Sunday, February 20, 2011

Haven – Kristi Cook

Publisher:  Simon Pulse, February 22, 2011
Pages:  418
Source:  ebook from publisher
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal

Goodreads Synopsis

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.
But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.
Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first.

My Thoughts 
This was  similar in some ways to another series out there.  On that note I must say, we as readers read a lot of books that are similar to others out there.  I loved the idea that Violet has always felt different because she has a secret she could tell to no one.  Once she gets to  Winterhaven School she immediately realizes she’s not alone.  Everyone else has these same secrets and she fits right in.  That is until she meets Aidan Gray.  She is immediately drawn to him and yet at the same time she knows he holds an even bigger secret.  The character were realistic enough.  The supporting characters were believable and charming and added the extra spice to the story. 

This was a very quick and easy read.  It has all of the elements to grab you and hold you from the beginning.  Any teen or adult who loves the young adult paranormal genre will enjoy this.  This is Kristi’s debut novel so we need to keep an eye on her to see what she gives us next.

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