Genre: YA, Ya Fantasy
My Rating: DNF @pg. 90 ⭐️⭐️💫 (2.5 stars)
I really wanted to love this one! After all, I have the ARC for Phoenix Flame. 🙈
If I have to try this hard to stay invested in a story, not only is it not worth it, but it’s time for me to call it quits!
Unfortunately, it was the continuous reminder of Maddie’s feelings and past (in every single chapter) that grew tiresome and bordered on to a painfully slow read. The premise is what had me going initially, along with the setting of the Inn and magical realms. But it wasn’t enough to keep me invested. It was easy for me to spot who the villains were. It was very obvious from the get-go.
As for plot..well, this was the ultimate downfall for me. It wasn’t a very plot driven novel, which is a no-no for me when it comes to Fantasies. I need my fantasies to be as equally plot driven as the character and world development is. This was really bland in all departments.
Nothing really happens until chapter 6, and even then, it slows right back down! 🤦🏻♀️
This one had so much potential..it’s too bad it didn’t shine through.
Have you read this one? Any plans to read the next instalment?
Maddie loves spending summers at her uncle’s Inn at Havenfall. But the Inn is much more than a Maddie’s safe haven, and life in Havenfall isn’t without its secrets. Beneath the beautiful, sprawling manor in Colorado lie hidden gateways to other worlds, some long-sealed by ancient magic.
When a body is found on the grounds, the volatile peace brokered between these worlds is irrevocably compromised. What’s worse is that Maddie’s friend Brekken stands accused of the murder. With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront shocking truths about the dangers lurking beneath Havenfall – and discover who she really is.