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Haven (War of the Princes Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

A. R. Ivanovich
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Book Description

From missing socks to missing people, nothing could remain hidden from seventeen year-old Katelyn Kestrel for long, but after locating a forbidden passage out of her isolated country, Haven, she discovers for the first time that there are some things that should never be found.

Outside the safety of her homeland’s borders, Katelyn meets Rune, a young soldier who will die without her immediate aid. She never considered that helping him would lead to her capture. While being held prisoner by the handsome Lord Dylan Axton, she learns that the outside world is rife with war and controlled by people with extraordinary powers. It becomes clear that there was a very good reason the founders of Haven locked their people away from the rest of the world. The depth of her peril reaches a fever pitch when a ruthless Commander wants Katelyn dead. Her only hope is to return to Haven, but can she survive long enough to find her home?

HAVEN is an exciting young adult fantasy novel, set in a unique, rural steampunk world, by debut author A. R. Ivanovich.

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    About the Author

    A. R. IVANOVICH enjoys being swallowed by forests, sleeping on lakes, and watching the sky. Writing is her foremost passion, followed by painting, horseback riding, and nachos, not necessarily in that order. A. R. regularly encourages those around her to follow their dreams no matter the obstacles, because, as she can attest, the rewards are more than worth the effort. She was raised in Hawaii, where she once again resides, with her fiancé and their extensive family of rescue pets.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 935 KB
    • Print Length: 393 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0052VUI0O
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #637,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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    4.0 out of 5 stars great read - more please 9 Jun. 2012
    By Olive
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I was inspired to read this by the reviewers and was not at all disappointed. The story was gripping, and the characters plausible as well as likeable (well not the bad ones). The contrast between the teenage school life in Haven and the dangers and conflict in the outside world was really well done, and Katelyn's reactions based on this contrast gave the action and story depth.
    I'm tempted to say that if you liked "The Hunger Games" , you'd like this, but encourage you to try it anyway - a great first book!
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    246 of 249 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more A. R. Ivanovich 10 Aug. 2011
    By Amazon Customer - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I'm not a young adult... more like middle aged. "Haven" came up as a recommendation after reading a young adult title which was recommended by a friend. "Haven" had good reviews so, for a buck, I gave it a whirl. I'm very glad I did!

    In her afterward, Ms. Ivanovich asked for reviews. I'm not well versed in critical review and have hesitated to leave comments (this is my first for a novel) but, in the interest of encouraging a new author, I'll try to give you the highlights of my reading experience:

    I could picture the world Ivanovich built quite vividly - right down to form, color, and texture. That hasn't happened for me in a while. I cared about characters - I found their reactions genuine. Nice pacing and well written action sequences. Not only did I find myself anticipating each break in my schedule so I could return to Katelyn's adventure, I downright grinned when the ending indicated there would likely be a sequel.

    What struck me about halfway through the novel was the fact I hadn't once muttered, "Oh, really?" "I don't think so!" or "Puhleeze!" I enjoy fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal (among other genres) but often find myself chortling over plot holes and inconsistencies. Evidently the plot and writing here were strong enough for me to skim over any that might be present.

    Why 4 stars instead of 5? Honestly, I'm not always sure what ratings mean to folks after having read some mediocre books with predominately 5 star reviews. Since this is my first rating of a novel, I gave some thought to the scale I'd use. Most of the books I read are popular fiction or general interest titles, not "great literature." With that in mind:

    5 - Outstanding read. Enriched my world by being especially thought provoking, moving, useful, etc.
    4 - Excellent read. Thoroughly enjoyable or worthwhile. If fiction, will probably snatch up the author's next book. Would read this title again.
    3 - Solidly good read. Some quibbles on plot, characterization, writing style, usefulness, etc. but not enough to detract from overall enjoyment (or practical application, if non-fiction). Will look to this author again.
    2 - Not particularly recommended. Writing, subject treatment, plot or character defects that seriously detracted from enjoyment or usefulness.
    1 - Avoid this book. Fatal flaws.
    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept, could use less repetition 27 Dec. 2012
    By Athrogate22 - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    First of all, I want to say, the world Ivanovich built is solid. It has a great foundation in fantasy. The problems I had with the book, I write here with the hope that my critique helps the author in some way with future books.

    First, we get it. She's seventeen and has lived a sheltered, carefree life until now. We understand that she's overwhelmed and ill-prepared to deal with the situation she's in. There is no need for the repetitive "If you would've told me last week that ...., I'd have said ...." paragraphs to show how shocked she is. It was okay at first but somewhere along the way I started skimming to the next paragraph everytime I saw this. There was wayyyy too much self-contemplative "omg I can't believe this is happening it's so horrible how could you do that what kind of terrible wrong place is this" superfluous narrative in this book. It really really did get tedious and boring to read, and I found myself skipping alot so I could move the plot along and get past her own self-pity/shock/fear.

