Review: Mirage by Kristi Cook

June 25, 2012 Review 3

Mirage (Winterhaven, #2)


(Winterhaven, #2)
by Kristi Cook

Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Author

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 5, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1442442999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442442993


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Kissing. Mild sensuality. References to sex.


Danger looms large in the sequel to Haven, which Booklist called “a blend of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Twilight saga, and Lois Duncan’s thrillers.”

Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But while their love for each other is as strong as ever, their troubles are far from over.

News of a rogue vampire on a killing spree sets everyone on edge. While Aidan is determined to stop the killer, Violet is chilled by a horrifying vision she simply must prevent…for if she can’t, two people she loves will meet a violent end.

In the midst of Violet’s fear, a mysterious newcomer enters her life—and he has some vital information not just about her past, but about her future as well. Now everything Violet held as truth is upended, and she is left not knowing whom to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together.

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MIRAGE, the second book in Kristi Cook’s Winterhaven series, once again draws inspiration from popular sources such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, and Twilight creating a sequel that is no less fun for it’s familiar story types.

Yes, Violet is a mystically chosen vampire slayer who falls for a vampire.  Yes, the Aiden refuses to bite her and despises his own nature.  Yes, it turns out Violet looks basically like the clone of Aidan’s first love (something she discovers by finding an old picture in his room). And yes, there are plenty of other similarities, but just like with HAVEN, the blend and borrowing is mixed with just enough new twists and subtle differences to make the story work.

Apart from those basic premises, MIRAGE tells a unique story as Violet struggles to interpret her increasingly violent visions, harness her psychic gift with the help of a dreamy new teacher at Winterhaven’s school for skilled students.  Aidan is consumed with his quest for a cure to vampirism no matter what the risk.  All this happens while a vampire serial killer is stalking the streets.  None of that detracts from the ongoing emotional and romantic entanglements that Violet and her friends experience during their second year at Winterhaven.

Familiar but fun, MIRAGE is a worthwhile read for anyone who loves vampire YA in any medium.  The third and final book in the Winterhaven series will be published in 2013.  I’m already looking forward to it.

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