ARC Review: Havenfall by Sara Holland

Wow can y’all believe that we’re nearing the end of February already?! It’s so crazy AND we finally got our first snowfall of the season here in NC last week (which was super late, but definitely greatly appreciated!). I finally finished reading my digital ARC copy of Havenfall by Sara Holland (thank you so much to Bloomsbury YA and NetGalley for letting me read it early!) during some of my snow down time! The concept for the book was definitely really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Havenfall 4/5 Stars

Summary from 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 . . .

I really liked the idea of there being an inn in Colorado that connected multiple worlds- i feel like normally when I think of places connecting worlds, I think of Europe or one of the coasts, but Colorado never really comes to mind, so that was a fun new setting. I also really liked the two other worlds that we were introduced to- Fiordenkill and Bryn. And the world we were kinda introduced to- Solaria. I feel like this book did a really good job setting the scene and making me really interested in everything that was going on, but then I felt like right when I was super invested and right when I wanted more, Sara Holland ended the book! Thankfully, there’s going to be a book 2, but I’m a little worried that after reading book 2, I’m going to feel like both books should have just been combined into one book.

Even with the small complaint that I have above, I really liked the pacing of the book and the plot was super interesting and easy to follow and it definitely kept me engaged throughout. The characters/character development wasn’t the deepest, but that doesn’t really matter because it was a really fun book that didn’t need deep characters. All in all, I definitely enjoyed Havenfall and I think y’all will too! It comes out on March 3rd, so make sure you pre-order it or request it at your local library today!

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