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, summers ...more
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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 ...more
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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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"The difference between monsters and people...is 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 political ...more
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 ...more
This is a story I never knew I wanted until I was sucked into the plot and had to know what was going to happen next.
Maddie is struggling to get back on her feet as she unexpectedly makes her way to her uncle's home - a meeting point for several worlds in a strange and isolated town. While there, her past comes back in the form of a monster that ruins all expectations she has of her mother, her best friend, and even the uncle she admires most of all.
Now with the peace talks threatening to fall ...more
*Thank you so much to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review HAVENFALL. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*
I really enjoyed Sara's debut duology, Everless. So when I learned that she was going to be publishing another YA fantasy duology, I was super excited. Havenfall captivated me from page one and has me flipping the pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next.
All Maddie wants is to become the ...more
Right off the bat, the prologue confused more than enlightened me. But I quickly caught up with the story and must say I was instantly captivated by Maddie's sinister family history.
Setting: This mysterious, chilling Mountain had me reminiscing about my family’s cabin in the woods, the descending fog and soft, cold rain was very atmospheric and spooky.
Portal / converging magical worlds is a trope that ...more
Ooooo is this cover gorgeous or what?!!!! ...more
HAVENFALL is the story of an "Inn." that holds portals other realms, and the girl who's uncle runs the joint. During the yearly peace negotiant with two other worlds, someone opens a world that had been previously closed off and deemed dangerous and lets in a monster. With her uncle out of commission, Maddie must keep the inn together all while learning who to trust.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Contrary to the synopsis, Maddie is very much in ...more
Rounded up .5 stars for a really strong start. This book has an unshakeable old-school YA feel to it, largely because the "human character guarding/traveling between portal realms" fantasy was in vogue in the late 90s/early 00s (Abhorsen Series, His Dark Materials, Artemis Fowl, among others). Unfortunately it also carries some old-school shortcomings with it that took it from feeling nostalgic to feeling dated - namely flat characters, a wishy-washy protagonist and too-telegraphed ...more
There are three adjacent realms! Bryn has two suns and elemental magic. Haven is OUR human world. Solarians are shapeshifters and murders. Fiordenkill is surrounded by woods and ice with healing & natural gifts. This contemporary fantasy will blow your mind.
I truly enjoyed this book! Maddie is so brave and a little naive but i think it’s ...more
I wanted to make my first read of the year something that I would remember and for my choice to be something that would blow all other years away. This author had such high praise from so many of my friends that I thought this book would start my year off right. Why do people lead me astray? This was such a huge disappointment.
The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis ...more
This was a book that really got me out of my reading slump! A fast paced contemporary fantasy which starts in the middle of Colorado - “Havenfall” is like the “inn” or “central station” that connects ancient realms however one day, a realm that was sealed off was reopened and the negotiated balance that once was has been called into question - it’s now up to one ...more
I liked the world building that was already done in the beginning, it made it easy for me to imagine where Maddie was and where she was going.
Can't really say much more at this point but I'll definitely read the full book once it comes out.