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The Willows: Haven

Title: Haven (The Willows #1)
by Hope Collier

Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 14th 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 finds 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?

Pardon me for not posting this review as soon as I read the book. I actually finished this a year ago, but I was too caught up with lots of books and reviews that this particular one has been sitting on my Draft list for three months. Good thing, my son, Kyle was with me when I was reviewing some books and he noticed this wonderful book cover. He said, hey mom, isn’t this the one you read before, the one that has my name on it? And there I was, nodding to him and thanking him for helping me out! Soon I was reminiscing about Ashton and her magical realm.

First, let me just say that this had been a very  enthralling book. It’s actually my first time to read a story focused on dryads and Naiads; I didn’t even know what they were. But I have heard about this mythical creatures in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. At least I had an idea when I read The Willows: Haven.

I love how the author Hope Collier created a story about love for family, friendship, loyalty, and acceptance. I was instantly drawn to Ash the moment she left her birthday party and ditched her boyfriend. The main characters,  Ashton, Gabe and Kevin, as well as Kyle, were the main reasons why i couldn’t put the book down. It’s as if I was transported into their world and I have no intention of getting out because theirs is a magical and captivating.

I hope to continue reading their adventures soon. And I am looking forward to more stories to be catered by Hope Collier. 🙂

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