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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  150 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, summers
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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    Release date: Mar 03, 2020
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    3.5 stars. I found Sara Holland’s debut—Everless—a very good kind of surprising. It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time. While I didn’t 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
    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    look reading the sampler if this hot motorbike girl Taya isn’t the love interest I will be politely demanding answers because there are strong sapphic vibes here


    things I really like:

    - the gothic genre
    - the fantasy genre
    - murder
    - mountains

    things I really need:

    - this freaking book!!!!
    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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    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.
    Tara ☽
    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?
    Candace Robinson
    This is the second book I’ve tried by the author and I couldn’t connect to this one either. The writing is very good but I just didn’t love the MC as much as I wanted to.
    Jackie ϟ Bookseller
    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 political
    Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    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
    Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked 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 - what’s not to like?! Looking forward to its 2020 release date #Havenfall #NetGalley ...more
    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.
    Rec-It Rachel
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    yes excellent i need the second one immediately please thank you
    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    This cover is stunning!
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I’m convinced that each character has 2 brain cells to their name

    buddy read with Jena
    Other Rachel

    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
    rachel ☾
    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Cora Tea Party Princess
    OK so I just read the extract for this on NetGalley and I loved it. The only problem now is that I need more! I loved the premise, I loved the start of the story that I read in the generous extract, and I can't wait to see where it goes. Also there's a bit of a queer vibe too and I am here for it.
    Caroline 💞🐉
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fantasy, arcs, young-adult
    Oh my gosh this book was so good!!! It was a breath of fresh air in the YA fantasy genre and I just appreciated it so much. The writing style is easy and it flows well, the plot is intriguing and well thought out, and I just had such an fun time reading it. Best way to start off 2020 with a 5 star book!!!
    Amber (The Book Bratz)
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

    *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
    Stained Edges
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received a 2 chapter sample of this book from NetGalley, and already I’m hooked.

    Short Review:

    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
    Sophie Elaina
    Nov 19, 2019 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    After reading a sampler of this, I am now thoroughly in need of more, like now please! I’m really excited to pick this up and continue reading upon its release. I really enjoyed Holland’s writing in her debut Everless, and from what I’ve read so far of Havenfall I think its going to be just as great in this book, if not better. I think I’m going to become very easily attached to this story and I’m so here for it. I need more!!!


    Ooooo is this cover gorgeous or what?!!!!
    Joanna Bennett
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Rating: 2.5

    The fantasy element lacked for me and the characters were flat.

    Full Review to Come.
    Celia McMahon
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-galley.

    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
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok

    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
    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)
    “Lots of things that can kill you are beautiful. A high cliff. A lightning strike. A freezing cold night on the mountains.” Welcome to Havenfall.

    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
    Oct 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
    This sounds like the YA (possibly queer?!) version of THE INNKEEPER CHRONICLES and I am so here for it.
    Stacy Fetters
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
    "This world has been cruel to you, and so you take comfort in the knowledge that other life is there, even if you cannot access it."

    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
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    “People can sniff out lies. If you can’t share the whole truth, share whatever little bit of it you can to get people on your side...”

    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
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I just finished reading this extract and I must say that I'm intrigued. It was only two chapters of the book but it made me want to read more of it so far.
    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.
    Lots of detail, intrigue and secrets.

    Three and a half stars
    Jan 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
    After reading the sampler from NetGalley I simply must have this!
    I just want to know what happens. I really want a good magical story.
    Plus, look at that cover. To be honest this would probably be an impulse buy even if I didn't like the story.
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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 dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel.

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