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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  746 ratings  ·  405 reviews
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it -- at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds -- each with their own magic -- together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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Heather It is not a spinoff, or part of anything else, this is an entirely new novel (book one of two, it seems).

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Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
im not a fan of novellas, so no one is more surprised than me when i say this would be better as a novella and serve as a .5 prequel to a main series. and heres why i think that:
- while the plot and world-building is definitely unique, i dont feel the high-stakes intensity that should accompany some of the more life altering situations that occur in this. i do think that will come later on in the series, now that an introduction has been made to how the world works, why it is what it is, and the
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DNF @ p.55 

This was kind of intolerable and read like self-insertion fic. Maddie was such a Mary Sue. When I was a teenager, it was really popular on Quizilla for people to write about characters who had these totally messed up home lives who were then spirited away to this alternate world or dimension where they were the chosen one and (of course) there was a really hot guy.

Well, this book has all of that. Maddie's uncle is the owner of
3.5 stars. I found Sara Hollands debutEverlessa very good kind of surprising. It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time. While I didnt fall in love with the heroine, I thought she had it in her to BE a heroine and that is something that kept me wanting to read more about her.

This is a completely new series set in a completely new world and a whole new set of distinct protagonists and antagonists. The storyline is not recycled. The writing is elegant. The
C.G. Drews
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those fun, light fantasies that are so good to devour over a lazy weekend. I'm noticing a lot of portal fantasy cropping up recently and I'm here for it. This also had such cozy feelings of home and, you know, monsters and multiverses threatening to break and magical conspiracy theories. All the good stuff.

things to look forward to in this book
➢ magical inn that's the intersection of 4 worlds
➢ Maddie is queer! (Maybe bi?) and three other pivotal characters are gay
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I love the cover, this one and the author's Everless duo. Reading this book, one thing stuck out was the constant reminder of Maddie's unhappiness that resulted from what happened with her brother. She seems to have a lack of confidence, at Havenfall and even less at home in Sterling. The love was pre-existing so there wasn't any flirts or banters. I don't enjoy following Maddie's thoughts so much so I feel the narrative was lengthy. With these characteristics to start the story out, I become ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I said once long ago whilst reading the sampler that if the hot motorbike girl Taya wasn't the love interest, I would be politely demanding answers because there were strong sapphic vibes.

So it is with great delight I can confirm that yes, she is totally a love interest (along with some handsome guy; okay, there might be a love triangle in future but you cannot deny that the heroine harbours some major crush on her and later books have a high possibility of f/f.)

In addition, YES, the heroine is
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Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Havenfall combines two of my guiltiest reading pleasures, fantasy and mystery, to deliver the story about a girl tasked with the job of overlooking a safe house between magical worlds during a time of strife.

In theory, the story could be exciting: humans and two of the fantastical worlds that have an alliance come together once a year to celebrate and discuss
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Rating this book took me a while, because there were things I liked and things I disliked and I couldn't figure out which weighed the most for me. So, in the end, I settled for a 3 star rating.


Universe: Havenfall is the neutral passageway between the different world, where Earth is one of them. I really liked this concept, this idea, and I felt like it was well crafted and thought out world with a rich history, that I look forward to getting into
April (Aprilius Maximus)
We all want to believe the best of intentions in others... But it's not always the truth.

representation: bisexual MC, lesbian side character, m/m side relationship.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]

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YOOOO THIS WAS SO GOOD. I did not expect the bi, lesbian & gay rep and it was so nice to see! I loved everything about this, except for the fact that it was super predictable, but it was still so much fun! I also highly
Lucy Langford

This book had a really interesting set up and the first 50 pages I was kind of intrigued...but I found the rest just didnt deliver. There wasnt much world building and it was difficult to empathise with the characters. There was a romance which I dont think added anything to the plot. As well as a MC who was frustrating and naive / made stupid choices consistently.

Overall I just didnt enjoy this one with most things making me eye roll.
Ashlee » Library In The Country
There is a lot that worked for me in this book, but more that didnt or just not enough. Full thoughts to come.
alana ♡
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
"You're strong enough to make hard choices in service of the greater good."

Sara Holland is back with another beautifully written world that combines a lot of fantasy and mystery elements together. I would be 100% lying if I said I didn't fly through this and read it in two sittings. And despite the fact that I did give it a three star rating there is a lot in here that I think readers will fall in love with. Plus, can we all just agree that the over of this is STUNNING, like, totally gorgeous!
Lilith Black
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2 chapters sample provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am completely hooked! These 2 chapters made me want to read this book so so much! I have no words, though I feel like I am full of them! It passed such a long time since I got this fast involved in a book! I am 90% sure that this one will be my top 10 for 2020! March, please come faster!

