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Haven Lost by Josh de Lioncourt
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Emily is running away from everything after her mother’s death when she finds she has run away so much she has made it to another world. Emily isn’t perfect, and unlike most others who find themselves in this position, she isn’t consumed with finding her way home. Though there does seem to be a little romance building starting about halfway through the book, it isn’t the all-consuming passion that far too many teen books are focused on these days. Instead this book is far more about the bonds of friends and family Emily builds than trying to get the boy. (That’s kind of a relief, actually, not having to go through the cliche teen ‘romance’ thing.)

Some of the world building was really neat, with two-headed crows and people who are as much dragonfly as human. While there is a resistance against the evil being (who wields flowers and plants of all things), it is disjointed and partially at war within itself. Magic has serious repercussions, and their long-needed savior might be just as clueless as they themselves are.

Being an ARC copy, there are a number of editorial mistakes still present (misspellings, homonyms, capitalization, etc), but most were understandable, and will hopefully be fixed in the final book. At just over 500 pages, it is a nice long length, though there is obviously going to be a sequel.

Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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