Four Stars for Written in the Stars by Kallie Ross

Written in the Stars
by Kallie Ross
Series: Havenwood Falls High
Publication: October 13th 2017
by Ang’dora Productions
Category: YA
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Purchased

My Rating:

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Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. Including the high schoolers. This is only but one…

The Kasun wolf pack has always been led by a female alpha, but when Willa Kasun’s mother died to give her life, her father stepped in as leader. Now that she’s about to come of age, the pack will once again be led by a female, as it is meant to be. Except Willa hasn’t shifted yet.

Less wolf and more cub-dud, Willa has until her next birthday to shift and claim her place as alpha, or she’ll lose it forever. Something her pack mates won’t let her forget. The few supernatural powers that have manifested are her secret and the only hope she has of unleashing her wolf.

Distractions of life as a junior at Havenwood Falls High provide a needed escape from the pack’s pressure, making Willa feel more like a teenager and less like an alpha every day. Then there’s Tarron Wilde, a sarcastic and striking elf, who makes her wonder if being alpha is really what she wants.

Her heart yearns for a reality unfamiliar and feared by her pack, while her mind can’t accept being replaced as alpha. The future of her entire pack relies on Willa’s choice—embrace what was written in the stars so long ago or choose to fight for what her heart desires.

This is a Young Adult paranormal tale in the Havenwood Falls High series of Young Adult fantasy stories featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read.

Books in the Havenwood Falls High YA series:
Written in the Stars by Kallie Ross
Reawakened by Morgan Wylie
The Fall by Kristen Yard
Somewhere Within by Amy Hale
Awaken the Soul by Michele G. Miller
Bound by Shadows by Cameo Renae
Inamorata by Randi Cooley Wilson
Fata Morgana by E.J. Fechenda
Forever Emeline by Katie M. John

Books are released on a monthly basis. Coming soon are stories AnnaLisa Grant, Daniele Lanzarotta, J.L. Weil, Rose Garcia, and more. Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at www.HavenwoodFalls.com. Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/

~My Thoughts~

Written in the Stars is the first story in Havenwood Falls High Volume One, which is how I purchased it. It was the second Havenwood Falls High story I had read. That has since changed. I’ve devoured the first volume and moved onto the second already this week.

I had high expectations going into this story after reading Forever Emeline. When I first began reading, I thought the writing was a bit awkward and confusing. There are an awful lot of characters introduced within the first couple of pages. I felt very frustrated as a reader and almost convinced myself that I wasn’t going to like the story. But I’m tougher than all that so I pushed on. 😉 I’m so glad I did, too, because the story really smoothed out and took off after that. I couldn’t stop reading it!

I became very fond of the Kasun family throughout this tale and fell even more in love with the town of Havenwood Falls. Each story pulls the reader deeper into this world, the history, the friendships, and the feuds. Willa Kasun is a wonderfully written main character. I really felt her heart and struggle come through the pages. It was so great getting to know her.

When we are introduced to Tarron, I thought Elf? Really? Who could have romantic feelings for an elf? My youngest daughter is obsessed with all things The Legend of Zelda so that’s all I could imagine at first. Ha! Then I remembered the elves from The Lord of the Rings and yeah, I was on board. Go Tarron!

There aren’t a lot of surprises in this tale–no unexpected plot twists–but it is highly entertaining nonetheless. There are characters I loved and those I absolutely hated with every fiber of my being. Very well developed characters indeed!

I will highly recommend Written in the Stars to all of my fantasy and paranormal loving friends!

Disclaimer: I would not recommend this story for younger teens. Some people mistake the YA category as appropriate for tweens and up, but YA is the age of the main characters, not the intended reader. There is mention of sexual activity in this story, although there are no specific details.

You can purchase Havenwood Falls High Volume One which includes:
Written in the Stars by Kallie Ross
Reawakened by Morgan Wylie
The Fall by Kristen Yard

~About the Author~

Writing unique adventures with heart.

Kallie Ross has a passion for writing that has become an adventure in itself. She desires to create unique young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction.

In addition to loving her life as a writer, Kallie adores being a wife, mother, friend, and teacher. She began her creative journey with books, a blog, podcast, and lots of caffeine. Ross never imagined her own adventure would be filled with so many wonderful people or words!

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