I received a free copy of Resthaven from the author in return for an honest review.
Resthaven was a little slow to begin with but once the pace picked up it improved greatly. There was always something happening or something right around the corner ready to jump out. The suspense and tension built up nicely throughout the story and is largely what made this an enjoyable read. The setting gave off a really creepy atmosphere and created a feeling of foreboding and apprehension that you just knew wasn't going to end well for everyone involved.
Where I feel the story lacked was with the characters and the conclusion. There wasn't much about the characters that appealed to me, they all felt too similar to each other. Each characters background was more or less the same and I think the whole my parents are dead thing was over used. The conclusion felt a little rushed. After the tension and the big final event, where things are being put back together, it didn't feel complete. I would have liked to have had a little more detail to round the whole story off a bit better.
All in all Resthaven was a pretty decent read but in my opinion it came across a little too juvenile for todays standard of young adult reads.