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Haven (The Willows #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  442 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
When tragedy strikes, seventeen year-old Ashton Blake sets out on a cross-country road trip, leaving the comforts of Malibu for the mountains of Kentucky. Along the way, she encounters Gabe Willoughby—the mysterious drifter with eyes like the sea and a knowing smile. Getting to know Gabe raises questions about her past. But no secret can be buried forever, and Ashton soon ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 327 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Raven Key Press (first published September 13th 2011)
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Sep 23, 2011 Giselle rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
This wasn't really a book for me. I just couldn't get into it. There were a lot of inconsistencies and confusion around the plot. I read 70% and skimmed the rest. I just wanted to get it over with, but I hate to leave books unfinished.

Ahston, a 17 year old, just got the news that her father died from a heart-attack. She goes on a road trip to get to his funeral and comes upon a handsome guy who accompanies her and eventually tells her that she's not who/what she thinks she is.

The premise is wh
Jul 07, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to read an advanced review copy of Haven. I loved where this story was going that I finished it in one day. I only do that with books I REALLY get into. I was immediately taken by surprise when the female main character, Ash, has an altercation with her boyfriend. I knew this story was going to run the gamut of emotions from the initial scene and set up. Collier is definitely a character driven writer, which is fantastic for this character driven reader.

The story slowly unfold
Lucy Swing
Oct 18, 2011 Lucy Swing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Wow. WOW. Wo-wa-wee-wa WOW.
Yes, that is EXACTLY how I feel right now. I had family over my house this weekend and it was impossible to be on the computer when I was never at home. Lucky for me, I was able to read the entire book on my phone. I could not put it down and I got a dozen dirty looks from my mom which was all very much worth it.
I am the type of person that either gets sucked into a book on the first page and am not able to put it down, or I don’t get into it at all. Sometimes it can b
I'm not sure I know what to say about this book. It started off promising then slowly delved into WTF-ville and ended in complete and utter bullshit. But that may be a bit harsh. I could swear there are sentences missing, aside from the punctuation and words omitted. But damn, can anything in this story make sense? Ash completely and without any questions accepted her newfound heritage with a shrug. The whole love thing in three days, I won't really complain about, but it was unbelievable. Actua ...more
Sylvain Reynard
Oct 09, 2011 Sylvain Reynard rated it really liked it
I liked this book and I think others will like it too. The author takes an ancient mythology and weaves it into the life of a teenage girl who, at the beginning of the story, has just suffered a devastating loss. The heroine begins her quest with a road trip and danger (and the hero) soon find her.

The characters were likeable, the villains distasteful, but most fascinating was the myth itself and the world the author created. That was my favourite part of the story. Many of my questions (and th
Wendy Darling
Jul 16, 2011 Wendy Darling marked it as to-read
I just can't seem to resist an underwater cover...
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
There are so many sharp turns in this book, my brain feels like it has whiplash. This book keeps you guessing. There were some things that I could see coming, but others took my by surprise.

Ashton leaves a party for her 18th birthday suddenly. She receives a call telling her that her father has passed away. From that point on she is chased by strange men, helped by a young man who she instantly feels a connection with, and betrayed by those who supposedly love her.

She is pulled into a world that
Jul 20, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-e-book
First off I would like to Thank Hope for letting me read an advanced copy of The Willows!! I started reading it this morning and could not put it down till I was finished. The Willows: Haven is such an Amazing story something new and fresh not the same ole stuff you read all the time. Ashton is an awesome heroine and I can't wait to see how her character develops in the books to come! I found myself screaming Noooo on several occasions in this book and I couldn't help but to fall in love with Ga ...more
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
Sep 11, 2011 Missy (Two Readers Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me start off by talking about the amazing cover. From first glance I thought that it was absolutely beautiful! I have a thing for water covers. After reading the book I can’t tell you just how fitting the cover really is. It is perfect!

The story follows Ashton who, after finding out about a death in the family, heads out on a road trip. In the beginning of the book I was slightly indifferent to Ashton. She seemed slightly selfish, but as the story progresses you learn a lot about why she is
Keren Hughes
Nov 19, 2011 Keren Hughes rated it it was amazing
First of all, may I just say WOW. This book set my heart and soul on fire and even though the book has ended, the flames still haven't been extinguished.

