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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  647 ratings  ·  293 reviews
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
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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Marissa Clarke Aw! Thanks, Merel. I like it too. I love the actual cover, though. Hoping to get it up here soon.

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Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-arc
"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

Aaron "Rain" Ryland had to grow up tough to survive life on the streets in the city with his mother. Nicknamed Rain early on after his mother said that Rain was the dark cloud that followed her in life Rain never expected to amount to much or succeed in life. When Rain's mother passes away suddenly however Rain thinks he's been left all alone until a court orders him to head to the small town of New Wurzburg t
Is Rain Ryland dark and dangerous or has life and the school of hard knocks never allowed him to fit in? After his mother’s death, he has the chance to start over, leaving the nightmares of the city behind and moving to a small town with the aunt he never met. Meeting his aunt the first time was a shock, but meeting Friederike Burkhart would become a life-changing event in more ways than he ever could imagine. Rain is about to enter the world of witchcraft and shapeshifters, it won’t make life a ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
We've all heard the Beauty and the Beast story in some format or another, but in Haven, Beauty is the beast. When Rain's mother passes away, he's taken in by his aunt in Haven, a small town with a big past and even bigger secrets. He thinks his life's finally going to get peaceful and quiet for once, until he falls for Freddie, a girl who's a lot scarier than she seems.

"I believe we all hide a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

I really wanted to love this bo
Victoria Scott
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lindsay writes a hero with kindling and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers' hearts. Don't blink for a moment. ...more
Merphy Napier
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: retelling
Going into this, I didn't realize it was a supernatural romance - if you're not aware, it's good to know going in as I know that isn't the genre for everyone. I don't read a lot of supernatural romance and it was definitely a miss for me.

I think my biggest issue with this book was that everything happened too fast. We're thrown into a story and the characters are connected with each other upon first meeting, we're thrown into the plot from the very start, and the characters aren't given any time
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***3.5/5 Stars***

Time had simply been a bookmark. Something that held his place while he waited to finish the story.

Haven was a paranormal tale that wove mystery and suspense throughout the pages. It definitely leaned heavily on the mystery side, and we started out just as clueless as Rain Ryland. When Rain arrived in the little town of New Wurzburg, to live with his Aunt Ruby, he realized that something felt off. And as Rain started school, met his Aunt's coworkers and even got a job, thing
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
This book was excellent! I'm so glad Entangled introduced the book to me. I would have missed it and that would have been a shame (and I would have never known)!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Haven by Mary Lindsey
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s us
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2017
Checkout my full review on my blog! https://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot...

Also, checkout my interview with the author here! https://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot...

“We all hold a monster inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Before I start my review, I have found a new OTP to add to my list of OTPs. Freddie and Rain.

This book takes on a unique perspective of Beauty and the Beast. Who says the guy always has to be the beast? I really enjoyed how fresh and unique this
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rain is in for a few shocks. He had more family, outside his mother who recently passed away. That his aunt, his mother’s identical, twin wants custody of him. That he is overwhelming welcome back to his mother’s hometown, when he and his mother had been living homeless on the streets. And the biggest shock is his connection to an unusual girl that sits in the front of the class at his new school.

Rain’s meeting with Fred, Friederike, was life-changing. He immediately knew something was different
Mary Lindsey
May 25, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This book was so much fun to write. Huge hugs to all the readers who make it possible for me to do what I love the most. Thank you.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haven is an amazing story that sort of reminded me of Twilight at the beginning. Rain is sent to live with his estranged aunt when his mother passes away. He's sent to this small rural town where he realizes that something isn't quite right. At his new school he notices that there is this one group of students who seem to be separated from the rest of the class. Something isn't right with them. Regardless, he finds himself captivated by one of them and pretty soon is immersed in their world. A w ...more
I went into this book without knowing anything about it. I didn’t even read the synopsis.

I liked Rain and Freddie well enough. They’re both tough and struggling and yet, still fighting. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow and change. There were a lot of other characters and honestly, it was a bit too much for me to keep track of. There were a few stand outs: Merrick, Bridgette, and Petra, I’m looking at you.

Plot wise, it was a bit slow. Much like the overload of characters, it seemed like
chloe ♡
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
I received an ARC from Rockstar Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review.

I remember hosting the cover reveal blitz for this book. All tour hosts were sent book excerpts. I read it and thought, THIS IS SO AMAZING and decided to request for an ARC of this. I love judging books by their covers - Haven has a really cool cover and that makes it even more appealing.

Anyway... here's what I think of this book - 400 pages? It didn't feel like 400 pages. I couldn't put THIS down. I was
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Juicy enough to sink my teeth into it!

