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  • Series: Haven
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442442999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442442993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristi Cook also publishes adult titles under the names Kristina Cook and Kristi Astor. Haven and Mirage are her first YA novels. Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at Kristi-Cook.com.

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1 ~ There’s No Place like Home

I’d never thought too much about friendship before I came to Winterhaven, mostly because I hadn’t had many friends. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I couldn’t. The more people I got close to, the more people I saw in my visions, which were harbingers of awful things to come. Besides, the more friends I had, the more people I had to hide my secret from, the more I had to pretend that I didn’t know about things before they happened.

But now … now I had friends. Friends I didn’t have to pretend with. I looked around the classroom at them, their heads bent over their desks—Marissa, her dark hair falling across one pale cheek; Kate, her chin propped in one hand as she stared dreamily out the window; Sophie, pushing her strawberry-blond curls off her forehead, her brow furrowed in concentration. Jack and Joshua, sitting side by side, as if there were nothing weird about a telekinetic football star and a shape-shifter outcast being friends. And Cece—wonderful, amazing Cece—my roommate, my best friend.

Together, they had risked their lives for me. And for Aidan.

I glanced over one shoulder at the tall girl sitting two rows back, her model-perfect face pale and taut. Jenna Holley. Jenna hadn’t been a friend—not even close—and yet she’d saved us all.

Why? I still didn’t know. I wanted answers, and now that we were back at Winterhaven—

“Five more minutes,” a voice called out, startling me. I looked up and saw Dr. Byrne pointing to the clock on the wall.

I glanced down at the page on my desk, blinking hard. There were still a half-dozen little circles that I hadn’t filled in. Good thing this was just the SAT practice test, and not the real thing. There was no way I could concentrate right now, not with all of us back together again. All I could think about was that horrible day in May—a day I’d never forget, as long as I lived.

On the plus side, my friends knew the truth now—that Aidan was a vampire and that I was some supposedly rare kind of vampire slayer. A Sâbbat. I was finally getting used to it, and even coming to terms with the fact that I’d actually slain not one but three vampires with my trusty little hawthorne stake. The Sâbbat’s weapon of choice, apparently. Ironically, mine was lovingly crafted by a vampire, which had to be a totally new one in the Sâbbat world—not that I’d know, as I’d never met another Sâbbat. Chances were pretty slim that I ever would, since that there were only three in the world at any given time. At least, according to the legend.

“Two minutes,” came Dr. Byrne’s voice, interrupting my wandering thoughts. Dr. Hottie, the girls at Winterhaven liked to call him, and I had to admit it was a fitting nickname. I briefly wondered what his talent was, since everyone here at Winterhaven had one. Maybe he was an empath, like my friend Marissa, I mused. That would make him ideal for teaching the SAT prep course—he could make us all feel relaxed and confident, if he chose to.

“One minute,” he intoned, and I began to hastily fill in the remaining circles. If I marked them all C, chances were I’d get some right. At least, I hoped so.

It was the first day of orientation, that weird transition time at Winterhaven when the upperclassmen had to hide their gifts and talents from the freshmen till they all caught on. And while the other upperclassmen were busy finalizing their schedules and signing up for extracurriculars, my friends and I were all stuck making up the final SAT prep class, the one we’d missed last spring after the whole showdown thing. None of us had been in any condition then to finish the class, much less take the actual SATs.

So here we were, stuck inside this stuffy classroom, trying to remember everything we’d learned three months ago. Everyone except Aidan, that is. He was still at home in Manhattan, but he’d promised he would be here tomorrow. I could barely wait to see him—the minutes were dragging by. It had been too long. Way too long.

After all, my summer hadn’t exactly gone as planned. Instead of spending a few weeks in Atlanta, I had spent the entire break there. I hadn’t really had a choice. On the last day of finals, Gran had had a stroke—a fairly serious one—and so I’d packed up my trunks and flown down there to help out the moment classes were over.

Not that I was complaining. Sure, I missed my friends. And I missed Aidan, especially since our telepathy didn’t seem to have a long-distance channel and we were forced to use more conventional methods of communication to keep in touch. But Gran and her companion/housekeeper, Lupe, needed me, and family comes first. Besides, it had given me a chance to catch up with Whitney, my best friend since kindergarten, even if we had grown apart lately. How could we not, with all the secrets I was forced to keep from her?

Anyway, my Winterhaven friends had mostly scattered over the summer, and Aidan had remained at school, working obsessively in the chemistry lab on his cure for vampirism. And since the only way we could ever really be together was if he did manage to find a cure, let’s just say I’m very supportive of his work.

