- Winterhaven #2
Release date: June 5th 2012
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3/5 stars
Find it on: Goodreads, Amazon
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.
It wouldn't come as a surprise to say that Mirage was one of the most anticipated books in 2012, for me. I almost died with excitement when I found out Haven was going to have a sequel. I mean, come on. Haven was original - though full of clichés - and refreshing in a way that made you forget your problems and focus on the story enough to enjoy it. However, and I don't say this lightly, Mirage was a disappointment for me, due to the story itself, or my lack of interest in it. To be honest, I haven't been able to read a single book since Inheritance, and I thought Mirage could get me out of this crisis. It didn't.
What really bothered me as I was reading Mirage was the non-existence of action scenes. A book requires more than a few training sessions and troubled dreams to entertain the reader, especially since Haven did have its good moments of action. That said, I was bored. The plot consists of endless dialogues without apparent meaning, and clichés from Haven that didn't need repetition. It wasn't original, it wasn't exciting, and though the romance was good, it sure as hell wasn't enough to make me enjoy it after reading Inheritance.
I know I'm probably being too harsh in this review, and it's obvious that any book will seem pale in comparison to Inheritance, but... come on. Give me something else. I didn't finish Mirage - It took me more than a week to get to the middle of the book, and I gave up by then - but unless Aidan finds his cure, I won't pick it up again for a few months. My expectations were high, and I was sorely disappointed. I will give it one more shot... but not now.