Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

The Eternal Ones
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
Release Date: August 10, 2010
Edition: Hardcover
* Purchased on my own.

Summary from 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.

My Thoughts

Haven Moore has been having dreams and visions about a young man named Ethan and their life together during the 1920's ever since she was little. When she sees someone who reminds her of Ethan on television, she knows that the answers that she's looking for will be found in New York. 

I have always loved the concept of soul mates and the thought that you could find them again and again through different lifetimes. Seriously. Past lives? Soul mates? You could color me intrigued when I picked up The Eternal Ones and honestly? I wasn't disappointed. Life in Snope City is downright horrible for Haven and the church that her grandmother and most of the townspeople attend? Oh. My. Goodness. Fanatical and well, their pastor was also crazy bad--although you'll have to read the whole book to really get what I mean by this. Even I wanted to spring Haven from Snope City after reading through the first couple of chapters. 

Finally, when Haven can't take it anymore, she leaves for New York City to track down Iain Morrow who reminds her of Ethan. Needless to say, she discovers that indeed, he was Ethan and from there, things really kick off. You'll find yourself wondering if Ethan/Iain really is a bad guy--or if he was framed--for most of the book. And then there's the Ouroboros Society and Adam Rosier--whom Haven is pretty sure she's met before, but because he's rather forgettable, it'll be a while until she learns the truth about well, everything. And then the ending leaves off perfectly in the sense that you know there's going to be another book--because if there isn't, you'll drive yourself crazy wondering what exactly will happen next. Thus, with all of that said, depending on what sort of books you like, I'd recommend The Eternal Ones

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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