Friday, June 10, 2011

Haven review

Description: 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.

My thoughts: Although Haven reminded me of other supernatural books, specifically Twilight, it offered up a new version of supernatural creature meets pretty new girl. The twist that made the story interesting was that everyone, especially the main character Violet, was special.

And although the story was good without knowing a certain secret about Violet that even she didn’t know, it made the story better. Her secret isn’t revealed until midway (towards the end), but it’s obvious that this new aspect will open up a lot of new situations for the series.

Initially, I thought this was a cool opening to a series, but I didn't see this as anything (too) new compared to other books. And the problem and solution in this book seemed too "safe". But because of the secret about Violet I mentioned earlier, it made things a lot more exciting, even if it was based off the potential of what Violet could do in the future. This led me to like Haven even more. And now I can't wait to see what's going to happen in the second book!


  1. You liked it more than me. I could see so many connections with other books, and i found it predictable. I really liked the whole mind reading thing though and Violet was a cute character :)

    Btw, i didn't know it was 1st book of series. Thanks for the info.

  2. Thanks for a great review!! I think I'll put this on my "to buy next list".


  3. I just got this book at the library today! Thanks for the review!


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