I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful style of Hope Collier's writing and the unique characters she created. This is certainly one story that will stay with me long beyond the last page. I cannot wait to read the next book whenever that may be released.

So the question I hear being asked is, why? Why do I feel this way?
Well it's tough to
Apr 11, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
The Willows: Haven, as the colon suggests, is the first book of a paranormal romance series featuring a spoiled heiress, Ashton, who finds a soulmate in Gabe Willoughby, a wandering nymph. Yes, nymph, as in the Greek sense. Specifically the naiad variety. Needless to say, he's charming as Hell when the devil wants something.

First I will say that I liked The Willows. The writing flowed well, and the plot revealed its secrets in timely enough fashion to keep me engaged from beginning to end. The c
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 16, 2011 Joy (joyous reads) rated it it was ok
Shelves: indie
This book started out great for me. The air of mystery surrounding the beginning of this novel left me anxious and filled with uncontainable eagerness to devour it in one sitting. I’ve read quite a lot of books and I’ve always found that the set up for the story is usually the yard stick that measures how much it will keep me at attention. And for the first quarter of the book, I was positively excited to find out more.

Unfortunately, the pacing of this book sputtered that I soon found myself di
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The Willows: Haven is very different. I have not read anything in this genre before...I won't tell you the genre of paranormal it is because well, it's a secret! You'll have to read it for yourself sorry haha! The beginning is great! I loved it! It was a mystery so you HAD to keep reading! Then she meets Gabe and it all goes greater! Like I said, loved the beginning definitely kept me interested! Then it started going off the deep end
Sep 25, 2011 L_manning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ashton has been a loner for a while. Her father was distant, and her mother is no longer living. Ashton is soon escaping it all. While on the road she meets Gabe, a handsome young man she is instantly drawn too. Gabe seems to know things about Ashton, and she soon finds herself in a world that she could not have possibly imagined. Ashton discovers she is a pawn in a long standing conflict, and she's not interested. Between this, new relationships, and new discoveries about herself, Ashton will h ...more
Trisha Wolfe
Sep 20, 2011 Trisha Wolfe rated it it was amazing
Hope Collier has created an amazing fantasy world, rich with description and awesome characters. The Willows: Haven is an epic tale centered around mythology that has yet to be explored in the YA market. Gabe is a hottie. That's all I can about him. And though I'm a Team Kyle girl myself, Gabe and Ash def bring the steamy. Ash is a girl I connected with right away. She's tough, and even though at first she's a bit spoiled, her transformation through the story is evident. Love this girl. If you'r ...more
Victoria Scott
Oct 04, 2011 Victoria Scott rated it it was amazing
My favorite part of reading HAVEN was Collier's ability to set the scene. She has a way of making you hyper-feel every moment and lose your sense of reality in the process. This unique story is wrapped beautifully around mythology in a way I haven't seen before, and the leading chicka, Ashline, could easily be one of my favorite characters in YA with her tough determination and (let's be honest), her kick-arse name. HAVEN also has the perfect amount of action to romance ratio, a must for any gre ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Tamara rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read it in two days, it was so great! Hope sure can write believable and loveable characters, face them with challenges and throw in a great plot. Every page of this novel was exciting and wonderful. Plus, the scenes with Gabe are so beautifly written I made ooh and aah noises a lot ;). I even found myself screaming no! once. This book has great balance, great story, it's fresh and new, the guys are ^^ and I definatelly recommend it to everyone who love YA. I loved the endin ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Louisa rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and it was really good, and I just liked reading it! The characters were great, and I'm glad that 1 relationship didn't work out!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Where oh Where do I get this book? I so want to read it!!!!!!!!!!
Alison Hess
Aug 13, 2011 Alison Hess rated it it was amazing
Hope has created an enchanting world, and I found myself floating along with Ashton and Gabe as they got to know each other. Our main character, Ashton, is struggling with the death of her father when she meets Gabe, a motorcycle-riding mystery man. I wondered about this handsome stranger from the moment he appeared, and his complicated history made him one of my favorite characters. The attraction between Ashton and Gabe is well-written and sweet, and it left me wanting more time for them to be ...more
Stacey O'Neale
Jan 29, 2012 Stacey O'Neale rated it really liked it
This review was completed by Amanda Harbin, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.

