Sunday, January 16, 2011

Haven by Kristi Cook [Review]

Title: Haven
Author: Kristi Cook
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: Feb. 22, 2011
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN-10: 1442407603
ISBN-13: 978-1442407602
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Melissa
4 out of 5 Robots!

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School. 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.
The only reason I am giving this book 4 Robots and not 5 is because there were just way too many similarities to most other vampire stories that I have read. Without giving away too much; Violet is a wonderful character and her visions are almost reminiscent of Alice (Twilight). The mind reading from Aidan brings in Edward. Don't get me wrong, I loved the story, and couldn't stop reading once I started. I was up till almost 4 in the morning just to finish it.

The love story between Violet and Aidan is just like every other vampire human love story and at times he wants so much more but apparently has Iron Clad control (Edward) and refuses to let things go farther than he can handle.  There were so many similarities between Haven and Twilight, Buffy, Evernight and even some Vampire Diaries thrown in there, I almost forgot that I was reading an entirely different story altogether. The similarities don't really take anything away from the story, but if you are wanting something new then this might not be the book for you.

The gifts of the other students add another element to the story, and come in handy in more ways than one throughout the book. Violet's friends really stick by her and show what a true friend is, even in a world of "freaks." The ending leaves something to be desired, I wish there were more to read and I am really hoping for a sequel. 

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