Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: Mirage by Kristi Cook

Mirage (Winterhaven, #2)
Mirage by Kristi Cook
Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven, and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But when a violent and disturbing vision begins to haunt her, Violet suddenly feels unsure of everything: who to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together.


Publishes in US: June 5th 2012
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: library
Series? Yes. Winterhaven #2
Haven (Winterhaven, #1)
my review here
Eternal (Winterhaven, #3)
September 3rd 2013 by Simon Pulse

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   I didn't really remember much from Haven except that I enjoyed Violet's character, I was in love with her boyfriend Aidan and the story swept me away. Getting back into the Winterhaven world was easy though. There was enough recap to catch me up but not take away from the story. 
   It continues on as the new school year is starting, and keeps dealing with the issue of the cure, and other plotlines from Haven. 
   There are some steamy moments with Aiden and Violet and I loved those. There was also reasonable doubt placed in Violet's head, and I like that she pushes for the truth despite the consequences, and that she loves and accepts even when she finds out the truth. 
   There were some new characters and also some rocking returning secondary characters, and I also enjoyed getting to know them better in this one. 
   There are hints at a love triangle/square thing, and a bit of flirting going on, but I am glad that it didn't go beyond those hints. But I am glad that it explored that line with boy and girl friendships and how those work, and can be confusing and cause serious jealousy. 
   I really enjoyed this sequel and flew through it. 

Bottom Line: Great sequel. Loved being in Violet's head again, and swooning over Aiden.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
If you were a vampire, would you want a cure?
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  1. If I was a vampire I wouldn't age which means no grey hair.... so no! I'd definitely NOT want a cure.

  2. I saw this one at the library and was going to pick it up without realizing it was a sequel. I have to check out the first book for sure now!

  3. I saw this series around but was never really interested in it. It sounds like an interesting story. Great review :)

  4. I've been seeing this series around for a while. It's great that you were able to jump right back into the story.
    Great review, Brandi!

  5. I have not checked out this series, but it sounds like some great characters are involved! Great review :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  6. Glad you liked this so much! That's great to hear for a sequel. :)

  7. I am beyond vamps these days so even though this was a good read for you and the love trianlge didn't happen, I will pass. And to answer your question yes I would want a cure!

  8. I'm so happy you like the characters so much! Characters are what make or break a book for me and I'm truly happy that this book is filled with awesomesauce :-)

  9. I really need to read this series! Everyone seems to really like it. I'm a bit burned out on vamps but I will revisit this when I cycle back into wanting to read about them (oh in say, a month or so :D). Awesome review! And yes, I would want a cure. :-)

  10. Have seen the cover arts but I am not personally familiar with the series. Is this Paranormal or contemporary? (too lazy to look it up LOL)

  11. Hm... I haven't read a vamp book in a bit, so I'm not as burt out as everyone else. Might have to give this one a go.

  12. Haven has been on WL forever! I still love vamp books since I haven't been reading them much. I'm glad this second book was great too!

  13. Have not yet started this series but so glad you enjoyed the second book!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  14. I will always love a good vampire book. Glad to hear this delivered for you and that the secondary characters rocked.

  15. Oh I am so glad you reviewed this one!!! I LOVED Haven! I wasn't sure if this series continued or not. I remember how mysterious Aiden was and all the girls were so fascinated with him. I have to get this one!!

    If I were a vampire I would definitely want a cure. I need my sunshine and I would hate drinking blood. Though I am kind of a night owl right now. Still, I love blue skies and sunshine!!


  16. The idea behind this one sounds really cool. I like that the supporting cast is so good and laughed at the love triangle/square thing LOL. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  17. Great review, I've always liked this series! Aidan sounds amazing. I would definitely want a cure to vamprism!

  18. I haven't heard of this series but I love that it has a vampire in it. And it looks like the romance was so well done. Steamy sessions = thumbs up. I'm glad that you're enjoying this series, Brandi. Great review!

  19. I didn't read through your whole review because I'm hoping to read HAVEN soon - I've got it waiting on my shelf - but it's promising that you gave the final book (?) four stars! Sequels are the toughest to write, as everyone says, and as I always repeat, so it never fails to impress me when I come across a good one.

  20. I've been curious about this series - seeing that you loved the sequel, I think I'll add the books to my read-list. It's interesting to see the trend about vampire and cure these days.

  21. I've seen Haven around and had no idea it was about vampires, ha! But the world sounds really interesting! I have no idea if I'd choose a cure!


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