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No Safe Haven

(The Last Sanctuary)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Run and save your life...or stay and fight for what's yours

Isolated at her family’s wildlife refuge in northern Georgia, 18-year-old Raven longs to escape. Instead, she spends her days shoveling manure for bears, wolves, and a tiger. Until her father contracts the Hydra virus, a bioterrorist-engineered pandemic devastating the country.

Suddenly, she’s stuck caring for
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published August 13th 2018 by Paper Moon Press
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The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on August 22, 2018 (currently $3.99 at Amazon and available in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
Overall rating 4.38 with 107 ratings and 27 reviews

I always pick my Thrifty Thursday books on a variety of criteria. I look to find something in the genre I am wanting and the overall ratings. Sometimes, I try to find one to fit a reading
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Hunger Games, We Bought a Zoo and feisty female MCs.
Safe Haven - a review by Rosemary Kenny

18 year old Raven has lived at her family's Georgia wildlife sanctuary all her life, growing to know about, care for and love the animals under her care - unlike her mother, who couldn't cope with her husband's preference for wolves and bears over his wife and daughter, and left years earlier.

Comes the Apocalypse, a deadly bio-terrorist viral infection released on the US, millions are dead or dying and the few survivors like Rachel (who's immune), fight a
Lindsey Pogue
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book but it seems there is no second book but a first book in the same universe.

But I loved this character and her love of the animals in the private zoo she and her father lived on after her mother left. I loved her intimacy with the animals, especially the wolves. I want another book with this character!
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I hadn't realised this fitted into a series when I started it, but it makes a good stand-alone book, albeit lacking in detail about the origins of the virus which are presumably covered in book 1 (I will have to read this next!)

The book has a very narrow focus on an 18-year old girl and the isolated wildlife refuge which is her home and her responsibility once her colleagues and father succumb to the virus. The bonds between Raven and the animals are very well described and it seems like the
Pam Shelton-Anderson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the unique setting of this book, in a somewhat remote large animal sanctuary. Raven has a lot of conflicts, not surprising considering her upbringing. Many of the sanctuary animals were characters themselves and it was distressing when they suffered. Raven makes a lot of mistakes, but she is a very young woman and in such a drastic survival situation, I would have been very surprised had she made no mistakes. I do hope there are additional books to find out what happens.
Olivia Rofrits
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
it was good read.

Ravens character was strong some what. She had weaknesses like staying to close to the zoo after that gang showed up. She should of ran as far away as she could but understand why she went back to help the animals. I'm hoping to read more about raven. I only seen different books that are part of this series maybe she's part of them as well maybe.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nowhere was safe.

Raven, only child of her fractured parents, lived in a wildlife preserve. The virus claimed most of the world; Raven was immune. Then the two-legged animals came.
A bloody YA story ends in a cliffhanger.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but hate when they end on the what will happen next...stay attention span isn't the greatest. All in all a great storyline of a young girl trying to find a sense of relief for a father who has contracted a deadly virus.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A politically correct prepper fantasy.
3.5 stars. I have NOT read "The Last Sanctuary" series ... just the slightest feeling that this was part of world in which I hadn't read about yet. Looking at the first book in that series, it is described as being set in a "near future". That's something that was not super obvious here. There is no date given, and for the most part, things are pretty standard ... but then there are the "futuristic" sci-fi gadgets and other modern mentions (like the genetically engineered animals), so it does ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
No Safe Haven is a dystopian book that takes place in The Last Sanctuary universe. I had not read any others in this universe and can safely say that this is a standalone book. This is Raven's story of survival in a world that is dealing with the aftermath of a bioterrorism threat in the form of the Hydra virus for which there is no cure. The book opens up with Raven and her father going about their day trying to care for the animals in the wildlife sanctuary that they own. Their staff is ...more
Sharon Hughson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The first few chapters which introduce you to this post-apocalyptic dystopian world are the slowest, and Raven's narration draws you in.
I wanted to be her. Even though she faced unspeakable horrors, I often imagined myself on a wildlife preserve when I was growing up. It would have been so fun to hang out with a tiger and know a pack of wolves by name.
I'm usually not a fan of unloving parents and desertion that leaves a child second-guessing their lovability. I think Stone does
Mrs LIR Linda
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am often not too keen to read novels that are a part of a series.
However I did start reading No Safe Haven last night and read it till the end and shall probably purchase the next books.
The central character is a young Asian American adult who turns 18 at the start of the book. Her odd world is about to be destroyed because the country has some kind of pandemic spreading which kills people in a horrific way a few days after they are infected. Raven at the start lives with her father who is a
This book is much closer to four stars, but in the end, there were too many times when the main character wimped out, or made a decision, but didn't completely follow through.

What worked for me was the unique setting. The animal sanctuary was a fantastic setting, and I was completely hooked! I loved the animals, the relationship Raven had with them, but oh, I hated that terrible things happen to them. That was hard to take, but I knew that would be a part of the book when I got it. But half the
B. Fleetwood
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the Last Sanctuary Series cover to cover, I was delighted to find this gripping stand-alone story of Raven.

The scene is a post-apocalyptic world of the future where the Hydra Virus has wiped out 95% of the world's population. What happens when law and order break down? When ruthless gangs kill and maim? Raven is left to defend her home with the choice of protecting the animals in her care or running for her life.

A young woman trained for survival by her austere father, we have only
Finished early today Wednesday August 29th and then have had bad weather keeping me offline. After finishing have had a family emergency so still not able to post much on the book, until now in late afternoon.

