Book Talk: Haven/ Kristi Cook

HavenSimply put, this book is a hodgepodge of bits of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and every book written in a prep school ever.

Violet decides to go to the Winterhaven school when her stepmother becomes too busy for her, and she doesn’t want to be stuck with her grandmother. At Winterhaven, she makes new friends and discovers that the school is also a place for people who have special abilities. Violet has always had visions, but at Winterhaven, she doesn’t have to hide them.

Violet meets Aidan at school, and she is instantly drawn to him. They seem to have a good thing going on, but Aidan keeps having to brush her off to take care of the mysterious experiment he is conducting in the chemistry lab. Later on, she figures out what he is doing and what secrets he is hiding from her.

Thoughts and sentiments
The title of the book bugs me, and I feel it should be called the school name Winterhaven instead. I understand that it is a haven for the students who have special abilities, but other than that the title of the book doesn’t fit.

The setting first felt like a prep school which became a bit like Hogwarts along with a Dumbledore-like headmaster. Moving along to the characters, there is an Edward-like vampire who gives out mixed messages, a mysterious werewolf girl, and a tight-knit group of friends with varying abilities that they could pass for a witch coven. It seems a bit all over the place if you ask me.

The characters feel one-dimensional to me. I don’t believe that Violet and Aidan are in love. I don’t feel the sincerity in their words, and I feel that her acceptance of his bestiality came along too easily. Also, the conflict in the blurb gets resolved halfway into the book, which makes me unsure which direction the story is moving in. There is nothing I haven’t read before and the sequels will be passed on.

More information about Haven by Kristi Cook here.

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