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Haven (Winterhaven, Book 1) Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Haven
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442407603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442407602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Violet has never fit in—she is the weird girl who has seizures. Only she knows that the seizures are actually psychic visions, always violent and always about someone she loves. Now, during her junior year, she has an opportunity to start fresh, and fit in, at Winterhaven, a boarding school in New York where everyone has psychic abilities. There she makes new friends, and the cutest guy at the school, Aidan, seems mesmerized by her. But then the visions reappear, and this time she sees Aidan in a pool of blood, apparently killed by Violet herself. Cook’s first YA novel reads like a blend of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Twilight saga, and Lois Duncan’s thrillers, and it will find a wide audience among female fans of gothic novels. With a brooding, almost hypnotic atmosphere, the story’s pace is relentless. Even though the reader often figures out the truth (especially Aidan’s being a vampire) long before Violet does, these discoveries will not take away from the tale’s appeal. Grades 9-12. --Melissa Moore


"Cook’s first YA novel reads like a blend of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Twilight saga, and Lois Duncan’s thrillers, and it will find a wide audience among female fans of gothic novels" --Booklist

"If you're looking for a refreshing and unique paranormal read, look no further because Haven is the book for you. Filled with interesting plot lines, well-developed, relatable characters, and a swoon-worthy romance, this a book that manages to have it all and more!" --Lauren, goodreads.com

"Haven is a riveting, exhilarating and spectacular new story from a promising debut author that I couldn't get enough of. Days after finishing the book, I still can't get these characters out of my head. Haven is a book I will read again and again!" --bookscompleteme.com

"Seriously sexy... Hand this one to fans of Gray’s similarly themed Evernight and to all the girls who have broken the bindings on their Twilight books."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"I love love love loved this book. I was hooked from page one. I'd give it 6 out of 5 stars! Haven is a definite MUST READ and a GOOD CHOICE for READING!" --Wanda, goodchoicereading.com

"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

"The pacing and structure of this book are extraordinarily good. The suspense builds and the action gets more intense, as does the anticipation of the development of the relationship between the main characters.

For me, this is a perfect marriage of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Lauren Kate’s Fallen. This book has all our favorite qualities, all in one lovely, satisfying package.

Anyone who likes YA paranormal needs to read this. Seriously- now. Go get it."
--Paula, readinglark.blogspot.com

"With a fast-paced plot line, continuously unfolding drama, a bit of romantic anticipation and a few well-timed twists, Haven is bound to be a favorite." --New York Journal of Books

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This book kept surprising me with each page and it was so exciting to read.
So, if you do not liked clichéd novels, or ones that have the same feel of Twilight, Haven would probably not be for you.
Meghan A.
There is some action in the book, but not until the very end and it seems to be over so quickly.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Heather on February 22, 2011
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I almost didn't read this book because of the cover. The cover gods did not smile on Kristi Cook's debut novel. But, thankfully, she didn't need it. Bit's and pieces of this novel reminded me of different parts of other books, but it was unique in it's own way. I could see where people could see where it reminded them of Twilight, but only slightly. Or maybe Fallen. Sort of. It reminded me most of the Eternal Ones. But even so, there was a spin on that, something I've never heard of and it would seem an obstacle that would be very hard to overcome. Violet (a popular name this year) is feeling like a freak because of her visions of things that will happen in the future. Usually bad things. No one believes her. But at Winterhaven, she finds she isn't a rarity. And she begins to have friends for the first time. And a boyfriend. Who blows hot and cold. And who she starts to have visions about. And her visions are never wrong. And he tells her something terrible and she avoids him. Then one terrible night, while wandering the streets of Manhattan when she's supposed to be visiting her step mother, she finds herself in the middle of the one vision that has been haunting her since she's met Aidan. And after that, she has to believe what he's told her, what she's seen. There is no denying it.

Hope that's enough to whet your appetite. I can't tell anymore of the story without giving anything away. I will say that Violet has some friends with interesting abilities and I was glad the author explained them more fully because I didn't know what they were. Anyone well versed on astral projection? No, me either. But the author is good about explaining everything we don't understand. With some interesting new folklore on a being we know a lot about.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie (Poetry to Prose) on April 14, 2011
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I feel like Haven had the potential to be very awesome, but a good portion of it was just too familiar for me to completely enjoy the book. I've come to expect at least a certain degree of predictability in YA, but I also look forward to seeing how authors can make familiar tropes seem fresh in their story. Unfortunately, Haven had my undivided attention for quite some time. It was easy to find myself comparing certain storylines and characters to some I've previously encountered in other works.

The relationship between Violet and Aidan, while reminiscent of Edward and Bella, didn't quite click for me in the same way. Their relationship felt rushed, and yet I failed to feel any real urgency or heat between the two. The twist in their relationship would have been interesting...had it not played a major role on a certain TV show months before. Plus, the attempt of explanation for it felt weak. It was difficult to warm up to the characters on their own, too. The Aidan effect failed to dazzle me and Violet felt very immature; I never got a real sense of growth from her. The Sabbat storyline was a turning point, but it was only introduced halfway through the book and, even then, not fully explored. I guess there's always a sequel?

The ending felt abrupt. The "big bad" was also only introduced towards the end, but there was a buildup to his arrival so I expected an epic showdown. It was all over within a page or so - I actually looked back to make sure I hadn't accidentally skipped over some pages in between. Very anti-climatic.

There were parts of the book that I did enjoy - I did, after all, speed through it pretty quickly - and I'm curious enough to maybe pick up future sequels but, ultimately, the execution of Haven just didn't work for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Sp(l)ot Reviews on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When her stepmother accepts a prestigious new job in New York, Violet has two choices, stay with her grandmother in Atlanta where she's lived her who life or move to New York with Patsy. Worried that her grandmother can't manage taking her on, Violet decides on New York--and a boarding school: Winterhaven.

The girl that even her friends would half jokingly call a 'freak,' Violet has been told she has a seizure disorder. Only Violet knows she doesn't actually have seizures, but psychic visions. Visions that are usually violent or dangerous and always involve someone close to her.

Violet hopes to have a fresh start at her new, beautiful, elite school outside of New York City. What she doesn't know is that no one at Winterhaven is going to be calling Violet a freak because Winterhaven is a school for those with psychic abilities.

In more ways than one, Violet is going to find a lot more than she expected at Winterhaven.

I've seen Winterhaven compared to Twilight but I think it's more like Evernight or even Dead Beautiful than Twilight. Also, Amazon once again has mega fun spoilers in its synopsis if you ask me!!)

Paranormal books set in boarding schools start out made of awesome for me and either go up or down from there so I do have to admit that I started this book with high expectations . . . and it mostly met them. I loved the introduction of the school and Violet's roommate and her friends.

There was some mystery with one or two characters and just what their role both in the story and with other characters was that added some intrigue--which I loved.

I missed some of the development between Violet and her romantic interest in the book.
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