And so summer had come and gone. Whitney and I had successfully rekindled our friendship. Gran had gotten stronger and fully regained her speech, and I’d helped Lupe hire a full-time home health aide who moved in with them just last week. The aide, Melanie, seemed great, and that alleviated my guilt about leaving them. I knew they were in good hands, and I was excited to get back to school and start my senior year.

“Time!” Dr. Byrne called out, and I realized that he’d given us way more than the one minute he’d promised. With a sigh, I set down my pencil and followed the chattering crowd up to Dr. Byrne’s desk to drop off my answer sheet.

“Don’t forget the senior meeting in the auditorium,” he yelled over the din. “We’ll be talking about college applications.”

Great. I glanced over at Cece, who rolled her eyes. It seemed like we were never going to get any time to just hang out and catch up. Cece and I reached his desk together, slapping our answer sheets onto the top of the pile.

“Oh, and Miss McKenna?”

I glanced up in surprise at the sound of my name.

“Can I see you for just a few moments, after we’re all done here?”

The whole room seemed to go silent at once, everyone glancing from me to Dr. Byrne and back to me again. “Sure,” I said, feeling the heat rise in my cheeks. What in the world did he want with me?

“Do you want us to wait?” Cece asked, tipping her head toward Sophie, Marissa, and Kate, who stood by the door, goggling.

“No, it’s okay. Just save me a seat, okay?” I stood there awkwardly by his desk as the room emptied. Jenna was the last out, glancing back curiously over her shoulder as she stepped into the hall.

Dr. Byrne picked up the answer sheets, adjusting them into a neat stack before he shoved them into a manila folder. Finally his gaze met mine, and he smiled. Which, embarrassingly enough, caused my heart to do a little flip-flop. Since I had no idea what his gift was, I kept my thoughts locked up good and tight—a preventive measure. At Winterhaven you never knew who might be listening in.

“Do you want to sit?” He gestured toward the seat in the front row, right across from his desk.

“Sure,” I murmured, slipping into the seat he’d indicated while he leaned back against the desk, his arms folded across his chest.

“Don’t worry,” he said with a laugh. “You’re not in trouble or anything. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

I looked scared? Well, I guess that was better than looking flustered.

“I was just speaking with Mrs. Girard, and she tells me you were getting some psychic coaching from Sandra Wilkinson last year. She’s a mind reader, right?”

“Yeah,” I answered, wondering where this was going. “At first she was just teaching me to block. But then we started working on my visions. It’s not really her thing, but she tried to help as best she could.”

“Well, you’re in luck. I’ve got a little extra time this semester, and I told Mrs. Girard that I’d be willing to help out. I’ve never really coached before, but I’m willing to give it a try if you are.”

I wasn’t quite following him. Give it a try? He was offering to coach me?

“I’m a precog,” he clarified, noting my confusion. “Visions. Pretty much just like yours, from what I understand. Generally bad stuff, and almost exclusively about people I’m close to. Sound familiar?”

“Yes,” I said breathlessly, leaning forward in my chair. “Are you able to control them? You know, summon a replay, or anything like that?”

He nodded. “Pretty much. It’s not an exact science, but I know a few tricks. Anyway, if you’re interested, I’m willing to share what I know.”

“Definitely,” I said, nodding. The idea of working with someone with the same gift as me, someone who actually understood what it was like and who might even be able to help me—well, it gave me a new kind of hope.

“Great,” Dr. Byrne said with a smile, and I couldn’t help but wonder how old he was. Rumor put him right around twenty-five or so, but that seemed awfully y...

More About the Author

As a child, Kristi Cook took her nose out of a book only long enough to take a ballet class (or five) each week. Not much has changed since then, except she's added motherhood to the mix and enjoys penning her own novels as much as reading everybody else's. A transplanted southern gal, Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. HAVEN (Simon Pulse, Feb. 2011) is her debut YA novel. Visit her online at www.kristi-cook.com.

