Review: Saven Denial by Siobhan Davis

Posted May 23, 2016 by Lola in Review, Romance, Sci-Fi / 16 Comments


Saven DenialSaven: Denial (Saven #2.5)
by Siobhan Davis


My mother was right to fear me.
I’m an abomination.
And the world should be very afraid.

Sadie has been kidnapped by the Tor, the vindictive alien race who destroyed Thalassic City. As her past, present, and future collides, her worst nightmare looks set to become her shocking new reality.

A deliberate pawn in leader Griselda’s vengeful game, Sadie is horrified to learn the truth about her heritage and the destiny that’s already been mapped out for her. Refusing to cooperate, she risks paying the ultimate price for her defiance.

Love for Logan is her only motivation to stay alive. Saving him is the only thing that matters—the fate of the world depends upon it. While he may never forgive her, she’s determined to protect him. Until her dying breath.

Note from the author: This continues the story from where it left off in Saven Disclosure. This is not an optional novella but an essential read if you don’t want to miss out on important plot developments.

My Review:
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Saven Denial picks right off where Saven Disclosure ended, and as that one ends in a cliffhanger it’s nice you don’t have to wait too long for this novella. Saven Denial is a short, but very important piece of the series. From the beginning there have been hints and foreshadowing about Sadie and now we finally find out what exactly is going on. I had my guesses and while I was somewhat thinking in the right direction, the actual twist still took me by surprise and was different than my guesses. I love it when that happens! And the foreshadowing was done so well and it all makes sense now looking back.

I really enjoyed Saven Denial, it explains so much and it was great to finally see the pieces fall on it’s place. There’s so much going on and so many revelations it’s almost hard to absorb the first time reading it. And then there’s that ending. It’s quite the nasty cliffhanger and I want to know what’s going on. The next book can’t get here fast enough. I am really curious to see how everything revealed here will impact things.

There’s a lot going on in this book for Sadie to absorb and I can’t blame her for wanting to hide from it all at times, as it was a lot to take in. I felt really sorry for her, for what happened and what she had gone through. And also angry on her behalf. I thought she handled the situation really well and it really showed her personality how she went through even though it was hard and how with everything going on she still managed to focus on what was most important for her and not lose sight of herself. I like Sadie even more after reading this novella.

There are also some new characters the reader meet in this book. And especially two of them were really interesting and I have hopes we’ll see more of these in later books. The ending makes me hope that they will play a part in future books as well. There’s also a character were I would be happy if we never see her again, but I think she will be a sort of villain and we’ll see more of her. I thought she seemed a bit too evil, she seemed to have no motive and just seemed pure nasty and evil.

This book ads some important pieces in terms of world building, we learn a bit more about the aliens and about a certain piece of technology. I wasn’t a big fan of the time travel, but that’s a personal pet peeve as I think it doesn’t make sense. I was a bit skeptical about some of the things that happened in this book, as it didn’t always make sense and some things were a bit far fetched, but I also see why the author included it. And I think we won’t see much more about the time travel besides this book, so I didn’t mind too much.

To summarize: I really enjoyed this novella. It takes off right after book 2 has ended and is absolutely necessary to read if you’re reading this series. This novella explains so much. There is a lot of foreshadowing around one topic that gets revealed here. There are a lot of revelations and twist. And while I had guesses, the actual twist took me by surprise. I was impressed by how Sadie handled the situation. I really felt bad for her and angry on her behalf. We meet some new characters, two of whom I hope to see more of. And one who is a sort of villain, who is pure nasty. I wasn’t a fan of the time travel, but luckily it seems like it only plays a part here in this novella mostly. All in all a great novella and vital piece in this series! Can’t wait for the next book!



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Saven DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)
By Siobhan Davis

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What’s the last book or series you read with very well done foreshadowing?


16 responses to “Review: Saven Denial by Siobhan Davis

    • I agree the cover is very eye catching! The novella is an essential part of the story and takes off where book 2 leaves off, so you could say it’s another book, but just shorter as you can’t skip it like most novella’s.
      I hope you’ll enjoy it once you get the chance to read this series!

  1. I have to admit, it aggravates me when series have short in-between type books that are necessary to the story. If something is necessary, I feel like it should be included in one of the full-length books. I’m glad you enjoyed it though and that the twists managed to take you by surprise 🙂 And you know I also appreciate good foreshadowing
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    • I agree with you in most cases, as not everyone will read the novella’s. In this case because of how the story works and what happens here it would’ve felt weird to include it in the next book I think. Can’t fully explain it without giving spoilers, but I don’t think she could’ve made it a full length book or add it to the next one as well. I really appreciate well done foreshadowing and it’s one of the things I love about this author her books as she handles the foreshadowing very well.

  2. Oh, that does sound good that it had you speculating and trying to figure it out. Foreshadowing in a books is like a murder mystery with clues to figure out and guess. Neat that you got some reveals and this felt like a strong part of the series and not just a ‘filler’ even if it is a novella between larger books.
    Time travel is hit or miss with me depending on how it is used or explained. I like that the heroine handled herself well and yum a nasty villain. I really like it when authors take the time to make a good villain to keep things interesting.
    Engaging review as usual, Lola!

    But hmm, foreshadowing, maybe A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde or Winged Victory… and really both weren’t strong enough to make mention. Guess it’s been a while since I read one that had a strong flavor of foreshadowing. 🙂
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    • The first two books really build up towards this novella in term of foreshadowing concerning one big plot point and it finally gets revealed here. It could just as well work as book 3, that’s how important it is t the series even if it is a novella.

      I am not a fan of time travel, so far I never found a book or movie or series that really explained it well. It’s a personal pet peeve, but it did work for the purpose of this book. The villain is really nasty and the main character definitely handled herself well.

      There aren’t many books which are really strong on foreshadowing, so I like it when I find one that does once in awhile.

  3. Siobhan’s covers for this series are knock-outs! Love them! I had been thinking about doing novellas amongst my Daydreamer series, but in the end, I’ve decided only to do novels since I’m afraid people won’t read the novellas.
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    • I love the covers for this series, they are all so stunning! I do agree that I think there is a risk some people would won’t read the novella, but on the other hand it feels right to have this book as novella length, but it definitely can’t be skipped as else the next book probably won’t make much sense. It can be tricky go against what people expect, like novella is optional, so I hope this works out for her. It sure is a great read!
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    • I hope you get around to starting this series during Coyer! It’s a very good series that gets better with each book. The cliffhanger endings can be nasty, but they are the well done kind, if a tad frustrating as you want the next book 😉

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