Haven Series Collection (Books 1+2) Review

I recently read the Haven Series Collection: Books One and Two and was thoroughly enchanted with the characters and what I learned of the world of Haven to this point.  I am already looking forward to how the story is going to unfold from this point, which is great because it's been a while since I've look forward to a new fantasy series.

In Book 1, A Stranger Magic, we meet Sam Dalcome (and his family) who thinks he is an average teenage boy.  He discovers a mysterious stranger lurking outside his house and tries to uncover his intentions but is sidetracked when he and his friend Travis stumble upon a secret passageway in a cave that leads to a hidden cavern. 

The discoveries the two boys make from there change their lives.  They are also pretty creepy in some spots.  There is some pretty vivid writing that made me want to put the book down because I was terrified, very well done.

In Book 2, Revenge of the Viper, we learn more about the Dalcome family, Sam's mother Alisa and his sister Sarah.  Sam digs into what his mother has been hiding from him for his entire life and we learn about the past of Haven.  There is a lot that is very well written here but some of it feels a little bit cliché.  There a one or two parts that feel like they are just there as building blocks for an epic storyline.

This does seem to promise to be right up there though, at the end of book two you have a quest, a hero, a for lack of what else to call it 'fellowship' of sorts to set out on the aforementioned quest.  I really am looking forward to seeing where this goes. 

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  1. I wonder if you'd deem this appropriate for junior high school age? I'm thinking, "stocking stuffers."
    Have a good Thanksgiving!

    1. What's junior high school age? Is the like middle school here? Around 11/12 year olds? I'd say it would be ok depending on for that age range but kid dependent. It's around the same as the Harry Potter series so far, the second book has some violence. I would let Ace (9 almost 10) read it but I know kids older than him who felt HP was too violent and scary for them.

  2. My question is the same as Dixie's - I have a young person who I think would love this series.


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