The Willows: Haven
The Willows #1
Author: Hope Collier
Pages: 233 (eBook)
Publisher: Soul Fire Press
Source: Blog Tour through A Tale Of Many Reviews
Rating: 4 Birds
When tragedy strikes, seventeen year-old Ashton Blake sets out on a cross-country road trip, leaving the comforts of Malibu for the mountains of Kentucky. Along the way, she encounters Gabe Willoughby—the mysterious drifter with eyes like the sea and a knowing smile. Getting to know Gabe raises questions about her past. But no secret can be buried forever, and Ashton soon finders herself in a world where water is air and myth becomes reality.
Just as Ashton comes to accept her newfound heritage, she’s summoned to fulfill a treaty laid down centuries before — a treaty that will divide her love and test her loyalty. In the end, her future isn’t her biggest concern, her humanity is. To run may mean war, but is she strong enough to stay?
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Well this was different. And I mean that in a good way. I went into this novel expecting your average fantasy type read, and got something completely different. It’s unlike any paranormal fantasy/romance story I have had the pleasure to read, using myth and fiction weaved together by Collier in a free-flowing, exciting and heart-pounding kind of way.
I think what I enjoyed so much about this book was Collier's way of being able to meld the real world with the fantasy world. Ash, our main character can go between them effortlessly, and because of that we read it with out any hiccups. These kinds of reads, where fantasy is brought into the real word, are one of my favorites because it has me looking over my shoulder wondering if there’s a magical land just over a hedge or behind that tree.
The ending is, well maddening. Not that it leaves you hanging but just the last few chapters I was flipping pages so furiously trying to sort out where it was going. I was definitely on the edge of my seat.
Only downfall to this book – the cover. Yes, calm down…it is amazing. But the stock image is also amazing on the cover of Tethered by Amy MacKinnon, and it’s just a commonly used stock image. I think that a great book should have it’s own unique cover.
Going 4 Birds, and can’t wait to read what’s on deck next in The Willows Series.
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