Haven (War of the Princes #1)
Outside the safety of her homeland’s borders, Katelyn meets Rune, a young soldier who will die w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Beautifully written, yes, but this is not a beautiful ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
BUT.. the heart of the story, which happens in a war-torn steampunk-medieval magical world, is absolutel ...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more
Series: The War of the Princes (#1)
Author: AR Ivanovich
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
Great world building and good characters make “Haven” a must-read book!
*This book was kindly sent to me via NetGalley by Alloy Entertainment*
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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.