*Review* Havenfall (Havenfall #1)- Sara Holland

52198362. sx318 sy475 A safe haven between four realms and 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 its own magic. 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 at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic firsthand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens—a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer, Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie—no one can be trusted, and no one is safe…

Bestselling author Sara Holland pulls readers into an enchanting world where both power and peril lurk behind every door.


My Review

“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 sounds amazing but it wasn’t executed to its full potential. The first couple of chapters blew me away with its magical telling but it soon dropped off the cliff. Like full on nose-dive into the deep crystal waters of the icy cold lake.

When the mystery reared its ugly head, it was predictable and just awful. Nothing about it was unique and why does every book lately have secret doors? Give me some excitement and something new. And don’t get me started on the mediocre romance.

Havenfall sadly missed its mark as a spell-binding fantasy. What started off as an old-school story turned into something that wasn’t memorable. I’m not sure that this would make me read anything else by this author. 


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2 thoughts on “*Review* Havenfall (Havenfall #1)- Sara Holland

  1. What a shame it didn’t live up to expectation. On the doors point and the 4 realms thing it immediately made me think of the shades of magic series by V.E.Schwab.

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