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Haven (War of the Princes #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,955 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
From missing socks to missing people, nothing could remain hidden from seventeen year-old Katelyn Kestrel for long, but after locating a forbidden passage out of her isolated country, Haven, she discovers for the first time that there are some things that should never be found.

Outside the safety of her homeland’s borders, Katelyn meets Rune, a young soldier who will die w
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Published May 26th 2011
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Jan 20, 2013 Sasha rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
There were some things I liked about this book and some things I didn't. Let me start off with the good.

The world building was excellent. I liked the premise, I liked the Outside world, and I liked the Abilities, the Commanders, and the Dragoons. It was all very imaginative and gripping. The world had so much potential. But.

I got very very annoyed with the main character, Katelyn. To put it frankly, she was a stupid, selfish bitch. There were several scenes where she repeatedly accused Rune, (th
*** 4/4/16 Kindle Daily Deal $1.99.

I see there were earlier versions of this book. If there were any issues with those versions I certainly don't see them in the version I read, which was released in January 2016.

I found this story imaginative, interesting, well written and well paced.

Haven Valley is a large area of various towns surrounded by "impenetrable mountains". It's a peaceful and crime free society that has been isolated for seven hundred years after, "Our forebears demolished the tunn
Jun 07, 2012 Maribeth rated it it was amazing
Here's my problem. Ivanovich and this book deserve an amazing, articulate, raving review. 'Haven' deserves a recommendation that measures up to the superb writing skills of Ivanovich. I am most definitely not the person to provide this. I just don't have the gift for expressing my thoughts on paper. So let my review begin with a sincere apology for not being able to do justice to such a beautifully written story and incredibly talented author.

Beautifully written, yes, but this is not a beautiful
Sep 15, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
One of the best YA books I've read in recent memory, especially for 99 cents.

1) Amazing world-building
2) Likable heroine who is not without real flaws
3) Nice little romance that is *secondary* to the rest of the book and not overwrought
4) Functional writing. Some people don't like this, but prose that isn't overly flowery and ridiculous is very refreshing in newer YA.

1) The first few chapters are agonizing! "So like, we went to school, and OMG my ex-boyfriend was soooo mean, and ugggg
May 14, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I am always a bit wary about reading young adult books without many reviews. There are a lot of bad ones, even among the more popular. This book was excellent, and I was surprised that it hasn't received more attention. The first 20 pages or so felt a bit thin, but things picked up quite a bit after that. The pacing was excellent and I had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed the characters and thought the plot was unique enough to be fun. The romance was understated and the dynamics between ...more
4.5 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book. Wow. This is the kind of book that keeps you turning the page, not wanting to put it down, saying ‘just one more chapter!’ only to get to the end and need to dive into the next book ASAP. That is Haven.

Katelyn Kestrel is the heroine of this series. Seventeen years old and a bit of a rebel, Katelyn doesn’t just accept the way things are, she questions them. Growing up in Haven, an isolated kingdom/c
Jun 19, 2013 Tara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this in late 2012, and it was one of the best debut novel that I have read last year. Oh my goodness! I thought it was neat how this part of the world, Haven Valley is separated from the outside world. It was very unique and well thought out. The fact that the outside world is somehow set.. way back then, was very cool. It's like they were stuck in time, while Haven Valley was way in the future. Loved this book, right next to Angelfall. :) I am looking forward to the sequel, A.R. Ivanovic ...more
It's been a long while since I've read a story that is essentially bookended by boredom-inducing chapters. The time our protagonist spends within the peaceful land she and the rest of her countrymen are sheltered in (which is named Haven, heh, get it?!) is a bit of a snoozefest, and cringeworthy at times when dealing with adolescent issues of "omg my ex-boyfriend is here, what a bummer", etc.

BUT.. the heart of the story, which happens in a war-torn steampunk-medieval magical world, is absolutel
Jacqueline (Fall In Love With The Sound of Words)
holy moley I saw that ending coming but wasn't prepared for it. Excited for book 2!

