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Dark Secret

(Darkhaven Saga #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  179 reviews
There's no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

Seventeen-year-old spirit witch Ava López is the self-appointed guardian of the witches and humans of Darkhaven, an idyllic village nestled between the forest and the sea. Her watch: vicious and bloodthirsty vampires.

Ava is a novice in the eyes of her coven. If she expects to protect them and the secrecy of their powers
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Waterhouse Press LLC
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Danielle Rose Yes, this is a revamped version of the Blood Books. If you read that trilogy, you can absolutely read this one too. In fact, go into the Darkhaven Sag…moreYes, this is a revamped version of the Blood Books. If you read that trilogy, you can absolutely read this one too. In fact, go into the Darkhaven Saga without considering your knowledge of the Blood Books, because 99% has changed. Some character names have stayed the same, but that's about it. Happy reading! :)(less)

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Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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So this isn't my first book by Danielle Rose, I've read a couple of her books now but this is my first paranormal/fantasy/YA read by her and at first, being a genre I don't often jump into I was a little apprehensive and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I wasn't really into these kinds of books in my youth but I think if I had found something like this, I would have been.

Well, I'd like to say that I was blown away... It took me a moment to get into the storyline but within the first few ch
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Kelly  (UnshelvedEdition)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
While fantasy is not typically my thing, i have really been working on that and this was a great place to start

The main character, Ava Lopez is a strong and fierce lead who is surrounded by likable supporting characters which makes it so easy to invest in this story and get lost. The plot was captivating and suspenseful and really sucks you into the story line, so thankfully its going to be a series because you will close the book wanting more.This book reminds you that things are not always qui
Ruth’s Romances
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”Briefly, I forget the world around us. I forget about the war and my hatred for vampires. I even forget about my impending death. There is only him. There is only me. There is only blood.”✨
Ava is a spirit witch. And a novice in the eyes of her coven. She appointed herself with the hunt of the bloodthirsty vampires. When a full moon ritual goes bad, Ava is exiled from her coven. And forced to seek refuge with the beings she’s always hunted. While discovering secrets kept from her, and l
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it

DISCLAIMER : Thank you, YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of this tour and for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Secret is the first book in the Darkhaven Saga. The book is a YA paranormal fantasy set in our world and takes place in a quaint little village called Darkhaven. Witches and Vampires have been at war forever. The book is about a 17-year-old witch who gets caught up in the war between vampires and witches. Her family and cov
Jessica Morales-Lafaille
I loved that this book had some spanglish moments. I related to Ava because her main language is English but her mother first language is Spanish. The moments she had with her family was very realistic in a Spanish household.

Ava has been raised as a witch. She was being groomed to take her grandmother's place when she passed. Unfortunately Ava can be very hardheaded and stubborn. She thinks because she fought and killed a few vampires that she can't be touched. Boy did she find out the hard way
Angel - Angel Reads
Aug 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was looking forward to picking this up. I didn’t know much about it, but it seemed right my alley. Sadly I was very disappointed with the outcome. It lacked on a lot of different levels for me.

I call this a DNF because I just scanned through the second half of this one. I wanted to see if I was going to be able to get into it better, but it wasn’t for me. And I was just confused most of the book. The reader is thrown right into the action. Which I wouldn’t have minded, but it all felt rushed
Inga Lady Of Bookland
I’m going to be short with this review because there is not that much to say as the book was under 200 pages. So this was a very short but quite intriguing and entertaining enough read.

The magic system was interesting.

The supernatural world was fascinating enough.

The beginning of the romance was promising, but there ere just hints of it at the moment, so I want to see it develop and blossom into something beautiful in the next books as the story continuous. I have hope for Ava and Jasik.

The plot
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really wanted to like this book. It's got witches. It's got vampires. It's got secrets and mystery. But ultimately, I found it pretty forgettable.

