Welcome to the kick-off of the MIRAGE by Kristi Cook Blog Tour!
MIRAGE is undoubtedly one of the best books of 2012 for me, maybe EVER. I seriously can't get enough of it! So let's get this tour kicked off with my review (guess how that's going to go???) and then read below to find out where the tour is stopping next.
MIRAGE by Kristi Cook
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
About (from Goodreads): 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.
My Review: MIRAGE was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. HAVEN, the first book in this series, was amazing and the countdown to MIRAGE was almost painful it was so long. But, wow, when I finally did get to read it, I was so not disappointed. In fact, MIRAGE may be even better than HAVEN, a feat I didn't think could be possible.
Violet and Aidan have spent the summer apart and are finally about to come back together at the start of the book. Violet's impatience to see him is palpable and, I must say, something I felt myself. How would Aidan be in book two? Is it possible he'd still have the same effect on her (me/everyone else) as he'd had before? Surely, not. But, oh yes. Yes, he does still have that same effect, and then some. Excuse me while I swoon.
Aidan and Violet's relationship heats up in many ways, but there is also a lot of uneasiness surrounding them too. It's not exactly written into their words, but you can feel it all the same. It doesn't help that there is a murderer on the loose, Violet's visions are increasing in urgency and she's learning more and more about her Sabbat history.
The secondary characters in MIRAGE really took a front seat, and I loved every minute of it. Tyler especially. You may remember him from book one, but if you don't, I wouldn't worry. After MIRAGE, I'm not sure you'll be able to forget him. And then there's Matthew--or Dr. Hottie as the girls of Winter Haven like to call him--he's certainly fulfilled his role in this novel as well.
I love that MIRAGE didn't follow the typical "book two break-up" of so many other YA novels out there. It went a way all its own and was all the better for it. MIRAGE is a heart-pounding, pulse-racing adrenaline rush of a sequel that's packed with mystery and sexiness in all the right ways. MIRAGE left me screaming at the last page wanting more. Let the countdown for book three begin!
Be sure to follow along with the rest of the MIRAGE Blog Tour for special guest posts and interviews, along with some great reviews and let's not forget giveaways!
June 11th: Books Complete Me
June 12th: Jen @ Late Bloomer Online
June 13th: Jena @ Shortie Says
June 14th: Good Choice Reading
June 15th: Christy @ The Reader Bee
June 18th: Danielle @ Frenzy of Noise
June 19th: Megan @ Amethyst Daydreams
June 20th: Jaime & Patricia @ Two Chicks onBooks
June 21st: Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight
June 22nd: Paula @ Reading Larka Rafflecopter giveaway