Haven Early Review

Saturday, February 5, 2011

by Kristi Cook
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: February 22nd 2011 by Simon Pulse
Review by Amber I

From Goodreads
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

It was a pretty good read. It was a little too much of a typical YA romance for me though. You know love at first sight but theres too many big differences keeping them apart. It really reminded me of another YA book that got way too much hype..Another thing was we skipped through a lot. Like one second its Christmas then the next they are planning a Valentines Day dance. While I am all about not dragging it out, this happened a little too much for me.

I guess it was just the same story told with a slightly different twist. The boy know one can get near falls for the new girl at school, love at first sight, he thirts for her blood, bad guys are coming to destroy them, boy has been alive for hundreds of years...

But it was a quick and easy read. If you love the typical YA scene then you will like this book. If you like the characters instantly in love and all that then yes this book is good. Theres some new paranormal types that you do not always see in books so you get a good mix also. I probably would have really enjoyed this book a whole lot more say like 2 years ago. But now that I have read soo soo many it just seemed a little too typical.

I gave 3 out of 5 stars.

I recieved this book from Good Golly Miss Holly's Arc Tour


  1. Great review! The summary of this book reminded me of Shadow Hills, the Candidates, Dead Beautiful and I am sure so many of the other paranormals at boarding school books out there. It just did not sound that original. I may read it if my library gets it.
    Truly Bookish

  2. thank you so much!! It really reminded me of Twilight a lot. The relationship between the main character and boyfriend. It was kind of annoying.


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