Thursday, March 31, 2011

Haven by Kristi Cook

Released: February 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Rating: 5/5

Violet McKenna isn't a normal girl with normal teenage issues; she has more to contend with than most people could handle. Violet thought she was just crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad's murder. Her life started falling apart when her premonition came true. She's had flashes of other events too. The problem was nobody believed her until she found a new school: Winterhaven.

At Winterhaven, Violet finally feels like she belongs. She quickly finds a close group friends and discovers that they too have psychic 'gifts'-as do all the students at Winterhaven. But as soon as she feels settled she discovers the most intriguing and alluring boy she has ever met, and things quickly go awry. As the attraction between them grows, intense visions of the boy's death start to haunt her. In her premonitions the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself. And to Violet''s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical--and deadly--way.

Haven was a book I was dying to read, once I received it I cracked it open and devoured it! The book is packed with a lot of punches but it doesn`t get overwhelming instead its quite balanced. There are a lot of stories to tell in this book: Violet`s story, Aidan`s story, Winterhaven`s story and all the other background information. There is a great balance between the actual story and the background story. I`ve read a couple of books in the past where the author tries to pack it with full loaded action but Kristi Cook did a great job and pulled it off very well. 

This book is quite magical and enticing, it captivates you into a new and wonderful world. Even though I say wonderful there is a great deal of suspense. Violet finds herself facing obstacles now and then. Even though the first hundred or so pages are so focused on Violet and her character development; I didn`t find myself bored at all. Once I reached the climatic scenes I found myself zipping through the pages and before I knew it I was finished. 

The characters in this book are phenomenal! I felt getting myself attached to all of the characters. I really like Violets character, she was quite mature which I enjoyed. There were times  that she whined and sulked but hey c`mon what teenager doesn`t do that? Ce-Ce is our "secondary character" and I really enjoyed her too. She is a very caring and considerate character which was nice to experience.

I found myself experiencing everything within this novel. Suspense, light humor, romance and action is all wrapped up it this marvelous 2011 debut! I hope and wish that all of you pick this novel up soon because I guarantee it will not disappoint!


  1. This book is definitely on the top of my TBR pile!
    Thanks for the review.