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I was on the edge of my seat or couch or bed or wherever the whole time!
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So, if your a fan of one of those series I would suggest giving this series a chance.
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The storyline was very well thought out, and the pacing for the book was just right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sstidham on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
WOW! Is all I really got to say about "Mirage" such a great read and very hard to put down. I don't want to say too much and give anything away to thoughts who haven't read it yet. But there are some nice surprises in this book. One thing I will say though is I can't believe who the "Megved" was; I thought it was going to be someone totally different. I would recommend both "Haven" & "Mirage" to all my friends and family. I can't wait for the next book to come out to see what happens to Violet and Aidan and all their friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angelique joubert on September 7, 2013
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Loved it. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down till I was done. I would so recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Chong on September 22, 2012
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I absolutely adored this novel! Mirage is everything a sequel should be. Violet and Aiden are strong, compelling characters and I can't wait to see what happens to them in Book III.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeautifulDisaster on August 12, 2012
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Mirage was exactly what I was hoping for in a sequel to Haven: more of my favorite characters from book 1, new characters who are easy to love (and fun to hate), and new plot complications that take off in deliciously unpredictable ways.

The book begins after the spotlight couple have spent the summer apart, Violet caring for her ailing grandmother while Aidan works on his project in the lab. Their joyful reunion does not lack chemistry, I am happy to report. I am also happy to report that the chemistry, while not lacking, causes a major complication in their relationship.

In Mirage, we get answers to some questions (why Violet looks so much like a woman from Aidan's past, for example). We also get plenty of questions to replace the ones that are answered. And we get an ending that will have you holding your breath for book 3.

Of all the books I read in a year's time (somewhere around 70), there are a handful that I consistently recommend to those foolish enough to ask. This series is part of that small sampling which get recommended. I guarantee that Mirage will be on my Best of 2012 list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany on July 27, 2012
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Haven and Mirage were two very, very good books. I would call them a cross between the Percy Jackson series, Harry Potter, and Twilight. So, if your a fan of one of those series I would suggest giving this series a chance.
In this book Violet McKenna goes to a boarding school called Winterhaven that she thinks is just a normal school. What she finds out when she gets there is that it is entirely made up of people just like her. People that do things that she does, things she does that have made people call her a "freak."
The second book of this series was just as good as the first. It's like Harry Potter because when your reading you feel like you are at the Winterhaven grounds. It makes you want to be like Violet and her friends. It definitely uses your imagination.
Violet and Aidan are such a cute couple and the end of Mirage is so surprising and it will leave you in tears, begging for the third book to come out.
I would definitely reccomend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanda (Good Choice Reading) on July 2, 2012
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Mirage is the perfect sequel to Haven. Mirage leaves you in suspense and wondering what's going to happen next. Kristi Cook introduces you to new characters and they blended it right in with the rest of the Winter Haven Crew. I really enjoyed these new characters. They create new chemistry with Violet and her friends, which I really liked.

It's senior year at Winter Haven and the crew is just coming back from summer break. But senior year won't go as easy as planned. A chain of unfortunate events occur, which shakes up the very core of Aidan and Violet. While Aidan continues to work in the science lab, Violet's visions are coming on strong. Our Winter Haven Warriors are on full effect!

Kristi went out her way to make sure that Mirage and its characters entertain you. I caught myself laughing a few times and also trying to play detective as well. Mirage is an easy and fast paced read. I am looking forward more now to the last book in this trilogy. Mirage is a definite Good Choice for Reading!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book_Junkie on June 30, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really can't wait for the next. I have fallen in love with the characters, old and new, and want more of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheReaderBee on June 26, 2012
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Mirage is the much anticipated follow up to Kristi Cook's captivating debut novel, Haven. I was so excited to finally get my hands on a copy of this book, and to also participate in the blog tour for the book! I just couldn't wait to read it. I remember in my review for Haven that I mentioned that the book and characters reminded me of The X-Men meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When I met the characters once again in Mirage, it felt exactly the same way!

Mirage picks up a few weeks after Haven leaves off. It's now senior year for Violet and the crew, and Violet wants nothing more than to see Aidan again after their long summer break apart. But their last year of school is not going as smoothly as they hoped. A rouge vampire is on the loose, killing innocent people, friends are pulling away from the each other, and people prove to be not at all what they seem.

I love the characters in this series SO much. Violet is such a strong character. I love the relationship between her and Aidan. Ah, Aiden... He's one of the very first male protagonists that I fell in love when I started reading YA books. He's so mysterious and alluring; I just can't get enough of him. Together, these two make a great couple. They definitely have their trials in Mirage, but their love is still strong.

Violet also has some really great friends that we get to meet again in Mirage. I love Kate, Sophie, Whitney and Cece. Although there is quite a bit of drama between them, they are all such great friends to Violet. We are also introduced to some new characters along the way, on in particular that I'm still quite unsure about. I'm definitely hoping that we will learn a bit more in the next book.

The storyline was very well thought out, and the pacing for the book was just right.
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