Havenfall by Sara Holland
Genre: YA Fantasy
TOTAL RATING: 3.2 STARS
Maddie loves spending summers at her uncle’s Inn at Havenfall. But the Inn is much more than a Maddie’s safe haven, and life in Havenfall isn’t without its secrets. Beneath the beautiful, sprawling manor in Colorado lie hidden gateways to other worlds, some long-sealed by ancient magic.
When a body is found on the grounds, the volatile peace brokered between these worlds is irrevocably compromised. What’s worse is that Maddie’s friend Brekken stands accused of the murder. With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront shocking truths about the dangers lurking beneath Havenfall – and discover who she really is.
This was a very okay story. There’s nothing overly wrong with it. It has a solid enough mystery, but you can figure it out within the first 50 pages if you’re paying attention, however, I don’t really think the story does a very good job of that. It pushes you along the story, Maddie’s narrative often spinning constantly between trying to step up to the standard and balance all of the various responsibilities of the innkeeper – something that’s constantly rammed home, even if you understood that she feels overwhelmed the 1st time she mentioned it., perhaps the 5th or 6th time might help? The books desperately wants to be a gritty, tense political drama, but comes off as a super-natural fantasy blend with a weak mystery set as it’s main plot. Neither gritty, nor tense – more predictable and faintly watered down world building.
Worse of all, I just felt as though nothing about this made me want to read this. It took me well over a month to read this, mainly because I was never compelled to pick it up and it’s going to be one of those books I will struggle to remember in a month’s time – hence I’m doing this review quickly after finishing it.
An average super-natural fantasy that while not a bad book and worth a read if you like your fantasy on the weaker side and more teen drama rather than deep and realistic political intrigue.