For me Raven's story was filled with both good and bad areas as it unfolded. Good use of a somewhat different type of post-apocalyptic aftermath caused by a viral outbreak which caused massive deaths and of course the consequences such as loss of power grid as well as total breakdown of law
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh man. Guys are you ready? Talk about shooting first, ask questions later. Another thrilling, spine tingling read from Kyla. An action packed, fast paced, heart pounding, frightening read that hooks you from the start and reels you in for the duration. The characters are well developed and believable. Their personalities are strong, unique with qualities and traits that play off one another. The scenes are so graphic and descriptive it paints a picture with all the
Lesley Mackwell
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good stand alone read, but an author who has researched animal behaviours well.
Brings good conflict into the story by using Raven's unusual parents and environments to make her mindful of how the animals and people around her react.

This became a real page Turner as soon as the true situation was revealed following her visit to town.

I hope to find things tho return too this series tho follow how everything progresses. There is growth in Raven s character & in her understanding of her
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raven deserves more!

If you haven't read The series The Last Sanctuary, I wouldn't read this. You'll be disappointed in the ending.
I fell in love with Raven in the other series. Now I'm desperate for Ravens hunt, to find the man that helped her escape the head hunters! Raven deserves more, no Raven demands her story to continue.
I wanted to give it 4 stars because I'm upset over this book not picking up when Raven left to find the ex-head hunter. However this book was so well written and pulled
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
A very good read, very knowledgeable about exotic animals too

The effects of a biological weapon spreads over earth and there are 2 ways that divide humans - the predator and the prey. This interesting read chronicles the interaction of a gang of humans acting as predators while hunting one specific gutsy woman who they intend to make their prey. Somehow things don’t go according to their plan. A very well developed set of characters for which is this authors’ style, not a dull moment, and very
Vicky Quenault
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read and a great book for a YA audience.
I loved that the story is set in such unique surroundings, whilst still pulling in all the troubles of a world falling apart due to an incurable virus.
The main character is very believable and well developed, as are the supporting characters.
The plot is solid, the pace steady and the violence and gore factor is dialled low enough for young teens to easily manage.
All in all a good stand alone book that is the back story of a character
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a magnificent nightmare! Some of the language is so beautiful that I had to stop and read it over just to savor it. Other parts were so stressful, terrifying, and gory that I wanted to read them between my fingers. Kyla Stone perfectly paints the horror of a post-apocalyptic world with a zombie flavor. And >added bonus< she teaches you about the animals at her fictitious wildlife refuge so convincingly that I kept wondering if she had grown up on a refuge herself. I'm really ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved This Book

What a story! Edge of your seat fantastic. Kyla writes so you can feel the emotions of the characters. I cried, felt relieved, sorrow, remorse. I thought I was right there experiencing what Raven was. Raven went through so much turmoil for an eighteen year old, but handled it like an adult. Living in a zoo, she knew all the animals and loved all of them. Bikers invade her safe haven. She sets the animals free and runs for her life. You will have to read the book to find out what
V.B. Law
Not a romance but awesome nonetheless

Amazon listed this under “Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction & Dystopian Romance ebooks”, so I was expecting romance in it. It’s not there, just to clarify expectations for others.

It was still extremely good! The writing itself is excellent. The author clearly knows or researched a lot about animals, forests, and survival skills. All the little details painted a vibrant world. The action is written beautifully with great pacing and suspense. I love
Mary Hartshorn
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a surprisingly good read. I liked how it was a post apocalyptic story that was in a unique setting. All the others I have read was about the world, and big communities, while this really is focused on Raven and her life.

I liked how strong, self-sufficient, and adaptable Raven was. Raven wasn't a ridiculously powerful, super smart person. She was a lone teenager making the best of her situation and learning from her mistakes, while doing her best to survive.

I enjoyed this book and
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No safe haven for Raven...
For those clever readers who have read the accompanying series, The Last Sanctuary Books 1-5, it is a no-brainer to get and read this book.
We are given the backstory of one of the most interesting characters, Raven, and also the wonderful Shadow. In the other books I had liked how strong a character Raven is, and in this book we find out why she had developed such an interesting personality, about her zoo background, and in particular how she has developed such a strong
Candy Robosky
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No Safe Haven is a great story telling the much needed back story of Raven. So glad we got to find out how Raven ended up on her own (almost). Now I am anxious to find out if she ever finds her mom. It was very touching to see how she and the animals care for each other. This book also brought even more anger from me about how they conduct themselves and how they try to justify their actions. There were times when I found myself screaming, "No don't do that" or "Yay now do this." Can't wait to ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great prequel

I read the first few books of the series before this one but I think it fit in better that way. I had the backdrop of the storyline. It’s sad that this book affected me more than the rest in the series. I don’t like seeing/reading about animals getting hurt or killed. People dying in the apocalypse I can take, animals... not so much. Now I can continue on with the story knowing Ravens background and hope we get to learn more about her and Shadow in future books
D. E.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Title Says It All/A Young Woman/Two Wolves/A Lion/And s Ruthless Gang

KS has penned a novel of an apocalypse caused by a man made virus that escapes, but as in all viruses they are those that are immune. A young woman who works in a small zoo finds she is immune, but fails to protect herself from a motorcycle gang. They hunt the animals in the zoo for the pelts, but they hunt her to kill her. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS
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