I just finished reading Haven by Kristi Cook for a Book-It Forward ARC Tour.
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 was immediately drawn into this story. I loved how everyone in the boarding school had a super power (um, I want one please!). And I loved how at this school, it was completely normal.
Violet and her friends were all great. They seemed like such a great group of normal girls (not the mean cliquey type that you usually read about when it comes to groups). Then add in Aidan, the mystery guy. I liked him right away. His relationship with Violet was very on and off, which bothered me a little bit until I realized that high school relationships are often like that.
But after we find out Aidan's secret, the book turned very Twilight-ish. Which was good and bad. I loved Twilight so on the one hand I loved the story. But for some reason, at this point, I felt that the story went a little downhill. Or became a little too familiar maybe.
Anyways, I enjoyed reading this book and I am looking forward to the sequel!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 25
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 23
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 10
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 21
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Book It Forward ARC Tours.