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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Haven

Title: Haven
Series: Haven # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Author: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Book: Simon and Schuster Galley Grab Program

"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."

What I like most about this book was how easily it flowed. I enjoyed the writing, the plot, and most of all the characters. Violet is joining a new school in which she feel inexplicably drawn to. She also carries a deep secret she has been holding her whole life. With one day on campus, she meets Aiden who has seem to not only catch her eye but she has captured his heart as well. 

I loved Violet. She is a character who I can relate to right away. She is strong, beautiful, and took everything in about the school in stride.  Violet didn't have a very good life and I was proud of how she was able to move on without anything holding her back. Her reaction to the big secret was one I did enjoy seeing.

Aiden was the hot mysterious guy I could just not get enough of. He loved Violet and did anything and everything for her. He put his life at risk with protecting her and the experiments he is doing.

The ironic twist of the book is a very good surprise. Ms. Cook definitely added some spice to the book with the secret. It added just enough pretense in the book to the buildup and the ending is great. I will admit it did break my heart a little and even made me cry. Nonetheless, Violet is strong and went on to want her destiny called her to.

If you like a new school with some deep secrets read this book. The love between Aiden and Violet will leave you speechless and breathless. Ms. Cook made this book not only enjoyable but easy to read and get into. The debut was absolutely fabulous!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading! 


  1. Everyone's saying this is so good, and I so badly want to read it! A brilliant review that made me want to read it even more.

  2. So glad you enjoyed this! l was a bit unsure at the beginning but it soon got rid of all my doubts!

  3. Oh I can't wait to read this one, glad you enjoyed it Savy! I love a book with a good twist or secret, so now I'm very curious as to what that could be and I want to know more:) And I already like the sound of Aiden!

  4. I enjoyed this one too! I loved the writing, the setting and the characters - especially the friendships Violet had with the other girls! It was an interesting twist too! Great review! :)

  5. Oooh, secrets? That sounds good! Mostly I've heard about the romance, but the secrets and twist sound really intriguing.

  6. The characterization in this one sounds good. Or am I just a sucker for mysterious guys.

    Thanks for the review Savy. It proves to me that you can't judge a book by its cover.

  7. You know, I think I was avoiding this one because I didn't care much for the cover, but I am so interested now that I've read your review - this sounds really interesting, and I like that it has another paranormal element other than vamp, wolves and zombies, oh my!


  8. I really like this review and now I just have to read the book. So many people like this book now I just have to read it.
    The story sounds interesting:-)

  9. hmmmm Im not really interested in reading this one... but Im glad you enjoyed it! Great review! =D

  10. This really sounds good. I can't wait to dip into this book. Thanks for the review. I'm really wanting this one now!

  11. I keep reading great reviews for this one, and even though I hate the cover, I love the premise! Great review, Savy! :)

  12. Hey I live in the Hudson Valley! So now I have to read it! It sounds great too. I'm putting in my TBR list right now.

  13. Just finished this. One word - FANTASTIC! This is a heartfelt and an awesome read!


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