Mirage

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Overview

Danger looms large in the sequel to Haven, which Booklist called “a blend of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Twilight saga, and Lois Duncan’s thrillers.”

Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But while their love for each other is as strong as ever, their troubles are far from over.
News of a rogue vampire on a killing spree sets everyone on edge. While Aidan is ...

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Overview

Danger looms large in the sequel to Haven, which Booklist called “a blend of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Twilight saga, and Lois Duncan’s thrillers.”

Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But while their love for each other is as strong as ever, their troubles are far from over.
News of a rogue vampire on a killing spree sets everyone on edge. While Aidan is determined to stop the killer, Violet is chilled by a horrifying vision she simply must prevent...for if she can’t, two people she loves will meet a violent end.
In the midst of Violet’s fear, a mysterious newcomer enters her life—and he has some vital information not just about her past, but about her future as well. Now everything Violet held as truth is upended, and she is left not knowing whom 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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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jane Gov
The start of Violet McKenna's senior year at Winterhaven, a high school for those with supernatural abilities, was normal enough. After an uneventful summer, the story rolls out much like the first book in the series, Haven (Simon Pulse, 2011/VOYA April 2004). Violet tries to balance her school life with learning to hone her psychic abilities, discovering more about being a Sabbat (a rare kind of vampire slayer), and the complications of her relationship with Aidan, her vampire boyfriend. As Aidan continues working feverishly on his cure for vampirism, Violet is haunted by disturbing visions of girls being hunted. When a series of mysterious deaths start to make the news, she suspects that she is seeing the same attacks. To add to the complications, students at Winterhaven are calling the attacker the "vampire stalker." Worst of all, Violet is also experiencing visions of Aidan attacking her childhood best friend, Whitney; this makes her second-guess everything she knows about him, especially when all signs seem to suggest that he is the vampire stalker. Like its predecessor, much of Mirage is given over to summary-like explanations. Instead of having to endure an obstacle or a journey of discovery, Violet is handed answers to her questions rather easily. This storytelling method decreases suspense and pares down the action. More questions are presented, and hardly any are answered. Cook borrows heavily from well-known mythology and similar stories but adds just enough twists to merit a third book. This is a must-read for those who enjoyed Haven. Reviewer: Jane Gov
Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
Violet returns to Winterhaven for her senior year, convinced that with her awesome friends and fabulous boyfriend, this year is going to be the best yet. She is paired with the famed Dr. ?Hottie' as her mentor, Aiden is closer than ever to finding a cure for his vampirism, and she is still on top in the fencing team. Then a mysterious serial killer leaves a trail of blood-drained women in his wake, and violent visions of death for those closest to her terrorize Violet. With her mentor's help, she hopes to discover enough clues about the visions to stop them from becoming reality before it is too late. Though it begins at a slow pace, delving into details like who has taking calculus or has which lunch period, Mirage quickly ramps up the tension via Violet's mysterious visions and Aiden's distant behavior. Few of the characters really shine with complexity, but Violet and Aiden can be listed among them. Reviewer: Kasey Giard
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Cook's unique twist on the vampire story definitely works in this sequel to Haven (S & S, 2011). Life at Winterhaven, a boarding school for "gifted" supernaturals, is never uneventful, but senior year for Violet McKenna and her friends quickly spins out of control. As Violet learns more about being a Sâbbat/vampire hunter, her love and commitment to Aidan, her vampire boyfriend, only becomes stronger. Aidan's determination to find a cure for vampirism borders on obsession as he injects a "breakthrough serum" that has unpredictable side effects. At the same time Violet works with a new teacher to harness her psychic gift and make sense of her increasingly disturbing and violent visions. To complicate matters, a vampire serial killer is on the loose and rumors questioning Aidan's innocence begin to spread. As events unfold not all is what it seems and loyalties hang in the balance. The cast of well-defined characters is mysterious and intriguing and will keep readers guessing as the plot thickens, and the intense cliff-hanger ending will leave them on edge and thirsting for more. A great addition to libraries with a paranormal fan base.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442443006
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 207,793
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristi Cook also publishes adult titles under the names Kristina Cook and Kristi Astor. Haven and Mirage are her first YA novels. Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at Kristi-Cook.com.

