Author: Kristi Cook
Genre Themes: Paranormal
Release Date: Feb. 11, 2011
Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Page Count: 401
Synopsis: 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 of 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.
One of the first things I saw about this book, was a review that said that if your a fan of Twilight, you’ll love this book. I assumed that meant because of the paranormal theme to it. Since I had just read Twilight, I decided to give it a try to see if I would like it.
It is basically Twilight. The main character – Violet – is just like Bella, and Aiden, her love interest, is just like Edward. They talk the same – especially Aiden and Edward – which made me so mad.
Violet is always jealous, and for the most ridiculous reasons. She is also a Plain Jane and very much like Bella. She’ll tell Aiden to solve a really complicated problem, then complains about him being gone, which threw me off.
As far as the relationship between Violet and Aiden; I got a sense of insta-love, which I don’t always mind, but they also became extremely co-dependent right from the beginning, and it just doesn’t seem very healthy.
I was really disappointing by this as well, because the synopsis seemed really cool – Winterhaven is a school for gifted kids who all have a different psychic ability – I mean, how cool does that sound?
There was so much more that could have been done with this idea, but the way the author chose to go wasn’t a way I was a fan of.
The story line is predictable – I could see what was happening way before it ever happened, which ruined a lot of my enjoyment.
I was originally going to give it 0/5 Stars, but I do like her writing style, and some of the side characters I mildly liked (They were okay – not good, not bad, just there), so I decided to go with 1/5.
I have absolutely no plans to finish the series, and I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.