Tuesday, August 21

Haven: Book Review


Simon Pulse
February 22nd 2011
Young Adult | Fantasy

Official Blurb - 
Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical—and deadly—way.

I went into this book blind. It made for a very interesting read that way. Every time something would happen I was able to theorize about where it would all end up. I imagined up all sorts of possibilities. When some very poignant signs began to manifest I shrugged them off. They didn't fit with my vision of a group of gifted kids that are being manipulated and used for nefarious purposes.

There is this section after a big reveal where Violet is conducting a Q&A that made my eyes roll. It felt so Twilight. Not only that but Violet goes from being terrified one moment to stupid brave the next. She should get whiplash from that sort of quick transitioning. Either that or she has some chemical imbalances.

I liked the perspective we are given on living forever. It isn't that glorious being stuck as a hormonally charged teenager for eternity. Though I know several women who try to claim just that, they stop aging at 29. They might be just the type to be tempted by immortality if you don't age. It also probably explains why females are more likely to spread their taint. If they love being 29 forever why shouldn't everyone else? Not only that but women are such needy creatures that they need more than one man to keep up, especially if you live forever.

A light odd read that strongly reminded me of Twilight at certain points. Interesting and worth the time. There are a lot of questions that are left unexplored and the ending was rather abrupt. Most of the book is slogging through everyday life and presto there are bad guys all over.

Language: Moderate
Sexual: Mild