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1 ~ There’s No Place like Home

I’d never thought too much about friendship before I came to Winterhaven, mostly because I hadn’t had many friends. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I couldn’t. The more people I got close to, the more people I saw in my visions, which were harbingers of awful things to come. Besides, the more friends I had, the more people I had to hide my secret from, the more I had to pretend that I didn’t know about things before they happened.

But now … now I had friends. Friends I didn’t have to pretend with. I looked around the classroom at them, their heads bent over their desks—Marissa, her dark hair falling across one pale cheek; Kate, her chin propped in one hand as she stared dreamily out the window; Sophie, pushing her strawberry-blond curls off her forehead, her brow furrowed in concentration. Jack and Joshua, sitting side by side, as if there were nothing weird about a telekinetic football star and a shape-shifter outcast being friends. And Cece—wonderful, amazing Cece—my roommate, my best friend.

Together, they had risked their lives for me. And for Aidan.

I glanced over one shoulder at the tall girl sitting two rows back, her model-perfect face pale and taut. Jenna Holley. Jenna hadn’t been a friend—not even close—and yet she’d saved us all.

Why? I still didn’t know. I wanted answers, and now that we were back at Winterhaven—

“Five more minutes,” a voice called out, startling me. I looked up and saw Dr. Byrne pointing to the clock on the wall.

I glanced down at the page on my desk, blinking hard. There were still a half-dozen little circles that I hadn’t filled in. Good thing this was just the SAT practice test, and not the real thing. There was no way I could concentrate right now, not with all of us back together again. All I could think about was that horrible day in May—a day I’d never forget, as long as I lived.

On the plus side, my friends knew the truth now—that Aidan was a vampire and that I was some supposedly rare kind of vampire slayer. A Sâbbat. I was finally getting used to it, and even coming to terms with the fact that I’d actually slain not one but three vampires with my trusty little hawthorne stake. The Sâbbat’s weapon of choice, apparently. Ironically, mine was lovingly crafted by a vampire, which had to be a totally new one in the Sâbbat world—not that I’d know, as I’d never met another Sâbbat. Chances were pretty slim that I ever would, since that there were only three in the world at any given time. At least, according to the legend.

“Two minutes,” came Dr. Byrne’s voice, interrupting my wandering thoughts. Dr. Hottie, the girls at Winterhaven liked to call him, and I had to admit it was a fitting nickname. I briefly wondered what his talent was, since everyone here at Winterhaven had one. Maybe he was an empath, like my friend Marissa, I mused. That would make him ideal for teaching the SAT prep course—he could make us all feel relaxed and confident, if he chose to.

“One minute,” he intoned, and I began to hastily fill in the remaining circles. If I marked them all C, chances were I’d get some right. At least, I hoped so.

It was the first day of orientation, that weird transition time at Winterhaven when the upperclassmen had to hide their gifts and talents from the freshmen till they all caught on. And while the other upperclassmen were busy finalizing their schedules and signing up for extracurriculars, my friends and I were all stuck making up the final SAT prep class, the one we’d missed last spring after the whole showdown thing. None of us had been in any condition then to finish the class, much less take the actual SATs.

So here we were, stuck inside this stuffy classroom, trying to remember everything we’d learned three months ago. Everyone except Aidan, that is. He was still at home in Manhattan, but he’d promised he would be here tomorrow. I could barely wait to see him—the minutes were dragging by. It had been too long. Way too long.

After all, my summer hadn’t exactly gone as planned. Instead of spending a few weeks in Atlanta, I had spent the entire break there. I hadn’t really had a choice. On the last day of finals, Gran had had a stroke—a fairly serious one—and so I’d packed up my trunks and flown down there to help out the moment classes were over.

