"Haven" is about Rain Ryland, a tough, street smarts guy who loses his mother suddenly and has to move to a new city and live with an aunt he never knew existed. Once there, he meets and becomes captivated by a girl named Freddie, and his whole life changes.
The first thing that came to mind when reading this book was that it reminded me of Twilight, but gender swapped. But that was only at first. Once I really got into the novel, I saw that the two had similar elements, but overall, they are completely different novels.
The main characters were generally likeable. Freddie, the female lead, is fierce and strong yet she had a sadness about her. Rain, the main character, is tough with an alpha male personality. I usually like that alpha/bad boy persona type, but sometimes he was just...too much. He came off as irritating sometimes, but not too often.
One of things I enjoyed most was the world-building. The author’s unique take on werewolves and other supernatural creatures really stood out, and I loved that. It was nice to see something new in the paranormal/fantasy genre.
Overall, this dark, gritty novel is filled with mystery, action and romance. It’s well-written and the writing flowed quite nicely. I loved the chemistry between the two main leads, and how they just fit together well. This was a good, solid read, and I recommend it.
"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.