Haven is a mystery suspense novel which ideally you don't want to find out too much about it before you read it. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He and his mother have fluttered from place to place his whole life. Rain has learned to be tough to protect himself, and streetwise to survive. The world is hard and the dice rolls haven't been in his favour. His mother, unfortunately, has met a tragic end and Rain isn't ol
Brenda Drake
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a sucker for a wounded bird type character and I completely fell in love with Rain! Lindsey creates an addictively dark world full of secrets and dangers, which caused me to hold my breath at the turn of each page, worrying what would come next. The characters were so well developed that I felt I knew each one personally, and many I wasn’t sure I could trust. From Rain and Freddie’s romance to the world building and magic to the creepy dark side of the characters, it was so intense that I co ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Definitely the freshest, most unique, and most well developed mythology around shifters that I've ever read. Add to that the great characters in Rain, Freddie, Grant, Petra, Ruby, and beyond (those are just my favorites), and you get a compelling story that'll keep you turning pages well past your bedtime. Can't wait to read more from Mary Lindsey! ...more
Lisa Richards
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the best YA Paranormals I've read this year. It's told from the rare male's POV, Rain's, which really adds a whole different layer to this story. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out what's going on but this one kept me guessing right up till the ending. Make sure you have nothing else going on before starting this because you will be unable to put it aside. At 400 pages, I flew through it and it left me wanting yet more. I loved the fierce Freddie and she didn't put u ...more
Sandra Mather
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When disaffected teen Rain Ryland's mother dies, he leaves his city life wrought with disconnection, homelessness, and fear to move in with his aunt in a small town. He believes he can finally have love, connection, and a place to belong. This electrifying tale will take you on Rain's unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shapeshifters.

Lindsey has done an excellent job with this. Her world-building skills are above par and the book is riveting. I want more!

I had read the ARC
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
all i can say is that this was ... a constant cringe.
Erin Arkin
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I loved the cover of Haven by Mary Lindsey and when I read an excerpt of this book, I realized this book is one I needed to read. This tale that will have you wondering who really is the monster throughout the entire book and you won’t stop trying to figure out what is going on in New Wurzburg.

Rain Ryland hasn’t had an easy life. He and his mother have lived in shelters and on the street throughout his entire life so when his mother dies, and he finds out he has an aunt who will take him in, he
Kelly Lacey
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haven is the story about teenage shapeshifters in Texas USA. Automatically the comparison will be to books such as Twilight. The ingredients of the book are similar in many ways, shapeshifters, teen romance and adults in power etc but for me, Mary Lindsey created a world that drew me in. The core of the story is about self-worth and finding your place in the world.

Rain is a wonderful character and he will be relatable to many people, not just teenage boys. We have all at some point been an outsi
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I went into this book with a little trepidation. Teen romance, werewolves, witches, pack mentality, men having issues with a woman coming into power.. yada yada yada. I was expecting the usual YA fluff that you get. But hell, I do have a deep love for this genre and was hoping it was done in a way that kept my interest. Well, I got that and a WHOLE LOT MORE!

The beginning was typical in itself - kid from the wrong side of the tracks gets taken in by his aunt. Goes to school, is the odd guy out (h
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a hidden gem! I can't believe it's not more popular. It's AMAZING! An absolute favorite! I can't wait to read it again!

This book could be considered either Young Adult or New Adult. It was amazing - so good! The story sucked you in from the very beginning. It had mystery, action, sexy romance, paranormal elements, and such amazing characters! It even had a really impressive theme of "hope and loyalty - of battling oppression and subjugation of those perceived as less." (That was a
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hot-ya
Holy crap that was awesome. I got to beta read Hide from Me and it's her best book yet. It's scary and intense and Rain is hot hot hot. ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rain Ryland’s life has been spent living on the streets, in shelters and barely getting by with his mother. Her death brings a new start in a new town with an aunt he never knew existed. After surviving the tough city streets virtually on his own, life in the small town of New Wurzburg should be a breeze. But things aren’t what they seem in the insular little town and Rain quickly finds himself in the midst of life and death situations and secrets people would kill to keep hidden.

With the YA mar
Angela Cuéllar
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
pooled ink Reviews:

Haven is both a haven and a hell, filled with chilling secrets and too many mysteries drenched in blood. Teeming with werewolves and witches straining against each other and amongst themselves in a never-ending turf war, one long-forgotten stranger arrives just in time to become the answer for some and the bone between others.
Read my FULL review here:
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC of Hide from Me at BookCon. It's long at 400 pages, but reads fast. It's from a male point of view (Aaron/Rain) which really worked for me since the heroine (Freddie) and her cousins have so many secrets that I don't want to give away in a summary. There were lots of strong secondary characters (My favorite was Petra) which makes me hope there's a second book coming, though it appears to be a stand alone book. The world building is amazing. It's complex, but well-explained and ...more
Nov 13, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017, dnf
no review or rating from me as I DNF the book.

Mary Lindsey just brought back my love of YA Paranormal with this swoon-worthy shifter romance and amazing storyline. Not since Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls) has a shifter romance held me so captivated, gripped to such beautiful characters. What a fantastic story. Lindsey is no doubt a remarkably talented writer and storyteller.

I'm not going to give away any spoilers, as I want you, the reader, to experience the thrill I did in discovering Rain and Freddie's story, and their beautiful yet s
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-copy, 2017
I had no idea what to expect going into this one, and I ended up completely loving it! I hadn't read the synopsis, but when I received the book and saw the beautiful cover I decided to make it my next "blind" read. And what a great read it was! I was hooked from page 1 and thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were really unique, as was the story. I loved that this read as a contemporary, yet had a really fun paranormal/fantasy twist. This is definitely one I would recommend to readers t ...more
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Mary Lindsey is a multi-award-winning, RITA nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with her ever-patient husband, two cantankerous Cairn Terriers, and twenty-six bossy chickens.

Mary also writes under the pseudonym Marissa Clarke

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