Haven (Apocalypse Chronicles) by Laury Falter

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Haven (Apocalypse Chronicles)
by Laury Falter

Haven, the first book in the Apocalypse Chronicles…

On an ordinary day in early September, Kennedy Shaw leaves for school unaware that within a few minutes the world she knows will be gone – succumbed to an outbreak of epidemic proportions. After finding a safe haven inside the security of her enclosed high school, she learns that four others have survived, one being a bold, mysterious transfer student from Texas whose unruffled demeanor harbors more than a cool interest in her. As they struggle to survive the dead fighting their way inside, will Kennedy discover there is more to life than survival? And will she and the others find a way to live in this terrifying new world?

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Heather’s Thoughts:

Kennedy’s day started like any other. The only difference was the nightmare she had the night before. But what is one more nightmare in the line of hundreds? How could she know what it might mean. As a high school senior, she has one more year to endure the hell that is school.

Kennedy used to be popular, she used to be the one that all of the girls wanted to be and the guys wanted to date. Now she is a social pariah. Ever since the “incident” that occurred when her father died. Kennedy now lives with the principal of her high school and she endures every day of school keeping a low profile.

Harrison is the new kid. He has the looks and athleticism that should make him popular, but he keeps to himself. He lives with his Aunt who took him in. They live in an apartment complex in Chicago near the school. The day started like all of the rest for Harrison too. When he got to school, he sees Kennedy and he approaches her for the first time. She has dropped something and he picks it up for her. Kennedy is nothing like what he expected.

The school security officer streaks past them in a blur shouting “LOCKDOWN”. Faster than they could ever imagine, their school is under siege. Almost the entire student body, and the teachers, who were on their way to school, are no longer among the living. They have now become the enemy.

The majority of the human race is infected with a virus that causes them to lose the ability to experience pain, they are virtually indestructible. And they eat human flesh. Kennedy and Harrison discover that they are not alone. They are now a group of five. The group consists of a popular girl- Beverly, a brainy girl- Mei, a Football Jock- Nick Roster “DOC”, and the two outcasts, Harrison and Kennedy.

As the school is surrounded, they realize that they will be stuck there for a while. They settle in and begin analyzing their resources. Kennedy’s father was military, and he trained her well. She knows her way around a gun and a dangerous situation. Harrison is a natural leader and he is stronger than everyone. Beverly become a crybaby. She is a spoiled brat who only wants to be rescued so that she can live in denial that the world is no longer the same.

Kennedy and Harrison set about fortifying and guarding their sanctuary. They have food, water and a safe place to sleep. But as the world around them falls apart, basic utilities soon fail. Kennedy relies on her training and skills to keep them safe.

Stuck in the close confines of the school, Kennedy begins to have feelings for Harrison. He refuses to allow her advances. He claims it is for her own good. As they spend more time together, Kennedy realizes that Harrison is different, but she is willing to take the risk.

They group can’t stay put forever. They have to find others and as food for the infected grows scarce, they get more and more desperate and in turn, dangerous.

Leaving the safe confines of the school brings reality to the surface. None of them can deny any longer that the world as they knew it is gone.

They set out to find other survivors, but they find more than they bargained for. They begin to realize that Harrison may hold more secrets than they ever could have imagined.

Will humanity be able to survive? Will the group make it to their destination and find more survivors? And if they do find them, will they be safe?

This book was presented to me by TLC book tours. Initially, I wasn’t so sure. This is a young adult book. There is a love connection, but there is little more than kissing and an intimate connection between two teenagers in crisis. Typically I read much more intense romantic reads. Did I miss the adult content? NO! I really liked this book.

There were times where I seriously wanted to smack Beverly upside the head. She was immature and annoying, but I found it incredibly authentic. Not that I have ever been in a zombie apocalypse, but if there was one, I can see someone like her responding that way. I felt for Kennedy and Harrison. They both were struggling in their own way. Kennedy was dealing with the loss of her father. She can finally understand why he trained her and she is grateful. Kennedy and Harrison both have a lot of secrets.

The characters were well-developed, the dialogue was good and the story moved quickly. It is told from Kennedy’s perspective and I really enjoyed her voice. She was a kick ass heroine and she was second only to Harrison in my mind. Harrison was the perfect gentleman and extremely protective of Kennedy. *swoon* This one was definitely a good high school/young adult read. I will be looking forward to book two!

4+ Fleeing from Zombies Stars!

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***A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via TLC tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.***

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Book 2: Coming January, 2014!

I will definitely be reading book 2!

***A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via TLC tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.***

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About Reading Haven

I am a thirty something wife and mother of two. I read in all of my free time. I can't remember the last time I chose to watch television. I would prefer reading or hanging out online24/7 but one must pay the bills, thus my day job. I like UF but lately have been exploring more erotica and adult romance novels. I love a good Alpha male and I am not afraid of the dark stuff. I like historical romance as well. Sometimes I go for the YA stuff. I'm a sap for a good love story. I prefer a HEA (insert unicorns, rainbows and kittens). Genres I will read: Contemporary Romance and some Historical Romance, Erotica, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, and Paranormal Romance.
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2 Responses to Haven (Apocalypse Chronicles) by Laury Falter

  1. Pingback: Laury Falter, author of Haven, on tour November 2013 | TLC Book Tours

  2. I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one in spite of your initial reservations. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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