Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Haven by Kristi Cook

Release Date: Feb 22nd, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Review copy from publisher

Buy the book: Amazon

My Rating

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.

Haven was a book that I was much anticipating. Once I received it, I cracked it open and devoured it! The book packs a lot of punch but it is not overwhelming at all, it is actually very well balanced. There is a lot of story to tell in this book. Violet's story, Winterhaven's story, Aidan's story. And all the background information between the students and teachers of Winterhaven.  There was a great balance between the main story and the back stories. I've read a few books in the past that tried to pack a lot into the book but it just ended up messy and confusing, Kristi Cook pulled it off very well!

Haven is very magical. It wisps you away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life and transports you into this whimsical place. Not all of it is lollipops and rainbows though, there is a great deal of suspense. Violet finds herself running into a few obstacles herself. Although the first 100 pages or so focus's mostly on character development, it never slacks. The author did a great job at keeping my attention, once you reach the climatic scenes you'll be zooming through the pages. Be sure to have a good gap of time free when picking up this book, because you'll find it very difficult to put it down.

The character cast is phenomenal. I instantly bonded with Violet and Ce-Ce. Violet was just like any average teenager but I found her mature beyond her years. There were times when she would whine or sulk(but what teenager doesn't do that). She is a very lovable character. Although Ce-Ce was a secondary character, she reminded me a lot of my close friends. She had a small circle of friends but she was loyal to each one of them. She is a very caring and considerate character.

In Haven there is something for everyone: Suspense, light humour, action and romance, all wrapped up in a wicked paranormal package. 2011 has kicked off with some fantastic books, and Haven is one of them! A fantastic debut novel for Kristen Cook.

What I loved: The beautiful flow of the storyline. The wonderful characters, and the fact that it was my little "getaway" from my busy days. I look forward to reading it.

What I disliked: The cover is stunning, but I am a little confused about the butterfly. I'm not sure what it signified.
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  1. oooo i just added this to my wishlist!!

  2. I've heard really good things about this book. I love novels that have boarding schools in them for some reason. I think I must have secretly desired to go to one in another life or something.

  3. Stopping by to tell you about a book giveaway.

    Giveaway for GREAT HOUSE by Nicole Krauss will begin on my blog on February 19th until February 23.

    I won’t be the only blog giving away books.

    Stop back on Saturday for the full post and giveaway form.

    Mark your calendars.

  4. I was so forunate as to read it already. I LOVED it! I love the kids with ESP and the even stranger kids hiding among them.

  5. this book was the best ever, omg i could not put it down. i read it in a day. kristi cook should make a sequal . i would read it over and over it was 'da best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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