Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Eternal Ones

Author: Kirsten Miller
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Genre: YA Paranormal
Copy provided by: Traveling ARC Tours
Summary (via Goodreads):

What if love refused to die?

Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.

In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

Why I read this: It looks awesome!!! That's why... who doesn't love a little paranormal in their book?

Plot: I've only read a few books dealing with reincarnation, but I like the background of her visions building up to her actual trip to New York to find the man she has loved over and over again for centuries. There were a few twists that I thought could have been hashed out more and some a little bit less. It wasn't perfect, but I was totally and utterly engaged and finished this rather large book (400 some pages) in a day.

Characters: Haven is naive and you see that quite a bit in this novel. She starts to distrust a little too late, so much so that it's a little unbelievable when she trusts some strangers blindly and others with more caution.

I loved the best friend character - Beau. He's a gay beautiful boy who just really is a great friend to Haven. He supports her insane need to go to New York, although I felt like he should've gone along with her. Although, that would have changed the story drastically most likely.

The love interest - definitely a little suspicious of him and how easily Haven fell into his arms. He was the teen idol type figure and you never see those types settling down completely.

The bad guy - definitely evil and I don't think he/she is seen enough. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say much more than that.

Relatability: It was easy to like Haven and Beau, which I think really made the story move along. I didn't relate specifically to any of the characters, but I know a few guys like Beau and I have to say I would've liked to see more of him in the latter parts of the book.

Cover commentary: I like it. It doesn't totally pop your eyes to it, but I like it.

Rating: 4/5 Roses

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  1. Great review! I have this ARC on the way to me and now I can't wait to read it! It sounds a little bit different from the stuff I have been reading lately. Thanks for the review!

  2. I just finished reading this one myself and I'd have to say I totally agree. The characters are definitely what make the book.

  3. OHH Love this, character driven is always good...Sounds like a great book, I have not read anything or not much on reincarnation so I am looking forward to!

  4. I really hope they have this at BEA. I am a huge fan of large, character driven books. Plus, I love the premise as you describe it.

  5. Can't wait to read it! It sounds pretty good.

  6. This book sounds really interesting!!

  7. I SO WANT TO READ THAT BOOK. :P. I absolutely loved Kiki Strike, and I like Miller's style of writing.

  8. I have this one - need to read it :) Great review :)

  9. This book looks so good. Thanks for the review!

  10. I have this ARC and have yet to read it. Good review!

  11. I've been wanting to read this book, but hadn't seen any reviews of it to know if it was any good. My TBR list is almost as big as my read list. I'm going to have to start writing them down. But not this one. The cover sticks in my mind. I kept trying to figure out if it was a series, obviously not. Thanks for the review.

  12. I finished this on in one sitting! It was capturing! It will keep you on your toes, trying to figure out the mystery of the sotry that's presented.. This on is a must read!


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