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Haven, Kansas by Alethea Kontis – A YA Occult Fantasy With Witchcraft

Never reap a harvest sown with blood. 150 years ago, in Haven, Kansas, a witch was burned at the stake. This October, in Haven, Kansas, a boy plays a prank on his big sister. Suddenly, crows fill the skies, a female scarecrow plagues the town, and teenagers are dying left and right. Amidst the violence, strange things keep happening. Lora Townsend discovers a secret room behind the wall of her bedroom, in which a dark and foul Book of Shadows has been hiding for over a century. The book belonged to an ancestor who documented the spells and stories of the strange woman he loved… a woman the town later killed for practicing witchcraft. There are whispers on the wind. The death toll is rising. And Lora and her family seem to be the center of it all. They must call upon Lora’s small knowledge of magic to help them. Will they be able to take the town back from the witch, and can they manage it without losing their lives in the process?

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Our Summary

Haven, Kansas is  YA occult fantasy novel set in Kansas. The story revolves around Lora Townsend, as she faces the consequences of finding the Book of Shadows and confronts the murders that seem to be connected to her family. Fans of The Near Witch and Born at Midnight will love this supernatural thriller that will keep you excited and terrified until the very end.

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What Readers Are Saying

I get goosebumps all over just from thinking about them and I had to stop reading yesterday because it got dark… so I finished it today in bright daylight and cried my eyes out. Real shocking end and so well written it will stay with me for some nights for sure!” – LexySky, Amazon reviewer ★★★★
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I am instantly drawn to the rich characters and great storytelling. The family dynamics between Lora and her brothers Conner and Luke and her parents feet real. And although just a bit player in the this tale, I found Ashley, part of a clique of mean girls in Lora’s class, was one of those characters you just love to hate.” – Frank Errington, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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Perfect book to curl up with on a cold fall day. I hope Alethea Kontis writes more horror, because this was fantastic!” – Lesley Conner, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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About the Author

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie. Find out more about Princess Alethea by visiting her website at You can also find her on Twitter @aletheakontis.

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Preview the Book

Haven, Kansas is YA paranormal sorcery fantasy novel that will appeal to fans of the supernatural, witches, crows, mysteries, secret books, family secrets, mysterious killings, magic, and a heroine who is the only key to saving them all.

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