Book club: Havenfall by Sara Holland

One of my most anticipated read of the year was the book club pick for March; Havenfall by Sara Holland. I absolutely loved her debut novel Everless, so I was naturally very excited about this book. And I just have to say the cover of this book is unbelievably pretty. One of the prettiest covers I’ve seen in a while. And the Dutch edition is even a little bit more beautiful because it has a seal and it folds all around the book, stunning! But is the inside just as pretty?!

Havenfall by Sara Holland
Published by Blossom Books on March 26st 2020
Dutch edition
304 pages
★★★☆☆ (3,5)

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…

To be completely honest here, this was one of my most anticipated reads, like I already said. But then I started hearing really bad things about this book. And because of that I kind of dreaded reading it. In hindsight that was totally unnecessary because I actually really liked this book. I picked it up one day late in the afternoon and finished it deep into the night. I couldn’t put it down.

I was totally fascinated by the world. Or I guess the multiple worlds this book takes place in. I love the idea of there being different realms all coexisting. It’s just a really interesting idea. I must say at the beginning it was a bit difficult. The book starts off with a lot of information. I read some parts a couple of times because I felt like I was being hit with so much all at once. But I guess you do really need all that information to get into the story. It’s a complicated world I guess. And there you have one of the things I didn’t really like about this book. I felt like I was introduced to these different realms, but then we never really went in-depth. I would have loved to learn more about those realms. Because I feel like we haven’t explored them nearly enough yet. I know there’s a sequel still to come, but I wonder if that will be enough. What I would have personally loved is for this to be a series. A book for each realm. In that case, this book would be about our world, about Haven and it would be more of an introduction to the series. Because that’s how I feel about this book. I really liked it, but it felt like a prequel. The start of a story, like we haven’t even scratched the surface yet. So I guess I’m kind of sad that this is going to only be a duology. But we’ll see, maybe I’ll feel totally different when I read the sequel.

Anyhow, it was a great read for me. There were some things that I definitely saw coming miles away, but there were still some big twists and turns that blew my mind. So it did keep me on the edge of my seat. Sara Holland her writing style is great, the chapters are short and she makes the book come alive. I also loved the characters, especially Taya, I hope we’ll get a lot more of her in the sequel!

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