    Second, she is our hero, the day-saver. Seventeen year-old or not, at some point she has to start acting like it, or get killed. Instead, she is constantly overwhelmed by the situation, cowering in fear, so appalled at death, even of the terrible bad guys, that she can't possibly be a hero. One thing I hate about fantasy novels is a hero that can't stand doing what is necessary and taking out the bad guys. I know where she comes from but my goodness the sight of such terrible evil has to be met with a little more backbone than little Katelyn showed, even in the end.

    Next, some things were just poorly explained. I can't go into specifics without including spoilers so I'll just leave it at that.

    I loved the world created in this book and look forward to reading more about it, but I hope future novels contain far more exploration of this fantasy world and its elements, and a lot less of Katelyn's personal moral/romantic discovery. She needs to be alot tougher and mature than she is to possibly be handling the kind of situation she's in.
    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for more 30 Jun. 2011
    By Geek. - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I really enjoyed this book. It's a fun read. You can relate to the main character easily, and you're often wondering, "what would I do in that situation?" She's also a strong teenage girl - not a, "omg I love you because you're dead/a werewolf/hate me/punch dolphins/act emo" typical girl in young adult novels. The fantasy setting doesn't get in the way of the story or the character interactions. It would make a great miniseries, graphic novel, or movie someday. Can't wait for more from AR Ivanovich!
    25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars First book in 10 years!! 12 July 2011
    By Kai don't like to read - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I picked up this book about a week ago. I am not a book reader at all, this was recommended to me by a friend, so I thought why not. I have to be honest that the first couple chapters wasn't my style (did not realize the book is a Teen Genre). However, I am really glad i kept reading, the story becomes so addicting it's like a great tv show, I just couldn't put it down. For those who are like me and not into the Teen genre (everytime i see "Teen Genre" I think Twilight...), I just want to point out that This Book Is Better! Yes, it has elements of the whole, self dicovery things mixed in, but this book is more of an epic fantasy adventure than anything.

    I Recommend everyone to check out this book, because the ending is fantastic! You can always just wait for the movie version, but you know the book is always better!
    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Start for a New Author! 13 Jun. 2012
    By Amazon Customer - Published on
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I found this book by browsing the highest ratings in sci-fi & fiction. The description had an original feel to it, and the cover was intriguing, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, because it was a great read. I always look up the authors I read as well, so when I found out that Miss Ivanovich was a new author I was excited to write a review and help her first book get the attention it deserves!

    That being said, I like to start w/ any negative comments I have so that I can finish on a positive note. :D

    If there's anything negative I could say about Haven, it's that it's a fairly slow starter. It wasn't a problem for me personally, but less patient readers may get a little, well, impatient. Take that with a grain of salt though - I'm conscious of the fact that this is a teen/young adult novel with a female protagonist, and I'm a guy in my late 20's, so the beginning, which concerns Katelyn's home and school life, will be a lot easier for its primarily intended audience to identify with. And just to reiterate, while I recognized that the beginning was a bit slow, the steam punk influences, the mysterious hints about the outside world and founding of Haven, and the quality of writing, among other things, were more than enough to keep me engaged until the meat of the plot began to unfold.

    I also wanted to make a note about the larger than usual number of typos in the kindle version. I worry that people will make a "bush league" sort of attribution to the author. More likely, it's error that occurs in the process of formatting the digital file to be compatible with Amazon's publishing software (I hope to publish at some point and looked into doing so through Amazon, and have read that it's difficult to make it turn out perfectly). My point is, it's probably Amazon's fault and not the author's so keep that in mind!

    As far as the positives go, I think Haven has a lot to offer. The basic premise of a cloistered, utopian community isn't unheard of, but the author takes the idea, makes it her own, and executes it masterfully. She did a fantastic job revealing the history of Haven little by little, so that I devoured every nugget of information she provided and was always extremely curious to find out more. The characters were all interesting and realistic, and some (I'm thinking of Katelyn's dad, for instance) featured archetypes/personalities that I don't think I've really seen before. She did a great job with Rune and Dylan in particular, keeping you on your toes, never completely sure that you knew what they were really like until the end. Katelyn, the protagonist, was also great of course - very believable and easy to get invested in.

    The last thing I want to comment on is that the story has a "happy" ending. I'm a very, very firm believer in novels having happy endings. Save your poetic or literary or whatever-fancy-word-you-want-to-call-them endings for short stories! If you're going to write a novel and get people emotionally invested in your characters, those characters should be not necessarily be perfectly happy, but realistically content(if you don't understand what I mean by that, read the last few pages of the last book of The Inheritance Cycle...Eragon's cliche "My life sucks but what the unknown future has in store is exciting so I'm happy" contentment is NOT realistic). I'm not going to give spoilers, but suffice it to say that while things aren't exactly the way Katelyn would like them to be at the end of Haven, she is happy and you leave the book feeling content. That, more than anything, is a good reason to read this book.

    In case you didn't know Miss Ivanovich is currently writing a sequal to this book! There's a lot I'm still very curious about, so I for one will be excitedly awaiting it's release. :D
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