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Jenni: Ok, Giselle, The Haven, what did you think?
Giselle: Well I'm going to admit that my 3 star rating surprised me because I almost DNFed this one during the first 30%. It was so full of typos and annoying capitalizations that I found SO ANNOYERZ. Like: "If they bother you, come to the Nurse’s Station for a change in your Tonic." It kept jarring me out of the story. Did you notice that? Maybe I was nitpicking because nothing was keeping my mind from roami...more
Haven't decided if this is going to be 1 or 1.5 stars.
This is one of those times where I get what the narrative was trying to do, but felt it didn't execute the idea very well. I know there are some people who are comparing this to another well-known adult novel that I'm not...more
I think like the synopsis, this story did have a whole lot of promise, but in reality it just ended up feeling disjointed, confusing and a little disorienting.
The Disease was never fully explained nor was the world building anything I hoped...more
You're snuggling down, getting cozy, ready to start reading that new book that you are really excited about and are hoping for a really great experience. Then you start it and it doesn't start out the way that you had anticipated. But you keep going, thinking hoping that it will get better. But it doesn't, and as you go it gets bad, really bad. This is what happened to me as I read The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams. I was excited to read this one. It sounded interesting and I was...more
Overall the storyline is predictable, but interesting enough to keep reading to confirm those suspicions. The main characters, Shiloh and Gideon, are likable but lack real depth and there's not enough background, feels or swoon to keep you emotionally attach...more
Reviewed by Kimi
The Haven is a story that deals with the conflict between that of ethics and science and that of morality and survival. Its premise borders around dystopian to science fiction, genres I am very interested in as they mirror our society today or what our society aspires to be in terms of technology and lifestyle. Theoretically, this is a book that I should have loved, especially because the cover is interesting, and the premise sounds intriguing....more
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Netgalley.
For the teens at The Haven, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But The Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to kee...more
Teenager Shiloh lives at The Haven Hospital and Halls, and most of all hates when her fellow inmates are called out during lunch and never seen again.
The kids at Haven are ‘Terminals’, kids who are destined to die, and who must be kept away from the general population for fear of them catching disease.
It seems that the staff may not have been 100% truthful with the kids...more
This is one of those times I really wish we could give half stars on Goodreads. The premise of this dystopian book is interesting enough. "Terminals" are lab created human being clones whose purpose is to serve as body part replacement supplies. Isolated from the rest of the world behind the high walls of the Haven Hospital, Shiloh and her friends have ways been oblivious to what goes on in the outside world. When their suspicions begin to grow, an escape plan is hatche...more
While Haven was obviously sinister and I didn't trust any of the adults (and, if we're being honest, most of the students), I wasn't sure exactly what was going on and what was happening to the students.
This had absolutely perfect pacing. I never got bored and I didn't figure out what was going on before the main character.
This is one of those books t...more
I haven't personally read a book like this before but I have seen people saying it's a lot like another book that has already been written. I really don't see what all the hostility is about though. A LOT of book are like other books.
Shiloh is the main character and I didn't like her at first but after she got off of the tonic I did start to warm up to her. S...more
About the Author: Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and chara...more