Monday, April 19, 2021

Review ~ HAVOC by Mary Lindsey

Havoc (Haven, #2)
by: Mary Lindsey
Series: Haven
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 5, 2021
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Power is everything...

For the first time in his life, Rain Ryland belongs. He’s found a home with the wolf shifters of New Wurzburg and is no-holds-barred in love with Friederike Burkhart, their soon-to-be alpha. But the ascension to power is never easy for a new alpha, and challengers will come from an unlikely source—and bring into jeopardy not just Freddie’s position as alpha but her blooming relationship with Rain.

Rain has never shied away from a challenge—or a fight. And he’s ready to fight like hell for the woman he loves. But then a vision shows him that the biggest challenge of all to Freddie isn’t to her alpha status but against her life...and he’s the one who delivers the killing blow.

Almost three years ago, Mary Lindsey introduced me to the young adult genre with Haven, the first book in her Haven series. To say I patiently waited for the follow-up story would be a lie. I could not wait to read Havoc. I might have sent quarterly emails to everyone I could think of, looking for a status update. In the end, I’m glad Havoc didn’t come out two years ago when it was originally scheduled. I don’t think I would have fully grasped all the events and parallelism to real life today.

Technically, Havoc can be considered a standalone read. Since there was a huge gap between book releases, I did forget some details from Haven that I wish I would have remembered. But for everything that was really truly important to the story, Mary mentioned.

Five months ago, Aaron “Rain” Ryland’s life was changed forever, in more ways than one. He moved from Houston to New Wurzburg, a small town in Texas Hill Country, where he found he had family, a home, friends, and a place where he belonged. But it all came at a price. New Wurzburg isn’t the small sleepy town it appears to be. There’s magic and creatures that go bump in the night and sometimes the day. Rain, his girlfriend Freddie, and Freddie’s entire family are wolf shifters, known as Watchers. Their centuries-old job is to watch over and protect witches, known as Weavers when they are casting spells. This isn’t something the Watchers want to do. The Weavers force them to do so. In the end, the lives of the Watchers are not their own.

Freddie’s father Hans was outspoken with his progressive way of thinking. He wanted the Watchers to be free of the Weavers and be of equal status. However, there are some who believe Watchers are inferior and need to be controlled. Hans’s fight for freedom ultimately got him killed. After her father’s death, Freddie has fought to be crowned the new alpha of the New Wurzburg Watcher pack. The induction ceremony is fast approaching and Freddie is looking forward to continuing the fight in her father’s memory. That is until a group of mysterious strangers shows up with plans of their own. In order to protect his new family, friends, and everyone he loves, Rain is going to have to rely on his heart and street smarts to protect them all.

Mary has written an engrossing and very timely story, dealing with race, segregation, and servitude, all under a paranormal umbrella. I loved the mystery of trying to figure out what was happening and just who could and couldn’t be trusted. Every single character added something to the story. Havoc lived up to its name. The story was gripping and at times sad. It leaves you mourning the events of the past while hoping for a better tomorrow. At the same time wondering if things will ever really change. One thing is for certain, the lives of the Watchers, Weavers, and strangers who live in and visited New Wurzburg will be forever changed.

~ Favorite Quotes ~

“If you love something, you never back down.”

“Love always wins.”

“No matter what happens, I love you and believe in you. As long as my heart beats, it’s yours.”

“Love is the strongest power.”

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 4

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