I just adored this book. I really enjoyed reading it and I am really excited to move on to book 2.
Most novels, especially in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, move a little slowly in the beginning; especially the first book in a series. You need to get to know the world and the characters. However, A.R. Ivanovich’s first book in the War of Princess series was not slow at all! I didn’t find it dragging on in parts, and I was n
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
DNF 36% review coming soon
Little Paper Rose Reviews
Sep 09, 2012 Little Paper Rose Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: kick-ass
- Review taken from my YA book blog Little Paper Rose


'Haven' was a lovely surprise of a story - it had magnificent and imaginable world-building, memorable characters, and a great storyline.

I loved how the story started off with only a couple of chapters of an "intro" (where we get to see how Katelyn's life - a quite normal one - is like in school and with friends) before she sets off one night to look for a way out of the walls of Haven, something that hasn't been done in seven-hundred yea
Laura Greenwood

Title: Haven
Series: The War of the Princes (#1)
Author: AR Ivanovich
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 26th May 2013
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): From missing socks to missing people, nothing could remain hidden from seventeen year-old Katelyn Kestrel for long, but after locating a forbidden passage out of her isolated country, Haven, she discovers for the
For hundreds of years, the peaceful country of Haven has remained isolated from the rest of the world. But for adventurous seventeen-year-old Katelyn Kestrel, Haven’s calm has always been a little, well, boring. She can’t help but wonder what lay outside Haven’s seemingly impassible borders, but no one will talk about the mysterious catastrophic event that separated Haven from the outside world. Katelyn has a strange knack for finding things, and when she miraculously finds a passage into the ou ...more
Mara Silva

I received Haven by A.R Ivanovich on NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Haven was a very interesting and fast paced read. The description drew me in immediately and i was intrigued, that's why i requested it.

Haven is a country isolated by mountains, where everything could almost be considered perfect. No one commits crimes, everyone is peaceful and, weirdly enough, no one dares to wonder or question what's behind those mountains. Except our main character, Katelyn Kestrel.

One day, she ve

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Haven is definitely a book I did not expect.

I chose this book randomly and without really thinking that much about the summary (I always do that). What I found was a really ok book. No, I wasn't going to say good book.

Haven is about Katelyn Kestrel, a citizen of Haven Valley, where a person has to have a matching first letter name with their last name, thus, Katelyn Kestrel. Katelyn is bored with the ordinary life of Haven and she longs to be free to roam the broader world beyond the valley bord
Curly Carla Celebrity Readers

First off, can I say I liked the other cover better.

This book was so gloriously awesome I don’t know how I have never heard of this author before. This book is classified as steampunk and while it has elements of that sub-genre, it wasn’t the main focus of the book like other steampunk’s I have read before. I would classify this book as being a dual genre for that reason.

But it was glorious! From the world building to the abilities everyone had, the differ
Diesel Reads Books
Jan 16, 2016 Diesel Reads Books rated it it was ok
This book had strong potential, it had a strong base story line. However it’s deliverance was it’s down fall.
The characters are run of the mill stereotypical YA characters. Protagonist with a victim complex, silent moody boy, obligatory douche bag love triangle add in, twirly mustache bad guy.
There is also a crap tonne of unnecessary story line and detail. So much so that without it, the book would be a 100 pages shorter. The first few chapters are babble, page filler in an attempt to get the b
Lenore Kosinski
4.5 stars -- OK, that was a fun ride. Seriously, so much more than I was expecting. First, I LOVED Katelyn's voice....she could be just absolutely HILARIOUS. She is such a strong, spirited girl, but with a fabulous self-deprecating and witty sense of humour. I actually really enjoyed her friends in Rivermarch too, and would love to see more of Kyle and Ruby.

Then there's Rune. I mean, there really wasn't *that* much of him in the book, but he was just so....conflicting and heartbreaking and adora
Read this review and more on my blog.

I received a free copy of Haven for my honest opinion.

Have you ever had the urge to go places that you were never aloud to visit? Ever thought that the world is bigger than it seems? For Katelyn Kestrel, life in Haven is boring. She has always wondered why they were never aloud to leave the safety of the mountains to see what else was out their. It turns out that there is a very good reason for that.