Not that I was complaining. Sure, I missed my friends. And I missed Aidan, especially since our telepathy didn’t seem to have a long-distance channel and we were forced to use more conventional methods of communication to keep in touch. But Gran and her companion/housekeeper, Lupe, needed me, and family comes first. Besides, it had given me a chance to catch up with Whitney, my best friend since kindergarten, even if we had grown apart lately. How could we not, with all the secrets I was forced to keep from her?

Anyway, my Winterhaven friends had mostly scattered over the summer, and Aidan had remained at school, working obsessively in the chemistry lab on his cure for vampirism. And since the only way we could ever really be together was if he did manage to find a cure, let’s just say I’m very supportive of his work.

And so summer had come and gone. Whitney and I had successfully rekindled our friendship. Gran had gotten stronger and fully regained her speech, and I’d helped Lupe hire a full-time home health aide who moved in with them just last week. The aide, Melanie, seemed great, and that alleviated my guilt about leaving them. I knew they were in good hands, and I was excited to get back to school and start my senior year.

“Time!” Dr. Byrne called out, and I realized that he’d given us way more than the one minute he’d promised. With a sigh, I set down my pencil and followed the chattering crowd up to Dr. Byrne’s desk to drop off my answer sheet.

“Don’t forget the senior meeting in the auditorium,” he yelled over the din. “We’ll be talking about college applications.”

Great. I glanced over at Cece, who rolled her eyes. It seemed like we were never going to get any time to just hang out and catch up. Cece and I reached his desk together, slapping our answer sheets onto the top of the pile.

“Oh, and Miss McKenna?”

I glanced up in surprise at the sound of my name.

“Can I see you for just a few moments, after we’re all done here?”

The whole room seemed to go silent at once, everyone glancing from me to Dr. Byrne and back to me again. “Sure,” I said, feeling the heat rise in my cheeks. What in the world did he want with me?

“Do you want us to wait?” Cece asked, tipping her head toward Sophie, Marissa, and Kate, who stood by the door, goggling.

“No, it’s okay. Just save me a seat, okay?” I stood there awkwardly by his desk as the room emptied. Jenna was the last out, glancing back curiously over her shoulder as she stepped into the hall.

Dr. Byrne picked up the answer sheets, adjusting them into a neat stack before he shoved them into a manila folder. Finally his gaze met mine, and he smiled. Which, embarrassingly enough, caused my heart to do a little flip-flop. Since I had no idea what his gift was, I kept my thoughts locked up good and tight—a preventive measure. At Winterhaven you never knew who might be listening in.

“Do you want to sit?” He gestured toward the seat in the front row, right across from his desk.

“Sure,” I murmured, slipping into the seat he’d indicated while he leaned back against the desk, his arms folded across his chest.

“Don’t worry,” he said with a laugh. “You’re not in trouble or anything. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

I looked scared? Well, I guess that was better than looking flustered.

“I was just speaking with Mrs. Girard, and she tells me you were getting some psychic coaching from Sandra Wilkinson last year. She’s a mind reader, right?”

“Yeah,” I answered, wondering where this was going. “At first she was just teaching me to block. But then we started working on my visions. It’s not really her thing, but she tried to help as best she could.”

“Well, you’re in luck. I’ve got a little extra time this semester, and I told Mrs. Girard that I’d be willing to help out. I’ve never really coached before, but I’m willing to give it a try if you are.”

I wasn’t quite following him. Give it a try? He was offering to coach me?

“I’m a precog,” he clarified, noting my confusion. “Visions. Pretty much just like yours, from what I understand. Generally bad stuff, and almost exclusively about people I’m close to. Sound familiar?”

“Yes,” I said breathlessly, leaning forward in my chair. “Are you able to control them? You know, summon a replay, or anything like that?”

He nodded. “Pretty much. It’s not an exact science, but I know a few tricks. Anyway, if you’re interested, I’m willing to share what I know.”

