Friday, 2 September 2016

Haven [Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

Hello there!

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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Giveaway: 

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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

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

Olivia-Savannah x

24 comments:

  1. I would love to win Haven. It looks like an amazing read!

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  2. Sounds pretty unique, and also kind of an Arthurian-type vibe maybe? I don't know, maybe I'm completely wrong about that ;)

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  3. How nice Olivia that Haven turned was a positive experience. It's always such a pleasant surprise when I book you didn't think you would like turns out to be pretty amazing. The last book I read that I had realistic expectations for that turned out amazing was actually The Wrath and the Dawn. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Yes, I love when books offer a surprise to me in terms of how good they are :)

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  4. This sounds like a great read! And I'm glad you enjoyed it so much, Olivia. I used to be such a fan of reading anything regent related but I've long since moved on. I like that this book combines a whole slew of arches and yet somehow works.

    Great review, Olivia!

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    1. Maybe it's not the kind of book for you at the moment, and that's fine. This book really did have a bit of everything, and yet it worked so well!

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  5. I can see myself getting lost in this story. I love that Haven is so different from other young queens that I've read about. Also, yes to feminism and independence. Awesome review!

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    1. I think you would enjoy it! And I adored those themes too :D

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  6. Great review, Olivia! :D Wow, I think I would love this book! It sounds totally up my alley. *grabby hands*

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  7. I am so thankful that you had this on my radar. I would have never known this beautiful book. Just seeinf that cover? Fab. And reading that synopsis? Oh God. Need this right now. aaand reading your review? Instant checkout!


    Yani / www.paperboulevard.com

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    1. I'm happy that it seems like the book for you :) Give it a go x

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  8. Thanks so much for your kind words Olivia!! <3 So glad you enjoyed the book so much!

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    1. It was my pleasure! Can't wait for the sequel :D

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  9. When I picked up the fourth Harry Potter book, I had pretty low expectations - for the most part, I was worried that the story was being unnecessarily dragged out to get to that seemingly impossible length. But I was pleasantly surprised. There were several well-paced storylines going on at once, and it was interesting to see everything fall into place at the end. :D

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    1. I guess more books can be more surprising than you expect them to be and you should always give them a chance! Glad you could enjoy the fourth Harry Potter book x

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  10. This book sounds really good. Recently I went to read The Female of The Species and was blown away. Great review!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you could love that book so much - I'm really excited to read it myself eventually ^.^

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  11. Thanks for teh great giveaway!
    The book seems like an amazing read!

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    1. And thank you for entering. It's really great and I couldn't recommend it more :D

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