The twists are pretty predictable and not really too unique. I thought the characters were pretty flat and generic- which pains me to say because the witchcraft elements seemed pretty cool conceptually. I just didn't up caring too much because I wasn't relating to characters. I do appreciate that Ava and her mother speak in and out of Spanish, it's
Angela Hetzel
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm anxious to see where this story goes. It was a quick read and I was dying for more. Ava being forsaken by her family because she turned into the one thing she sought to kill was devastating. Jasik intrigues me and I'm ready to find out how him and Svz progress. I like this premise and I hope it keeps building because this part left me hanging and hoping for more. ...more
Michelle Kenneth -
[I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author for an unbiased review.]

4.5 stars.

What a great start to this new YA series from Danielle Rose!

Ava is a witch set on protecting her coven from the things that threaten them...mainly, vampires.

While out patrolling, she picks a fight with the wrong group of vampires. She makes the mistake in letting the leader get away. He comes back with a vengeance and attacks her coven, leaving her on the brink of death.

That's when another group of va
I didn't necessarily know what to expect when I picked up the Dark Secret, but I have to say I wasn't disappointed. We meet Ava, a young witch who is hell bent on protecting her coven and getting revenge on the creatures that threaten them and took her father away from her: vampires. She's not the most experienced witch in her coven, but she's certain that she should trust her instincts no matter what her mother says. You have to respect her determination and fire, but unfortunately, this is exa ...more
Sep 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Alexandra Plath
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
There is nothing that draws me to a book more than it being a story about witches. I absolutely love them in all shapes and forms. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. Dark Secret is a very short book, coming in at 184 pages, and while the length of a book doesn’t determine the strength of the story, this one felt rushed and underdeveloped. I really liked where the plot went, but every event moved so fast and we didn’t get enough time to invest in the characters. They were all very su ...more
Laurie Murray
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about Ava who is a spirit witch in a town called Darkhaven. Her job is to protect the town from Vampires. One night she goes on a hunt and her best friend comes along. They wind up in the cemetery where they are attacked. During this Ava is bitten but she is healed by her mother. The next night is a full moon and the coven prepares for their ceremony under the full moon. Things don’t go as planned when the vampire who attacked Ava shows up and attacks her coven. She is saved but ...more
2.5 stars

***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

Dark Secret is the first book in the Darkhaven Saga and unfortunately it was a "meh" book for me.

The story went by really fast and there wasn´t enough time for me to engage to any of the characters, even the main ones. Ava seemed like she´d be a good heroine, but for me she was more in the whiney side.

I feel like there´s a mystery going on in the story, but there wasn´t time enough for me to feel hooked on it. I felt like things happen
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really liked this book. It was a fun and quick paranormal read. I do wish that the first book was longer but I believe the second in the series is coming out only a few months after the first does. I really liked the main character. She was flawed but still entertaining at the same time. All she wants to do is protect those she loves and she will do anything to ensure their safety. The plot was enjoyable but I wish that it was more flushed out and we got more info on the big bad in this book. ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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I received a copy of Dark Secret from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Secret is an interesting, but short, book. My copy had 167 pages. Ava is a young, self-confident witch that doesn’t draw her power from a traditional source. Ava is a spirit witch, which means she isn’t tied to any one element, time of year, time of day/night where her powers truly peak. She is able to communicate with other spirit witches, like her mother, in her sleep. Granddaughter to the head of the coven,
Melika Jeddi
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I must admit, my first thought upon reading the first line was "oh no, not first person present tense," as normally that is by far my least favourite narration style, however, it worked well for the purpose of the story, and wasn't anywhere near as grating as it usually is. It offered some benefits in terms of being able to see Ava's thought processes as they were happening, but overall it's still a tense I really dislike, and probably contributed to me not being able to rate this book higher, a ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Dark Secrets for my honest review.
I didn't know what to expect but i was quickly finding my self not wanting to put it down. It is fast passed paranormal book. It was very enjoyable. It quickly got my attention from the first page.
A young women Ava has been raised as a witch, she was groomed in a sense to take her grandmothers place when she passed away. Ava is very self confindent but came off as hard headed and stubborn she has killed a few vampires and now she thinks sh
Amanda McCalip
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dark Secret is sooooo good!! I have to say my first ever series read years ago that sucked me in was a paranormal romance series, so when I saw that Danielle Rose had this coming out, I knew I had to have it immediately! Paranormal is one of my favorite genres and she absolutely slayed it!