“Definitely,” I said, nodding. The idea of working with someone with the same gift as me, someone who actually understood what it was like and who might even be able to help me—well, it gave me a new kind of hope.

“Great,” Dr. Byrne said with a smile, and I couldn’t help but wonder how old he was. Rumor put him right around twenty-five or so, but that seemed awfully young, considering he had a PhD and had been teaching at Winterhaven for a year already. “How are Saturday mornings for you?” he asked, drawing me from my thoughts. “I’m living on campus this year. Assistant West Hall dorm master.”

Marissa had said as much, just this morning. The school was abuzz with the news that we’d now have Dr. Hottie around seven days a week, instead of five.

“Sandra and I always met on Saturdays at eleven,” I offered. We’d met in my dorm room, which I supposed wasn’t an option with Dr. Byrne, considering the “no guys on the girls’ floor and vice versa” rule—even if he was a teacher.

“Okay, then. Eleven on Saturdays it is. We can meet in my office. It’s in the science wing, corridor C. I’m on the fifth floor. Probably more comfortable than a classroom.”

“Sure,” I said with a shrug, going for nonchalance. But oh my God, my friends were going to die. Truly, I was never going to hear the end of this one. Because they all had crushes on Dr. Byrne—pretty much the school’s entire female population did.

Unaware of my current train of thought, Dr. Byrne nodded, pushing off from his desk. “Great. We’ll start this Saturday, then.”

I nodded, a little too stunned to do much else.

After a pause, he glanced down at his watch. “You should probably get over to the auditorium. The senior meeting’s just about to begin.”

“Sure, thanks,” I managed to mumble, my cheeks burning with embarrassment. I reached for my bag and slung it over one shoulder, suddenly anxious to get out of there, and fast.

I hurried out, my sneakers squeaking against the tiles as I made my way through the now empty hall toward the auditorium. For the, oh, perhaps fiftieth time that day, I wished Aidan was there beside me. The anticipation was driving me nuts. I could feel it—a living, breathing thing pulsing through my veins, making my heart beat faster. After an entire summer apart, Aidan had never felt so close yet so far away.

He should have been there at LaGuardia to meet my plane; he should be at school with me now, suffering through orientation like the rest of us. Instead, he was out hunting murderers and rapists, drinking their blood to slake his thirst so that he could come to me completely sated and not at all tempted to drink my blood. Not that he’d ever really had the urge to do so, except when we were making out.

Of course, he had no idea about my urges—the ever-increasing desire I had to feel his teeth against my neck. I couldn’t understand it—it went against all my natural Sâbbat tendencies. And I’d certainly never admit to it, especially to Aidan. It would only alarm him, and probably rightfully so. It definitely alarmed me.

Increasing my pace, I made a sharp right turn and hurried down the corridor till I came to the last set of doors on the right. I stepped into the auditorium, scanning the crowd for my friends. I saw them near the back, a row of familiar heads all bent toward each other in conversation. As if she sensed my presence, Cece turned. Spying me just inside the door, she waved me over.

A slow smile spread across my face. Aidan or no, it was awfully good to be back home at the ’Haven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I couldn't wait for MIRAGE to be released and it is fabulous! I

    I couldn't wait for MIRAGE to be released and it is fabulous! I picked up HAVEN on a whim and was immediately hooked. Violet and her friends are strong young women navigating their teenage years - typical except they all have their own special "gifts". And then there's Aidan... you'll no doubt be drawn in by the "Aidan Effect"! I love the clever way the story continues exploring the present and past that draws Violet and Aidan together and the forces that threaten to separate them forever. We also learn more about the other characters, like Tyler and Jenna, but there is more to learn. MIRAGE is thoroughly enjoyable, you won't be able to put it down. Be forewarned however - you'll be left immediately ready to star the countdown to book three and I don't think three books will be enough to learn all we want to know about these charming characters!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Simply Fabulous!

