Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Title: The Eternal Ones
Author: Kirsten Miller
Pages: 416
Publication Date: August 10, 2010

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.
Dealing with much already, Haven is looked down upon. Her broken family is abrasive towards her and most of Snope City is hostile to her. Her hallucinations are looked at as hellish and sinful. When she goes to New York to investigate what really happened to her, she finds that she is a reincarnation, destined to be with Iain Morrow. As their love blooms, problems concerning people in their previous past lives arise and they must do all they can to be together.

The Eternal Ones is captivating, gripping love story that will ensnare readers with its allusive prose, tastefully versatile characters, and diverse ideas. Readers will be introduced to a world wherein fantasy and reality become one as two soul-mates finally reunite. Although elaborate and compounded with many details, the plot is solid and logical as well as dramatic. The Eternal Ones provides a refreshing, yet mysterious take on reincarnation and true love.

Haven Moore, a misunderstood teenager with many problems, is a mature yet naive protagonist that deals with many people against her. In Snope City, she is perceived as evil and a 'devil's child' because of her hallucinations. But those hallucinations are memories from her past lives. Her morals and values don't ever change as the book progresses. Haven's narrative engages readers with a resilient voice and an opinionated, appealingly eccentric perspective.

Strongly defined and unpredictable, Iain Morrow is a cultured and well-developed character that has deep, rooted feelings for Haven as well as many harboring dark secrets. His love for Haven is so strong and powerful, but he also underestimates her ability to deal with obstacles. His elusive, dashing demeanor will attract the readers to their striking romance. Iain's protective character flows naturally with Haven's curious and impulsive personality. And although Haven and Iain's connection is undeniable, the looming forces against them will ultimately test their love and force them to choose.

The concept of reincarnation in The Eternal Ones is presented in an unconventional but insightful way that also delves into controversies such as religion and its interpretations. This is tangible in the contrasting imagery of two very different settings; Snope City and New York. Snope City is divulged as the smaller, more intimate and conservative town whilst New York emerges as the bigger, more acceptive city. Snope City is filled with religious townsfolk that is thoroughly against Haven's hallucinations albeit New York, which has more open-minded, unbiased people.

Descriptive and revelatory, Kirsten Miller writes a tantalizing read with magnetic characters, an alluring writing style, and an original storyline. The denouement is fulfilling with a happy ending and a lingering air of mystery. The Eternal Ones is a perfect balance of romance, mystery, and adventure. Readers will be smitten with this intrigue-ridden paranormal romance.

The Bottom Line: What if love REALLY refused to die?

---Field Report---
Originality: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Theme: 9/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 10/10
Total Score: 98/100 (A+)

In PhD online programs you probably won’t read novels by Kirsten Miller but there are plenty of other authors to catch up on.

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Erika July 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

amazing review as always, reggie! i wasn't sure if the eternal ones would be my kind of read, but after reading your review, i thought otherwise. it sounds like a really unique paranormal story

Precious July 20, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

Great review! Eternal sounds so great. Sigh. Everything I want is in it. :)

Savannah July 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

I am waiting for this book to come out. So many good reviews about it :)

Miranda Hardy July 20, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

I am really looking forward to reading this one!

Sarah July 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

Wow, this book sounds so intense and gripping. I really liked 'The Bottom Line' you put for this book. It sums it up great. I can't wait for it's realease! Thanks for the review! :]

Unknown July 20, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

You loved it as much as me - YEAH!!! LOVED this book....Great review!

Ladytink_534 July 21, 2010 at 12:01 AM  

This sounds like such a good story. I've seen a whole lot of giveaways for it but this was the first review.

Collegiate Bookworm July 21, 2010 at 12:15 AM  

What a great review! So thorough! I've read this book as well. It was very well written, but a little too scary for me (I'm a big baby, I know!). It's still a very unique read, though.
Kerleisha @ Collegiate Bookworm

Cindy July 21, 2010 at 2:14 AM  

This sounds so great! Can't wait to read it, great review :)

The Book Owl July 21, 2010 at 5:05 AM  

So glad you liked this. This is in my TBR Pile, and based on how much I loved Miller's previous works, I'm going to be picking this up soon.

Keri July 21, 2010 at 5:50 AM  

I've seen the cover for this all over the place but until now I haven't really had much insight into what it's about. I do find the cover with the broken Ouroboros quite striking. I'm glad to see that you rate this so highly. I should definitely pick it up. Thanks for the great review!

Mystica July 21, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

So many good reviews of this around. Thanks

Unknown July 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

wow, I had seen this one around but didn;t it was so cool... def going to add it to my TBR =)

Lizzie July 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

Ooooooh! I wasn't very excited for this one... until now! Not the biggest fan of the cover (but that's probably just me, haha) but the plot sounds great. Can't wait to read it!

Babi Dewet July 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

Love this release and i just loved the way you classified the notes and stuff. Really criative!

Mary not so Contrary July 28, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

Awesome review!! Totally makes this book higher on my list to read! Thanks Reggie!!

Amelia July 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

I've seen this book around and I've been curious about it, but I never really fell for the reincarnation books. However, I would still love to give it a go. :) I'll keep an eye out for this one. AWESOME REVIEW!


Terra July 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

Sounds like an interesting read. I am definitely curious about the reincarnation plot.

Unknown August 1, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Reincarnation is such an underused plot line, I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the review, consider it on my to-read list! :D

Alex August 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

I loved this book! It was awesome!

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