Monday, July 2, 2012

Mirage by Kristi Cook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Series: Winterhaven (bk. 2)

Genera: Paranormal Romance

Subjects: Vampires, love, psychic ability, supernatural, boarding schools

Length: 374 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

Summary/ product description: “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.”

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My Review: I really love this series. A boarding school for psychics, a girl who’s destiny is to kill vampires, and a really hot vampire who’s ambitious to for the cure for vampirism. Not your typical vampire book, but kind of typical for the paranormal romance + boarding school genera (Similar to Hex Hall, Vampire Academy, Dead Beautiful…ect.). I really love paranormal boarding school books.

So, in this book Aiden is really eager to find the cure to vampirism so he can be human and live with Violet and grow old together,  so he starts injecting himself with this serum he’s working on. It seems to ward off the bloodlust, but after a few changes in the serum, so ill-effects appear. And also, there’s a “Vampire Stalker” on the loose in Manhattan. Murders that seem like they were done by a vampire, but could just be mimicking a vampire.  

This book introduces 2 new characters: Tyler, a micro-tellie guy who’s a really great fencer, and Matthew Byrnes, a science teacher who’s a precog and Violet’s new mentor. Tyler’s a bit of a egotistic player, and Mr. Byrnes is trying to help Violet deal with her visions. I would go as far as to say that any love triangles develop between them, Violet and Aiden, but they do make Aiden a bit jealous. Violet only has eyes for Aiden. He does have the Aiden Effect (which I actually got a pin from the author at RT  that say “Aiden Effect” on it.)

This book has some really great mystery and who-done-it in it. I can’t wait till the next one comes out. This is a trilogy, right? I wish it was a quartet. Aiden is the new, improved Edward (and not sparkly and creepy).

Cover Art Review: Really simple, and to the point. Mirror for mirage. Love the butterfly. And love the title.

~Haley G

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