Haven by Mary Lindsey

Haven by Mary LindseyHaven by Mary Lindsey
Format: Kindle
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 7th 2017
Genres: YA
Pages: 371
Source: NetGalley
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"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.)

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I was really surprised by Haven. I went into the book not knowing what it was really about, but that it involved werewolves. I wasn’t expecting the grittiness, romance, and suspense that Haven delivered though.

Aaron “Rain” Ryland comes from a life on the streets with his drug and alcohol addicted mother. When his mother fatally succumbs to her addiction he is sent to live with an Aunt he didn’t even know existed in a small town, very unlike the streets of Houston he is used to. A hard city kid is sure to be safe out in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of country bumpkins, right? *insert maniacal laugh*

I won’t delve into the plot any more than that because I think the reason I so thoroughly enjoyed this book was because of the twists and reveals I experienced while reading.

What I can tell you: This book is full of strong and fully developed characters, lots of romance (and less “fade to black” sex scenes, but still YA appropriate), plot twists, suspense, and of course: werewolves and magic. 


‘Weregirl’ by C.D. Bell

This was my very first physical ARC I ever received as a book blogger (check out my post here). The anticipation of reading the book was burning into me, but I already had a few others lined up so I had to wait on this one. I was afraid the hype (that I built up to myself) would ruin the book, but I was not disappointed. More on that below 🙂

Title: Weregirl

Author: C.D. Bell

Genre:  Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Mystery

Format: Hardcover

Description (Source: GoodReads):

Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.


Overall Assessment:
This book drew me in from the very first chapter. This is not your typical angsty teenager tale, rife with love triangles and insecure teenage girls. ‘Weregirl’ is also a fresh take on the legend of werewolves, and integrates Native American folklore into the story. ‘Weregirl’ contains very light romance, but nothing graphic or exaggerated. The story is very much focused on the main character and her adventure into becoming a wolf. A fun read, overall.



My First Paper Book ARC

My original title for this was ‘Popping My Paper Book ARC Cherry’, but for a YA book I thought it might too much. meh, oh well. 

I have reviewed several ARC books that were in e-book format, but today I opened up my mailbox to this beautiful thing:


Isn’t that cover great?

Title: Weregirl

Author: C.D. Bell

Available for purchase now on Amazon.

I am sooooo grateful and excited to dive into this book! I will post a review once I have read it!


UPDATE: I have read and reviewed this book. Click here to read it!