Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Haven by Kristi Cook

 Title: Haven
 Author: Kristi Cook
 Published: Simon Pulse, Feb. 22, 2011
 Number of Pages: 320

 Blurb from Goodreads:  Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a crictical—and deadly—way.

 Review:   So my terrible flaw is that I almost always judge a book by its cover. I know its terrible but really when I see an amazing cover on a book it just makes me want to read it and throw in a blurb that hooks you and I'm a total goner.  That's exactly what happened with Haven and I'm glad it did. Haven starts off with Violet, a girl that just wants to normal, and to her getting accepted into Winterhaven is her key to normalcy. Well... that doesn't happen as Winterhaven is a school for kids with special psychic talents and well some other things but I'm not getting into that :)  Violet herself is a pretty kick-ass heroine. She has had some pretty horrible things happen to her but she doesn't let that get in her way. Most of the time she focuses on the positive. Another thing I like about her is that she isn't one of those heroines that refuse to accept the truth even if it slapped them in a face and then ran them over. Once she figures something out( which I have to admit may take her a while, Violet is a little slow sometimes), nevertheless she doesn't continue to deny it she accepts it and moves on  which is a pretty amazing trait for a YA heroine.
    Aiden, oh Aiden I really don't know what to say about him. He was the typical love interest. You know the nearly perfect, amazing in every way, hottest boy in school who keeps to himself and seems to have  a dark secret. So I liked Aiden but I didn't love him. I mean he just wasn't swoon worthy. This wasn't the type of book that you have to put down and do a lap around the house just to cool off. Romance wasn't the main focus of this book, which, well looking over recently published books, is a breath of fresh air. The romance is there but it yields way to the events in the book.
  Which brings me to the plot. This is where things get confusing it was predictable but surprising at the same time. Even though most of the time  is was so obvious what would happen, there were still moments when I  went- Oh no that didn't just happen. 
  So overall I liked this book and if you are a die-hard YA paranormal romance the you definitely shouldn't miss it. It puts an unexpected turn on well on what one expects from YA. 
              So this books gets 


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