfall, and felt like one of the delegates living in the inn I love stories about doors and other worlds It may sound odd, but take The Ten Thousand Doors of January as an example There is something nostalgic and whimsical about travelling to different realms, and Havenfall really captured that feeling for me I loved the idea of one world we were introduced to in particular Fiordenkill A world of ethereal icy beauty, auroras and stars So, I was a little disappointed when teased with these mentions of magical worlds that we never got to explore them Compared to the beauty and allure of Fiordenkill, boring old earth just couldn t hold my interest I wasn t as invested in Maddie s human problems because I was just itching to hear mentions of the other lands the charactersThe characters were where the story started to fall a little flat for me Because Maddie has been coming to Havenfall for years, she already has pre existing relationships with the delegates, such as her childhood best friend Brekken Because of that, we don t get to see much development, we are just told about their past Maddie herself was probably the weakest character to me Despite this story being largely told through her own internal dialogue, I didn t feel like I knew her that well I wasintrigued by other characters, like Brekken, Taya and the prince from Byrn That being said, I really appreciated the diversity in this book We see people from all different worlds, so it makes sense that they will not all act or look like we do We even have an LGBT love interest at the forefront the mysteryThis book felt quite Agatha Christie in the idea that all of them are trapped in an enclosed space, and a killer is amongst them I really liked the intrigue that came from the almost claustrophobic setting, and was constantly theorising about who it was A few plot twists were thrown at us throughout the book, and some were quite predictable However, while I was fixated one plot point that seemed obvious, something else would fall through the cracks that I would miss and be shocked at the verdictA slow moving, atmospheric fantasy Havenfall was an intriguing first book of the series I am really excited to see how the follow up builds upon the plot and characters, as this story has potential to evolve into something larger 3.5 stars thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with a finished copy of this book Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p.55 This was kind of intolerable and read like self insertion fic Maddie was such a Mary Sue When I was a teenager, it was really popular on Quizilla for people to write about characters who had these totally messed up home lives who were then spirited away to this alternate world or dimension where they were the chosen one and of course there was a really hot guy Well, this book has all of that Maddie s uncle is the owner o Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p.55 This was kind of intolerable and read like self insertion fic Maddie was such a Mary Sue When I was a teenager, it was really popular on Quizilla for people to write about characters who had these totally messed up home lives who were then spirited away to this alternate world or dimension where they were the chosen one and of course there was a really hot guy Well, this book has all of that Maddie s uncle is the owner of this hotel in Colorado that s a way station for a magical world Maddie goes there without telling her father because she needs to escape from her life and the fact that her mother is on death row Oh, and of course the hot faerie guy she likes hangs out around there, too.WHAT A SHOCK Here s the thing even though the writing is okay, the story telling is not This author annoys me for the same reasons authors like Emily A Duncan, Sarah J Maas, and Maggie Stiefvater annoy me If you like those authors, you might like this But if you re tired of Basic Girl YA and the formulaic tropeyness that seems to be a rule in fantasy WELL.If you want to read a better story about a magic hotel that serves as a fantasy way station, read Ilona Andrews s Sweep series And if you want to read a better chosen girl story about a hapless girl from our world who ends up in a dark and interesting fantasy world of the author s own design, read Clive Barker s Abarat Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 1 star A Safe Haven Between Four Realms And The Girl Sworn To Protect It At Any CostHidden Deep In The Mountains Of Colorado Lies The Inn At Havenfall, A Sanctuary That Connects Ancient Worlds Each With Its Own Magic For Generations, The Inn Has Protected All Who Seek Refuge Within Its Walls, And Any Who Disrupt The Peace Can Never ReturnFor Maddie Morrow, Summers At The Inn Are Than A Chance To Experience This Magic Firsthand Havenfall Is An Escape From Reality, Where Her Mother Sits On Death Row Accused Of Murdering Maddie S Brother It S Where Maddie Fell In Love With Handsome Fiorden Soldier Brekken And It S Where One Day She Hopes To Inherit The Role Of Innkeeper From Her Beloved UncleBut This Summer, The Impossible Happens A Dead Body Is Found, Shattering Everything The Inn Stands For With Brekken Missing, Her Uncle Gravely Injured, And A Dangerous Creature On The Loose, Maddie Suddenly Finds Herself Responsible For The Safety Of Everyone In Havenfall She Ll Do Anything To Uncover The Truth, Even If It Means Working Together With An Alluring New Staffer, Taya, Who Seems To Know Than She S Letting On As Dark Secrets Are Revealed About The Inn Itself, One Thing Becomes Clear To Maddie No One Can Be Trusted, And No One Is SafeBestselling Author Sara Holland Pulls Readers Into An Enchanting World Where Both Power And Peril Lurk Behind Every Door


About the Author: Sara Holland

Sara Holland grew up in small town Minnesota among hundreds of books She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing These days, she can be found exploring the city s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream EVERLESS is her debut novel.


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