Haven by Kristi Cook

Posted April 28, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

HavenHaven by Kristi Cook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary From 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.

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This is going to be a speedy review. Not because I’m in a rush or anything because you all know I don’t have a life outside of reading. It’s because I really don’t have all that much to say about Haven. Why? Because nothing stands out about this book. There was nothing that really blew me away. It was just decent. To me, everything from the characters, to the setting and plot, was just average. That’s not to say I didn’t like it. It just wasn’t all that memorable. I enjoyed reading it, but I didn’t rush through it. It was fairly easy to put down and I often did.

Violet was a likeable character for sure. But there wasn’t a whole lot of character development or changes that she went through besides finding out who she really was meant to be, but this wasn’t really a shocking development. And Aidan, while he was dreamy and mysterious, wasn’t a particularly stand out character. I guess if I had to pick a favorite character, it would be him, but only because of who he was. And yes, I figured that out ahead of time too. There were no surprises for me in this book. I saw everything coming before it actually happened and I felt at times like I was one of the characters with secret powers because of this. 🙂 Violet’s friends were just your generic side-kick supporting characters.

As for the plot, it was well-paced and I enjoyed reading the book, but it wasn’t amazing. It was just good. I know a lot of readers enjoyed the novel. And I get why, I do, but I guess at this point for me, because I have read so many books, I am looking for something more than just good. I probably will read the sequel, because I would like to know what happens, but I don’t expect any surprises there either. I’m sure it will all end happy and generically. It just wasn’t a stunner. Let me know how you feel in the comments.

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One response to “Haven by Kristi Cook

  1. I might read this, just for the fact that it takes place in the Hudson Valley. I lived there for a year and a half and I love reading books that take place in areas that I’m somewhat familiar with.

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