02 September 2011

{Book Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway} The Willows: Haven

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 September 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | |
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?

We are the 2nd stop on The Willows: Haven tour hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews - see see more reviews as well as Interviews fun stuff click the banner just above!

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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  1. nightsky1102(at)gmail(dot)com
    My T Be Read List is never ending!! i love reading so i always have a book i want to read

  2. Keegan: blabbing-book{at}hotmail{dot}co{dot}za
    I have about 47 books on my TBR list and I am so excited to read all of them! :)

  3. Liza: bookcrookliza at gmail dot com

    And I have more than I can count. At least 30...!

  4. Seriously?? you want me to count!!!

    At least 50 in print and close to double that on my e-reader!!

    But there is ALWAYS room for more and I think this could be one!!


  5. Oh my goodness, I have hundreds on my to read list. lol, but if you want to be specific, I have about 40 books I own on the shelf I haven't gotten to yet. And hubby is taking me to borders again tomorrow. lol. So lots! :)



  6. Shortskie
    And there are about 20 books on my TBR list that are physically here on my shelf :) but dozens more that I'm pining for

  7. On goodreads I have 110 on my TBR list. I don't know if I will get to them all but the fun is in the trying. Great review. This is actually on my kindle so I guess I will bump it to the top of my TBR list.

  8. Sara Oestreich
    oestreich.saraj (at) gmail (dot) com

    a big 87 at the moment...though that's just the stuff I remember to put on goodreads...lets just say the actual TBR is far too large to comprehend, lol.

    This book sounds super cool ;)

  9. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I've been waiting for this book!! On my Tbr pile there's over 300 books!!


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  11. Mandy

    MandyLRiddell (at) gmail (dot) com

    I have currently 220 books on my "to reads" list (yikes). So many books, so little time!

  12. I don't have it written down anywhere, but at least 30-40 in print and... quite, quite too many on my ereader.

    Thank you for the giveaway, the book sounds like it would be interesting.
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com


  13. LOL According to my Goodreads....only 526. Now granted some of them are re-reads from years ago, but nonetheless. XD

    Nikki @ booksmostwanted@memyshelfandi.com

  14. Awesome review. I'm super excited to read this book now!

    My TBR pile sitting on my shelves numbers around 50, and I would like to plead the fifth on how many are on my Goodreads wishlist. Too many.

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. Hmm .. tough question! I have loads of books that I need to read! There are at least 10 on my bedside dresser, and that doesn't count the ones on my bookshelves or the ones I have on Goodreads! In summary, I'll just say it's alot. :D


  16. Thanks for the giveaway. How many books in my TBR pile--on Goodreads over 6600, in my house over 1000, on my e-reader over 200. I'm never without something to read.


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  18. The book sounds awesome!

    I have SHELVES of TBR books, never counted them but I have 33 TBR on my goodreads list :)


  19. Oh gosh who knows, I am so behind! Probably at least 50!

    Aydrea - danceislove27 At gmail DoT com

  20. thuy: twee66(at)gmail(dot)com

    physical books - maybe like 50 to be read. just on my list to be read is probably hundreds and always growing.


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