by Sara Holland
A Young Adult Fantasy published March 3rd , 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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 . . .
Havenfall was absolutely awesome.
The world building was on point. The entire book of Havenfall reads a little slow but it captures your interest.
The main character, Maddie, was glorious in her evolution from innocent, naive young girl with ideals to a strong, confident young woman with plans. Her world gets up ended several times throughout Havenfall and she handles it like everyone else.
Having a semi-quiet breakdown and then burying it all down until it explodes and then moving on.
Ya know, healthy like.
But I kinda love that aspect of Havenfall. While most books now adays tend to showcase a healthy way to deal with life, which is fabulous, that’s not always reality. A 16 year old girl doesn’t always take a step back and think things through before saying or doing anything.
And Sara Holland definitely brought that through. Havenfall is not really about Brekken, Maddie and Taya. It’s about growing up and expanding your worldview and making difficult decisions. I would have liked a little less inner monologues but honestly, it’s not a deal breaker.
Let me know what you think!