Book Watch: Haven

Haven is a debut novel for author Kristi Cook. It will be released in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats on February 22, 2011. Published by Simon Pulse, the print version is 416 pages.

Both versions are available for pre-order from Amazon, and the hardcover is available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble.

Haven is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at


There has been a lot of great buzz about this book. I’ve noticed a lot of early reviews on Goodreads but have been trying to keep my blinders on so I can get a fresh perspective when I finally get my hands on a copy. All I know is that I’ve seen those 4 and 5 star ratings, which makes me pretty confident this one won’t disappoint. I’ve had it on pre-order from Amazon since early November, so am anxiously awaiting the release.

I always love books that tease about destinies and can’t wait to see if Violet and Aidan manage to overcome whatever gets in their way.

Haven is one of my pics for the 2011 DAC. (And yes, I know I’ve been featuring a few DAC authors for the past few weekly Book Watch posts, but February seems to be the month for so many awesome new author releases that I feel are worthy of the spotlight.)

To read an excerpt from the author’s website, click here.

Goodreads description:

One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start–a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.

But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there–every student, every teacher–has psychic abilities, ‘gifts and talents,’ they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend–Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.

Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye–much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy–if only they can do so without destroying each other first.

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