on November 7th 2017
"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.
(Former title: Hide from Me.)
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What a roller coaster this book turned out to be for me. Well, not so much a roller coaster as a climb and then a plummet. I hate having to come here and write a negative review, but I really can’t let this one go unsaid. So let’s start from the beginning and talk about my journey as I was reading Haven.
I went into this book not knowing very much about the plot. The synopsis of the book is very vague, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I had a feeling there was something to do with a boy moving to a new town that was full of wolves (maybe werewolves?), but that was about it.
I was actually really enjoying Haven from the beginning. I thought the main character of Rain was pretty interesting. He grew up on the streets, but he seemed to understand that his circumstances didn’t have to define him. He had a unique outlook that made him stand out from typical characters like him and I really appreciated that.
Eventually, I started noticing that this story seemed pretty similar to that of Twilight. A whole plethora of books about vampires and werewolves were published when Twilight became popular, so I understand that this is a widespread plot line. But there were so many similarities that I couldn’t look past it. Even small details of the story were almost carbon copies of details from Twilight. There was even a scene that was incredibly similar to the iconic Bella and Edward “Say it. Out loud.” scene. Even with all of these issues, I decided to embrace the nostalgia and keep reading.
Suddenly Rain went from a boy who had a crush on a girl with unusual eyes to someone who couldn’t stop thinking and talking about how hard the bulge in his pants was. The change was so abrupt that I was shocked when I first read it. For about 100 pages, Rain just had a crush on Freddie and couldn’t stop thinking about her. Then he suddenly couldn’t stop thinking about sex. I am not very interested in reading sex scenes, so I was a bit turned off at this point. But I decided to read a little further.
About a third of the way through Haven, there was a scene that I could not push past. I don’t think there is any way that this could be construed as a spoiler, and I feel that I need to include it for those that may be thinking about picking up this book. Even if a girl has been flirting with you…even if she has kissed you…even if you think she wants to have sex with you…when she is telling you that she does not want to be with you,
I put down the book after reading this scene and I will not be picking it up again. The fact that so many reviewers call this a “steamy romance” makes me wonder what has happened in our society to make that qualify as steamy. I have not seen any other reviews that discuss Rain’s behavior, so perhaps you will say that I am overreacting. That’s fine. But there are certain things that I will not tolerate in the books I read.
When you have an unpopular opinion…..
…..blame it on the books.