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Thursday, September 22, 2011

01 A Tale of Many Reviews review: the willows: haven (the willows #1) by Hope Collier

“Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee Jest and youthful Jollity, Quips and Cranks and wanton Wiles, Nods and Becks and wreathed Smiles” - John Milton

The Willows: Haven
on Ashton Blake's eighteenth birthday, she loses her father. she immediately leaves Malibu and heads for Kentucky to attend the funeral. a slight mishap on the road brings her and Gabe Willoughby together. suddenly, Ashton's life is in danger. people are after her  and Gabe knows more than he lets on.
i love mythology and this debut novel focuses on nymphs. from what i understand, they are spirits of nature and are female divinities of lower rank. they are called different names depending on where they reside.  

author Hope Collier spins an interesting tale about Naiads and Dryads. the former preside over springs and rivers while the latter are custodians of forests.  although she relies on what is known about these mythological beings, she takes the liberty of going beyond the norm - nymphs can be male too. i found this actually amusing in a good way since the male equivalent of nymphs are satyrs or fauns. nevertheless, this concept made Ashton's story unique.
the writing is good and the worldbuilding has a nostalgic and vintage feel to it which i liked. there are surprises as well that i did not see coming.
overall, this book was a refreshing read. unlike other first books in a series and despite the unresolved issues, this one actually ends more or less on a happy note.

*The Willows: Haven (The Willows, #1)is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble (paperback) and Smashwords
for more information about Hope Collier and her work, please visit her author's page at Goodreads or  http://lilliputianjourney.blogspot.com/

my personal rating is:

each tour stop is giving away an ebook copy of Haven. to enter, please leave a comment below with your valid email address. 

author Hope Collier will also be giving away a signed print copy with swag on the last day of the tour so make sure to follow the rest of the tour stops HERE 
good luck and happy reading!

Disclosure of Material Connection: a review copy was provided by the author through A Tale of Many Reviews Book Tours. although payment may have been received by A Tale of Many Reviews Book Tours, i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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