Friday, October 23, 2015

Haven's Revenge by Phetra H. Novak: #Review #NewRelease, #PNR #Giveaway @PhetraNovak

Cover Artist: Shayla Mist
Haven's Revenge
(Caddo Norse, Book 1)
by Phetra H. Novak

Length: 305 Pages
Genres: Gay, Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Haven Naranjo is a proud Caddo Indian, with a frightening past. He was a mere fifteen year old boy when he found his parents, part of his tribe, and his high school sweetheart slaughtered by a wereman gone mad. Falling victim to a system that is not always prepared to deal with a shattered young mind, Haven finally gives up on himself. He grows up to be bitter and hateful toward the creatures he hate. Werewolves. 

Alexander Prescott is the younger of the two Prescott boys and comes from a large werewolf clan. But things are bigger than that. Alexander, is the true vessel of the Fenrir Ulv and is to become the leader of all supernatural beings, the King of Wolves. On top of that, he’s in love with Haven. He’s known since he hit puberty that Haven is his true mate. But there’s one problem, Haven hates what he can become. However, Alexander has a plan on how he is to charm his, and his wolf’s way into the grumpy Caddo Indian man’s heart. 

But fate has other plans for them. The Asa Guard enters their calm country living, determined to use their own kind against them and kill the true vessel—Alexander Prescott. 

When war between the Asa Gods and the Fenrir Ulv starts knocking on their door, what side will the damaged Haven choose? Will he find a way of trusting those, especially Alexander, who he feels has betrayed him and let his animal, the eagle, lead him straight to his fate by his mate’s side? Or will he trust the words of strangers, who come to make his quest of seeing all shifters dead a reality? 

Haven’s Revenge is a story of an emotional journey for a whole community. It’s about finding acceptance not just from others but in yourself.

Haven leaned back on his heels, quickly wiping his cum covered hand off on the grass before getting up, mumbling under his breath as he gave Alexander a quick glance. "What the fuck was I thinking?"

He stumbled toward camp, braiding his hair back with determination.

At first Alexander was taken aback, almost shocked by his abrupt, cold dismissal but it only lasted for a few short seconds before he got his bearings again. His new found confidence and possessive streak took over. Like the swift “animal” he actually was, he stood, crossing Haven's path in no time. When their eyes met, sparks flew. There was nothing submissive at all with the look that sparked in Alexander's eyes.

"No. You're mine, Haven. Mine. I’ve waited for you for years and I’m done. Get used to it because you belong to me now." His voice was calm but there was no misunderstanding the words that were spoken. He gripped Haven's jaw in one firm grip. With a great force, that shouldn't have been possible, he claimed Haven's lips with his own, forcing his tongue into his mouth as he gasped at the heated intrusion. Dominating Haven and the kiss completely Haven couldn't help but to give himself permission to melt into the hungry kiss. Just for a few seconds. When Alexander finally broke off the kiss, they were both breathing hard lips still only inches apart as they tried to stare each other out. Haven was the one who looked away first.

Alexander gave him a calm, almost arrogant smirk before turning his attention to getting himself dressed, rather than standing around with his jeans halfway down his thighs.

"In your dreams," Haven muttered, shaking his head. He was pissed at himself for letting his emotions get the better of him. See what losing control did? It fucked everything up, and what the hell was wrong with Alexander? That kid needed a new hobby, one that didn't involve him. But Haven feared that Alexander had made up his mind and wasn't letting go.

"Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

He was so screwed.
My Rating 3.5 of 5
Gaaaaaahh! This review is a tough one. I don't like giving half stars because I think it's a cop out. I like to make decisions, pick a side, and stick to it... but I couldn't, I just couldn't make up my mind which way to go with this one, so here I am biting my nails with indecision and going "there" with my 0.5-- I've committed. Now here's why.

I loved the sense of interconnectivity that Phetra builds in Haven's Revenge. The Caddo and Wolfclan communities live inside and around a larger, and essentially unaware, human town. Separate but equal, the two paranormal groups have a shared history but function independently of each other. Families give the communities strength, and it's also at the family level where we see the closest interactions between the groups, when politics are set aside and people become friends. It's complex, vibrant, and so well done that it seems to take on a life of its own, becoming the heartbeat of the story. Not all Caddo and Wolfclan communities interact this way and without it, the story between Haven and Alex couldn't exist.

Here's the problem. It's almost too well done. Because the setting is so spectacularly brilliant, the flaws are that much easier to see.

It's a highly emotional tale but I had a difficult time connecting with Haven and Alexander as a couple because Novack spends a lot of time writing about they way they feel towards each other instead of showing it. There's plenty of sex, but the depth isn't there. The connection between Haven and Coleman, Alex's dad, is tumultuous and very well done, but Haven's relationship with his grandfather, Vojin, is equally important, if not more so, and we simply don't hear from him often enough. This is especially frustrating because Vojin plays a pivotal role in the unveiling of the mythical portion of the story. As with Haven and Alexander, we hear what he is saying, not him actually saying it, and since what's happening on the spiritual plain is so essential that it's practically a character in its own right, the loss is painfully evident.

Using old mythology to build new mythology is a complicated task. The author has to bend the truth just enough to incorporate the new concepts without breaking the original story away from its roots. This is especially difficult when using Norse mythology, because it's already been modernized to death for the average reader. The blending isn't cohesive enough to make it seamless, and the foundation is there, but quite a few portions are still in desperate need of fleshing out.

In conclusion; it's quite brilliant in overall, with some enough technical flaws and missing or underrepresented elements, that I can't give it the higher score I'd like. Novak's debut novel impressed me, and I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for then next books in this series, as I'm already invested in the main character based on the brief but essential part he plays in this story.
Phetra often refers to herself as the odd man out, the dorky book nerd who rather spend her time with a good book or making up fantastic stories with even more fantastic characters, than live in the real world dealing with real people. 

The real world is strange in a very non humorous way and people in it complicate it to the point of wearing you out. In the world of the written word no matter if it is in someone else's words or that of her own things might get busy, complicated, and sometime even plain painful but somewhere along the line there is always a hero on the horizon. He might not be prime or proper, a church going pretty boy since the author prefer rebellious men and women who don't follow the protocols of society.

One of her favorite saying are that only dead fish follow the stream and well she ain't no dead fish. 

Phetra live together with her family, two children, a domestic partner and their two cats in Gothenburg, Sweden and when reading her books you will notice that she always finds a way of bringing her on culture into her books. 

The joy of writing and reading comes from her childhood and is something she has always loved, something she is passionate to share with others. Phetra loves hearing from her readers even with ideas of what they want to come next. 

If you are looking for her the best place to start looking for her is at home in the quietest corner of the house where you'll find her either curled up with her Kindle or her laptop typing away.

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  1. Wow, great review! The review coupled with that truly honest review make me eager to read this book.

  2. Wow, great review! The review coupled with that truly honest review make me eager to read this book.

  3. story sounds great..cant wait to read it

  4. I loved the blurb, sounds very intriguing! I would love to read this book because in spite of the flaws you've pointed out it sounds like something I would really enjoy, specifically because I love shifters and mythology :D

  5. I'm a sucker for werewolf stories and this one with a Native American character sounds even more interesting.

  6. I adore paranormal M/M...and to add in an Indian to the mix gives it that touch more spice...can't wait to read it!

  7. Sounds like an awesome book. I love shifter stories.