Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release date: March 3, 2020
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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 . . .
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
I had such a great time reading this book. It was just so enjoyable. I was deeply invested in the plot, characters and worlds that I never wanted it to end.
The idea of Havenfall is so interesting to me. A neutral meeting place for different realms. How cool is that!? We only got a small glimpse into Fiordenkill, Byrn and Solaria though. I’m really hoping that we get to learn a whole lot more about each realm in the next book. Fingers crossed that the characters can somehow visit each place. That would be amazing!
I really liked the main character Maddie. She has a heartbreaking past that is still very fresh in her mind. She deals with some grief, anger and survivors guilt. Havenfall is the one place that she feels like she belongs. It’s a place where she can get away from everything in her normal life. It’s so obvious how much she loves the inn. She goes above and beyond in order to protect it and all it’s people.
As far as romance goes, there is very little in this book. I mean it is there, but Maddie has so many things going on so thinking about a relationship isn’t her first priority. I can definitely see a love triangle in the works though. I am not the biggest fan of those, but in this case I don’t think I would mind it. I really like both of the love interests as of right now.
Like I said above, I had a blast reading this. It was definitely a page turner. I had to know what was going to happen. Havenfall had a few different mysteries going on. I did figure out a couple pretty early on, but the other reveals blew my mind. So yes, this was full of twists & turns and I enjoyed every second of it.
I love the way the story ended. It left me wanting more and now I am so eager for the sequel! There are a ton of questions that I desperately need answers to. I don’t know how I am going to survive the wait!