Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: Haven by Kristi Cook

Haven  by Kristi Cook
Hardbound: 416 pages
Release date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Won
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Goodreads Summary: 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've been waiting Haven for awhile now to read and it was fairly impressive. The writing of Kristin Cook was easy to grasp that I was engross on reading that I lost track of time. The thing that really lets me continually read the Haven was because of how Kristi Cook puts you into the story. I was captured by the exquisite visual rendering of Winterhaven. That I was envious of their school that it looks like from another period.
I love how readers could easily devour the story. The supernatural powers of the students in Winterhaven are really interesting and mind-boggling. Honestly I become a victim of ‘Aidan effect’, he is gorgeous, mysterious and every girl seems fascinated to him and our protagonist, Violet, is not an exception. He’s the one who supports Violet every time and he’s just tranquil whenever a problem comes.
On the contrary, I dislike some stuff about the story. First, Aidan’s “secret” identity, finding out about it, was kinda hackneyed especially nowadays his identity is really known to all readers. The second thing was their relationship, how they ‘re so absorbed in each other that sometimes they forgot to think of their private lives is somehow tedious. The third one, the story, sorry to say this but in some way I find the prose sort of banal and the anonymity that lies in the past life of Aidan, in some way it was just like on the Vampire Diaries. I’m not against with how the story goes, but if I’ll muse on if the Haven sends a new kind of flavor on the story these days, I would say no.

The story ends on a not cliffhanger note, but left questions to be answered—on what was the real truth about the Herculean gifts of the students and the love story of Aidan and Violet. The friends of Violet make the whole story interesting for me, how they handle to discover the mysteries and being with a newbie, who’s Violet. And Oh by the way, I’ll surely looking forward on its sequel, why?... Well it’s because of Dr. Byrne as in Byrne-ing hot, that I know will play a big part on the next story*wink*; p and because I know that the story will be more catchy, so check out the book!


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