Haven by Kristi Cook

Title: Haven
Author: Kristi Cook
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 418 (e-ARC)
Source: Galley Grab*
Buy the Book: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary via Goodreads:

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start–a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future. 
But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there–every student, every teacher–has psychic abilities, ‘gifts and talents,’ they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend–Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven. 
Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye–much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy–if only they can do so without destroying each other first.

I find it really interesting when a book, even though it falls into the category of paranormal genres, the characters in it are still very tangible and can be easily to relate with. And if you’re looking for a book just like that, look no further because Haven is the book for you!

Haven took me by surprise. At first, I honestly thought I wouldn’t enjoy this book but apparently I was wrong. What really draws me into reading this book was the premise; I simply love the idea of a boarding school for “gifted” teenagers and it’s not just a boarding school for a certain supernatural ability, every possible teenager with supernatural abilities are present. And also I like how tangible the scenes are, Kristi Cook‘s powerful writing has brought this fascinating and intriguing world of Violet into life. I can’t wait to read more from her.

As for the characters, I enjoyed Violet as a protagonist. I think she’s a very interesting girl and everyone can totally relate to her. She has the strength of character and she’s very human as well despite the fact that she can see the future and that she’s another ‘thing’ that I’m not going to mention because I’m not going to ruin the story for you. I like her friends too, especially Cece, (I personally like her power among other characters) I like how she really cares and stick with Violet all the way. Aidan, on the other hand, is…Oh.My.God. So, Aidan. He’s the kind of character where when you first read him you know there’s something really interesting about him that you have no choice but to go and figure it out. His relationship with Violet was also one of the things I really like. I thought it has substance and very genuine.

I also find it very interesting how Kristi relates vampirism to a blood-borne disease, although, I’m not really sure how the process of vampirism goes, however, the way Kristi Cook relates the two makes a lot of sense that in between reading, I was actually searching about Malaria. Haha. I think that’s really, really awesome.

I just have one small issue on this one; I thought the action scenes were a little too short. I was expecting that it would be more protracted considering the fact that the story was surrounded with teenagers with amazing supernatural abilities.

Nevertheless, Haven is great and surprising read. I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars because I had so much fun hanging out with Violet and her gang! I recommend this to all Twilight, Vampire Diaries and X-Men fanatics! You’re all going to enjoy this book!

Cover Thoughts: 3.5 out of 5 I like the colors used but I didn’t get what the butterfly signifies.

*I received this advance galley via Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, Galley Grab!

Challenge: 100 Books In Year Reading Challenge; 2011 DAC


  1. Elodie

    February 24, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Thanks for the review Mia !! I'm hoping to read this one soon .. I don't really like the cover but the blurb sounds really good !! And this idea of vampirism related to a blood-borne disease seems really interesting !! =)
    I look forward to know what you thought of The Vespertine 😉

  2. gae polisner

    February 24, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    I have this one on my TBR list too. So want to read. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  3. Christy @TheReaderBee

    February 24, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Great review! I really enjoyed reading this book. 🙂

  4. Mia

    February 24, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Elodie: Thanks, Elodie 🙂 Yes, it's very interesting! I'm looking forward into reading your thoughts about this someday.

    Gae: I'm looking forward on your review as well! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Christy: Thanks! Yeah. Me too! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Marrion

    February 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Nice.. This book is similar on a anime, Alice Academy. A school gifted with supernatural abilities they called Alice. I am surprise this one is kinda like but I would love to read this one. And oh! I saw this at the bookstores now in hardcover. Anyway, great review Mia! :]

  6. Mia

    February 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    @MJ: I heard about that anime but I wasn't able to watch it :p Really? Available already? AWESOME! Another book to add on our wishlist 😉 Thanks for visiting, MJ!

  7. mummazappa

    February 24, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    This cover put me off adding it to my list, I know it's a superficial reason but with so many books to choose from I guess I've got to have some kind of criteria! But your review has changed my mind, just added it to my list, cheers 🙂

  8. Exchange Host

    February 25, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Nice review! Will have to get hold of that book now!

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