Review : Haven, Kristi Cook

Haven by Kristi Cook

February 22nd, 2011 (US)
Simon & Schuster


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.

My review

When her stepmother has been hired for a job in New York City, Violet decides to move with her and to go into a prestigious boarding school called Winterhaven. She immediately becomes friend with some girls of her age and is attracted with a mysterious boy who seems to hide things…

Violet is a teenager like everyone else who wants to have a normal life but she’s not normal at all and she doesn’t belong to a normal school. And normalcy is very different in Winterhaven…

When we read this, the book looks like very classical and boring YA stories like we have read many times before. However, I didn’t know anything about this book before starting to read and I was pleasantly surprised by what happens in the beginning of the story with a first major twist. Then, I was much less astonished by the second twist, which was very predictable if you know a very famous book series about vampires… Indeed, the book is full of references about YA pop culture like Twilight, Vampire Diaries or Buffy… and the story disappeared a little bit behind the memories of these series.

But the story doesn’t need these tricks, it works well even without them thanks to a lot of events, suspense and action which appeal the reader. Moreover, the novel has many pages and enables the author to develop a full story.

Haven is the first book in the series, I hope the sequel will be as entertaining to read.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Missy
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 10:04:36

    I wait a sequel for take decision if I will read or not.


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