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 critical—and deadly—way.
June 30, 2013
Title: Haven (Winterhaven #1)
Author: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA, UF, Vampires
Release Date: Feb 22nd, 2011
Source: RAKPurchase: TBD | Amazon
Haven was a really decent and interesting read. At first I didn't realize it was about vampires, but was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be.
Violet McKenna is moving to New York from Atlanta with her step-mother. She had decided to try a boarding school and was drawn to Winterhaven, not knowing what type of school it was. After her first day she realizes that the school isn't what she expected and neither are it's students. She is also drawn to Aidan Gray and soon finds herself in a situation she never thought possible.
The story itself flowed very nicely. And while it still seemed like a few other young adult books I have read in the past, it did have it's own unique twists. Although, right away, I could see where Cook was going with Aidan's character. His character did remind me somewhat of another one of my favorite YA characters in another series, however, there were some differences.
I did love the supporting characters as well. They gave this story great support. I loved all their "special gifts" and each one of their "gifts" brought something more to the table. I felt a connection to CeCe and the rest of the gang, who reminded me so much of my friends back in high school. Their strengths and weaknesses alike.
Violet's character was a little different for me. While I felt a pang of sympathy for her over her father, it was hard to follow her hot and cold emotions for herself and for Aidan. One minute she's happy with him and the next she's wanting to flee from him.
This is a great read for anyone ages 14 and up, simply for some of the explicit language (however tastefully placed). I also recommend this book to anyone is a fan of paranormal and vampires.