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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 145 x 211 x 36mm | 476g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442407603
  • 9781442407602
  • 303,040

Review quote

"X-Men meet's Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Twilight... had me hooked, and left me wanting more.
Haven was the perfect mixture of mystery, romance and paranormal. If you're a Twilight fan, or a Buffy fan, then you'll love this book. "
--Christy, thereaderbee.com
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Rating details

9,750 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 34% (3,353)
4 30% (2,885)
3 24% (2,311)
2 9% (841)
1 4% (360)

Our customer reviews

Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/review-haven-by-kristi-cook/ I was so incredibly disappointed with this book. When I first heard about this book, I immediately put it on my to-read list. After all, a few of my book blogger friends had recommended it, and it was published by Simon & Schuster! I mean, what could go wrong with that? I was so, so wrong. Haven was the epitome of a Twilight wannabe. Here's an outline for you: 1. Girl goes to new school in new city/town. 2. Girl gets new friends. 3. Girl meets incredibly handsome guy who is strangely single. 4. Girl is intrigued by guy. 5. Guy can't be with her for some strange reason! 6. Girl is depressed and must find out reason. 7. Guy saves girl from something bad! 8. Girl finds out that guy is a vampire. 9. Girl decides that she doesn't care if guy is a vampire. And then the rest starts to deviate a little, but still. Pretty much the exact same outline. Sure, there were some things different that made it more interesting - Winterhaven, the school that Violet, the main protagonist, attends, is full of psychic students. Also, in this book, Aidan believes that there is a cure to the "vampire disease." Violet has visions of the future. And then (spoiler!) Violet is a vampire hunter. But the essence is still the same. Even the characters were practically the same. Bella - I mean Violet - was a pretty and pale girl who went to a new school where she met Edward - ahem, excuse me - Aidan Gray, who was a vampire afraid of being close to people. Remind you of anything? Some spoilery thoughts that I just have to say ... That Violet is a Sabbat, a vampire hunter, is only a surprise because the author wrote it too suddenly! It was like Kristi Cook suddenly decided to make Violet a vampire hunter! There were no clues whatsoever that leaded up to that. The ending battle was way too short. It definitely shouldn't be that easy to overcome three vampires. Come on, seriously? That's not believable at all. Especially since Violet barely even knew how to use a stake. I did, however, like how Jenna turned out to be a lycanthrope. I like Jenna. She's cool (way cooler than those other idiotic characters). And lastly, what bothers me the most? To become a vampire, the already existing vampire has to have sex with the other soon-to-be vampire. Yes, gross. Now, Mrs. Girard turned Aidan into a vampire. That means that Mrs. Girard and Aidan had sex. Yes, completely and utterly gross. My conclusion is that Haven was a cheesy Twilight wannabe - so cheesy that suddenly, everyone (wow, everyone!) stared at Violet and Aidan going out. Though it had some good points that Twilight completely missed, Haven is lacking in so many aspects; it's not believable at several points (of course, not including the whole psychic and vampire thing) and it's too predictable. Haven was a waste of my time, to be honest. Oh, and about the cover? The butterfly thing still doesn't make sense to me. It has no relevance to the book itself, as far as I can tell.show more
by Linda
In honour of Kristi and her lovely Facebook speech to bloggers, I'll start my review with: "OMG! I *loved* this book! It was awesome!" and I am not making fun of her, I mean it! Without much talking and explaining Kristi Cook let's Violet, our protagonist, arrive at her new boarding school Winterhaven. As Violet adjusts to her new school, we learn more about her character and past. She is a very likeable character and I easily made friends with her. Unlike other heroines she is a very reasonable character. Her love interest and male protagonist Aiden introduces himself as the anti I-better-stay-away-before-I-hurt-her supernatural and continues showing up at every possible occasion to meet Violet. Just as much as our heroine I enjoyed the regular contact with him and appreciated the very short time spans between their meetings. Where other novels take place in a time span of maybe two weeks with the first day the lover's meeting each other, day fourteen them being through every possible conflict, Haven skips time periods without further interest in their relationship and continues the story at relevant points. Haven covers a time span of several months and so creates a reasonable relationship with believable feelings.Violet and Aiden have their ups and downs, romantic, steamy, sad situations, moments of denial and realization. At a school of unusual gifted children, they both stick out for another special ability or characteristic. I was surprised to find out what they both are, that nature destined them to be enemies. Their love has to fight against a constant fear of loosing their feelings for each other which makes it so exciting. I am a fan of an ordinary school setting combined with a good portion of magic and paranormalcy. At Winterhaven school there are plenty of exceptionally gifted children, everyone's got a psychic talent from telepathy to telekinesis or other spiritual talents. I hope to discover many more talents in the next book. Although I hadn't expected to meet certain supernatural creatures in Haven I didn't get bored by their presence. First I almost felt disappointed by finding out one of the many secrets about Aiden but in the end I pretty much enjoyed the cool new elements Cook invented. In my opinion, a very good novel is always marked by a very good writing style. Cook applied a writing style that supported the story very well. Although I noticed several word repetitions, I find Cook's writing just right. My interest in Haven was rised by a little bookmark sent by the lovely Loni @ A Casual Reader, so I was very happy to receive an eARC of it later. Haven kept me up all night and in bed reading all next morning. I couldn't help it, each new chapter lured me even deeper into the magical flow of Haven. THE VERDICT Haven tells the story of Violet and Aiden, which is romantic, sexy and sad to all extents. You are a fan of the supernatural, difficult love affairs that aren't destined to exist? Then you should visit the Winterhaven school yourselves to believe its magic!show more
by MissPageTurner
Haven is a well written novel that sucked me into Ms Cook's world. There is an awesome blend of paranormal featured and I liked how they all worked together to make a new story. I think that Violet very much reminded me of me when I was a teen- very hot and cold, smart one minute making dumb decisions the next. And jealousy was very much a factor in some of those stupid decisions. Aidan had me going with the "Aidan effect" too. Mysterious, devoted and hot. Who can resist? I don't approve of all of the secrets but I understand why in the end. There are a lot of similarities to other stories, but that didn't take any of the enjoyment factor out, and then Ms Cook would throw in her own twist. I also wanted a little more from the climax- there was all of the work up and then things just seemed a bit too easily resolved. But I know that more is in the next book, so I am thirsting for the next one to be released already. I really like the friendships featured in Haven. Violet's roomie is my favorite, she is intuitive and loyal- someone that I would love to have as a bff. Her other friends kinda blended together to me even though they were written well and had their own personalities. I do like how they band together. I like one line- cold is the new hot! A few scenes had me fanning myself and wishing for more steam, not the cold shower lol. This is a great debut and I can't wait to read more from Ms. Cook.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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