Katelyn manages to find a way out of the mountains that cont
Ashley Leonard
Jun 24, 2013 Ashley Leonard rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-dystopian
Honestly a pretty decent read. It was really hard to get into at first because of the way the author expresses Katelyn's (and at time other characters') voice. It really got to me. It seemed so cheesy and fake and it not only turned me off of the story but caused disbelief in the world she created.
But I hung in there and learned to overlook the pointless rambling thoughts and comments of Miss Kestrel and really started to buy into the plot. And I'm glad I did.
The world that was created is uniq
Apr 15, 2013 Jennie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one which is hopefully going to be released soon. Ivanovich creates an interesting world that continuously piqued my curiosity. She unfolds her worlds in a similar way to peeling an onion. Once you understand a layer, another one is exposed and deeper you go into the chaos. At first I was irritated with the narration, but then I remembered that this is told from a 17 year old girl's perspective. Of course she is not going to be ...more
Nov 07, 2016 Nicole added it
Shelves: fantasy

I really enjoyed this book...took me about 15% to really start to love it...but once I did, my passion for the story never waned. It was exciting, adventurous, mysterious, romantic (at times) and very clever! I loved this book...and I highly recommend it. I read it in just two sittings:) The heroine was absolutely fantastic.
Oh and I how I LOVE Rune! I need book two to come out soon...please! The writing was excellent!

One of my favorite passages:

I felt an odd sense of peace. I was going to die.
Jan 09, 2016 Jackie rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I know I am late after its release about 5 years ago but I was on NetGalley and the moment I saw this book I was intrigued. I can safely say, I made a great decision about requesting this book. Admittedly, after reading the synopsis, the book started out too slow for me but then it kept getting better. I thought the concept of Abilities and social hierarchy in the outside world was fascinating. I really like this boo
M. Kircher
Jul 26, 2013 M. Kircher rated it really liked it
A really good book. First and foremost, it's good writing. In a sea of sub-par YA novels, this one stands out because the author really knows how to write. The characters are likable and the Steampunk elements flow well into the story. There is good flow, suspense, and resolution. Definitely read this book.
Jan 05, 2016 SerialReader rated it it was amazing
One of the most engaging story I’ve ever read. Magically written, the author's flowing style was easy to read and kept me glued to the pages.
Great world building and good characters make “Haven” a must-read book!

*This book was kindly sent to me via NetGalley by Alloy Entertainment*
Feb 27, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 3.5

So it started of rocky but really progressed for the better and by the end I was really liking this book.

Full review to come.
Michelle [Helen Geek]
May 12, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] marked it as to-read
Shelves: free, tbr-kindle
Free on Amazon 05/12/2012.
Jan 06, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
First found on [a cup of tea and an armful of books]

Katelyn Kestrel has always had a knack for finding missing things. All she needs to do is think about what she wants to find, and her gut tells her where to go.When she decides that she wants to check out the forbidden outside world, it’s not difficult to find. A quick look and then she’ll return to the idyllic Haven with a tale of a secret adventure. Unfortunately, Katelyn quickly finds out that there was a reason that access out of Haven was
Nov 15, 2012 Daphne rated it it was ok
So so so much potential! I loved the idea of Dragoons, Margraves, Commanders, and Princes. People who have magical powers ranging from levitating items to controlling the elements. Yes please! It was a concept that I'd never seen portrayed this way before, and one I was so excited to learn about! However, I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I hoped I would.

Basically, Haven tells the story of Katelyn Kestrel, a seventeen year old girl, who's curious by nature and has a knack for finding wh
Jan 26, 2013 Yoon-Ji rated it really liked it

"Haven" has been on my to-read list for a long while now, and I'm so glad to have finally gotten around to reading it! Admittedly, I'd expected the book to be a full-blown fantasy novel, the type where they have names that are hard to pronounce and horses and magic and so on, so when I read that there were sandwiches and ferris wheels, I was a little caught off guard. Nonetheless, Ms. Ivanovich takes her readers on a wild, crazy journey in a steampunk world.

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A. R. IVANOVICH enjoys being swallowed by forests, sleeping on lakes, and watching the sky. Her passion for writing is accompanied by a love of video games, painting, horseback riding and the subtle craft of nacho-making. A. R. regularly encourages those around her to follow their dreams no matter the obstacles, because, as she can attest, the rewards are more than worth the effort. She was raised ...more
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