by Mary Lindsey
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
*ARC provided y NetGalley in exchange fr an honest review*
A wonderfully written twist on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, Haven had me hooked from the get go. Aaron (Rain) Ryland has not had an easy life. Orphaned, he’s given a second chance when his aunt, who he knew nothing about, takes him in and he moves to New Wurzburg, Texas. Life is about to get very strange. This little town is hiding a plethora of secrets, including those about his own parents, but nothing is more mysterious than the lovely Friederike (Freddie) Burkhart. Intrigued by her sass and beauty, Rain isn’t afraid to let her know he’s interested and he’s not going to be scared off by her cousins or her attitude.
Written in the Male POV, New Wurzburg’s small town is seen through the eyes of Rain, an outsider, who immediately realizes there’s something not quite right in this so called sleepy town. Rain is a character that is unwilling to let life drag him down. Strong, determined, and resourceful, he fights for Freddie to let him in and ends up thrust straight into a paranormal world that he never expected.
Filled with mystery and romance, this is probably one of my favorite YA books I’ve read this year. I’m deliberately keeping this vague because half the fun of this book is the mystery behind every character’s role, especially the main characters and who can you trust when it’s a race against time and you don’t know who is after you. While this was a YA, I think this would be geared toward an older YA crowd as there’s some heavy kissing and while there aren’t any actual sex scenes, they do have sex several times in the book and we are told they do which I was good with but some others might not be. All in all, I can not wait to read more from this author!