Book Reviews

Havenfall (Havenfall, #1) by Sara Holland

HavenfallTitle: Havenfall (Havenfall, #1)
Author: Sara Holland
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A safe haven between four realms. 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 their own magic–together. 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 first-hand. 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 . . .

Havenfall is known as the refuge located at the place where worlds meet. Maddie, our protagonist, spends every summer helping her uncle Marcus as innkeeper of the this sanctuary. After her mother is accused of murdering Maddie’s brother, Maddie can’t wait for summer to come any sooner.

After being betrayed by those closest to her multiple times, Maddie finds herself as the standing-in innkeeper of Havenfall. While it was always her dream, she never wanted to become innkeeper this way. After sifting through all of the lies, will Maddie find the source of the evil that fell upon Havenfall?

There has always been war, that doesn’t make us all monsters.

The magic system was really unique in Havenfall. I loved figuring out the source of the opening of the door. While not a unique magic system in its entirety, how the magic was infused within the story was unique in itself.

The plot left me hanging. I want to know the status of the fourth forgotten world. Will our favorite characters return? What happened to the “bad guy”? Who does Maddie choose?

But I know, too, that I’m not giving up, not walking away. As long as I’m the Innkeeper, official or not, I’ll be whatever Havenfall needs me to be. I will become strong enough. Whatever it takes to make this place safe again, home again. Home to anyone who needs it, with its doors open wide.

Havenfall is a story of betrayal, suspenseful, and longing for a sequel. This book is perfect for lovers of fantasy and a little bit of mystery.

 

Book Reviews

Shaken: Young Reader’s Edition: Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way by Tim Tebow; A.J. Gregory

ShakenTitle: Shaken: Young Reader’s Edition: Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way
Author: Tim Tebow; A.J. Gregory
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The New York Times best-selling author and Heisman Trophy winner shares a vision for young Christians still forming their identity and finding their God-given purpose–even when life doesn’t go as planned.

Beloved sports icon Tim Tebow was a college football champion and a first-round draft pick–but then he was traded and eventually cut. In Shaken Young Reader’s Edition, he reveals how he navigated both triumph and disappointment and explains how neither the highs nor the lows of his life define him. Ultimately, only God can do that.

The same is true for every one of us. God has given us a unique set of talents and experiences in order to fulfill our divine purpose. Whether He intends for us to influence those close to us, like our friends and our family, or even the entire world, there are no limits to the great things God can accomplish through us when we let Him determine who we are. But we may miss God’s incredible plan for our lives if we’re so busy trying to be just like everyone else–by blending in with the crowd or refusing to stand up for what is right.

Jesus was anything but normal!

Nothing is more empowering, more life-giving, and more exciting than having a strong identity. Jesus knows this, and He wants you to know it as well. When we are willing to let God define who we are, He will take what we have to offer and multiply it in ways and for purposes that we cannot imagine!

This was my first audiobook…ever! I have read the original novel prior, not the Young Reader’s Edition until this audiobook and it is very similar. However, the audience is different as was the intention.

What I love about this novel is how he relates his personal struggles with athletics. The similes, the sports references, and the vulnerability that Tebow portrays brings him back down to reality. While his life may seem “perfect”, readers learn of his struggles, and some problems being the same that you and I face. Tim never gives up, no matter how hard the struggle. He is inspirational, humbling, and relatable.

What I didn’t like was the voice of the audiobook. I don’t know, he just wasn’t believable as being Tim Tebow’s voice, and it sounded a little “douchey” to be honest (sorry!).

Overall, Shaken is a story of inspiration, overcoming adversity, and maintaining strength through hard times. This is a great read for anyone looking for a little pick-me-up.