Saturday, February 26, 2011

Haven by Kristi Cook

HavenTitle: Haven
Author: Kristi Cook
Series: Could be Series
Pages: 416
Published: Available now from Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781442407602
Source: Galley Grab

Description: 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.

I Give This ...

I was pulled into this story quickly.  I liked the set-up and it seemed like it had an interesting story line.  But, it started to slowly sound exactly like a well known book.  Thankfully the story did have elements of is own, even if I was reminded greatly of something else.

I think what kept me invested in the story was Violet.  I really liked her character.  She's had to grow up having visions of the future and everyone else thinking she was crazy for it.  The teen years are hard enough without having that thrown in.  I was happy to see her find a place at Whitehaven and learn that she wasn't different from all the other students.  She could have friends that she could trust.  I liked that her talents were more than what she thought.

I wasn't sure what to think of Aiden at first.  But the more he was drawn to Violet but distant from everyone else, the easier it was for me to beg what was going on.  It bugs me when a character expects someone to tell them all their secrets but refuses to divulge any of their own.  When he does finally open up to Violet, I discovered that I actually liked his history.  It's not a new theory, but from some reason his voice gave it something new.

Overall, I liked the story, but parts of it were way to similar to others.  It was almost hard to look past.  If this becomes a series, I may seek out the next one.

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