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Haven two -book set Paperback – Large Print, February 18, 2014
From the Author
"This series is more than just an adventure; it's about self-sacrifice and overcoming tragedy. It's about Sam leaving behind the person he thinks he is and becoming the hero he was meant to be. People tend to forget that most heroes are forged from great suffering and Sam Dalcome is no different."
About the Author
Like many who enjoy the fantasy genre, Akers started reading it as an adolescent. He was fascinated with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He currently enjoys reading works by Dean Koontz, Heather Brewer, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan. Akers enjoys creating a fantasy world with compelling storylines, while injecting humor and a touch of drama into the action as he did with his first book Terra Vonnel and the Skulls of Aries, which has received rave reviews. "I start every story with this thought: Where can I take my audience now? To me it's about the journey, the escape into a world filled with the fantastic and the unexpected. There is nothing like an adventure that takes you further from reality with every turn of the page." D.C. Akers was born in Texas and attended Crowley High School. After spending several years working in accounting, Akers began to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a writer.
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I am a big fan of Fantasy Fiction and quick “teen reads”, I enjoy reading and mixing it up with a variety of genres just makes it even better. Okay, so let’s start with the positives, what I like about this book. I’m not huge on short stories most of the time…I tend to want more details…more information…just well more. That being said, this book coming as a group (I got the collection of one and two together) really helped me not feel like I was missing out.
This seems like it really would be a great teen book. The story line is easy to follow and the characters come across as realistic and understandable. This book was full of suspense and magic and was based in a small town, I mean who wouldn’t be pulled into that (even just a little). It was fast and suspenseful and I was quickly drawn into the story.
However, there are quite a few errors that kind of gave me some hangups. The story line was a bit drug out for me…especially seeing as it took place over just TWO DAYS! That was a long two days!! By the end you really start to catch on to a few things and it does make me want to read the next one…however, I sort of wish that instead of writing this as a bunch of little books (which is even more money I have to pay out if I care to keep reading) it had been done in one larger novel.
Honestly, it was a bit “slow” in the beginning and really just followed the lives of Same, Sarah, and Travis…like literally…that’s a lot of pages for just two days! Once things, nothing ordinary of course, started happening later in the book I started to wonder what would happen next.
Overall, the book has some interesting and unique moments, but I never really “got into it” and got to a place where I just couldn’t put it down like I was hoping for. I hated that it ended right when things got “good” and exciting. I get that this book was basically written in order to introduce you to the characters fully…however, I read novels all the time and they somehow do the same thing without dedicating an entire “episode” or book to it. I wish it hadn’t been quite so drawn out and the story line hadn’t seemed to drag. I will be reading the next one…heck I got it as a set…however, if I hadn’t gotten it as a set I’m honestly not sure if I would have read book two or not.
After reading book 1 I just wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one, but I read on anyways. This book reminded me of a J.K. Rowling in a way. Although it was short it still managed to pull me in and keep me wanting more. I have to say that this book was so much better than book 1! I mean amazingly better! It is a fast past young adult book that follows along on Sam’s adventure. This book picks up where A Stranger Magic leaves off.
Revenge of the Viper wastes absolutely no time in getting to the action and fun stuff (unlike book one). There are plenty of action packed fight scenes that flow smoothly and have you cringing and crossing fingers hoping things go the way they should. A ton of new characters are tossed in and the information for the introduction is almost like an overload after the way book one was written. I will say that there is a twist in this book that I didn’t expect…it definitely makes Sam’s mission all that more risky and important.
While this is a YA book, I feel that it could be enjoyed by anyone that likes this type of genre. The characters are well developed, the story flows smoothly and the plot twists and action definitely keep you on your toes! I would say that after reading book 2, if you purchase the books as a collection (which I totally recommend) it is totally worth reading…I still just can’t bring myself to say that A Stranger Magic is a good stand alone book lol
I highly recommend purchasing both books together. The first book will leave you hanging and dying to know what's going to happen. So buying them together is a good idea!
This book will make you crave the second book. It ends leaving you wanting more, so purchasing them together is a good idea. Haven: A Stranger Magic leads you through the rather straight forward boring and slightly miserable life of Sam. His sister acts stuck up and picks on him constantly, then you have the mother who does everything and yet is barely there as she works so much. However there is a strange magic surrounding the small family of three. Sam sees a stranger staring up at his window and the whole thing sets off a new world that Sam is about to discover. His sister has special powers however it hasn't shown anything for him yet. Eventually they will find out who they really are. For now, Sam keeps running into magical things and at first believes he's the only one who is seeing them. Not only will you be flipping or scrolling through the pages as fast as you can, but eventually you'll want to find out who they are just as much as they do! I have been very interested in this book ever since I read the synopsis and it definitely is as good as it seems. So take a leap of faith and dive into the book of Haven: A Stranger Magic. It's so worth your time.
An amazing book taking after the first book of Haven. Orcs, witches, goblins, vampires and more. This books really pushes the envelope on combining everything supernatural there is known to man kind into one book. I have never been so intrigued to press through each and every word to see what would happen next. I won't give anything away but after finding out who Sam and his family really are it gets interesting. The witches, vampires, orcs and others truly show up in this book and show their magic and powers. I am thoroughly interested in seeing if there are other books coming out. The author knows very well how to write a book to keep you captivated until the very end. Everything flows together and the descriptions of the surroundings and characters truly put you in the world of the supernatural and magic. So dive in and enjoy.
I'm always looking for new fantasy/sci-fi/supernatural books to read and review but this one caught me by surprise. I tore through the first book, A Stranger Magic, in less than 1 day. And it only took me a little longer to read book two, Revenge of the Viper.
Witches, vampires, goblins, elves and more - OH MY! I love ready books having anything to do with magical and supernatural beings, and Haven does not disappoint. MAGIC IS REAL _ LOL!
Keep up the good work Mr. Akers, can't wait for the next book.