Haven [Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

Haven [Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!]
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Title: Haven (Chronicles of Warshard #1) 
Author: Katherine Bogle
Publisher: Friesen Press
Published Date: 11th May 2016
Rating: 4 stars
*Thank you to iReadBookTours for the review copy*
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Synopsis: 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 on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to
the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk
losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her
sights on the six kingdoms. 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.

As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must
make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality
in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign
republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go
awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.


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Review: For
some reason when I started reading this book, I went into it with pretty low
expectations. I wanted to read a book about royalty, about war and also enjoy
the fantasy elements to it as well. I thought it was going to be a pretty
decent read and I was ready for it to be okay… but it turned out to be so good
that it only took me two days to read this novel from start to finish.
I think what I liked most about this one was that the
main character is the queen, Haven, but she is such a likeable one. She’s
basically a normal nineteen year old girl who is not ready to yet be queen, who
has had some awful things happen to her family, but still wants to try ad be
good and gracious as much as possible. The difficulty with that last promise
there, is maintaining that level of kindness when there is a war waging.
Haven goes through an awful lot. Some nice things, some
not so nice things. She also has this power of immortality. And even though we
never quite get to know where it comes from, we do get to see how it works.
This immortality she changes her opinion on a lot throughout the novel, and it’s
a pretty big part of her, so it was interesting to watch the storyline
involving that develop.

Being a young queen, there is a lot of pushing from her
fellow friends in terms of finding a suitor. Haven’s fairly independent, so the
pushing was never too intense. But there is quite a bit of romance in here. It
never takes up the main storyline of the novel and I’m glad for that. It wasn’t
a smooth and easy love, but that was well developed and well done. I liked it.
I also really liked the action and the build up to it.
There’s quite a bit of sword fighting and some other dangerous creatures they
have to fight. The war element is done incredibly well too, so I was so
satisfied reading about all of this.
The secondary characters were well developed. I couldn’t
have asked for any more from them and I really enjoyed getting to know all
those characters a lot. I also really loved the villain. She was off her head
crazy, but it made a lot of sense. The novel hints as to how Queen Kadia got
that way and I’m sure we are going to find out in some sequels, but I also
really just loved how much we got to see her. Especially as she has some
particular interest in Haven.
The scenery was done incredibly well too and lastly… I
thought that the messages and meanings in the novel were brilliant too. I liked
the morals about feminism, independence and responsibility that I felt came through.
Can’t recommend this one enough and when will I get my hands on the sequel?

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Olivia’s Question: What book did you read with low
expectations that surprised you?

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