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The Willows: Haven (The Willows, #1) by Hope Collier and GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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?

Goodreads Summary

This story is very intriguing, the reader may even finish it in one day.  The main character, Ashton, will become like a friend to the reader.  The reader will be able to anticipate Ashton's thoughts and actions; the author makes the characters very likable and easy to relate to.  Ashton's life goes from nice and normal to complicated in a single evening.  She learns her father has died, runs into several men who chase her, a young man who is a bit of an enigma, and constant betrayal.  The reader will almost have a hard time keeping track of all the goings on, the characters are constantly shifting-plenty of curve balls. 

The paranormal, fantasy world created by the author is strangely believable, tied to nature.  The fantasy aspect is not overdone and the love between the main character and her boyfriend was believable.  This author is guaranteed to capture and hold the readers' attention, a reader has to pay attention in a book with an exciting plot like this one.  The events are extremely fast-paced, Ashton changes her mind often, and characters who are close to Ashton turn out to be enemies.  This book is great for those who enjoy fantasy, romance, mystery, and intrigue. 

4 Stars

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  1. Anonymous said...:

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  1. Thanks for the review. Sounds like an awesome read!

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  1. ArtemisG said...:

    The book has very beautiful story and the cover is amazing.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  1. ebaker said...:

    This book sounds amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. msmjb65 said...:

    This book looks great! Please throw my name to the virtual hat.
    GFC: MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  1. Yto said...:

    this book is perfect for me. absolutely my taste.

    GFC: Yto