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Monday, July 5, 2010

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (416 pgs)
Rating: 5 suns
Reviewed by Gladiolus

Haven Moore cannot 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 grandmotherÕs 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.

Do you believe in reincarnation? After reading The Eternal Ones you will certainly consider the possibility. I know I did.

In this one we meet Haven, who has been reincarnated into a new life but doesn't know it yet. Why is that? Well, people are trying to hide it from her.

Haven is a great, believably written teen who struggles through high school and not being able to fit in, a common occurence and completely authentic. Through all of those trouble, she remains true to herself which is something I really admired. Beau, her best friend, is also a really amazing character. He stays true to himself throughout this story as well. It seems to me that a big lesson in this book was about a person's true nature coming through no matter kind of trials they faced.

The plot was just awesome -- unique and interesting. In a YA paranormal world typically populated with vampires and shifters, this was a nice change. With strong, descriptive writing the author kept me hooked. I loved following the adventures of Haven as she tries to find out who she really is and who she can really trust.

Overall, I give this one five suns! I enjoyed everything about it from beginning to end. If you're looking for a paranormal book that's a little different from the norm, I recommend you give this one a try.

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