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No Safe Haven

(The Last Sanctuary)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  93 reviews
A stand-alone story in The Last Sanctuary world

Run to save your life—or stay and fight for what's yours...
Isolated at her family's wildlife refuge in northern Georgia, Raven longs to escape. Instead, she spends her days shoveling manure for bears and wolves—until her father contracts the deadly Hydra virus.

Desperate to help him, Raven journeys into town to get medicine,
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published August 13th 2018 by Paper Moon Press
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Anne - Books of My Heart
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 9kfree, tt
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

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 re
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review:

While set in the same universe as the author’s Lost Sanctuary series, it seems to operate as a standalone entity. I must admit, this was a story that crept up on me. I’m usually quite strict about how much I read in a sitting, but confess that this was one where “Just one more chapter” happened on a number of occasions. Seeing the entirety of Lost Sanctuary on sale for 99 cents, the day I write this review, became a no-brainer purchase, regard
Lindsey Pogue
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 c
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mizz Kyla Does It Again--And No One Does It Better

I give up, I give in, I admit Kyla Stone is the undisputed Queen of the apocalypse. I bow down and prostrate myself as a confirmed Stoner of the first order. Great main character, pulse pounding action and plenty of heart. Can't hardly wait for the next one.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 aut
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 suspe
Lesley Mackwell
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 parents
Vicky Quenault
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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 looking for ...more
Pam Shelton-Anderson
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.
Tim Lumsden
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Very easy read. May check next in series.

Interesting story of Raven, a zookeeper's daughter and her struggle to survive in an apocalyptic world ravaged by a deadly disease. Enjoyable, easy reading. Not perfect, but a very good ending that beckons you to read more of series. Happy Reading!!!!
Olivia Rofrits
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Janet Harrall
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raven finds herself alone on the wildlife park that she ran with her father. The hydra virus is taking over and so are a group of men she comes to fear. She has to put all her fear aside to try and survive. This story is very different to what I normally read but I found myself reading faster with each page to find out what happened.
A great story!!
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it

Good story, well written with interesting characters in a difficult situation & bad guys who are not all bad. I enjoyed reading this story & will definitely continue to read other books written by this author
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A politically correct prepper fantasy.
Kathy Joseph
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

I enjoyed this short novel. The story was fresh and engaging. The setting felt real as did the characters. I would recommend this book.
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 be ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Backstory full of action with tigers, bear and wolves!

After reading The Last Sanctuary series I was curious about Raven, as I’m sure most readers are if they read the series.

As an animal lover I was instantly interested by Ravens backstory and the fact she had a wolf as a companion.
We find out about the zoo her family owned - so many magnificent animals introduced and beautifully written, Kyla really glorified these animals and a beautiful job she did.
We also learn about Ravens strained relat
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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 rapidl ...more
Sharon Hughson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 P
B. Fleetwood
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 w
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“The truth was, no matter how much she’d tried to hate her mother, no matter how thick the thorns of resentment and anger had grown around her heart, Raven could not stop loving her. And the loving hurt more than hate ever could.” 0 likes
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