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Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
How many times will I give authors who have disappointed me second chances before I just go ahead and call myself a masochist?
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Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read-home-shelf  ·  review of another edition
At this point, I severely regret not choosing a career in private investigation. Yet again I am bold enough to proclaim I might know something you don't know.

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i swear all the characters shared a single brain cell

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Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Special thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me the set of arcs as well as a finished copy of Havenfall for my review.

When I received my finished copy of Havenfall from Bloomsbury Publishing a week and a half ago I knew it was a sign that I absolutely needed to start this amazing new series as soon as possible which Im very glad I did.

Havenfall is set amongst the mountainous ranges of Colorado where the inn at Haven holds a special secret. For years Haven has served as a neutral point
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This was one of two books I read at the same time, that I found difficult to finish because I was just so incredibly bored (the other one was Girl, Serpent, Thorn). Originally I thought that this may because we've just hit the Coronavirus epidemic, but after finishing the books I realised that they both have major issues that affected my reading.

If I told you that this was an Agatha Christie style murder mystery at a magical inn with guests from different
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Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
WOW - 4 out of 5 stars.

I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this. Havenfall is a safe haven between four realms, one of which has been sealed closed in order to protect all the other 3 and maintain peace amongst them. Maddie is the niece of the current Haven Inn Innkeeper, the human responsible for ensuring peace between the realms and stability at Havenfall. Maddie aspires to be the Innkeeper - and this summer, she gets to.
This is one of those fantasy novels thats just easy and fun to read. I
Candace Robinson
This is the second book Ive tried by the author and I couldnt connect to this one either. The writing is very good but I just didnt love the MC as much as I wanted to. ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Seriously this might be my favorite cover of 2020! It's just stunning. And the book is fun and a very quick read, but readers should know what they are getting.

Havenfall is a contemporary YA fantasy set in the mountains of Colorado. It would make a fantastic CW show and definitely feels targeted at teens (as opposed to more of a crossover story for a mixed audience). It's very fast-paced and surprising number of plot threads are pulled together in this relatively short book. There is teen angst
Oct 27, 2019 is currently reading it
Loved the sample from Netgalley and the publisher, thank you💕 A female lead, murder, magic, multiple worlds, portals and a snarky new girl in town - whats not to like?! Looking forward to its 2020 release date #Havenfall #NetGalley ...more
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I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 stars: ★★★☆☆

"The difference between monsters and what we do."

Havenfall is a neutral meeting point between different universes, shaped like a mountain hotel but with doors to other worlds beneath it. Maddie's uncle is the current "Innkeeper," and she longs to be the next in line and learn how to host the delegates that meet at Havenfall every summer to mingle, trade, and maintain
Sanne ♔ (Sanne and the Books)
I'm hoping this book/series/whatever will be better than her Everless duology, because that one was downright boring, filled with excruciatingly lame clichés that would have been groundbreaking when Twilight was first published.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was provided with an ARC and finished copy of Havenfall, and to be a part of Bloomsbury's blog tour for this exciting new title! However this has in no way influenced my thoughts, my review is my own.

Sara Holland's first duology Everless was my absolute favourites when I read it last year, so I could waste no time when it came to having Havenfall in my hands - I started this book with immense expectations.... and it was exactly what I wanted it to be!

Maddie wants to become Innkeeper at the Inn
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adored the concept of Havenfall, it takes an inn, a feature of all great fantasy novel, and puts it right at the very heart of the story. I loved the unique idea of the doors to several realms being concealed there and was intrigued to know as much as possible about them. I was pretty sad that we didn't get to visit any of those other places, cold and icy Fiordenkill, hot and barren Bryn and the creepy unknown, Solaria. Having said that, there are a world of possibilities for the next book, ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

3,75 stars

I quite enjoyed this first book in a series, though I could tell that it still needs some polishing and more world and character development. This could be attributed to the fact that I read an early arc of the book (it doesn't even have a cover yet) so I'm interested in reading the finished copy. And I can tell that if you didn't like Sara Holland's previous
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Im convinced that each character has 2 brain cells to their name

buddy read with Jena
Rec-It Rachel
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
yes excellent i need the second one immediately please thank you
Madison Mary
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
"There's a very specific kind of splintering feeling that comes with seeing the people you trust fall short or fall apart."

*3.5 Stars - Thank you to Bloomsbury for proving an ARC for an honest review*

A captivating contemporary fantasy full of deadly mysteries and political pressures.

Deep in the mountains of Colorado is the Inn at Havenfall, the mortal way-station between magical realms. Every year, the Summer Summit commences, and delegates from the adjacent worlds arrive for two weeks
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Sara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentists office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the citys bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel. ...more

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