I’ll never forget that first glimpse of Winterhaven as we pulled up the long, curving drive-gray stones bathed in the lavender haze of dusk, looking like an old European university, all flying buttresses and stone spires reaching toward the sky. Leaves in every shade of the autumn spectrum–red, yellow, orange, brown-littered the ground at my feet, crunching beneath my boots as I stepped out of the car and looked around. This was it-my new home, my new life.

Typically, I had just been dumped there, as unceremoniously as had the luggage at my feet. My mom hadn’t even bothered to come along for the ride. Okay, technically Patsy is my stepmother, but since my real mom died when I was four and my dad married Patsy about, oh, two seconds later, she’s all I’ve got. She was always clear about her priorities, though–my dad, and her career, in that order.

Excerpt© 2011 Kristi Cook

 


About the book:

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–dark, foreboding visions of the future.

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.

What people are saying:

“Cook’s first YA novel reads like a blend of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Twilight saga, and Lois Duncan’s thrillers, and it will find a wide audience among female fans of gothic novels…” —Booklist

“Haven is a riveting, exhilarating and spectacular new story from a promising debut author that I couldn’t get enough of. Days after finishing the book, I still can’t get these characters out of my head. Haven is a book I will read again and again!” –BooksCompleteMe.com

“Seriously sexy… Hand this one to fans of Gray’s similarly themed Evernight and to all the girls who have broken the bindings on their Twilight books.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Released: February 22, 2011

About the author:

As a child, Kristi Cook took her nose out of a book only long enough to take a ballet class (or five) each week. Not much has changed since then, except she’s added motherhood to the mix and enjoys penning her own novels as much as reading everybody else’s. A transplanted southern gal, Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. You can visit her at www.kristi-cook.com.