I have read a lot of books in the last few months, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. However, Haven is probably one of my favorites that I have read recently. It is written by author A.R. Ivanovich, and is the first book in the War of Princes series. When I picked this book to review, I was intrigued by the description of the book and was pretty excited to read it. Basically, it is the story of a 17 year old girl named Katelyn Kestrel. She lives in the country of Haven, which has remained isolated from the rest of the world for many years. Katelyn has always found life in Haven quiet and boring, and she finds herself wondering what lies outside of the mountains that protects their sanctuary. Katelyn has always had a special “gift” in that she can always find what she is looking for. Because of this, she has no problem finding the hidden doorway to the outside world. Once outside of Haven, she finds a world that is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book, and I was so glad that I have the rest of the series to read now too. I loved the story and the pictures that the author created with her writing. I am a book nerd, and I really do enjoy fantasy and science fiction. If a book has magic and fantasy aspects to it, I am bound to love it and this book did not disappoint. I liked the main characters, and the romance aspect of it was nice too. Katelyn was a strong female character, but that did not truly come out until later in the book (and in the other 3 books) because she was adjusting to her newfound identity. She spend most of her life sheltered and living a comfortable life, and it took her a little while to find her strong willed side. I do have to say, that when I read the first few pages, I was not into the book and wanted to stop reading, but I advise you to keep reading. It is so worth ii! All in all, I recommend this book to all lovers of young adult and fantasy.
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley.