Haven by Kristi Cook

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Haven by Kristi Cook

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Pages: 401
Source: purchased
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Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a crictical—and deadly—way.--Goodreads
Violet is the new girl in a school.  That is pretty normal, right?  Not when the school houses students who all have extraordinary gifts.  Violet has visions of the future and she didn’t see this one coming.  To get caught up in her classes, Aiden has been tutoring her.  However, Aiden has his own secrets that even students of Winterhaven would be terrified of.  When Violet starts having visions of an upcoming threat, the only one she can turn to is Aiden.  His past holds the key to what they must do to stop these visions from coming true.

On a scale from one to ten, this book gets a two in the originality department.  Harsh, right?  I know.  However, it is quite hard to find a book that is truly original these days but when it is so painfully obvious, I just couldn’t let this one go.  This book was basically the plot of Twilight with a few add-ins.  It was difficult to get passed that when the book is 400-something pages long.

Violet was a bit annoying at first but I grew to like her because she seemed to develop and grow into her skin a lot more than I would have first expected.  Aiden was your typical, hot boy who can read minds.  He was extremely adorable but I felt like I’ve heard about his character so many times before.  I liked the chemistry between the two, though.  As soon as there were some scenes between Violet and Aiden, there was a sort of audible tension in the room.  I could feel it.

I will most definitely be reading the sequel.  Just because the book was not that original does not mean that I should dislike it just for that reason.  I quite enjoyed reading what Cook brought to the story and it was little twists that kept me moving.  Also, Cook’s writing just blew me away.  It made me want to come back for more.  Her style is just so fast paced and action packed; my heart was racing the entire time.

Haven, though not very original, was written so well that it compelled me to finish it so fast and I loved every minute of it.

“I’ll never forget the first glimpse of Winterhaven as we pulled up the long, curving drive—gray stones bathed in the lavender haze of dusk, looking like an old European university, all flying buttresses and stone spires reaching toward the sky.”
-Haven by Kristi Cook, p. 1

Rated PG-13 for sexual references, brief language, crazy mind-control, and violent and scary scenes.
Cover: 3
Characters: 4
Writing Style: 5
Plot: 2
Ending: 4


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