    When I first read Haven, I didn't think it could get any better. Then, it did!
    Mirage is the most beautifully woven story that takes you right into it, and I honestly could not put this down for the life of me! I read it all day and night, and upon finishing, I didn't know what to do with myself. The story is fantastic, the characters are unique and lovable, and the writing is superb. If anyone has not read this, it is a must. An absolute must!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    omg this book is the best i cant get away i hope the year goes b

    omg this book is the best i cant get away i hope the year goes by fast for the third!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Amazing!!!

    This is even better than Haven! I swear, if there isn't a sequel, I'm going to shoot myself. You can NOT just leave it hanging like that! What's Aidan's punishment gonna be? What's gomna become of Violet and Dr. Hottie? What about Patsy, in Turks & Caicos - does she die? I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!! I also need Aidan & Violet to be together forever! I wish he would just turn her -_-

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    I was surprised to see Mirage on the shelf at the bookstore, for

    I was surprised to see Mirage on the shelf at the bookstore, for I looked online when the new book was coming out, but totally forgot! I read this book in 6 hours and it was simply amazing! I can't believe I have to wait longer for the 3rd book! I was starting to wonder when was all the action going to happen, when it struck suddenly at the end... Yet, even this was a GREAT book, I found it a bit predictable... Again all in all, it was great! There was great romance that made me hungry to read more! Can't wait for the 3rd book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    It's a good read.

    I rate this 4.5. I would have rated it 5 if Ms. Kristi Cook has reintroduced the characters to the readers on the first two chapters since it has been a year passed. Otherwise, I have enjoyed reading it. Ms. Cook has kept the suspense until the end. She has also added new interesting characters. No love triangle...thank goodness for that, or I would have not enjoyed my reading. The cliffhanger is good, except for the part when Aidan and Violet has parted their ways. My heart aches for Aidan. I have to wait another year for the next installment. Ugh!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    i love the book mirage such a tragic end but leaves you guessing

    i love the book mirage such a tragic end but leaves you guessing what is to expect for the next book not only had aidan and violet are left to be wondering if their love could actually conquer all whether is the risk of being torn by their unexpected fate but rather aidans torture to love violet and being control around her ... i recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance or just need sa book to make them feel great :) i did really enjoy this book just as i did enjoy the first one hopefully kristi cook doesnt take long to write the third one ... so far not been disappointed by her writting its safe to say that i enjoyed reading the haven trilogy :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    MIRAGE was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get my han

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Loved!

    Loved!

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    more from this reviewer

      I didn't really remember much from Haven except that I enjoyed

      I didn't really remember much from Haven except that I enjoyed Violet's character, I was in love with her boyfriend Aidan and the story swept me away. Getting back into the Winterhaven world was easy though. There was enough recap to catch me up but not take away from the story. 
       It continues on as the new school year is starting, and keeps dealing with the issue of the cure, and other plotlines from Haven. 
       There are some steamy moments with Aiden and Violet and I loved those. There was also reasonable doubt placed in Violet's head, and I like that she pushes for the truth despite the consequences, and that she loves and accepts even when she finds out the truth. 
       There were some new characters and also some rocking returning secondary characters, and I also enjoyed getting to know them better in this one. 
       There are hints at a love triangle/square thing, and a bit of flirting going on, but I am glad that it didn't go beyond those hints. But I am glad that it explored that line with boy and girl friendships and how those work, and can be confusing and cause serious jealousy. 
       I really enjoyed this sequel and flew through it. 




    Bottom Line: Great sequel. Loved being in Violet's head again, and swooning over Aiden. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    well for the frist chapter i think is gettin each time really in

    well for the frist chapter i think is gettin each time really intersting which i really like this book and the first one which is Haven:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    GREAT!

    This was amazing, teh way it keeps you guessing teh whole time!

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    Mirage was exactly what I was hoping for in a sequel to Haven: m

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I soooooooooooo excited to read this!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED haven so i know i will love this one!!!!

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