Sunday 3 September 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Haven: A Stranger Magic (Haven, #1) by D.C. Akers

Haven: A Stranger Magic
(Haven, #1)
Author: D.C. Akers
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
Sam Dalcome thinks he is so completely average that no one ever notices him. Until he discovers a mysterious stranger outside his home. Bewildered, he tries to uncover the stranger’s intentions. But Sam is sidetracked when he and his friend Travis discover a secret passageway deep in the town’s quarry that leads to a hidden cavern. What they uncover next will not only change their lives forever, but will uncover the first clue to a deadly Dalcome family secret. Sam finds himself drawn into a world of mystery and magic he never knew existed, which brings him closer to a destiny he never knew was possible.

HAVEN SERIES: Known as a place of refuge, Haven is a sanctuary for those with supernatural abilities. Decades of peace between the Witches, Vampires, Goblins, Elves, and Orcs is coming to an end. Now the once tranquil world is shrouded in deception and corruption. Dark secrets tear at the very fabric of their alliance giving way to an evil that stirs in the shadows. Exhilarating and utterly gripping, the HAVEN series is an action-packed journey full of suspense, magic, mystery, and intrigue.

HAVEN: A Stranger Magic is the first Novella in the HAVEN series by author D.C. Akers. This Novella contains 28,817 words, and about 172 pages in print form.

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Where was this book when I was a kid? As soon as I started reading Haven, I knew I was going to like it. The writing style was addictive, and the mystery surrounding Sam's stalker was enthralling. I couldn't stop reading as I was so eager to find out more.

Essentially, this book is about a not-so-popular thirteen-year-old boy by the name of Sam Dalcome who has to deal with torments from both his sister, Sarah, and his fellow peers at school. Sam's been havong nightmares lately, and if that wasn't bad enough, he discovers a mystery stranger standing outside his home one night, staring right into his bedroom; a stranger who can disappear into thin air.

While this book is more an intro to the characters, there was enough suspense to keep you glued to the pages. I loved the characters, even when they're being annoying at times - Sarah, I'm calling you out - as their interaction felt so believable. Travis was just a hoot. He' s a brilliant secondary character who does well in lightening tense and sombre situations.

There wasn't much supernatural elements throughout the story, but from the little amount we experience, what with the powers Sarah displayed in the alleyway, I would  there was definitely magic in the air. What kind? That's yet to be explored. But I am excited to find out more about Sam and his family's history.

The author starts to set up the plot more towards the end of the book. I loved the ending chapters. It gives you more insight into where the story is heading and the potential danger of what Sam and Sarah are up against. There's certainly a lot more to the Dalcome family than meets the eye. The ending definitely made me want to read the sequel. I recommend this book to all, especially if you love suspense with elements of fantasy.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

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