Friday, June 22, 2012

Mirage: Giveaway and Book Review

Mirage (Winterhaven, #2)
Mirage (Haven #2)
Published by Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Genre: YA paranormal
384 pages
Buy it on Amazon, IndieBound
 or Barnes and Noble
Source: kindly provided by publisher
Read my review of book #1, Haven.
Read my Book Boyfriend post for Aidan Gray.




Be sure to read on after the jump for Tour and Giveaway info!

My thoughts: 
Have you ever been waiting and anticipating what you think is going to be a fantastic read, and then you get it, and you're disappointed because it's not what you expected?

Can I just tell you how glad I am to not be feeling that feeling right now?


Mirage was exactly what I was hoping for in a sequel to Haven: more of my favorite characters from book 1, new characters who are easy to love (and fun to hate), and new plot complications that take off in deliciously unpredictable ways.

The book begins after the spotlight couple have spent the summer apart, Violet caring for her ailing grandmother while Aidan works on his project in the lab. Their joyful reunion does not lack chemistry, I am happy to report. I am also happy to report that the chemistry, while not lacking, causes a major complication in their relationship.

In Mirage, we get answers to some questions (why Violet looks so much like a woman from Aidan's past, for example). We also get plenty of questions to replace the ones that are answered. And we get an ending that will have you holding your breath for book 3.

Of all the books I read in a year's time (somewhere around 70), there are a handful that I consistently recommend to those foolish enough to ask. This series is part of that small sampling which get recommended. I guarantee that Mirage will be on my Best of 2012 list. 



Summary 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.

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Thanks to everyone who has been involved with the Mirage Blog Tour, especially Books Complete Me, our hosts. If you missed any of the Tour, you can find all the goodness here:
June 11th: Books Complete Me
June 12th: Late Bloomer Online
June 13th: Shortie Says
June 14th: Good Choice Reading
June 15th: The Reader Bee
June 18th: Frenzy of Noise
June 19th: Amethyst Daydreams
June 20th: Two Chicks onBooks
June 21st: Once Upon a Twilight
If you've read some of these posts, you know that there is much love out there for this great series of books, as well as for Kristi herself, who is made of awesome. :) She is currently working on book 3 of this series, which is good, because her adoring fan base awaits!! You can tell her so via Twitter.

And now. . . the Tour giveaway!! You can win a signed finished copy of Mirage, a signed ARC of Mirage, and a signed Mirage poster. Just fill out the form below:  

24 comments:

  1. Hello :)
    I hope that I win this book, the cover is so beautiful and the story looks captivating...
    Here's my comment!

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved HAVEN and can't wait for MIRAGE!

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  3. I have not read the first book in this series yet but it looks so great! I love this cover!
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway :)

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  4. Great review, Paula. I really enjoyed Haven so I am excited for this one too.

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  5. Thanks for the terrific review! I've been dying to read this book ever since I finished Haven and I'm so glad to hear that you liked it! Thanks for the giveaway as well:)

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  6. I absolutely LOVED Haven! I am so jealous you got to read Mirage early :) Great review...I really can't wait to read Mirage now!

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  7. I haven't read Haven so I can't read your review.. but you gave it five stars so I know I have to read the first one and this soon! :)

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  8. Nice Review! Thanks for the giveaway! This series is on my TBR list!

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  9. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win this prize!

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  10. Glad to see you all stopping by! Enjoy the series. :)

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  11. I just got Haven and am loving it so far! Really looking forward to the end and the sequel, Mirage!

    Thanks so much for the giveway!
    Leanne

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  12. The cover caught my eye right away and it has a mysterious blurb that makes me want to read it.

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  13. I'm really excited to read this book! I loved Haven and I'm thrilled that book two is finally out! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  14. I actually just won Haven in another blog hop and I am about to start reading it. It would be nice to already have Mirage for when I am done.

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  15. I just got my hands on Haven and cannot wait to get started!! Thanks for the chance to win

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  16. This series sounds terrific. Since I am such a series junky I like to have at least two books before I start a series!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  17. Looks like I need to add some books to my TBR list. Thanks for the review.

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  18. I haven't started this series yet but I've heard some good things. I'll have to be sure to check it out!

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  19. This series has been on my TBR list for quite a while but I haven't gotten to it yet. I may need to bump it up to the top.

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  20. Another series that I'm kicking myself for not starting sooner. I'm definitely going to try to pick up book 1 in the next couple of months.

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  21. Another untapped series for me! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  22. Another series I should read. Thanks for the review!

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