Publisher: Simon Pulse
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: strange, foreboding visions of the future.
But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.
Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first.
What I thought:
Highly Enjoyable! Not quite what I thought it would be about, but the twists and surprises were good ones. The plot was fun to follow and I was on the edge of my seat as I read the climax of the book.
I liked Violet. Her inability to control her talent, her need to control it and hopefully get rid of it, makes for a great heroine. She doesn't have her life all together and she reaches out to people, even if they won't listen to her. Easily riled up, she's also fiercely loyal to her friends.
What the story was building up to, essentially the 'Big Showdown', I felt a little let down that it seemed to be over as quickly as it was. I wasn't expecting chapter upon chapter of a fight, but I was expected just a little more fight from all parties. Other than that, it was a great story and I definitely look forward to reading more with Violet and Aidan.