I was thoroughly impressed with Hope Collier’s debut YA novel. I have been following Hope’s blog for the past year or so, so I was aware that she is a talented writer capable of producing thoughtful musings. Yet I was still surprised when I was unable to put down my Kindle while reading Willows. To be sure there were things about the novel that I did not particularly care for, but all in all they were minor issu
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
This book is amazing! The author has the most beautiful way of writing that just captures you. It was really hard to put this book down. I really like that Collier does not give you every information right away, she really knows how to keep your interest. When Collier writes I can almost feel what the characters feel, and that to me is really good writing!

I love Ashton and Gabe, the characters in this book, and the tension between them is so well written you feel you can almost touch it. Ashton
Sep 06, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it
This story is very intriguing, the reader may even finish it in one day. The main character, Ashton, will become like a friend to the reader. The reader will be able to anticipate Ashton's thoughts and actions; the author makes the characters very likable and easy to relate to. Ashton's life goes from nice and normal to complicated in a single evening. She learns her father has died, runs into several men who chase her, a young man who is a bit of an enigma, and constant betrayal. The reader wil ...more
Rachel Harris
Sep 28, 2011 Rachel Harris rated it it was amazing
Hope Collier’s YA Debut, THE WILLOWS: HAVEN is filled with things to love. A unique paranormal premise, an endearing protagonist, a plethora of hot love interest possibilities, and a well-paced plot full of twists and turns designed to keep you guessing . . . But my favorite? Gabe’s fitted gray thermal shirt.

I know, I know. It doesn’t sound like much. But in the hands of this gifted author, this innocuous piece of clothing transforms into an object worthy of swooning for months. I myself was a
Paranormal Reads
Jul 11, 2012 Paranormal Reads rated it really liked it
First off I will say I picked this book up because of the cover. It is so haunting and beautiful. I love the colors of it. Yes I know I am a cover lover. Then I looked at the back and thought wow this sounds interesting. So I brought it home and began reading it. It didn't take me long to read it because the author did a great job pulling you right in. The plot is very good, well written and has a great feel to it.

Ashton is a girl who gets the news her father has died. She leaves her somewhat a
Arianne The Bookworm on the Loose
Let me just say that this had been a very enthralling book. It's actually my first time to read a story focused on dryads and Naiads; I didn't even know what they were. But I have heard about this mythical creatures in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books. At least I had an idea when I read The Willows: Haven.

I love how the author Hope Collier created a story about love for family, friendship, loyalty, and acceptance. I was instantly drawn to Ash the moment she left her birthday party and ditched
Sep 25, 2011 Layla rated it it was amazing
Everything I look for when I pick up a novel: A world I can get lost in. A highly engaging protagonist. A hero to swoon over. Twist after twist that kept me guessing...It's all here. The Willows: Haven sucked me in from the very first word, and I couldn't put it down--despite needing to pack for an international trip! You will believe in Hope Collier's world. You hold your breath as you struggle along with Ashton, torn between love and responsibility. And you will fall in love with...someone ;). ...more
Cyndi Goodgame
I swear this book was written with me in mind. The main character is me, me, me. The ending was just how I wanted, but I feel sooooo sorry for Kyle!

No spoilers!!!!

My favorite parts were where I had to stop and ponder where Collier got her ideas from. I saw a little of all my favorite books rolled into this one just like I do as a writer. Jane Austen made her way into it even. I think I even saw a piece of The Princess Bride in it.

Overall, I love this book.

My favorite parts include any part wit
Megan Curd
Sep 14, 2011 Megan Curd rated it it was amazing
Collier has entered the YA realm with a bang! The Willows: Haven is a great read that leaves you guessing what will happen next. You'll love some characters and hate others, but no matter what, you will connect with them and want to know more about them. This is "unputdownable" it now and see what I'm talking about! You'll be glad you did!
Jan 07, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
I love this book the story is amazing and original I cant say ive read a story about nymphs before
There are a few typos through out the story but still very good... and the truth a.bout her besfriend kyle was shocking
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Hope Collier was born in Harlan County, Kentucky. Growing up in the Appalachia, she quickly learned that a good imagination — along with the ability to outrun the neighbor’s cantankerous dog — was essential to survival. Hope wrote and illustrated her first book at the age of six and never stopped writing. She now lives in central Kentucky with her two daughters and a menagerie of pets. When not sp ...more
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