Cold is the New Hot….

February 28th, 2011 Books

Oh my heck…I finally got to finish Haven by Kristi Cook!  Not that the book was hard to get into (not the case at all)…but my goodness my peeps wouldn’t leave me alone long enough for me to read it!  Oh well, the good news is I finally got to read Haven.  I don’t know what it was that struck me about the book that I was so excited for it to be released this month, but something did and I am glad that I chose this book for my Debut Author Challenge read for the month of February.  And keeping true to myself, I am posting this on the very last day of the month.  I sometimes think that my procrastination is almost becoming a problem…but I will deal with that later.  On to the dish about Haven.

So here are the details from Barnes and Noble:

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • ISBN-13: 9781442407602
  • ISBN: 1442407603


Violet McKenna isn’t a normal girl with normal teenage issues; she has more to contend with than most people could handle. Violet thought she was just crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder. Her life started falling apart when her premonition came true. She’s had flashes of other events too. The problem was nobody believed her until she found a new school: Winterhaven.

At Winterhaven, Violet finally feels like she belongs. She quickly finds a close group friends and discovers that they too have psychic ‘gifts’—as do all the students at Winterhaven. But as soon as she feels settled she discovers the most intriguing and alluring boy she has ever met, and things quickly go awry. As the attraction between them grows, intense visions of the boy’s death start to haunt her. In her premonitions the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself. And to Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical–and deadly–way.

Here’s what I thought…

After really wanting to read Haven and finally being able to get some time to myself to read Haven, I can honestly say Kristi Cook’s Haven did not disappoint.  I wasn’t quite sure how things would go for Violet at  Winterhaven.  I really appreciated Violet’s naivety when others asked her “what her thing” was.  I must admit, it took me a while to catch on myself.  While I felt I had a pretty good about Aidan’s background, I was absolutely clueless of many others’ roles and significance.  I was quite suspicious of a few of Violet’s friends and acquaintances, not quite sure of who exactly she should trust or who would welcome her demise.

Aidan’s story is quite unique and I, quite honestly, was a little shocked at the end.  I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I love to have a little surprise in every book I read.  Aidan’s ending certainly offered up that surprise as well as a few more of Violet’s classmates.

I really liked the connection that Aidan and Violet had.  It reminded me of the genuineness and innocence of young love.  Sometimes we have a connection that no matter what it just never ceases.  Aidan, although he had quite an effect on a lot of women, he was deeply and truly connected to only one.

Ok…so here’s a little something that I couldn’t quite shake while reading the book.  I just couldn’t picture Aidan as a blonde.  No matter how hard I tried the image that I kept seeing was a young man, dark wavy hair…

Before I go on with my little spoiler part, I will recommend you pick up a copy of Haven and enjoy a story of young love with a little excitement and you too can figure out what it actually means by “Cold is the New Hot”… :)


If you don’t want to have a little spoiler, then I suggest you stop reading HERE:

If I were to cast this movie, here is who I envisioned each character as I read the book.

MR. BLACKWELL:  Kirk Douglas

MRS. GIRARD:  Nicole Kidman

AIDAN GRAY:  Jonathan Groff (Jesse St. James, Glee)

The whole time reading Haven, these people in these roles is who I continuously saw.     Would love to know how you saw the characters in the story!


Oh, and by the way, don’t write hate mail to Kristi, I have already let her know she misspelled Cici (Cece as she had it)…  JUST KIDDING….now, really, ENJOY!!

2 Responses to “Cold is the New Hot….”

  • Jessi E. [ 28Feb11]

    I loved this book so much! Aidan is so hott!

  • Cici [ 28Feb11]

    I thought so too! I really like the use of the “Aidan Effect”. I really enjoyed the book and I really look forward to reading more from Kristi in the future!


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