The Willows: Haven – Hope Collier

“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?”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download on Amazon.  I loved the cover and the synopsis sounded good so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Wow! I had no idea I was in for such a treat – this story intrigued me pretty much straight away, it completely drew me in and I literally couldn’t put it down!  I read this in just one evening (and early into the morning actually) because I couldn’t bear not to know what happens next.

I connected with the characters easily and felt like I understood each of them.  I loved Ashton’s naivety and how calmly she dealt with everything that was thrown at her – it was like she still didn’t believe what was happening even when it was right in front of her.  As the story continued you could feel her inner turmoil as she struggled with her choices (or lack of them).

Gabe was a fantastic character, the typical mysterious, handsome stranger that always makes the reader want to know more.  Kyle was interesting to me too, I feel like there is so much more to learn about him and I hope that will happen as the story goes on.

This was a refreshingly different story filled with danger, excitement and a love that gets your heart pounding.  There were also many shocking revelations throughout the story, I had many theories as to what would happen or what something meant but most of the time I was completely wrong.

An intriguing, mesmerising book that I thoroughly enjoyed, I’m desperate to know what happens next!