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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Lies of the Haven by JA Curtis creates sympathy for Mina as she resents her beloved Nana being placed in a nursing home. Intent on revenge, she throws a party at Nana’s house before it is due to be sold. The party is gatecrashed by a boy with a dragon tattoo and a strange girl dressed in leather. After Nana’s house gets burned down during a duel, Arius and Thaya insist Mina return with them to Haven. They also tell her she is the reincarnation of either their missing Queen or General. Something about the situation does not ring true. Can Mina uncover the truth and persuade the Faeries to cease warring amongst themselves?
Lies of the Haven by JA Curtis places an original spin on traditional faerie fantasy by incorporating opposing groups within a family network. I found it easy to identify with Mina because she loves her Nana and finds it difficult to accept the reality of encroaching senility. The exploration of the themes of identity and self-discovery is enjoyable and I especially liked the cheeky character of Dramian and how Mina refuses to condemn him as a dark faerie. I loved the mystery surrounding the origin of the internal war and the way it was resolved. The action and battle scenes are exciting and balanced the skills training and personal development of the characters. There is a hint of romance but Mina’s options are left open in an intriguing fashion. The ending left me feeling connected with the main characters and keen to follow them through the series. Overall, Lies of the Haven by JA Curtis is packed with tons of young adult appeal.