Ava is a 17 year old spirit witch and is able to sense things coming whether they are good or bad. She has this dreadful feeling that something awful is headed her covens way, but she doesn't quite know what i
Where did I stop? 34% in

Why? Ultimately, this book is poorly edited. There’s walking back over established world rules/inconsistencies (spirit witches having minimal control over the elements but Ava has some control over them oh BTW if there’s an element nearby they can ride it and sort of harness its power; vampires turning to dust and “cleaning up after themselves” in one scene and leaving scattered body parts in the next), redundant writing (multiple mentions of getting grounded for sneaking
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
* I received this as a advanced reader copy exchange of an honest review**
This hook me from the first page. Its been so long since I read vampire and witches book.
Ava is 17 trying to protect heat cover from vampires. I understand how it must hurt to hear your mom to say thir disappointed in you. She feel so bad that as a child she couldn't protect them from through vampires. Throughtout her journey she find put that there are secret that have been kept from her. I love this so much and can't wai
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this paranormal book. It’s a great start to this series and I can’t wait to read more about Ava and the adventures that she will have. She is a novice witch and her mother is head of her coven. She is out hunting vampires against her mother’s wishes with her friend who is a fire witch with no experience at all and they get attacked by a group of vampires. Ava starts to learn that she hasn’t been taught complete truths and there is a lot to learn still. This is a very quick read.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I honestly was not too sure what I was going to get when I signed up for this book. I have read a few of the authors contemporary books and adored the storyline and the authors writing. With Dark Secret, Danielle Rose gives us such a unique and spellbinding tale that is so unique that you cannot put it down at all. I fell in love with Ava and her character. Her spunk and her need to protect the ones she loves. There are some interesting moments that leave you with a ton of questions and I am rea ...more
Tina Atkinson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first YA/Paranormal read from Danielle Rose, but I was pleasantly surprised. Ava is a spirit witch and a protector of her coven until she does something they don't approve of. Her own family kicks her out of her home/coven and she's taken in by her enemy...Vampires. Ava learns things she never knew and lies she was told by her family.

I loved Ava's character and her strength!! Danielle wrote this story with so much detail and I could picture everything so clearly. The other character
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I liked Jasik from the time we met. I know that despite him being a vampire there is still goodness in him. Ava doesn’t trust any of the vampires but as she gets to know them she begins to develop trust. I really like how Danielle combined these two supernatural worlds. I haven’t read any good young adult novels in a while so happy I read Dark Secret. Love a good story that has the main character growing up and beginning their life as a
Stephanie Schmidt
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Darkhaven Saga, and I have to say I was blown away. I love Ava and all her flaws. Ava ws born a spirit witch who hunted vampires. Until one day when she becomes the very thing she hunted for years. I can't wait to see what is in store for Ava and Jasik. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series as it comes out. ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this book had a lot of promise as who doesn’t love a witch and vampire story??

There was a lot of action in the first 2/3rds, but then it just dropped off without questions being answered. I know this is a series and I hope the next book follows up on answering the loose ends.

I wish there was more backstory about Ava and her coven, her father’s death, why they hate vampires so much, etc. It was mentioned the change to vampirism is a hard process, but it was barely described besides a li
Cristina Pacilio
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I've been looking for in a new supernatural story. The witch, Ava, who has the power of spirit. She will do anything to protect her coven given what she has already lost. So she patrols to take out the one thing that is the main threat against her coven and all humans... Vampires. She is young and wants to prove herself, but that combination proves deadly. Soon everything she knew starts to be questioned. Jasik, a vampire, not only tries to save Ava and her coven but als ...more
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Dubbed a "triple threat" by readers, Danielle Rose dabbles in many genres, including romance, fantasy, and suspense. The USA Today bestselling author holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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