Quote for the week: Read, read, read. Read everything-trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window. William Faulkner
The second book I've read for the 2011 Debut Author's Challenge is Haven by Kristi Cook
Have you ever started a new school where the students were just a bit different? What if your new friends and classmates all have a secret, a secret they cannot tell to the outside world? When Violet McKenna enrolls at Winterhaven, she discovers that the school is not exactly what it appears to be. And she fits in just perfectly.
Author Kristi Cook’s debut novel, HAVEN, follows sixteen-year-old Violet as she meets other teens, who, like herself, each have a special gift. Violet sees visions. And they always come true. Now this is intriguing enough to keep you reading. Then throw in a gorgeous guy named Aidan, who is a trifle pale, and who can read Violet’s mind, and you have a story you’ll stay up into the early hours of the morning to read, wondering how Violet and Aiden will solve the problems they face when her visions are of Aidan and reveal that something terrible will happen to him. Violet is the only one who can save him.
Ms. Cook has written a novel with characters that stay with you long after you put the book down. The plot flows smoothly, taking the reader from one scene to the next. She’s added danger, teen angst, and a tender romance that could be deadly for Violet as well as for Aidan. A great story that I recommend for every reader who enjoys a good book. This one is it.
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 22, 2011)