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HAVEN by Kristi Cook

HAVEN

By Kristi Cook

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 22nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0760-2
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

What begins as a magic-school story turns into yet another star-crossed romance between vampire and hunter. Violet has always kept her psychic visions a secret, but at Winterhaven, her new boarding school, every student has a paranormal “gift.” On her first day, Violet notices mysterious, aloof mega-hottie Aidan Gray, who reads her thoughts and speaks to her inside her mind. Aidan and Violet begin a slow courtship even as Violet grows closer to her three new friends, a healer, a telekinetic and an astral projectionist. Nearly half of the book's 400 pages pass before the two big reveals: Aidan's secret identity and the depth of Violet's own powers. Despite some dragging exposition, tension builds as Violet works to prevent her dark visions from coming true. Moments between Violet and Aidan crackle with sexual longing, though Aidan's refusal to physically consummate the relationship—as well as his taking charge of developing Violet's paranormal powers—often feels patronizing. A final sweeping fight scene provides needed resolutions while opening the door for a sequel. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)