August 2010, Razorbill
416 pages, Paperback
Power of religion in a community, past lives, New York, Rome, multitude of plot twists, some moderate romance, snakes, dressmaking, scary stalkers
Summary from Penguin
Wow. I finished reading this a few minutes ago, and wow. Just...wow. Initially I thought the story was straight forward. There were a lot of questions about why Haven was having the flashbacks, and who was really after her. I thought I understood. Then, as the story unfolded, I didn't know what to think. Haven gets told so many different sides to the story that I'm amazed to have learnt the truth by the end of the book. Haven is such a fun character. She's always been an outcast in her little community. Her grandmother is a force to be reckoned with. Thankfully there is a greater force which influences Haven's actions.
There were a lot of heart in mouth moments for me. I nearly bawled my eyes out at the end. Kirsten really knows how to put her readers on the edge of their seats. At first I thought Haven was a little bit impulsive in the way she tore out of town. The reasons behind it were valid, but once she met Iain I thought he was a scumbag. My thoughts yo-yo-ed from scumbag to saviour right until the end. Mind you, I thought that about everyone apart from Haven's mother, grandmother, and her friend Beau. I didn't like the snake on the cover, or the snakes in the book. I did love the detail in the story of the environment, of the dresses which Haven makes. I sensed her passion for sewing, and also for wanting to learn the truth about her life now, and her lives in the past. This book exceeded my initial expectations of it.
If you want your head to spin at the directions the plot takes, if you're after some action, read this book.
Haven and Iain's adventure isn't over yet - the next book is out August 2011