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Book Review | Haven – Katherine Bogle [August 2016 iRead Tour]

I reviewed this book back in 2016 for an iRead tour. This was the Ginger Mom’s most recent previous blogging attempts. It didn’t last, but my thoughts on this extremely intriguing book still stand. So, today we give you a little glimpse into the Ginger Mom’s past 🙂
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Haven
Chronicles of Warshard #1
by Katherine Bogle
Publisher: Pathchwork Press (2nd edition)
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 328
Source: Author in Exchange for Honest Review
Buy: Amazon | IndieBound
Add it on Goodreads
⭐⭐⭐1/2
The 2016 Tour
Reviewed by Megan

Princess Haven was never meant to be queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her personal guards, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

Between assassination attempts and brutal scare tactics, the evil tyrant Kadia’s army is fast approaching. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.

Haven must make a choice: take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.

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I liked and disliked this book at the same time. I know, could I be any more wishy washy? But I did. Really.

As a character, I really liked Haven. I found it a bit odd, however, that she is this really young, teenage, new Queen and every time there is a decision to be made in the group of royals, the old and more experienced kings leave it up to her to solve all their problems. I am all for girl-power . . .

who run the world girls

That just seemed a bit far-fetched to me.

Then we have the main villain – Kadia the evil Queen.

evil regina

No. Where Regina has a purpose and . . . I don’t know – seems somewhat SANE! . . . Kadia is the exact opposite. She switches between absolutely psychotic and this super happy little kid persona. It was so hard to keep up with her moods and the child-like mood is actually pretty creepy. She tortures Haven and I can’t say I was on board with that part of the book. Would have been better left out. Is she a good villain? I’m still not very sure about that. She’s evil, yes. She’s power-hungry, yes. But there doesn’t seem to be much more depth to her that just evil and power-hungry. So I would give her a mediocre villain title. Sorry, crazy lady.

And then we have Haven’s PTSD after she escapes from Kadia. That’s not the part I have a problem with. I have read books with mental health issues in them and thoroughly enjoyed the story. The problem I have with this one is that we go through the DON’T TOUCH ME over and over. Then she meets this sweet little girl with the ability to help people with magic and BAM! All better. I understand that it’s magic . . . but that seemed a bit convenient to me. No real leading up to it. She just meets the girl, magic happens and suddenly we’re all happy again.

My opinions of this book were not all critical.

dr evil right

Really. I enjoyed most of the characters and their relationships. I love the idea of having multiple kingdoms all working together and could actually see Haven as a real person – well, minus the immortality and all. I guess I just would have liked to get to know her a bit more. She didn’t, however, seem like a two-dimensional character, which is a major plus. It was also nice to see a royal interacting with her guards, other than as their Queen. She was a real person to them, a friend. I respect that.

While this book did have its issues, I am still planning to finish the series. My curiosity has been piqued and I am looking forward to seeing how everything plays out with Haven and her companions.

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One thing I feel I must touch on before I leave you today is the covers. Since I first reviewed this book back in 2016, it appears to have undergone a cover change on at least the Kindle edition. My assumption is that this was to make it a bit more cohesive with the rest of the series.

Books 2 and 3 of the series have one design scheme . . .

I am really in love with the Ashen cover. Savages is a pretty good one. I’m not sure who the books revolve around so the changing cover model confuses me a bit. This could be easily explained away by reading the blurbs for these two books. As I don’t want to inadvertently read any spoilers that would ruin the second or third books for myself (or for you!), I haven’t done this. So, gorgeous covers. But confusing covers.

It appears Savages got a revamp, as well (not to its advantage, in my opinion) . . .
savages original cover

I much prefer this cover to the new one. I love the Amazon warrior feeling it gives off and the character truly looks like a savage woman. She looks like she will cut down any enemy in her path without hesitation. With the title, it fits. And with the realistic quality of it, I think it still meshes better with the Haven and  Ashen than the new cover does.

Then we have the revamp of the first book . . .

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Okay, yes it seems to fit with the theme a bit more. I’m seriously not liking the character of Haven on this cover. I much prefer the more realistic approach. Even the second and third books have a realistic model. This one looks entirely computer generated and it almost gives the impression of a low-quality video game. I honestly can’t say I’m liking the revamp.

I initially agreed to review this book based in part on my interest after seeing the original cover. Would I still choose to pick this book up if the new Haven cover was the only one I saw? Most likely, no.

IMG_20180508_192709_490000.pngAre covers important when you’re deciding whether or not to pick up a book? We talked about our favorite evil queen today for Dani’s I Heart Characters – do you think a purely evil and psychotic villain is a good thing or not? Let us know in the comments below if you’ve read this series and what you thought of it! As always, thanks for reading 🙂 We look forward to each of your comments!

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