There is a recently-added feature to the YA section called “Allen’s Pick”. And, as I was walking through the library, I spotted this little tag and decided to give the recommended novel a try. Little did I know it was the perfect kick-off to my summer, fulfilling my favorite three genres: historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery. Though the main character, Evie O’Neill (a Diviner, herself), and I got off on the wrong foot, I soon began to fall in love with her charming wit and Bray’s use of decadent literature.
The year is in the 1920’s where 17-year-old Evie O’Neill is performing her party act in front of her slightly drunk friends. She asks for a person’s possession. She touches it, falling into a deep trance before delivering the verdict. In one case, she uncovers one boy’s secrets. Without thinking, Evie spills, causing quite the uproar and later the punishment of moving to live with her mysterious uncle in upstate New York. While Evie’s parents believed they were sending Evie to her mortal hell, the star-struck-wannabe-flapper was cooking up something entirely different.
I thoroughly enjoyed Bray’s novel, for its language, plot, and musical references. She certainly did her research, finding what a teenage girl in New York in the 1920’s would be doing with her life. I even had to google ‘Libba Bray age’ to make sure she was not 108 and therefore was not 17 years old in 1921. Bray then went on to write a sequel to the Diviners, entitled, the Lair of Dreams. Next time you visit the library, I would definitely recommend looking for the “Allen’s Pick” tag, and try a new read!
The Diviners series by Libba Bray is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.
Mirage by Kristi Cook is the sequel to Haven, a mystery romance novel. Violet McKenna is 17 years old and going to spend her senior year at Winterhaven with her friends and vampire boyfriend Aidan. She spends her summer break at home in Atlanta away from Aidan to catch up with her best friend, Whitney. Dr. Byrne helps Violet with her visions and a transfer student, Tyler, appears in Violet’s life as well as other new characters throughout the book. While Aidan is finding a cure for his vampirism, a vampire killer is on the loose killing innocent people leading him to find out who it is. Violet starts getting visions throughout the book about what the future holds. Do you think Aidan will find his cure? Will Violet and Aidan end up together? Well you have to read the book to find out.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that involve vampires, school life, and friendship. If you enjoyed the first book, then this book is a must. This book was a good read in my opinion and it was interesting with the intense plot twist and secrets being revealed. I love the new characters involved and Violet and Aidan’s relationship. There is a sequel to this book called Eternal and it’s the last book in the series.
Mirage by Kristi Cook, and the rest of the titles in the Haven series, is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.
The first book in the Winterhaven series, Kristi Cook’s Haven is a mystery romance about a 16 year old girl named Violet Mckenna and her journey throughout her new life at Winterhaven. Back in Atlanta, at school Violet was known as a freak because she sees visions of her dad’s murder. But, later she goes to New York with her stepmother Patsy and goes to a new boarding school called Winterhaven. Winterhaven was not just an ordinary school, but a school filled with secrets and students having special psychic abilities or “gifts”. Violet meets a small group of friends and she finally finds a place where she seems normal. At school, she meets the most popular guy in school named Aidan Gray and they start developing feeling for each other. While Violet dated Aidan she noticed he’s keeping something away from her. Aidan has been keeping a secret that none of the students know about and later on revealed that he was a vampire. After that there’s a plot twist where there’s a spin on a tragic event that happens to Violet and Aidan relationship.
I would recommend this book if you like mystery, paranormal, romance, and friendship involved. I like the build up towards the middle till the end and it has an interesting plot twist involved. If you like the book Twilight, then this is a spin on that book with a different plot twist that involves vampires and a bit of werewolves. In this book, you can see the journey Violet has taken in her stay at her new school and getting to know her new friends. There is a sequel to this book called Mirage.
Haven, and the rest of the Winterhaven novels by Kristi Cook are available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.